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Northridge Preparatory School

Private | 6-12 | 256 students

Our School is best known for our Liberal Arts Curriculum
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted April 17, 2014

A recent graduate of Northridge Prep, I still consider myself to be a Northridge man. When I was looking for a high school, its academics were key. Northridge routinely sends students to stellar colleges including Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, U of C, and Illinois. Importantly, service is also a big part of the Northridge community. An example is the all-school volunteer program with Misericordia--a community of care for people with disabilities. Instead of merely focusing on preparing your sons for college, Northridge centers on the formation of the whole person, building the spirit as well as the mind. The amazing faculty ensures that no one falls through the cracks; you are not just a face in the halls, and the teachers are not just voices in the front of the classroom. My teachers made me believe I could go anywhere and do anything. I believe choosing Northridge was best decision of my life. This school provided me a motivating environment and challenged me to reach toward academic and spiritual heights I could never have dreamed of anywhere else. Although I am now a freshman at my first-choice college (go Cardinal!), I am now and will always be a Northridge man.


Posted April 9, 2014

I'm a parent of a 10th grade student at Northridge. I feel so fortunate to be apart of this community. Northridge has not only fostered my son in his academics but also as young man looking to the future. I have two older children who attended other middle and high schools. Their experience was not nearly as positive as our Northridge experience. At Northridge we have faculty who go above and beyond what most schools require. Most of the faculty teach the students all through middle school in one given subject. The same is in High school. This allows for a very unique relationship and familiarity to develop. The teacher knows the strength and weaknesses of each student, thus allowing them to focus on where the student may need help . I would highly recommend Northridge prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

I have found Northridge to be a diamond in the rough.As a parent you do the checking and research to find a school that will best address and prepare your son for the future.Northridge has combined many of the values that we are looking at instilling in them.The values of faith,hard work,responsibility, and respect.If you were able to walk the halls at NRP you would see these characteristics modeled by all the teachers and administration.What has always been satisfying to my wife and I is that every teacher that our son has had has always asked how he is doing outside the classroom.They truly are interested in the complete person.Getting to know many of the boys at NRP we would have to say that they are doing a wonderful job alongside the parents at raising really good young men who are very well mannered and respectful.NRP administration as always encouraged a team concept between the school, parents and their boys. NRP does not just teach our faith they live and model it everyday.We could not think of better mentors for our son then the men at Northridge.Making a decision as to where to send your kids to get this kind of instruction is difficult but we are all very happy at NRP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2011

My oldest son is a sophomore at Northridge and had attended since 6th grade.During that time, we have seen administration move the school forward in positive ways.With the introduction of the "hall system" middle school students mix with high school students for special projects and activities.This breaks the barriers between the different age groups and encourages friendships.It has also added numerous leadership opportunities.NRP is truly about educating the "whole" student.My son has grown academically (top-notch college prep curriculum), spiritually (unmatched teaching of the Catholic faith), athletically (outstanding athletic director and coaching staff), and socially (solid friendships formed with friends who share a common set of values). I believe my son, as well as his classmates, will be more than prepared for the future because of the foundation set at NRP. This day in age, when colleges acceptances are extremely selective, NRP students continue to be accepted at some of the country's most prestigious universities. We are constantly stopped and asked by strangers, as well as friends, what we are doing to raise such a fine young man. Our answer is always, "Northridge."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

We have two sons at Northridge Prep. I truly believe that by the time they go off to college, they will be ready to meet that responsibility. Mostly, they will be ready because their father and I have done our best to prepare them to be young men of honor and integrity. But I have no doubt that they will be ready because Northridge supported the efforts we made in our own home. We have never looked to keep our sons from the inevitable hardships of the outside world, but rather try to give them the skills and strength of character necessary to meet those hardships. Northridge is helping us develop not just their academic performances, but their moral values. NRP forms leaders of intellectual distinction, men of faith and respect, men who are committed to community service and a loving family. We are not the only family by far who has had a positive experience at our school. The families here believe that when the time comes, their sons too will be ready-and their readiness will be due in great part to Northridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

Our son is a sophomore at NRP and we have found it to be a very good school. Most of the teachers have been excellent. The families are dedicated to the Catholic faith and to the well-rounded education of their sons. They represent a broad cross section ethnically and economically. General mood at the school is a joyful, fired up bunch of people - teachers, families, and boys. On the one hand, we wish they would offer a few more options for sports; on the other hand, the way our culture is obsessed with year-around sports clubs and the like, we've adjusted just fine. NRP does not have the vast resources that some other private schools have, but that's ok as there is a nice "pull together" mentality among the families and teachers. My wife and I would highly recommend Northridge for the formation of virtuous, well-educated young men.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

Northridge Prep is in a class of its own when it comes to an authentic Catholic education! It truly is the ONLY real Catholic High School in town. The single sex education is the best thing you can do for your sons, coupled with an outstanding all male faculty. My sons would not be of the caliber intellectually, spiritually or morally if not for the support we get from NRP. They are able to participate in sports, clubs, theatre etc.. that they would not be able to if at a large school. While it does not offer all the bells and whistle and endless or should I say excessive extras, it offers a well balanced classical college prep education and prepares the young men to be quality husbands, fathers, professionals and citizens, something or culture could use more of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

Our son attended Northridge Prep School for 7 years. Today he attends one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. My wife and I are convinced this was made possible by the academic preparation he received at Northridge coupled with the school's reputation among college admissions counselors. Beyond that, however, our son received a top-flight education in character from the Northridge faculty and staff. Northridge delivered on its promise to educate our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

For a school that supposedly has a reputation for well-behaved and well-educated young men, I tonight saw at an 8th grade basketball game some of the worst behavior and poor sportsmanship I have ever seen. As their maroon team played, their gold team in the stands heckled and catcalled at the opposing team. Their coach was in the stands with them and did nothing. When their behavior was pointed out to the coach, he claimed to not have heard them and didn't seem to care. We in the stands heard their players swearing at the opposing team. Such behavior from 8th grade (or any) young men is inexcusable. I would not send my children there.


Posted September 13, 2011

Unfortunately, Northridge Prep really does not live up to it's hype. A number of the excellent veteran teachers have been pushed out and a culture of fun and games (supposedly to build character and leadership) has moved in. Academics seem to be less important than before, and except for sports, other important offerings such as the arts are minimal at best. The leadership of the school is just not very competent. In the past, the sheltered environment of Northridge worked well as a good fit for many awkward boys who would have gotten eaten alive in public middle & high schools. That seems to be a thing of the past also. For the money, unless your boys play basketball, there are just too many better schools to choose from. I would definite send mine elsewhere.


Posted March 27, 2011

Parents (i.e. mothers in the mothers club who have nothing better to do than gossip) have too much control. For a school that absolutely cannot be beat when it comes to theology, the mothers have a terrible way of showing it through their manipulation and gossip. One, in particular comes to mind, but I digress. The North Shore mothers and some from Northwest are trying to turn Northridge into something that they have envisioned. Viva la Northridge of Shepherd, Kestler, Volino, Knox, Burns (please turn away from the dark side), Herman(s), Diem, Stenson and all the other teachers who know what the school is actually supposed to be! P.S. The current headmaster is a spineless one who doesn't know the first thing about young men and can't devote his time to the school because he has a family. Make it a rule to have a numerary headmaster!


Posted April 2, 2009

I'm a graduate of Northridge Prep class of 2008. I might say that Northridge Prep was one of the greatest choices my family has made. I loved the friends i made and teachers that guided me all through my year at Northridge and now even after I'm in college they have been great help. Yes they are some new administration that is leaving the ideals the school that i remember was founded upon, and some outstanding faculty are being let go that have inspired me and many other graduates. I love Northridge Prep but with the new administration I dont see it staying the same. I loved my time there the best times of my life hands down.


Posted February 4, 2009

Academically, Northridge is tops, offering a large number of Advanced Placement and Honors level courses, but the real key to the Northridge experience is that the students are treated and expected to act like the young men they are. They learn to become self-confident, and moral leaders. My son has really 'learned how to learn' there. Come to an open house to see for yourself. This school is worth every penny, and so much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2008

The school is very uneven. A few teachers are very good,; a few are poor; the rest average. There has been much turnover of faculty and a declining enrollment the last years. Classroom discipline remains a problem. A few very bright students from religously motivated families attend; most HS students are students from Chicago who could not make it into one of the magnet schools and who otherwise would be forced to attend the local HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

Highly qualified teachers. Great discipline for boys. Strong educational principles
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Posted December 7, 2005

This is an excellent school for young men who want a rigorous academic atmosphere in a traditional Roman Catholic environment. Teachers challenge the students to go beyond the regular classroom instruction by forcing them to take ownership of their learning and in particular develop strong time and task management skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2004

The primary goal seems to be to cultivate parents and their wealth first. The one bright spot is that the Catholic faith is taught well. Unfortunately there are far better options for academics, extracurriculars, and character education. Students often find themselves ill prepared for the rigors of college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Two sons have graduated. They are at the top of their class at Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Champaign. They are gentlemen of high quality. Northridge has been the best for my sons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Northridge is a school that teaches both academics and Catholic morals to the boys. It is a treasure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

What am improvement for my son...Academically,spirirtually and socially. I have great respect for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 18% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Embers Elementary School
Kingswood Academy
Saint Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Stanford
University of Notre Dame
University of Illinois
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • APEX Learning
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • John Kestler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • All boys
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Fax number
  • (847) 375-0606

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • APEX Learning
  • Adult education
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • APEX Learning
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Embers Elementary School
Kingswood Academy
Saint Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Northwestern University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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8320 W Ballard Rd
Niles, IL 60714
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Phone: (847) 375-0600

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