Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL - Niche

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Young Magnet High School is a public magnet school in Chicago, Illinois. It has 2,196 students in grades 7-12. According to state standards, 98% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 658 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

211 S Laflin St
, IL 60607
(773) 534-7500

Ratings and Reviews
4.0 from 658 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Although Whitney Young has some flaws, I'm not sure what other high school would be better. We are well rounded in both academics and sports. I would definitely put this school as my first high school choice over and over again. We are one of the most diverse schools in the nation, and it's definitely apparent. We have so many fun events and diverse clubs that it's really easy to become involved and to fall in love with an activity at this school.v
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school was awesome. Many of the teachers were excellent with a few exceptions. The after school activities were awesome. My favorite part was the diversity. There were many students from different backgrounds, cultures, traditions and religions. This let me see and learn about many different people and ways of life and brought multiple perspectives to the classrooms.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This is an amazing school that challenges you to be the best at whatever interests you. It has a team or club for just about everything you can think of.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I would 1000% choose Whitney Young, every time I have to make the choice of high school. The average commute time has to be somewhere around 45 minutes, which means that people from all over, even from places really far away, come to this school because they too believe that it really is the best. Because it draws from all over the city, the student body is so diverse; As one of the most ethnically diverse schools in CPS, we also boast high interest diversity. Whitney Young isn't a school that specializes. We're good at everything. Sports, Theatre, Art, Academics, the student body is fantastic at all of them, with many students talented in more than one area. Among the student body are found students of every identity and all walks of life; Everyone is unique, and yet they all fit together seamlessly to build one school.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: During my time at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, I met many incredible individuals who I am lucky to still consider some of my best friends. Whitney Young accepts some of the smartest and most unique individuals around the city of Chicago and allows them to gather for four years of adventures. The school is very diverse and allows students to learn not only from the teachers and staff, but from their peers as well. I met many people from various backgrounds and ethnicities which allowed me to become more open minded and learn about people who are different from myself. The school allows a good amount of freedom and the staff always has the students' best intentions in mind.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.33 Juarez Community Academy High School 2 mi. 1,765
2.00 Perspectives Charter High School 2 mi. 2,211
3.66 Lincoln Park High School 3 mi. 2,214
1.00 Aspira Charter Schools 3 mi. 1,454
0.66 Farragut Career Academy High School 3 mi. 1,241

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


Male 43%
Female 56%

Student Diversity

Young Magnet High School United States Aspira Charter Schools Farragut Career Academy High School Juarez Community Academy High School Lincoln Park High School Perspectives Charter High School
White 29.0% 51.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 28.0% 0%
African American 25.0% 15.0% 5.0% 11.0% 2.0% 25.0% 91.0%
Hispanic 24.0% 25.0% 90.0% 86.0% 94.0% 31.0% 5.0%
Asian 16.0% 4.8% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 10.0% 0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 0% 0% 0% 3.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 7 5.2%
Grade 8 5.3%
Grade 9 23.6%
Grade 10 21.0%
Grade 11 22.7%
Grade 12 22.2%

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 68 responses

  • 93% Yes
  • 6% Not sure.
  • 1% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 50 responses

  • 21% Diversity
  • 21% Academics
  • 13% After school activities
  • 11% Location
  • 8% Students
  • 7% Social Community
  • 7% Sports
  • 6% Theatre
  • 5% FREE

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 49 responses

  • 27% School lunch
  • 13% The grading scale
  • 13% Some members of sports teams get let off easy
  • 12% It uses more energy than the average school
  • 7% It's mainly made out of glass
  • 6% Security
  • 6% School board
  • 6% The heating system doesn't feel like it's working
  • 6% The A/C is always turned up
  • 3% Dress Code
  • 1% The taste is not good
  • 1% Select handful of teachers that you never want

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 53 responses

  • 38% Diversity
  • 23% The great teachers
  • 21% Reputation
  • 13% Intense school pride
  • 6% Pride

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 51 responses

  • 35% Melting Pot
  • 20% Creative
  • 16% Studious
  • 12% Excellent in academics and otherwise
  • 8% Welcoming
  • 4% A lot of smart and active kids
  • 4% A melting pot of talented and smart people
  • 2% The school of champions

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 30% Take advantage of the available opportunities
  • 30% All of the above
  • 17% Always do your hw, it will be your best friend
  • 9% Get to know your teachers
  • 8% You get the grade you deserve
  • 6% Stay organized

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 48 responses

  • 40% I love everything about this school.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.