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7-12
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 2,164
 

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211 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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April 02, 2014
Whitney Young High School is the premier high school in the city of Chicago. What makes WYHS unique? The STUDENTS! With over 2100 students from every neighborhood and every nationality in Chicago, WYHS provides an exceptional high school experience for each and everyone of its students. Whether you're a genius or average but a hard worker, an artist or a dancer, an athlete or a writer, WYHS will inspire, engage and help each student meet their potential. Do you have to work? YES! Are some nights filled with 4-6 hours of homework? YES! Will teachers challenge you to think differently? YES! But it's done in a loving and supportive way. Parents are asked to read novels and come in for discussions with students and teachers. Parents are asked to volunteer and they DO! Dr. Joyce Kenner treats each student as her own child, because that is what she and her staff feel they are. Whether you come from an economically challenged home, or your household earns 6 figures, it doesn't matter. Every child/parent is welcomed and encouraged to be involved. WYHS is an outstanding experience for any young person. With over 50+ clubs an organization, each child finds their voice

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
My son has been a student here since 7th grade. What an amazing experience it has been for all of us. We have watched him grow, mature and just do great things at this school. He is now a Senior and the time has flown by so quickly, I can't thank the teachers and staff enough for all they have done for my son.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2013
Whitney Young is the perfect high school for me. As an athlete with high expectations of academic rigor, Whitney meets my standards in multiple categories. I get to work alongside some of the smartest high school students in the nation, as well as be a member of a city championship winning track and field team. The diversity at Whitney Young exposed me to a whole other part of the city I grew up in. I couldn't be happier with my high school experience.

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2013
This is a good school. They are, however, horrible with crisis intervention. They care about academic achievement, but they avoid dealing with a child's social-emotional wellness.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2013
building needs a major facelift.it's out of date for a high school of it's caliber.the student crowd is 50% low to 50% middle/upper income.the behavior is so so.don't let this being a magnet school fool you!whitney young is no walk in the park if you're a sub.the administration babies these kids letting them have their own way because they are smart and advanced.

- submitted by a community member

February 27, 2013
I am a graduate of WY and am very grateful for the quality of education I received. The teachers challenged me to the point I became an independent and active learner. Students must become involved in the extracurricular activities that best suits their interest to fully reap what WY has to offer.

- submitted by a community member

February 26, 2013
We are very happy that our daughter will be attending Whitney Young next year. We have only heard great things about the school, teachers and kids!

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2011
I attended Whitney Young, graduating in 1992. Sounds like WY has stayed one of the best in the city. I appreciate WY more now, as an alum, than I ever did as a student. It gave me exposure to diversity, to global issues, and to many different viewpoints. I had very liberal teachers, very traditional teachers, and many who were in-between. All of them cared, even if they didn't always show it (like the gym teachers.) On the down side, WY is a big school and unless you seek out opportunities, they don't always find you. My teachers didn't encourage me to make friends or grow socially through clubs or sports. Travel time and having to depend on the CTA Ashland bus was very difficult for me. I had to use my own resources to fight off some bullies freshman year, and to find a group of friends I felt comfortable with. If I was to give suggestions for WY to improve, I would ask the teachers and hall staff to get to know their students better and help them find extracurricular opportunities that would fit them well. I also wish I had been exposed to more college options.

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2010
I started going to WY this year as a 7th grader. It was a big adjustment of me to go from a school with 220 kids to a school with about 2200 kids. I really like the faxct that middle school students got a chance to mingle with high school students, and i really enjoy my classes too. The work load is a lot, and we do a lot of projects, but its definitely worth it, and i love everything about my school. Even though i miss my old school, i definitely dont regret switching to WY. The only thing i dont like is waking up early, but its definitely worth it :) ciara

- submitted by a community member

September 29, 2010
Six years of my life. And I loved it. WY has a very diverse atmosphere. Being a magnet school, you get people from all over. And everyone cares about academics in some form. I guess I could say it was a very comforting place to get an education. (Plus, there are so many classes in so many fields of interest...) The teachers cared about the students, like for real. And through whatever method they use to teach, they get their point through. The school has lots of programs - after school clubs and extracurricular's. Lots of sports. It's a place that gives you a lot of chances. And I have to say. There are just some things that WY has that other schools seem to lack. If you went there, you know what I mean.

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2009
I love my school sooooo much.!! I've been wanting to go to Whitney Young since I was in the 4th grade and when I finally found out I had gotten in I was really happy. I'm in 10th grd. and even though I love the school this year is hard. But hey,, what can you expect when you go to a grade A+ school.!!!!

- submitted by a student

October 05, 2009
The administration is highly organized, communication to parents is excellent. My son graduated in June and was able to pick from 6 top midwest colleges/univerisities. Learning atmosphere is serious but relaxed. Many excellent mentors for students on staff. My daughter is involved in the theater program which has become her second family. WYMHS has it all: academics, arts, sports, wonderful safe learning environment. Diversity in faculty and staff stimulates all employees and students to think outside the box. Principle should run for president of the US. She is a visionary who really understands students and families. Compassionate but does not suffer fools gladly. I would recommend this school for anyone who wants a great education in a top notch institution.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
Spent the best four years of my life there. Loved the buildings, the teachers, the students, the clubs, the diversity of classes.

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2009
Whitney Young has provided my two children the unique experience of attending a school which draws from all parts of the city, from families who are diverse in every sense of the word. It's a school where it's o.k. to be smart. The size is generally a plus, as it provides the opportunity for a very broad range of activities and classes. That said, I have been disappointed in the uneven quality of the teachers, particularly in math and science. Most WYHS teachers are excellent, but the exceptions are glaring. The principal seems very focused on achieving successes she can measure -- high standardized test scores, winning sports teams -- rather than seeking truly innovative ways for students to learn. I would still choose WYHS as a place for my children's education, but hope the administration will think creatively and not rest on their laurels as they plan for the future.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2009
I am a graduate of Young and I am a better person because of my experiences there.

- submitted by a parent
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October 03, 2008
WhineY Young is a wonderful school. There are many activities after school, 100s of clubs, and diverse people...but the test to get in is very hard. Compared to my old school, WY is so much more mature and interesting (fun)!

- submitted by a student

July 28, 2008
Whitney Young is a wonderfully exceptional school, but it is not for every child. It houses classes from 7th through 12th grades, which makes it somewhat large as well as a long time to remain if you enter at the 7th grade level. However, the diversity, class selections, accelerated pace, friendliness and dedication of the school to help your child succeed at Whitney Young, college and life is not surpassed by any other CPS high school. The students are motivated and very bright, and are free to express their individuality respectfully. The principal is very knowledgeable and cares about all of her students, and that trickles down to the staff. A great school by far!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2008
I went to this school and there are certainly many changes now that my daughter attends. I am still impressed, but have some concerns with teacher expectations. WY certainly has high expectations, but only a select few have been unrealistic. She has been there since 7th grade and will be a junior this fall. I am very proud of her academic success.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2008
I am a freshman at Whitney Young High School and am now entering the second semester and thus far Whitney Young has been great and has opened so many doors to me. despite the size of the school it feels like a second home, this is only added to by the staff who are friendly and welcoming to all. the only downfall is the aging facilities which need to be updated. but over all Whitney Young has been a great expirience for me.

- submitted by a student

December 29, 2007
I am currently a senior at Whitney Young and I sadly have to admit that Whitney Young has not been up to its standards. Coming in for 7th grade, i felt very proud to be in such a well-known school that challenged me. but over the years, the school seems to be changing right before my eyes and it is disappointing me more and more. The good thing about the school, however, is that it is very diverse and they give you a lot of opportunities to express yourself (forming your club is very easy to do). the teachers here seem like they have given up on the students and do the bare minimum to push the students to do and be more. many students are into drugs and drinking. i've had many experiences where the students are nothing but rude and disrespectful to teachers. many students are also cheating.

- submitted by a student

June 14, 2007
My daughter is a freshman at Whitney Young and I believe it is an excellent school with a great extracurricular activities, but given my choices of schools I don't know if I would send her there again. Edline is a great tool if the teachers use it to post students grades, homework, projects etc. All of her teachers did except one and of course that was the class she didn't do well in. I didn't find out until it was too late. The teacher never returned my calls and neither did the person in charge of the after school study program which I tried to set up for my daughter. I'm still waiting for the call. I even wrote a letter, gone to the school (you need an appointment)and sent a fax -nothing. She did have some great teachers and a great a counselor. I'm hoping her sophomore year will better.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2007
I am currently in 7th grade at WY. This school excells academically, but not due to the teachers. The teacher quality is basically average, however the students here excell and that is what makes WY so 'academically enriched'. The things they teach us here are a lot more difficult than at most other schools, which is great for a lot of gifted students. However, if you consider sending your child here you should think about it more carefully.The best thing about here is that it offers a variety of different classes. (Orchestra, dance, AP, Sculpture, Marine Biology, Trigonomety etc.)

- submitted by a student

April 20, 2007
My child attended the Academic Center and continued on until his sophomore year. He loved 7th and 8th grade and he was able to quickly adjust to the rigor. However, they assume that just because these kids are very bright that they know everything and are capable of making adult like decisions; and if not, 'oh well'. As mentioned before there are just a handful of teachers that will go above and beyond to help a child and even they seem a bit overwhelmed. Warning...if our child has a problem with cliques don t send them here...all the clubs are clique oriented.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2007
Young prepared my WY graduate(2004) well for college level work. My class of 2007 child also seems well prepared. The courses were challenging and offered at different skill levels. I would choose it again, However, the teachers do not impress me as particularly skilled or committed. The math and science instruction is substandard. I am satisfied with the experience my children gained at Young, esp. compared to what else is available in CPS.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2006
I attended Whitney Young from 2001-2005 and I consider the students, faculty, and staff members of my extended family. I truly feel I was part of something special whether it be setting football records, winning track and field championships, going to watch the Lady Dolphins dominate, or being in Illinois' best high school choir. The courses offered at WY are challenging and that is why being successful at WY is so fulfilling. I was allowed to grow as a person and student. I was allowed to express myself through the arts like choir and video production. Teachers and parents, not only my own but also parents of my friends, took a special interest in me and provided a network/support system that enabled me to excel. If I could do those 4 years of my life over again, I wouldn't change a thing. GO DOLPHINS!!!

- submitted by a student
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March 11, 2006
My daughter just gained admission, she couldn't be more thrilled. Even though she will be traveling from the far northwest side of Chicago, we all feel it's worth it! Their open house was the best of any we went to. Very organized, completely informational...& honest views from individual students. The range of classes are amazing, opportunities abound. Not to mention on cool school (& my daughter LOVES the bridges!)

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2005
Whitney young is an excellent school all around! The Diversity, location, academics and clubs/sports make this one great school!

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2005
I'm an incoming senior at Whitney Young, and I can say that WY is truly one of the best high schools a student can attend. There's a large variety of regular, honors, and AP classes, and most of the teachers are great. They really get involved in your learning, and care about the student as a person. The school has also implemented a new system called Edline, where teachers can post a student's grades online, and send out messages to students and parents. Its very useful for parents to keep up to date on what's happening in their child's classes. The extracurriculars are amazing. I've played sports every year I've attended WY, and the experience is unforgettable. The coaches are supportive, and team friendships are lasting. There's also a large variety of organizations to participate in. The student body is also incredibly diverse. WY's just a great school overall.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2005
I am not a parent but a former student of Whitney Young, I was reading another student's review and it bothered me. At Whitney Young, you do not have to belong to a clique to survive. I wasn't a part of any type of clique and I did fairly well. Besides this, the interactions amongst students and faculty is great. Many times, I have discussed issues that I have had in class and my parents were always informed of my performance in classes. There were times where I did fall behind but with the faculty's help, I made it and I made it strong. Whitney Young is a very caring institution.

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2004
As a new parent of two boys, one 7th and one 9th, I am overwhelmed with Whitney. Having said that, I wouldn't have my boys at any other school. Why? Whitney is a reflection of real life. It's not always fair. It's an opportunity to prepare your child for future battles. Contrary to what some other parents have written, I find the parental contact superior to most schools. Edline is the bomb! I feel sorry for my children. I check it every week. It helps me keep them on track. My favorite line...'Is Edline going to make me smile, or should we cancel Christmas now?'

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2004
As a problematic student going through the maturity phase of my life, I can say that my mother's wisdom was way beyond her. My attending Whitney Young not only prepared me for college, but life after college. Yes there are cliques you have to deal with, but tell me where in life you do not have to deal with that. Yes, they expect more, but why shouldn't you expect the best from the best? I can't relate to the non-contacting of parents when you fall behind. In fact, they contact my mom a little 'too much', but it helped me get to where I am today. I mean I learned how to golf before it was 'fashionable' to golf. I learned archery and most importantly, I learned to believe in the greatness that I already possess and utilize that for the advancement of society as a whole! Go Whitney Young!

- submitted by a student

September 30, 2004
I absolutely loved my time at whitney young. I went there from 1988-1994. I came in through the academic center and continued through high shool. It's the best high school in the city.

- submitted by a student

August 16, 2004
I've finally graduated from Whitney Young in 2004. My mother's recently informed me that while my sister was a freshman at WY she spoke with a math teacher who said in order to survive at Whitney Young you have to belong in a clique. This is unfotunately true. The support among classmates, staff and social services, for those of us who fell between the cracks, was not very available. So many of the students are snooty and impatient with others who learn/adjust at different paces. The deadlines for many assignments considering the proportions are rediculous. While at Whitney Young I met the principal senior year--my first time. She just said, 'Your grades are way to low to be a Whitney Young student.' Some good things about the school are the handful of genuinely conscerned teachers, the diversity of students and courses--including languages, social studies and electives, facilities, some teaching approaches and safety.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2004
In the event that a student falls behind, the parent is not notified. Because all of the students attending Young are so bright, the 'above average' but not extremely accelerated can slip by. My daughter was failing chemistry and I was never notified. This school is only good for the very independent and goal-oriented student. It is too easy for all other students to slip by. The school was very large and not personal enough for my liking. My daughter only met the principal three times in four years. Parents must be proactive if they have a student at Young.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2003
Good choice among both public and private options. Great urban location! Great cross section of student racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Students of all abilities can meet their potential. Broad range of course and extracurricular options. Confident, prepared and results oriented teachers. Strong supportive parent groups.

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211 South Laflin Street, Chicago, IL  60607
(773) 534-7500
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