Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, IL - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    817
  • Type
    Public, Magnet, Coed
  • Reviews
    262 3.9
  • Ranking

Walter Payton College Prep is a public, magnet, coed 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 262 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 262 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Who wouldn't do it again? Despite the small campus, going to Payton has broadened my horizons more so than I originally thought it could. It's incredibly diverse, whether that's racially, politically, etc - Payton has some of everything. And with our new building, only more great experiences are bound to occur for everyone.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: With the exception of a few (because every school has a bad apple), Payton's teachers are hands down some of the best educators available. They genuinely care about us, knows our names by heart even after having them, and are willing to support us in our multiple facets of learning. Technology is used a lot, especially in math classes. Most teachers relate to you on a person level, ridding of the presence of a power hierarchy; this makes them approachable with concern. I love Payton's teachers, and couldn't push myself to new heights without them.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There are a variety of clubs, but definitely a lot of involvement in outside extracurricular activities like jobs and internships.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I loved the environment and the people I got to experience while at this school. Everyone is driven, but supportive. It was a very inspiring network to be apart of and I'd do it all over again if I had to.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: All of the teachers are extremely invested in their students and their success.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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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

Gender

Gender
Female 58%
Male 41%

Student Diversity

Walter Payton College Prep United States Illinois 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% 48.4% 2.0% 32.0% 0% 0% 2.0%
Hispanic 22.0% 25.0% 25.3% 73.0% 31.0% 1.0% 1.0% 49.0%
African American 17.0% 15.0% 18.0% 22.0% 21.0% 97.0% 97.0% 46.0%
Asian 10.0% 4.8% 4.5% 0% 10.0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 8.0% 2.8% 3.1% 0% 3.0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
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 31 responses

  • 77% Yes
  • 23% Not sure.
  • 0% No

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

  • 32% The teachers are all so supportive.
  • 25% The people you meet are unforgettable.
  • 24% Enrichment
  • 19% 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 28 responses

  • 32% It's accessible and academically competitive
  • 29% It's very diverse.
  • 29% Very intelligent and active students
  • 11% Teacher involvement.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 54% Challenging but worth it
  • 23% Academically successful
  • 19% 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 20 responses

  • 15% I love everything about this school.
  • 75% 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.
  • 5% I hate everything about this school.