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Northside College Preparatory High School

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2014

My son entered Northside as a very immature child with Aspergers. With the guidance he received at school and the support/stability at home, he grew into an awesome young man! He became a mentor to other students who have similar issues as well as being a tutor to other students who needed additional help (especially with math). His challenges make him an awesome peer mentor. He has been through a lot and is able to assist in many different situations. I am very proud to report that he completed his first semester at college with a 3.4 GPA. We both see him completing his bachelors in secondary education specializing in math in a timely manner. The changes that have occurred in him are in large part due to the assistance of the staff at NSCP! Love them and will be forever thankful!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted February 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

I thinki that Northside High school is magnificeint. It has great teachers that help the students get through.


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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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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.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 4%
Hispanic 23% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #1 Public High School in the State of Illinois 2001- 2008 (2008)
  • Gold Medal School by US News and World Report 2007-2009 (2009)
  • State Champions in Latin for the Illinois Junior Classical Leabue (2004-2008) (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:14 pm
School Leader's name
  • Barry Patrick Rodgers
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (773) 534-3964

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College preparatory
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Poms
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Northside college preparatory high school has strong parent and community involvment. we have two parent groups that support our school. friends of northside includes parents and community members who work to raise money for the school. we also have a parent network group who support our school through volunteerism. in addition we have a local school council that includes parents, community members, teachers, a student, and administration that work together to make ncp a great place to live and learn.
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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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