I'm currently a student and this school and all i have to say to parents taking this school into consideration is make a smart decision. There are plenty of amazing schools in chicago with teachers and faculty who support their students and their goals in life; however, this isn't one of them. Not to get into detail but my freshman year one if my ADVISORS had told me something that was pretty cruel. Cruel enough for him to lose his job while my other ADVISOR heard it but once i reported it and we had a conference both of them lied to save their jobs and the principle wouldn't believe a word i said. After that day i realized how messed up this school is and they take advantage of the power that they have. The school is no where near as good as advertised and if you dont want to make your child misersble then i reccomend you go elsewhere.
This school doesn't develop honesty, integrity or fairness in its students primarily because every student I know in honors classes and who graduated top of the class cheated on tests and exams to get where they were.
They're bent on the idea that you absolutely NEED to go to college or else they label you as a loser.
The staff are unfair and favorite small cliques of students that just "coincidentally" happen to receive every award, the highest grades, and the highest honors.
I said I didn't want to go to college one time and found myself the victim of bullying by the staff, constantly bringing up the fact that I didn't want to go to college throughout the lesson plan. Then when I went to the assistant principal to complain about the incident, he personally called me out for my decision.
Their cafeteria is also disgusting. The City of Chicago found rats in the Kitchen and that place had to be shut down for the longest and they had to serve us REAL food for once. I think I wrote a review mentioning that, but I guess the school contacted the site administrators to have it removed. Strange. It wouldn't be the first time they try to cover-up their mistakes. After all, they are perfect in everything they do.
I left that school and could finally breathe.
The only problem now after I graduated is that they won't stop harassing me after I told them I want nothing to do with them in my later life. I keep getting invitations for stupid reunions or alumni events but they won't understand that I have a life and have moved on.
As a student, this is a good school. The teachers are nice as well as the deans. If you are experiencing bullying, just contact the teachers and the issue is resolved. Negative views given by students are wrong since the students who write them slack off, disturb class, and whatnot.
northtown so far is not the best highschool for any student to apply to because of their strict uniform system, overpriced lunch, the staff hardly ever works\and the school is really poor. I've been a student at northtown for 4 years now and I hate it. If you apply at north town always go to the GENERAL class because the teachers there are less strict, they provide you more time to study, learn and the lessons that they teach goes faster because of how these GENERAL teachers help you and learn the lessons better.
I went to Northtown from 2007-2011 & I loved it for the most part. The curriculum was challenging & the teachers always helped me after school & gave me extra practice whenever I asked for it. I didn't like that a lot of students were allowed to break rules & not get punished for it. The deans always picked on certain people & were ALWAYS looking for something wrong with them to punish them for it. I once got a Saturday detention for being late to class when I was not the one that was late. I told my teacher about it & she took so long to email the dean that I ended up having to go to the detention so I wouldn't lose my senior privileges when I didn't deserve it to begin with. This was unfair considering that the mistake got cleared but I was still punished for it. All the rules do not in any way apply to everyone.I dyed my hair half blonde my Junior year & was forced to change it & asked by the principal to not return until I did.There was another girl with her hair just the same way and she never got asked to change it or asked to leave school.Overall, if you want a good education, this is a great school.If you want respect & fair treatment, don't even bother with this school.
I went here and it was horrible. Here's why: 1. The staff were extremely power-hungry and demanding of the students. It wasn't a matter of them caring for their grades, it was just a matter of them hating their lives and making their students suffer for it. There's a difference between caring, and simply enforcing the rules because you want to have control over the students, which they did every second, even if the student were 18 years old. 2. The teachers, not all but a lot, were always slacking-off and barely taught their classes. Pretty much ever class was a time for relaxation and mingling. 3. The teachers favored a small group of inconsiderate students who conveniently were the top of their class, received the most awards, honors and scholarships, and also received the most credit for things they never did. 4. The school took credit for its students accomplishments, meaning that if a student got their life back on track all by themselves, the school would try to take credit by claiming they influenced the change, when really, the school didn't. It happened many times. Don't think of this school as anything special; they lie on their website about it being a fantastic place.
A fair review is a considerate review. Therefore this gets a 3/5 since it's pretty terrible, but most schools in the area aren't great, so it's average at best. Faculty are pretty much in and out every year, you/ your child probably aren't going to know a lot of the teachers by the final year due to them all getting fired. The lunch is disgusting and expensive, every student either buys junk food with their parents money or fills out a form to get free lunches, even if their family isn't financially struggling. More importantly, the education is insufficient. The most common trend of all the classes is the teacher tries to teach the material, the majority of the class is uninvolved or unfocused, the expectations for the criteria is not met, and the teacher ends up trying to negotiate with the class. Every teacher tries to engage the class by having them help work out how the class should go, and it never works. I personally believe that little to no knowledge is retained from most of these classes, and the knowledge taught that is retained could easily be taught much quicker/efficiently. Overall, don't choose this school for anything other than a high school diploma.
I graduated this year and I cannot expand on saying how much I miss this school. Yes, this school might not be the best, but I sure do not regret ever coming to this school. As any other student, I've had my good and bad experiences; but after all, it is the student himself who shapes how he is viewed among his peers. In all honesty, the school has a decent set of staff. The only problem that I ever encountered was the possibility of having a new teacher for a new semester, while all of the good ones left for better schools. Oh yea, I hated the crowded hallways. Despite the teachers being mostly new, they are quite friendly and enjoyable. As I've read throughout the reviews, many often blame the teachers and the school for unfairness, but I all I have to say is that most of it is lines and lines of excuses to justify a person's failure. Yes, many students cheat and are often praised for it, but we all know that people like that will never be able to execute in the real-world. It's nice and simple, what you get from this school is what you strive to achieve. No one will come and praise kids who are stubborn in both their personality and academic performance. GO PUMAS!
This school is horrible. Every day, I am bullied and walked over by the popular students. They treat me like dirt because the staff praise them to make them believe they are better than me. Nonetheless, the students all cheat. Im in honors classes and I see every day students looking up answers on tests and then get rewarded with scholarships for getting As on the test. Its not fair and nothing is done about it. Every day I beg my parents to remove me from this school