Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, IL - Niche

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    1,674 3.9
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Lane Tech College Prep High School is a public magnet school in Chicago, Illinois. It has 4,090 students in grades 7-12. According to state standards, 96% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 1,674 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

2501 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5400

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 1,674 reviews
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    • Parent
    • 5
    Overall Experience: My son attends this school with the greatest pride, there is so much variety to meet everyone's interest. I am so happy he got accepted here and hope that my youngest gets the opportunity to experience Lane as well.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This is an amazing school with teachers who are dedicated to their job and the students they teach. I have had a great experience here and am glad with my choice to attend Lane.
    • High School Freshman
    • 3
    Overall Experience: In my particular stance, I would not choose Lane again. As a student with mental disabilities, the homework and academic expectations are difficult to tackle to the extent that it would emotionally drain me as a human. However, my peers around me are experiencing the same struggles freshman or mental-disability or not. Very few teachers here are student-oriented which causes tension and sometimes lack of trust in teacher to student relationships. Also, in some of my classes the pace and level of comprehension is challenging and especially when Lane is a highly populated school; I feel as if I'm not treated as an individual but more like a number, a statisitic. To add, I feel intimidated by my teachers, upper classmen, and peers. The pressure to excel is so heavy. Some students view each other as competition and teachers add weight onto that. I thought Lane was diverse, but it's white-dominance and therefore I feel like an outcast. It's difficult to reach out and converse because of the majority.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Starting Freshman year at Lane Tech can be described as, "small fish, big pond". But because the school is so diverse and the student body and school being so large, it forces you to grow into a larger fish. At Lane Tech you find friends and teachers that positively influence and aid in your personal growth. Sure, somethings could be better but now being a senior, I wouldn't change anything about my over all experience or choice of attending Lane Tech.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This school is honestly one of the best. Lane offers so many options for electives and classes, all in different levels to better help the students. Along with that, Lane is also amazing with the number of programs, clubs, sports, and events they have annually. Students really do have the chance to figure out who they are, explore different interests, all while receiving an outstanding education.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
1.66 Schurz High School 2 mi. 2,359
3.66 Lincoln Park High School 3 mi. 2,227
4.33 Young Magnet High School 5 mi. 2,197
4.33 Evanston Township High School 7 mi. 2,959
2.33 Taft High School 6 mi. 3,152

Around Lane Tech College Prep High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 55%
Male 44%

Student Diversity

Lane Tech College Prep High School United States Evanston Township High School Lincoln Park High School Schurz High School Taft High School Young Magnet High School
Hispanic 46.0% 25.0% 17.0% 32.0% 81.0% 39.0% 26.0%
White 31.0% 51.0% 44.0% 28.0% 5.0% 48.0% 30.0%
Asian 10.0% 4.8% 4.0% 10.0% 1.0% 7.0% 14.0%
African American 8.0% 15.0% 29.0% 24.0% 9.0% 2.0% 24.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 4.0% 4.0% 2.0% 1.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 7 2.7%
Grade 8 2.7%
Grade 9 22.8%
Grade 10 19.9%
Grade 11 27.6%
Grade 12 24.4%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 187 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 2% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 147 responses

  • 15% Many opportunities that wouldnt be anywhere else
  • 13% There is a certain honor that comes with attending
  • 12% We have freedom, from classes to food choices
  • 12% You are guaranteed to find your niche
  • 11% We take pride in our victories, and work very hard
  • 8% It's so diverse!
  • 8% It will always be a home
  • 7% You can always find someone that cares about you
  • 6% Clubs/Sports
  • 1% The abundance of College Tours
  • 0% Choir (so yeah, the Carreras!)
  • 0% We have all the AP classes
  • 0% The great diversity!
  • 0% The fact that it's open minded
  • 0% "find someone that cares" is lying

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 144 responses

  • 25% No air conditioning. the building becomes an oven
  • 17% Bathrooms/water fountains are dirty or broken
  • 15% We now have a demerit system in place
  • 8% Having to compete to get the classes we wanted
  • 5% Unfair athletic attention
  • 5% The new rules (if it's not broken, don't "fix" it)
  • 4% Sometimes it seems to big.
  • 3% Other schools think we're stuck up
  • 3% Too focused on athletics
  • 3% Many teachers are boring or uninterested
  • 2% Not enough college readiness
  • 1% Classes can be too stressful
  • 1% Some teachers don't care or don't teach well
  • 1% Can't take all of the electives Lane has.
  • 1% Demerits and punishments can be a bit exteme
  • 1% Not enough funding for the music/art departments
  • 0% The attendance Policy
  • 0% Student arrogance
  • 0% Horrible cafeteria food.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 131 responses

  • 30% Its the biggest school in Chicago and offers a lot
  • 22% All the above
  • 19% Of everything! From the most AP classes to sports!
  • 19% Offers almost anything of interest to everyone
  • 3% The pride each student has in every aspect of Lane
  • 3% We have the Carrera twins! NO ONE else has them.
  • 2% Great diversity and wide range of interests
  • 2% The great diversity!

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 147 responses

  • 37% Big school, big variety
  • 25% School of Champions
  • 17% Pride
  • 10% Family
  • 5% Unique
  • 2% Diversity
  • 2% Home
  • 1% Diverse school with opportunities and options
  • 1% Advance

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 145 responses

  • 21% Don't wait until senior year to join clubs&teams!
  • 21% All of the above
  • 20% Be yourself, be confident, be outgoing
  • 10% Don't be afraid, be confident.
  • 7% Avoid staircase Z
  • 4% Don't run in the halls during passing periods
  • 3% Walk the halls like you own them
  • 3% All of the above except about Dignam (hate him).
  • 3% You really don't need a map!
  • 1% Be your own person.
  • 1% There's going to be a place for you at Lane.
  • 1% Get to know principal Dignam. He's down to earth!
  • 1% Take advantage of tutoring and other resources
  • 1% Don't change yourself to try to fit in.
  • 1% Get to know Principal Dignam. He is really chil
  • 1% Work hard and don't worry about others' opinions!
  • 1% All, except dignam is no longer there
  • 1% Stand up to someone if they're being mean.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 132 responses

  • 36% I love everything about this school.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.