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Winnetka, IL
Students enrolled: 3,135

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385 Winnetka Avenue
Winnetka, IL 60093

(847) 446-7000
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November 15, 2014
New Trier is a great school with a lot of resources for talented students. The academics, athletics, and performing arts programs are all top-notch. Two of my teachers (math and English) actually had PhDs in their subjects, which is rare for a high school. One classmate went on to become a high-ranking executive at Facebook. Another classmate's father was the head of Morgan Stanley at the time we were in school. I agree with some of the reviewers who find the school competitive--the student body consists of a lot of upper middle-class students gunning for top colleges, so people are ambitious. A better word than competitive might be "rigorous"--the education I received at New Trier prepared me for college. I was fortunate enough to attend Harvard and a top-5 business school (Kellogg/Northwestern) and I have found these schools to be less competitive than New Trier in certain ways. Certainly New Trier is not for everyone: some students may benefit from smaller high school experiences, but most of the best small high schools are private schools that cost upwards of $40k per year.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2014
New Trier HS is a remarkable place with strong pros and cons. It's competitive to the point of Darwinian. If your child is smart, talented and hard-working, the environment will push them to achieve their high potential in academics, arts or sports. If your child is a notch down from that, they will either be likewise motivated or possibly discouraged by their hyper-competitive peers. Socially it's also high pressure. NTHS prepares students exceedingly well for college. Students learn early that they need to work for grades and take responsibility for their studies. The level of coursework is high. A lot of students find college relatively easy after running the gauntlet at NT. New Trier is also a victim of its own success: As both a very large school and drawing from a highly educated community, NTHS graduates a very large number of kids whose grades, scores and achievement are "Ivy level." Is there a larger HS with so many over-achievers? The problem is that these students compete against each other for the small number of slots that the best colleges will give up to any one high school. The system favors kids from smaller and private schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
The best thing I learned at NT by far was the ability to advocate for myself. I just graduated from an Ivy league school and because I learned this early on, I won a lot of very prestigious awards (I hadn't at NT) and develop great relationships with my professors. I will be attending Harvard for a science PhD this fall and I am much closer with my college professors than I was with my high school teachers, even though my school has 10,000 undergrads. I developed the confidence I had lacked at NT. Being a student at NT was absolutely painful. I felt that the teachers and administration just didn't care or consider student's potential when making decisions. The orchestra teacher basically said that some people are just more naturally talented than others and you can never catch up. This undermines the idea that it takes hard work to realize one's full potential and abilities. They also picked favorites in an absolutely obnoxious way. Unlike some people think going to NT will hurt you in Ivy league admissions. The acceptance rates are similar to overall rates even though students are more qualified than the average applicant.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2014
This school is MUCH larger than the number listed at the top of this page. I know the class of 2017 is over 1100 kids alone but since the Freshman attend a separate campus they are not shown here. Add 1100 to the above number. It is impossible to be involved in any athletics or theater unless you are superb at that particular activity. They make up for it by having a millions clubs that don't mean much. Frankly, the school is just too big. I am a third generation family at NT.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
New Trier is clearly the best public high school in illinois for bright, motivated students. The academics are top notch as are the athletics and performing arts curriculum. My son plays with the Symphony Orchestra and was able to tour Australia and play in the Sydney Opera House with the ensemble last Spring. I attended Loyola Academy myself as did my father and grandfather and it is clear to me that Loyola cannot compete with NT on the range and quality of available options.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
Academically I was really well- prepared. But I felt lost in a sea of 4000 kids, and I wouldn't do it again. Despite joining a ton of teams and clubs, I felt really lost. I went to Notre Dame after graduating and felt like it was an academic cake- walk compared to New Trier. I had some stand- out experiences: some great Art, Art History, and Photography teachers. A fantastic math teacher that took time to teach us about life. An awesome experience on the crew team. But overall, I felt like the crazy competition and huge size made it easy to feel really lost. I'm extremely extroverted, but New Trier turned me into a wall flower for four years. Overall, I don't think the environment is has any sense of community and even very high achievers that are hugely social can feel lost.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2011
As a former student, I can say that NT prepared me for college better than any of the the high schools my college classmates went to. NTHS is an exceptional school, that allows kids to push themselves as far as they can go, but still has the flexibility to fit everyone's needs. Though large, NT's size is actually an advantage: the unique level system is critical to its success, and the advisery program is unparalleled in its ability to foster community and develop close friendships. I loved my time at New Trier, and found that I was capable of more things than I thought possible. The networking abilities once I left were astounding, and it seems that everywhere in the world, one can meet a NT alum. The number of clubs available (I was in well over ten my senior year alone) create a small school feel, and the class sizes were the perfect size to have absolutely excellent discussions. NT is not for the faint of heart, or for those unwilling to challenge themselves. All too easily, one can trip and fall in the mad rush of eager students pursuing their interests, academic or otherwise, but hopefully they will find friends to pick them back up.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2010
Top notch school and best academics in the area. Going Ivy-League after NT isn't uncommon, and the varying wealth of knowledge you pick up as a student is a plus. Most of the people who have problems with NT are socially awkward or lazy and like to blame all their problems on the school, when in reality, their social experience would be the same no matter what high school they go to. The whole "pressure cooker" that is NT is completely ridiculous, as it's the same at any North Shore school, just since NT exemplifies the North Shore, people tend to complain about it more. No matter what good school you go to, if you're in all honors classes, you're not going to have a social life, not just at NT. Yes, NT is a large school, but class sizes are the same as at the smaller surrounding schools.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2010
While I believe that being a student New Trier provided me with great study habits and an excellent education, it came at a very high price. Although everything worked out for me and I will be attending my dream Ivy league school in the fall, I sometimes feel resentment that I had to miss out on so many experiences so I could be what I had to be to achieve my goals. Because NT is so big, there is an incredible amount of pressure put on students to find their "niche" or talent. But in order to excel, students must in effect mortgage their lives to it. While this is possible for the extremely motivated, most teenagers are not ready to do this. As a result many kids seem to fall through the cracks because there is simply no other place to turn.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2010
The separation of the freshmen from the other students creates a second year of Jr. High and multiple years of unnecessary transitions. The teachers are hit or miss, and there is an atmosphere of either you are smart and work to death or you aren't and don't have to work at all. Also, much too large for a high school. Many kids flounder. And the advisory system works if you get a great adviser, like I did, but if you don't, like my brother, it is just torture.

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February 03, 2010
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no rating November 06, 2009
At 4130 students, New Trier is now the size of the undergraduate program at Dartmouth. As far as that vaunted Advisory Program, my first advisor quit; my second advisor was downsized, and then they dissolved my advisory and assigned us to other advisors. When I showed up senior year, I had to sit alone in back, because the others were still in the seats they took as freshmen. You'll notice how the district doesn't publish the percentage of students who get new advisors mid term. As for that freshman-only campus, it ends up as another year of junior high, instead of the first year of high school. The main reason they didn't reopen West as a separate 4-year high school is that they want to win a state championship in football or basketball - something they've never done - and that sticks in their craw.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2009
My son has had a great experience at New Trier. The sophomore's get a home visit from their advisor who tracks the student over the next 3 years. The advisor is a pointperson for the students and the parents. The school works hard to make smooth transitions for students moving to a new campus. There are excellent and challenging teachers and after school programs that are well run. My son is 15 and seems to enjoy school every day. He is committed to learning new things every day and is able to articulate what he is learning with enthusiasm. I am grateful for the Wilmette public school system and how it values excellent education, social clubs, sports and the arts.

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July 13, 2009
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May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2009
This is an incredible school, and much better than the Northfield Campus. It's certainly for the kids with higher abilities, but its also why they have levels, and with the elite qualities of the grammar schools the kids come into the school with, it really should be no problem to get an amazing education. If you find people you get along with, you will be very happy with your experience. Also, you must work, unlike in other schools. I suppose it really depends on what you want to achieve and your overall perspective on the school.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2009
I went to NT for 2 years before I transferred. I was under an unbelievable amount of pressure and I couldn't even pursue extracurriculars because there were too many other students who have been trained in a sport since pre-school. I actually ended up transferring to Evanston Twp and had a much better experience because while there still was a very competitive atmosphere, it wasn't as intense as NT and when they said no cut, they meant it. If your child is not athletically or academically priviliged then I wouldn't sen dthem there.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 03, 2009
While NT is academically excellent and challenging with many support services i wonder if I did my children a disservice sending them here. The school is a pressure cooker, the sports teams exclude a high percentage of the student body but I mostly worry about the overly sophisticated atmosphere wit too much of everything. The students live as though attending an adult cocktail party where to many parents similarly are trying to buy access for their kids and an awfully heavy note on materialism is a particularly strong note. The overly sophisticated scene may be part of todays culture but it is especially exaggerated here at New Trier

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
Fantastic school but it's about time they opened the Northfield Campus up as an entirely separate campus to avoid overcrowding. With over 4,000 students they could easily split it up so that about 2,000 students go to each to match the student populations of surrounding schools.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 11, 2008
My child the oldest of five attended NT for one year and we moved her to a smaller private school. We found it far too large and worried about our kids falling through the cracks. The athletics are only for the top athletes and even the clubs cut kids. Our kids are in a smaller private school where there is a strong emphasis on a well rounded child. The academics are tougher because the class sizes are smaller and you have to be on top of your work every day. There is no hiding behind the other 26 kids in the class as there was at NT. I think NT is doing the community a terrible disservice in keeping the HS so large.

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September 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
I'm also a former student and I didn't realize the education that I received from NT until I left. My first year at college has been academically boring compared to the challenging fast pace of the NT curriculum. Yes, NT clubs and sports often have to make cuts and sometimes it can get a little ridiculous, but that's the way the real world works. NT taught me that I need to truly put my heart into what I'm passionate about if I want to succeed. You can't expect to have it all handed to you. I appreciate my education from NT more now than I ever thought I would.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2008
An amazing school. The athletics were top par for everything, and the academic standards overshadowed some colleges. The teachers are great overall, and the school atmosphere is upbeat and filled with school pride. Filled with good, caring, involved families that truely care about their students. The school had a lull in the early 2000's, but quickly made a comeback in the past years. I had no problems at this school, nor did the parents of any other students that me or my child knew. Great School!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
As a current NTHS student, I feel the need to speak out. The administration is poor, rude, and refuses to accept responsibility for anything. They are quick to blame the parents or student in almost any situation. New Trier spends a much greater time trying to keep their 'reputation' up, rather than focus on the major problems the school currently faces: The drug use and sub-par teachers. Now, if you feel your child can do well in a large atmosphere with strict rules and a lot of heartbreak and rejection (due to its size, there really isn't much at the school that is 'no cut' - even the social work club makes significant cuts) I especially wouldn't reccomend the school for anyone with depression, ADD, OCD, or any other mental illness. They make no attempt to make accomadation for your children.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
New Trier is a school resting on its laurels and has been a disappointment for us. We moved to the district for the high school and have found that its reputation far exceeds reality. Unfortunately, this reality is absent from the thinking of the faculty, administration and board. Teachers have ranged from poor to fair for the most part. The level of indifference from most teachers is deplorable. The school is a classic case of what was an outstanding institution in its past in denial of the issues that it faces. It is interesting to note that the ISAT scores of all the feeder schools to New Trier have scores 5 to 10 points higher than those reported at the high school level. There are many explanations for the results, but a total lack of accountability. I would think twice about sending your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
I agree with the post of January 20,2008. NT is great for overachievers but leave the mass middle behind--- most athletics are unavailable except to those who have trained since preschool and the advisory system is largely ineffective. I've had two sons at NT and would not do it again. It's not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2008
I had a terrible experience at NT. Found teachers mostly aloof and uncaring. Sports for the average or even above average athlete unattainable because of the large student body. I did not blossom until college and then medical school. My best experiences at NT were Art History, Wood Shop, and Stage Crew.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2007
Amazing, the academics are the best around, we win every sport. Its the school kids are jealous not to go to.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
This school is amazing. It has a high graduation rate, great academics, and fantastic athletics. Despite academics, NT athletics are amazing, and the school has an amazing sense of pride. The school seems to be more like a sophisticated college atmosphere than a high school. When it comes down to it, magnet or not, NT is the best!

- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2006
I am a former graduate of NT and now with children, I am moving my family to the North Shore area so they can experience a New Trier education. I still remain close with many of my NT classmates.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
My children are now adults, and we are still seeing the good effect of the New Trier education.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
It has all: majority of the teachers are excellent, the program is challenging and most of the parents are involved. A high-income area whose residents accept higher taxes to maintain a top level school.

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May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
Some concern that the pressure is high for kids, but overall, the opportunities and academic programs far outweigh any drawbacks.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Very, very involved adminsitration. They do a great job of keeping up with the needs of students, in spite of the large size of the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
Due to its size it is an intimidating place for some students who are from smaller environments. The advisory system (home room)is a great system that works very well to personalize the experience. Academics are great. The competition to get in to certain clubs, plays and sports is daunting and can lead to a feeling of exclusion for some. Academics are so high that an A/B student can end up near the bottom of the class ranking if they did not take some advance placement courses that have more weight in the ranking. This may have changed in the last two years since our daughter graduated.

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September 02, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2005
This school is absolutely amazing. I graduated from New Trier, and I am about to be a sophmore at Princeton. This school offered everything that could be offered. It's funding was endless, since the school is in such an influential area, being located right on the north shore. I competed in football, and tennis while at New Trier. Also, away from sports, the school has an excellent accademic program which i think is outstanding. In my opinion, I think that New Trier's curriculum is much more advanced than that of Glenbrook North's, and Adlai E. Stevenson's. The entire faculty is absolutely outstanding, and I would advise anyone who is wondering what area to move to, to move to New Trier Township, because it is the best you can get.

- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2005
As a recent alumna of New Trier, I look back with extreme gratitude and praise of my high shcool. It is a shining star of our township, a unique and elite public school that gives students the best of everything. There is no limit to the educational and extracurricular experiences available to kids, including the more than 300 teachers and 100+ clubs. It's operating budget is bigger than the city it's situated in, which affords New Trier to give the best to its students. Donald Rumsfeld, Virginia Madsen, and Charleton Heston are even former alumni.

- submitted by a former student
April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 16, 2005
I do not care what anyone else says about New Trier, it is hands down the best high school in Illinois. It offers everything: outstanding athletics, academics that can't be compared and a top fine/performing arts program. I was involved in all three from 2000-2004, and I can say that New Trier prepared me very well for college in every possible aspect. New Trier produces leaders and some of the brightest kids in the state. Some of the other reviews say that kids can get lost in the system, but I retort that claim by noting the multiple levels of classes students of different abilities can take and the endless resources of advisors, teachers, etc. to seek out. Yes, some say the school is competitive, but I was able to not get wrapped into that. Overall, I wouldn't have wanted to get my HS education anywhere else in the country.

- submitted by a former student
April 10, 2005
I am a Junior at New Trier, currently. The school is an excellent school with fantatstic music, art, athletic, and academic programs. The large majority of teachers there are excellent, but like all large schools it has its drawbacks. the administation is bogged down by a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy, and it truly is a pressure cooker. However to be fair, even though it is a pressure cooker, there are free tutoring services available through the school, and most teacher will meet with you before an after school. Also the extensive club offering, including intramural, non competitive sports, do allow for a release after school from much of the pressure. This howver brings an added stressor sometimes, as many students feel pressure to become involved in as many extracurriculars as possible. Overall, a great school, with some drawbacks.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2005
I'm a senior at New Trier right now. I've found my experiance there to be a pretty good one. It's a great school that has anything a kid could want. The extra-curricular activities are numerous and the kids are great. I would say that the only setback is the fact that it is such a large school, although there are tons of teachers so class sizes never really get too large.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
Great school on the resume. They do well in comparison to other schools because of inherent advantages. Spending is $18,000/student, but that amount excludes academic tutoring for half the students paid for by their parents. Don't expect to be in the performing arts or varsity sports unless you have outside coaching. They are especially excellent in the country club sports such as swimming, golf, and tennis. The faculty has tremendous freedom and few standards. Some teachers are outstanding educators and tough graders. Others are entertaining, but omit covering the basics for the courses. Be careful in congratulating your student for good grades since 'A's' are ubiquitous by some of the faculty. Don't be surprised if your student receives an 'A' one year and has major trouble the next year; the problem stems from the previous year's teacher, but it is too late; thus, hire a tutor.

- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2005
I agree with August 2003. Unless your child is a top star the rest of them get lost in the system. The administration will not take responsible for problems at the school including the excessive drug use right on school property. Do yourself a favor and spend the money on private schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2004
New Trier is a great place for students to attend. I am an alumni as well as my three children. It is a competetive school, but offers a wide variety of classes and extra-curricular activities. It is also known for its outstanding sports, winning many state titles. It has a great theatre and music program as well. This school gives your child opportunities that many neighboring highschools don't. It is easy to become involved in the school since there is a variety of clubs. NT has a variety of electives students can take to focus on their career goals. NT is a great place for your child to gain a great education in a welcoming environment!

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February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
January 31, 2004
Although NTHS has been referred to as the 'pressure cooker school', it gives students many opportunities for success. The student population is large, so the academic/social pressure can be intense. However, NTHS's competitiveness prepares students for college life and beyond. Though some times were rough, I believe I received an excellent education and graduated from NTHS with great memories that I will remember forever. Go Trevs!

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
The teacher quality varies from excellent to poor but no one will admit this. NTHS is for 'stars' only. It is an academic pressure cooker that destroys kids who do not conform to stereotypes of 'perfect kids.' Few people in the community will discuss these problems--most just quietly remove their children to private schools because the administration is very defensive and quick to blame any problem on parents. NTHS will brag about its academic successes but don't believe it is a happy place for adolescents to be--it isn't.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
New Trier is an outstanding school with excellent teachers that motivate and challenge students to excel in all areas. With an astounding variety of choices for clases and activities, New Trier was without a doubt the best high school I could ever hope to attend. Clases are taught on many different levels, so no matter what level the student is at, there is always a teacher and class there to help them along the way. On top of the great education and extracurriculars, New Trier is full of great students, and you can make some of the best friends you will ever have there.

- submitted by a former student
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