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    Public, Magnet
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Northside College Preparatory High School is a public magnet school in Chicago, Illinois. It has 1,052 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 99% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 311 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

5501 North Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-3954

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 311 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Most of the people I have met in college had terrible high schools, especially compared to mine.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Administration & Policies: Northside students, when I attended, had very few behavioral problems, so discipline was hardly needed. The school administration trusted us, and so respect was given in return.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Sports & Fitness: I personally do not care about athletics, but I do care about fitness. Northside famously does not have a football team, and the only athletic field it has is a small soccer/lacrosse field. So from the perspective of someone who is all about sports, it's okay. But the sports teams we have are popular, and include water polo, dance, and an elite women's volleyball team. Two years of gym classes are required, and then there are advanced weight training classes and some sort of activity leadership program. Weight rooms and cycles open for students to use before and after classes.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: Never has it been so obvious that the teachers care about your education. Several of them hold Ph.Ds but wanted to leave higher paying jobs to come back and teach high schoolers.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: It was easy to start a club, I think, and easy to get your flyers approved by the administration. Everybody wants to be a leader of club, because it looks good on your college application to be involved.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.00 Roosevelt High School 1 mi. 1,401
2.00 Haugan Elementary School 1 mi. 1,274
2.00 Amundsen High School 2 mi. 1,528
1.00 ASPIRA Charter High School 2 mi. 1,484
2.33 Senn High School 2 mi. 1,047

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


Male 43%
Female 56%


Grade 9 26.0%
Grade 10 25.1%
Grade 11 24.5%
Grade 12 24.3%

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 27 responses

  • 70% Yes
  • 26% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 41% You get a great education and reputation.
  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 26% Colloquium and extracurricular opportunities.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 45% A lot of homework and stress and expectations.
  • 25% Competitiveness
  • 10% An environment of unnecessary anxiety
  • 10% Boring location
  • 10% Colloquium isn't as fun and useful as it was.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 16 responses

  • 69% We're really smart and nationally recognized.
  • 19% Very friendly and accepting
  • 12% Well-rounded people

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 16 responses

  • 38% Work hard, play hard.
  • 38% Stress
  • 25% Good community

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Be ready to apply yourself.
  • 43% Work hard, manage your time, and have fun.
  • 7% Manage your time well.
  • 0% Take advantage of everything you can do there.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 12 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 33% I love everything about this school.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.