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.)
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.
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.
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!!!
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!)
Whitney young is an excellent school all around! The Diversity, location, academics and clubs/sports make this one great school!
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.
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.
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?'
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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