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Niles West High School

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Posted January 16, 2014

As an alumna, I remember everyone being very supportive and that the school ensured I received the accommodations I needed. My case manager was very friendly, supportive, and always willing to help the students that she worked with. In addition, the school's Literacy Center had many friendly student tutors as well as teachers who patiently helped me with math, science, and writing whenever I needed it. My guidance counselor was also very supportive and was even one of the people who attended my IEP meetings. Aside from one teacher, I remember feeling comfortable seeking help from them and that they were always willing to meet with a student as necessary.


Posted May 4, 2010

My son graduated from Niles West last year. The academics are excellent and the extracurricular activities superb. I found the counseling office to be very helpful in assisting me with my son's academics. I have nothing but good things to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2009

After Freshman year, I transferred to Niles West from Northside College Prep. Even though Northside is supposed to be a challenging school, I found the honors classes at West to be even more challenging. I love this school. It offers the best education and a good challenge to academic kids; however, not so academic kids can enjoy the school too. It has a lot of extra curricular activities, and the facility is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2009

We have one of the most diverse student body in America. We also have very high standard classes, and one of the best sport teams. We also have a variety of clubs to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

i love it! it has such great education and the best teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I think NW is a great school. Parent involvement, many activities for kids, great teachers. I have had 2 children so far in NW and look forward to my last one getting there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a public high school could give my child such a challenging, creative and academically superior (just read the state report cards) experience. Counselors care, teachers give ONE-ON-ONE, INDIVIDUAL CARE! Too many actitivies and sports and activites to mention here. The very best public school in Illinois, without a doubt!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

As a graduate from N.W.H.S. I feel like I had a great education do to the teachers and to all the different courses I was able to chose from
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 20, 2005

This school has high expectations from their students and they get it in return. Highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

Awsome school! Great teachers! Very good academic standards.
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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66%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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62%

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59%

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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63%

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66%

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63%
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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
Black28%
Asian70%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income42%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
Black35%
Asian70%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income42%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
Black35%
Asian67%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income43%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners8%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

91.8%


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
White 48% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 4%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kaine Osburn

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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5701 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 626-2500

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