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Payton College Preparatory High School

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Posted November 13, 2012

I'm a recent graduate (2011), and I have very mixed feelings about the school. Sadly, many of these are negative. I chose Payton over many other great high schools because I wanted a challenge and good reputation, which many high schools in CPS just can't provide. When I got there, I was pleased with my teachers and the programs, but extremely unhappy with the school. The students here are extremely condescending, elitist, and unwelcoming. Expect to be around people with no interests outside of school and activities that look good on transcripts. For some students, this will be okay; for most, it won't. As someone who did not come from a privileged caucasian background or well represented minority group, I endured four years of hell to get a good education. I am now at a highly ranked East Coast school on a wonderful scholarship, and while I can say it prepared me very well for challenging math and science higher education, I would never repeat the experience in a million years. In addition, if you have ANY learning disabilities, DO NOT GO HERE. It's bad enough that "regular" students are overlooked, but the support for my friends with learning differences was tragically low.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2011

Graduated class of 2008, and didn't appreciate Payton until I got to college. It is exactly what it's named, a college prep. And if you can't deal with the course load, or the "unsympathetic" teachers then go to a school that doesn't prepare you for what lies ahead. I went to Depaul and felt that my Payton experience prepared me for a much more challenging institution. Aside from the demanding curriculum, I loved and still love Payton. I still talk with current teachers and students. All of my best friends attended Payton as well. And as far as the comment about Payton not balancing intellegent and great people, that's completely inaccurate. Only a Payton graduate can understand the ways in which Payton made us great. Love the teachers. Love the opportunites. Love the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2011

What a great school and curriculum. What fantastic teachers. What nice chairs, laptops, and equipment. They should all be like this. They aren't, as this is the flagship they take out-of-towners to, where even the private sector invests with internships, cool arts and activities; and it just happens to be in a gentrified area in the shadow of the now-defunct Cabrini Green. I love it and I hate it, I suppose; after seeing the neglect of many potentially good neighborhood schools in order to create a showpiece like Payton; and after seeing how many outside organizations participate in the deceit. A few of them should consider partnering with other schools just as deserving. I'm rating them average, if only because there's no telling how others would compare with the same outsized political and economic support.. (And I meant that about the teachers).


Posted February 23, 2011

All I heard is the school is a great school if you really want to get your kids to the Ivy's. Not sure what the school vision is, but definitely they are attracting parent care about their kids academic (PERIOD). This drive the school focus, but I doubt they can balance between making an intellgent individual and a great person. A school full of highly competitive (IQ) intellgent body definitely lack of the diversity, and most importantly lack of an environment for young people to dvelope their element of PASSION. IT IS THE CHOICE THE PARENT HAVE TO TAKE; BUT RATHER IT IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE KID then it is also a choice.


Posted November 24, 2010

im a sophmore right now at walter payton and i have to say i really do love my school. sometimes the work is challenging and i feel stressed but its all worth it in the end. Not to mention I have great teachers and friends that can help with my problems im having. Its alot of hard work but when you see you test results and you score higher than 87% of the kids in your state you feel a sort of accomplishment and know that its because of WPCP. GO GRIZZLIES!!!!!!! Class of 2013 <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2010

I graduated from Payton, i love my school. They have awesome curriculum, students who want to learn, and amazing opportunities. I saw fellow students travel to Ghana; Granada, Spain; Prague; Hungary; France; China; Japan and the list goes on


Posted October 13, 2010

Great teachers, great atmosphere and great school, wouldnt want to be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Payton College prep is an amazing school with an outstanding international and global focus. From Ghana to Beijing, Payton's focus continues to stretch the globe. This $20,000 can help them go even further.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 12, 2010

It's an awesome school. I'm so glad I go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great teachers who care about the students!!!!!!!!!


Posted April 11, 2010

I graduated from Payton 2 years ago, this spring. I can't say that I completely regretted going to Payton due to the fact that I got a full ride to college, however, all 4 years I was miserable. The teachers are very unsympathetic and unwilling to make accommodations to their students' needs and abilities (or lack thereof). I didn't have a normal high school experience, which believe it or not, is actually important. There was never an emphasis on anything except for academics, which if that is all you want to do in high school then more power to you. I would never, ever allow my siblings, other students that I know going into high school or even my own children (when it comes to that time) to attend or even entertain the thought of going to Payton.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

My daughter is going to be a freshmen at Payton this fall '09. We love this school. The curriculum is excellent. They teach and prepare these kids very well for college. My daughter learned so much in her freshmen year, I cannot imagine how much more she will learn in the next 3 years. I love the idea of a smaller school. I'm so glad my daughter worked so hard and was able to get her qualifications to make it into Payton. There are so many activities to choose from, it's great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

Excellent choice; my daughter is a Fall '08 freshman and Payton was the first on the list of high school choices. The school is new, fresh and high tec; the teachers are dedicated with a diverse student body. Challenging curriculum, many extra curricular activities and interests are available to nuture these future leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2007

If you want your child to be challenged this is your school. Payton offers a quality education from a diverse faculty, which was very important to me. This school prepares students well for college because they facilitate discuss about college starting from their freshman year. The neighboring area is a bit sketchy but many students commute to school together.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 24, 2006

Payton offers a diverse array of educational options. It's major limitation is the surrounding neighborhood and safety issues as experienced by my son on more than one occasion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2005

WoW,I enjoyed going to the Walter Payton open house today.I'm a student at Sandoval School applying for highschools. Payton is astounding, it is definitely my number one choice. The school's overall appearance is spectacular. It's a very modern hightec school. They have over 30 clubs to join and they travel to many places around the world. Also, they are the second best highschool in the state of Illinois. I love this school and I hope this short review can help you percieve what a magnificent highschool this is.I myself cannot even think of anything negative of Payton. Sending your child to Walter Payton will undoubtedly be one of the best choices you make for their future. This school creates a brilliant future for teens and puts them off in a great start!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2005

My daughter is now a sophmore at Payton. I cannot begin to say how much our family loves that school. The curriculum is excellent and the teachers are a vibrant and enthusiastic group. That was the one school my daughter really wanted to attend. We feel blessed that she attends that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

As a parent of a freshman student, I am pleased to see that my first impression of Payton was not a misrepresentation. The teachers and staff are dedicated and accessible. The course work is challenging which I support completely. The environment and overall size of the school is excellent for students not looking to get lost in between the cracks. We made an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My daughter is a freshmen at Payton, class of 2008. We've already met the Principal, asst. principals and many of her teachers. Great support and respect from other students. Heavy amount of homework, but not hard at all. Best decision we've ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


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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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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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black88%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income94%
Non-low income99%
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Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black84%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income89%
Non-low income100%
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Students without disabilities97%
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Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black84%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income91%
Non-low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
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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Average ACT score

27

Graduation rate

94.9%


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
White 34% 51%
Black 25% 18%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Timothy Patrick Devine

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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1034 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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