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Northside College Preparatory High School


Northside College Preparatory High School
5501 NORTH KEDZIE AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60625

Phone: (773) 534-3954

District: Chicago Public Schools
Overview

Northside College Preparatory High School's curriculum focuses on in-depth study of topics such as physics, constitutional law, and technology. Computer science courses include Web design and advanced data structures. Students can also choose from six language programs and more than 50 clubs and extracurricular activities. Most classes at Northside College Preparatory High School are honors and Advanced Placement courses, and students can participate in study abroad programs to enhance their learning.
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This details how this school compares to others based on U.S. News ranking criteria.
Medal Awarded Gold
National Rank
#39
State Rank
#1
Magnet Rank
#10
STEM Rank
#22
Most Connected Rank
#26

61% of the student body are minorities and 35% are Economically Disadvantaged

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Joy Garden completely designed and built by the students. They did everything from digging and installing the drainage system to wiring and installing a solar panel system that monitors how much energy they are using to maintain the garden to actually pouring the cement for the pathways

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Urban Prep Academies located in the Englewood Neighborhood. Probably one of the worst run down pieces of Chicago there is:

The Chicago Board of Education approved Urban Prep Academies' charter application in 2005, and Urban Prep opened its first school, Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men — Englewood Campus, the subsequent September. It is the first charter high school for boys in the country and currently enrolls 460 students in grades 9-12. Urban Prep’s second school opened in the East Garfield Park community in 2009, and moved to the near west side of the city in 2011. Urban Prep’s third campus, serving the historic Bronzeville community, opened in 2010. Based on its success thus far, Urban Prep plans to open more schools in the Chicago area and in other low-performing urban centers. Approximately 85% of Urban Prep students are low-income and nearly all are African-American.

Admission to Urban Prep is non-selective and determined through a lottery system. Enrollment is open to all matriculating 9th grade boys living in Chicago. Information on the lottery admission process is available on Urban Prep's admissions webpage

The schools became the focus of national media attention in March 2010, upon the announcement that 100% of the first graduating class had been accepted to a 4-year college or university. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visited the Englewood Campus to speak with students, and various national media outlets featured the school. The Chicago Tribune covered the story on its front page, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News all ran short segments on the senior class, and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer profiled the school as its "Person of the Week." Daley again visited the Englewood Campus at the announcement that the Class of 2011 had followed their schoolmates in having all graduating class members accepted to a 4-year college or university.

Urban Prep became the focus on national attention again in 2012 when they announced a "three-peat", with all graduating members of the Class of 2012 having been accepted to college. The announcement ceremony was attended by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn. The announcement coincided with a Chicago Tribune editorial endorsing the school's success.


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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

is a highly selective Chicago Public School that opened its doors to students on September 3, 1975, as the city's first public magnet high school. Located in Chicago's Near West Side community area, the school has earned numerous accolades and consistently scores among the top high schools in the U.S. state of Illinois. In 2009, Whitney was honored the US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. In 2010, Whitney Young sent over 60 graduating seniors to top-20 universities throughout the country.

Admission to Whitney Young is granted based on entrance exam performance and elementary school grades, and is open to all residents of Chicago. Each year, there are more than 10,000 applications for 450 freshman openings. Admissions are based on academic grades, standardized test scores, and entrance exam results.

The school was named after Whitney M. Young, Jr., a prominent civil rights leader


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There are some good public schools in the city of Chicago.

However, they are the exception and not the norm.

The 2010 high school graduation rate for Chicago public schools was 55.8%.

That certainly leaves a lot of room for improvement.

The children of Chicago are the ones that will suffer the worst because of this, the community in general as well.

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International Comparison of Math, Reading, and Science Skills Among 15-Year-Olds

Read more: International Comparison of Math, Reading, and Science Skills Among 15-Year-Olds — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0923110. ... z1xEP9EFRG

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chijohnaok wrote:
There are some good public schools in the city of Chicago.

However, they are the exception and not the norm.

The 2010 high school graduation rate for Chicago public schools was 55.8%.

That certainly leaves a lot of room for improvement.

The children of Chicago are the ones that will suffer the worst because of this, the community in general as well.

No argument there but how will removing funding improve those bad schools and not affect those good schools? Why not find out what is working for those good schools and copy the model? Outside of Whitney Young, the rest don't have stringent acceptance criteria. Private school really isn't the answer because those public schools I named plus:

Payton College Prep
Walter Payton College Prep
Lane Technical

Regularly crush their private counterparts. I could probably name another 10 that do well in the CPS.


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International Comparison of Math, Reading, and Science Skills Among 15-Year-Olds

Read more: International Comparison of Math, Reading, and Science Skills Among 15-Year-Olds — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0923110. ... z1xEP9EFRG

You do realize private schools are included in that ranking right? So I guess the mantra should be that ALL US schools suck.


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knuckles_95 wrote:
chijohnaok wrote:
There are some good public schools in the city of Chicago.

However, they are the exception and not the norm.

The 2010 high school graduation rate for Chicago public schools was 55.8%.

That certainly leaves a lot of room for improvement.

The children of Chicago are the ones that will suffer the worst because of this, the community in general as well.

No argument there but how will removing funding improve those bad schools and not affect those good schools? Why not find out what is working for those good schools and copy the model? Outside of Whitney Young, the rest don't have stringent acceptance criteria. Private school really isn't the answer because those public schools I named plus:

Payton College Prep
Walter Payton College Prep
Lane Technical

Regularly crush their private counterparts. I could probably name another 10 that do well in the CPS.


I'm not sure where the data would be, but it would be interesting to see compare the amount spent per student in these top tier public schola is compared to the private schools that "they regularly crush".

If money were no object, then spending unlimited amounts of money that led to graduations classes filled with Einsteins would be the answer. However, in the real world, resources are not unlimited.

Again, I don't have the source to cite, but my recollection to when I went to school in Chicago (parochial religious schools for both elementary and high school) and for when I lived there, was that parochial school generally produced more, with a lot less.

Money isn't everything. A supportive family that stresses the importance of education is just as, if not more important.

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Removing funding from schools that consistently underPerform regardless of the resources that are thrown in, must in some cases be he final result.

I think the CPS has done this in cases. Closed the schools, reopened them and required teachers to reapply, denying employment to those that are unqualified.

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Here's how one of the local districts have performed, here. :?

Not the first time, either. The city limits of KCMO itself is mostly the old mid-city neighborhoods. A friend of mine, a high school History Teacher, had to work his early years there up until around '95-'96 or so, said he would never do that shit again and was glad he got out with body & mind intact.

Board strips Kansas City schools' accreditation
updated 9/20/2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Board of Education voted Tuesday to revoke the accreditation of the Kansas City School District, effective Jan. 1, because it failed to reach state performance standards.

It's the second time in 11 years that the district has lost accreditation, an embarrassing blow to a beleaguered district that again is trying to find a superintendent.

Board members blamed poor test scores; the district met only three of the 14 standards in the state's annual performance report, down from four in 2010.

The Jan. 1 deadline allows the school board, lawmakers and educators time to come up with a plan to improve and regain accreditation before it could face state takeover, Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told NBC News affiliate KSHB-TV in Kansas City.

“While we are disappointed with this decision, we understand the basis upon which it was made,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green told ABC News. “Student achievement remains our top priority and we will couple with this, a focus on restoration and recovery of our accreditation status.”

The state previously has intervened in the Wellston School District in suburban St. Louis and in St. Louis public schools. The Kansas School District also lost its accreditation in 2000, but it was able to make improvements to avoid a takeover. It has held provisional accreditation since 2002.

The soonest the state could take over the Kansas City district would be June 30, 2014. The state board then could appoint a special administrative board to govern the district, merge Kansas City with another nearby district or split the district into several new school systems. For example, St. Louis schools have been run by a board with one member appointed by the governor, one selected by the city's mayor and one chosen by the president of the city's Board of Aldermen.

The move by state education officials comes less than a month after John Covington abruptly resigned as the Kansas City superintendent to take a job leading a Michigan agency overseeing that state's poorest-performing schools. While in Kansas City, Covington oversaw the closure of nearly half the schools in the district, whose enrollment has shrunk to about 17,000 from a peak of 75,000 in the late 1960s.

Parents, like Dana Cutler of Kansas City, were filled with questions and confusion Tuesday,

Said Cutler: "Kids who are graduating in May ... what will they be facing? How does that affect their future and their possibilities, their hopes?"

One board member told KSHB that the status change will not take away the validity of a student's education or diploma or ability to qualify for college. The board member said colleges focus more on ACT and SAT scores and a student's grade-point average, not a district's accreditation.

One thing that would change is a parent's ability to move a child out of the district, which has nearly 17,400 students.

State law allows families living in an unaccredited district to attend neighboring school districts or move a child to districts in neighboring counties. That could be devastating to the Kansas City district.

School board members have said in the past they worry of a mass exodus of students, which could mean the shuttering the district.

If the district is unable to gain accreditation, parents are able to transfer a child to any school district within Jackson County or go to Clay, Platte or Cass counties.

The financial burden would be on Kansas City's school district.

Current law places the burden of transportation costs on the unaccredited district and requires it to transfer tuition to the new district.

'It tears you apart'
The district's interim superintendent, R. Stephen Green, is the 27th superintendent in Kansas City since 1969. Green most recently served as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars Inc. The program provides intensive tutoring and life-skills to Kansas City-area youths from middle school through college.

Stan Archie, a state education board member from Kansas City, said he hopes for improvement in the district and that the loss of accreditation could help to boost the resources and attention paid to its schools.


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