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5501 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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May 21, 2014
Teacher's are not very good. Staff is very unhelpful. If you want to go to northside you better be prepared to teach yourself all 4 years because teachers won't teach you anything but expect you to just know it. Not a very collaborative school and its only number 1 because it takes the best kids in the city.

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October 31, 2013
We attended the open house at Northside and were very disappointed. We waited outside for 30min (last tour). Finally we walk inside and were seated in the gym area. I didn't get the great vibe feeling we got from Whitney Young/Jones. The presentation was not impressive and lacked enthusiasm by the lady behide the podium. The kids and I spent the whole time looking at the screen behind her over and over agin. The presentation was boring. The tour was cut short because it was getting late. We only went into one room and the pool. We were sent to the first floor... The End

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My daughter is a Junior at this school. I have watched an extremely intelligent and happy young girl turn into a stressed out and deflated human being in trying to keep up with the rigorous, exhausting and competitive environment there. Im sure there are some kids who are capable of handling this type of school. But all of my daughters friends hate it and many in therapy due to the stress and depression created from trying to be worthy of this place. Adolescence is so tough as it is. Please do your child a favor and find a normal school to put them in.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
My child is a sophomore this year, and so far I've been very impressed with the depth and rigor of classes. I've also admired the recently departed, long-standing principal, Barry Rodgers and the A.P. Dr. Murphy (who is also leaving). I hope that the new administration, starting Nov. 1st, will continue the tradition of academic excellence and solid community building that has existed so far. I also hope this new administration will be able to work around the ridiculous mandates issued by CPS, and did Principal Rodgers. At the first freshman year Parent-Teacher conference, I found my son's teachers to be extremely caring, and observant about our son. They were quite familiar with the challenges of the teen years, and the pitfalls that can trip up students in a rigorous academic learning environment.. In several weeks I'll be meeting with our son's sophomore year teachers, and hope to be similarly impressed. While our son is extremely bright and talented, I believe that he is very privileged to attend Northside. It is a good fit for him, but would not be a good fit for his very smart sibling who happens to have some learning challenges.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
Northside has proven excellent for my daughter who is entering her senior year. Its teachers are only outdistanced by its varied, yet well-rounded student body. It rightfully sets the standard for public education in Illinois..

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
I have heard such great things about this school and it has always been a dream of mine to be accepted their for as long as I can remember. Now I am pretty much obsessed with it.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2011
I am currently a senior at Northside and will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall. First off, it is definitely not true that everyone who goes here can get into an Ivy League school. Year in and year out, most (actually a majority) go to UIC or U of I, which is better than a lot of city schools where kids have dropped out or do not go to college, but is no more impressive than where suburban schools send their grads. That being said, I am a strong believer that what you put in is what you get. I feel like the people that complain about teachers acting cocky and not delivering on promises they make expect their hand to be held thru the whole 4 years. That's not going to happen at any school. Students that actively seek out the amazing resources at this school will be rewarded. And if everyone did that here, probably a lot more people would be going to Harvard (not that Harvard is the school for everyone anyway; it's all about fit). The biggest knock against Northside is its incredibly awful math curriculum, IMP. It leaves all but those whose brains are hard-wired for math unprepared for college, a great irony at a college "prep" school.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2011
I am extremely happy with my child s experience at Northside College Prep. She is a junior and since her freshman year she has been heavily recruited by top universities nationwide. The opportunities that this school has opened up for her are unlimited. Although she works hard, she has been able to balance her academics with her social life and maintain a high grade point average. What I like best is that unlike many other public high schools, there is very little negative peer pressure to distract her. At Northside, it is o.k. for academically talented girls to shine and not feel afraid of how they are being perceived by others, because studying hard and getting good grades are the rule and not the exception.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
I am very disappointed in this school. While their staff is decorated with awards and degrees, it seems some have missed the point of teaching, the students. Most of the students attending Northside have no problem managing the content and workload, but what happens to the few students who struggle at this school of over achieving staff and students? Nothing...The teachers do not seem to attempt or even care that some students may struggle in a certain subject or may be missing some key skills to help them become successful. Why are teachers at this school not expected to meet the needs of every student? Will this tarnish the image of Northside? How do the teachers differentiate their instruction? I am not impressed with awards and degrees I want to know how the teachers teaching and how students are learning.

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October 24, 2010
I currently attend Northside College Prep and can honestly say that if I could go back in time and reject my acceptance to the school I would have. It is definitely overrated and just because you get accepted there does not mean that it is the right school environment for you. The staff constantly acts as if it is such a privilege to be at Northside when it is a privilege for them to have us NOT the other way around. The school itself is very rigorous and I learned a lot thus far being at Northside but I cannot wait until I am officially transferred out of this school! I only rated this school 4 stars because of its rigor and so that people don't think it is horrible academically but if you want a social life DO NOT GO HERE.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2010
I am currently a Junior and I moved out to the Northside of Chicago just to go to school here and there was no better decision in my life. Northside College Prep is a beautiful school with superb teachers that care for each individual student. The school is the top of the line with its cirriculum and it is a challenging school that makes students think about the process. This school is no breeze. But is without a doubt, the BEST!

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2010
I went to Northside for my freshman year, and transferred out because i had to move. If not, there was no way i would have left. I've been to 9 schools in my entire life, because my family moved around a lot. I had to say, Northside was the BEST school I've ever been to. Usually i would have a hard time adapting to a new school and meeting people, but there I made so many great friends and memories. When i heard that I had to leave, I just couldn't stop crying. Going into NCP was totally worth it. NCP is a great school! As far as I know, all of my friends love it as much as I do.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2010
I am a parent of a sophomore and she absolutely loves Northside. I believe that students who do not like the Northside environment are those that are not willing to put sufficient effort into their classes. It is natural that Northsiders are proud of their status- as well they should be, they are some of the best students in Chicago, and they work hard to achieve their goals, but they are by no means pretentious. My experience is that the students like to succeed and enjoy the challenge Northside presents. The only students who tend to have negative experiences are those who are not properly suited to the the school's environment, and want something less selective or rigorous. Yes, Northside is difficult, but it is a wonderful environment, and I would recommend it to any parent.

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no rating December 26, 2009
I think Northside is a terrible school. I went there for one year and was disgusted with the conceitedness of th school. Its teachers are always saying things like you're so lucky to be here and you're so ungrateful. Its a terrible place and unless you want to end up on the streets, conceited, and thinking you're better then everyone else I suggest not to go there. I transferred to Niles West. I love it here. Go Niles West!!

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2009
I went to that school for one year, and personally I didn't like it. The excessive school pride was something I could never get into, and blatantly, I thought it was overrated. However, I will not deny its academic achievements. The average act score is pretty high there -- about a 27. Additionally, it is much better then stereotypical cps schools. People really care about academics there. The only thing I want to warn prospective students about it the cockiness of the school, and the consistent overselling of the schools greatness. People seem to assume it is the hardest school in the planet, and that everybody that goes there will get into Harvard. In reality, its classes are just about as hard as honors classes from most surrounding suburban schools. The reason why i'm saying this is because the school is not for everybody. I know plenty of people who love the school; I also know plenty of people who hated it. My advice? If you really want to go there, go. Don't just go there against your gut feeling because you are being pressured to. People make it out to me much harder academically, and more difficult to get into then it really is.

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November 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
at first the school seemed really nice due to colloquium and the fact that you get more time to do your hw, but the one thing that really got me angry about northside was the way they present math. They have this program IMP which is to my opinion pointless and also doesnt teach the student much besides formulas.

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August 21, 2009
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August 18, 2009
It's a very good school; unfortunately, like many schools it has a very noticeable bias towards the girls and things girls like.

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June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
Wow. Northside Prep is the perfect school! It's anything that you can ask for! I'm an 8th grader and I got selected to go to this school. If you are really smart and are a dedicated student you should apply! I attended the class of 2013 meeting and the school is wonderful! It's the #1 high school in the whole state of Illinois. The students who don't choose to be here don't know what they are missing out on.I I really recommend the school!

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February 01, 2009
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no rating December 15, 2008
I thinki that Northside High school is magnificeint. It has great teachers that help the students get through.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2008
My daughter graduated from Northside in June 2008. She loved everything about the school, including the many excellent teachers, challenging curriculum, great music/fine arts program, and a social life (including several dances each year, from the informal back to school dance to prom). She made many good friends, and they are staying in touch despite scattering to various midwestern colleges. Regarding college, she is attending a small, rigorous college and received an academic scholarship. I thank Northside for preparing her well for college life.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
I am currently a student at NCPHS and I totally disagree with the comment that the parent posted saying that NCP isnt a great school. This person obviously does not know what they are talking bout, it has a great curriculum and a great staff and activities. Its a awesome place to be. She is probably jealous.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2008
Although it is considered one of the best schools in Chicago, that is more due to the intelligence of the students then the actual teaching of the school. It seems that there, they do not do anything to try and make the students happy, and instead they rely on the students, more then the students rely on them. They have very low funding, and the teachers aren't very good there. I initially put my son there for its reputation, but I pulled him out after I saw what it truly is. Thankfully I had the choice to put him in a private school, but if you don't have that sort of option, it is probably a better choice to send your kid there rather than another cps school. I would rate NCP 2.5/5, but that isn't an option so i'll round it up to three.

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August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2008
This school gives students a challenging curriculum. Very well known and ranked 14 out of all f the public high schoools in America.

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July 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 04, 2007
I love this school. The staff and students are what makes it a great place to be.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 09, 2007
Best school. Teachers are committed

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
Northside Prep is the absolute best school any child could ask for - the teachers are committed and friendly, the students are motivated, and the facilities are amazing. The programs and classes are superior, with studies suited to almost any high achieving student. The freedom experienced and the amount of responsibility handed to the children is more than anywhere else, and they handle it brilliantly. Both the music and art programs are fantastic, with high levels of parent and teacher involvement. The school has few discipline problems, and there is a high level of cooperation and familiarity within the entire school. One of the best and most rewarding places to go to school, and an amazing opportunity for a superior education.

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January 16, 2006
Amazing school with excellent activities and ideas!

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2006
A great school with many opportunities for students to develop and grow to full potential. the teaching staff is committed and knowledgable.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
This school is great! The academic program is great and the school is number one in the state of IL for PSAE test scores and has a world renound Advanced Placement program. The parent involvement in the school is very high where the parents raise money for activities that the board does not pay for. The money raised by the parents is over 200 thousand a year.

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August 12, 2005
Northside College Prepratory High School is an amazing school for the bright and hardworking. It offers every educational need for a bright future, and the parent involvment is huge as it has a parent network. There is a great relationship with the principal and children, and though the work is tough it is made up for with the vast amount of fun activities offered.

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We have an amazing faculty. Four hold doctorates, fifty-eight hold master degrees and seventeen hold baccalaureate degrees. Twenty faculty members are National Board Certified Teachers, three are Golden Apple winners, and one is a DisneyHand Teacher. Three are Licenseed Clinical Professional Counselors

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Northside College Preparatory High School
5501 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL  60625
(773) 534-3954
Last modified Northside College Preparatory High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northside College Preparatory High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top