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Richards Career Academy High School

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Posted March 23, 2012

I also attended this school about 12 years ago. Indeed there were teachers who expressed an interest in the education of certain students. Then again there were those (teachers) who slept during class. I am happy for those of you who actually succeded but let me tell you, statistically, it is a very select few. Only a handful of people get good jobs and only in areas like computer maintenance and kitchen labor. This school does not offer anything promising. I always thought of it as a daycare for the older, more troubled youth. I am embarrased to have attended this high school. Just read the other reviews to get an idea of the type of education one recieved, i.e spelling & grammar. Then go read Whitney Young reviews. I wish my parents had let me attend Young when I got accepted upon graduating elementary school. Their ignorance in the importance of education and safety taught me to encourage my child to achieve all she can. All I can do is support her and work hard to give her what I was denied. I am extremely content to say she is in a very prestigious magnet school because I knew she did not belong in these neighborhood schools. I don't care how much it costs, I will help her.


Posted March 9, 2010

This school was the best but the people that di not want to try they just would have to stay it was no the techers falt the stubents are faling its their own falt the dont lesson at all of whe nthey need help they dont ask !!


Posted September 10, 2009

I would have to definitely concur with Christian. I graduated from Richards In 2005 and I made the decision to strive for a higher education- attending college was not the eases thing for me coming from Richards but, it was not the teacher s fault in fact I will be the first to say I think we had great teachers it was just some of us, myself being one that picked and choose the things we thought were important. I really respect Richards a lot and I feel until you really understand the definition of growth you will have the negative attitude towards this institution as such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

well me as a student at richards career academy totally diagree with the rating that they gave my school. Yeah it might not be the most great looking school and there are some students there that could careless about getting educated. But theres actually students that care and do there work maybe not alot but it all depends on the student not the school. The school dose not decide on the actions the students take to benifit themselfs, it all depends on the student. somecare some dont simple as that. some complain about how bad the school looks and how the school dose not get enought funding but the truth is that it really dosent matter how good the school looks as long as theres books to learn and teachers that are willing to teach.thanks to the culinary career i've had many great experiances that will benifit me in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2007

Agreed, many of the teachers strive to provide the best academic education possible. This is not to say that all teachers do the same. The worst part of this school is its location. I remember the many fights that took place in school. I would not recommend anyone to attend this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 8, 2006

First of all for the record let me just say that if you are going to negatively attack the educational and disciplinary actions of this particular school, please do so intelligently. I am a product of this particular school and I feel that it helped me to better myself academically and socially. Richards also helped me to flourish poetically. They expressed complete confidence in my culinary skills and also gave me the limited opportunity of going to both Paris,France and London,England. Don't blame this school for the behavior of these students who refuse to succumb to higher education. These teachers really do try and I personally recommend that this school be re-evaluated and respected.
—Submitted by a former student


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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Male15%
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Hispanic11%
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Students without disabilities11%
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All Students5%
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Male7%
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Hispanic6%
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Students without disabilities6%
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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28%
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16

Graduation rate

64.8%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 67% 24%
Black 33% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mary E Dolan

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing arts
  • Poetry
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5009 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60609
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