Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, IL - Niche

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    Public, Magnet
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    338 3.8
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Northside College Preparatory High School is a public magnet school in Chicago, Illinois. It has 1,069 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 98% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 338 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 338 reviews
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    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: In this school everyone is very nice and helpful.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: In general, I don't regret coming to this school. The people who go here, and the teachers as well, are truly amazing. I have met so many fantastic, caring, and kind people and I've made so many great memories here with the friends that I've made. There are very few judgmental people so it feels safe to be yourself. I also have gotten close to a few teachers and some of them are so understanding, interesting, and fun. On the other hand, the academic environment is a bit rough. You definitely feel pressured by the fact that you're surrounded by so many academically talented people. The homework load can be extremely overwhelming if you don't manage your time well. But I have definitely showed a lot of academic and social growth while at this school.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Colloquium and Wednesdays in general are great, and the schedule allows for very little homework.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: The school is very unique. I am allowed to be in various clubs and activities while balancing my work at the same time.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Northside is an amazing high school that provides a great education with a friendly atmosphere. At times, the workload may seem overwhelming, so make sure to manage your time wisely. Northside also has a variety of activities, sports, and clubs for everyone. Teachers encourage a lot of independent studying and always make sure the students come first.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.00 Theodore Roosevelt High School 1 mi. 1,390
2.00 Amundsen High School 1 mi. 1,390
2.33 Senn High School 2 mi. 1,027
2.33 Sullivan High School 2 mi. 762
2.66 Chicago Math and Science Academy 3 mi. 589

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


Male 43%
Female 56%

Student Diversity

Northside College Preparatory High School United States Amundsen High School Chicago Math and Science Academy Senn High School Sullivan High School Theodore Roosevelt High School
White 41.0% 51.0% 9.0% 3.0% 8.0% 4.0% 6.0%
Hispanic 23.0% 25.0% 64.0% 57.0% 45.0% 34.0% 74.0%
Asian 21.0% 4.8% 13.0% 8.0% 13.0% 15.0% 6.0%
African American 8.0% 15.0% 10.0% 27.0% 28.0% 42.0% 9.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 0% 2.0% 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


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 42 responses

  • 79% Yes
  • 19% Not sure.
  • 2% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 35% You get a great education and reputation.
  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 27% Colloquium and extracurricular opportunities.
  • 5% Teachers that are always working to be better

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 36% A lot of homework and stress and expectations.
  • 22% An environment of unnecessary anxiety
  • 20% Competitiveness
  • 13% Colloquium isn't as fun and useful as it was.
  • 9% Boring location

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 31 responses

  • 45% We're really smart and nationally recognized.
  • 32% Very friendly and accepting
  • 19% Well-rounded people
  • 3% Smart, community, accepting, and athletic.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 30% Good community
  • 30% Work hard, play hard.
  • 27% Stress
  • 13% Amiable, friendly environment and very accepting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 61% Work hard, manage your time, and have fun.
  • 23% Be ready to apply yourself.
  • 10% Manage your time well.
  • 6% Take advantage of everything you can do there.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 29% I love everything about this school.
  • 71% 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.