Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, IL - Niche

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    Public, Magnet
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Walter Payton College Prep is a public magnet school in Chicago, Illinois. It has 817 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 95% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 255 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1034 North Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 534-0034

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 255 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school was challenging and fun to attend
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: Teachers are thoughtful and encouraging
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Many extracurricular opportunities are available.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It was stressful, yet very eye opening.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: Every teacher I had during my four years at Payton genuinely cared about the students success in and outside of the classroom. The teachers went out of their way to ensure everyone understood what was being taught and why it was important. I feel like I was very well prepared for all my college courses.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Jones College Prep High School 2 mi. 1,124
1.66 Wells Community Academy High School 2 mi. 590
1.33 Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - West 3 mi. 471
1.33 Clemente Community Academy High School 3 mi. 690
1.66 Urban Prep Charter - South Shore High School 4 mi. 496

Around Walter Payton College Prep

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


Female 58%
Male 41%

Student Diversity

Walter Payton College Prep United States Clemente Community Academy High School Jones College Prep High School Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - West Urban Prep Charter - South Shore High School Wells Community Academy High School
White 40.0% 51.0% 2.0% 32.0% 0% 0% 2.0%
Hispanic 22.0% 25.0% 73.0% 31.0% 1.0% 1.0% 49.0%
African American 17.0% 15.0% 22.0% 21.0% 97.0% 97.0% 46.0%
Asian 10.0% 4.8% 0% 10.0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 8.0% 2.8% 0% 3.0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 28.5%
Grade 10 25.1%
Grade 11 28.9%
Grade 12 17.5%

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 28 responses

  • 75% Yes
  • 25% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 33% The teachers are all so supportive.
  • 25% The people you meet are unforgettable.
  • 24% Enrichment
  • 18% Everyone in this school is accessible and helpful

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 43% Barely any student parking
  • 30% Lack of facilities
  • 17% The lunchroom
  • 7% Ignorant people
  • 3% Racism

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 26 responses

  • 35% It's accessible and academically competitive
  • 31% Very intelligent and active students
  • 27% It's very diverse.
  • 8% Teacher involvement.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 24 responses

  • 50% Challenging but worth it
  • 25% Academically successful
  • 21% Amazing
  • 4% Super natural

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 52% Be prepared to work hard.
  • 33% Do not procrastinate.
  • 14% Make time to have fun among all the hard work

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 11% I love everything about this school.
  • 78% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 6% I hate everything about this school.