Northside College Preparatory High School

449 reviews
  1. Chicago Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
5501 North Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Telephone
(773) 534-3954
Website

Northside College Preparatory High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1360
67 responses
Average ACT
31
294 responses
AP Enrollment
57%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.48 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.48 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 168 responses
  • I-Day
    21%
  • Colloquium
    17%
  • Cubby Walk
    14%
  • Sports Senior Days
    9%
  • Off-Campus Lunch
    7%
  • Pep Rallies
    7%
  • Talent Show
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,069
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.56 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.56 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.56 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.9%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.72 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.72 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.72 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,509/ year
National
$11,890
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.77 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses

Reviews

449 reviews
  • Excellent
    133
  • Very Good
    192
  • Average
    100
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    9
Northside is an interesting school. It is one of Top Schools in the US, which makes it infamous for it being academically challenging and difficult. Tales of despair and struggling make every 8th grader scared to join this small school. However when I entered it I was smacked with the truth, it is a visually intriguing school. The shape is very strange and the inside is even stranger, with art hanging everywhere and colors splashed on every wall. But the best part is the people; the students, teachers, and staff are amazing people! They are open with whatever you believe in and everyone shares their interests and make stereotypical high schools (High School Musical, Mean Girls, the whole gag) look like lies. It is an awesome school, and I'm glad that I am academically challenged for I get to meet people who changed my life.
  • Sophomore
  • 1 month ago
I am entering my junior year of high school at NCP, and there is only one thing I dislike: the workload. While it is something I dislike, I still would not change it. I have become a more disciplined, confident, and organized person because of my school's culture. While the workload is multitudinous, it is certainly manageable. I love being able to arrive to school at 6:30 a.m. each day to peacefully work on projects. I love witnessing the passions and self-development goals that my teachers have outside of school. I love the friendships that I've developed with the most loyal, kind people I've met. I love running across our school's beautiful back yard during my lunch time. And above all, I love the respite from classes that our colloquium day provides every Wednesday!
  • High School Junior
  • 5 months ago
Northside is nationally recognized for its rigorous and challenging academics, but it's so much more than that. Despite the competitive atmosphere, the students are supportive and encouraging. The teachers are willing to help outside of the classroom, and the faculty cares about the students' well-being. There are tons of clubs, extracurricular activities, and sports to get involved in. The school strives to help their community. Even the school is physically unique from other high schools; the hallways are decorated with student-made creations and art pieces, and there's a whole wing dedicated to their work. Overall, my experience at Northside has been great.
  • Sophomore
  • 4 months ago