YCCS - West Town Academy Alternative HS


Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

500 N Sacramento Blvd
Chicago, IL  60612

West Town Academy (WTA) is an alternative high school for students who are not enrolled in a traditional high school or GED program, and want to take the important step of returning to school, earning their diploma, and taking control of their future. West Town Academy’s mission is to educate and support students so they can be is successful in the classroom, school community, and life, while building a positive future for themselves and their community.

At West Town Academy, we understand that there are hundreds of different reasons why young adults leave school before graduation. By providing an engaging and nurturing academic learning environment, WTA is geared towards helping students reach their fullest potential. Our small, multi-level classes are intentionally designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Teachers and staff are high-trained and state certified, and are fully prepared to provide flexible and personalized attention to all WTA students. West Town Academy sets high scholastic and moral standards for all students, with the hope that graduates will become lifelong learners and make positive contributions to their communities and society. The values and skills that our students learn and practice will help them succeed, and is an important step in helping realizing their immediate goals and future dreams.

All students also meet with an on-site transition counselor who assists students in navigating college admissions, financial aid, career pathway identification, or the vocational school or apprenticeship application process. WTA also provides extensive support services for DCFS clients, teen parents, and other students with special needs. Our support services extend well beyond graduation to continue helping alumni/ae with college and career transitions.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 1
This is the rating the school district gives to a school about how well they are performing. From highest performing to lowest performing, the possible levels are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2, and Level 3.
Freshman On Track(Not Available)
This is the percentage of the last 9th grade class that, based on their grades and attendance in 9th grade, is on track to graduate. Whether or not a student is on track during their freshman year is the biggest indicator of whether or not they will graduate from high school on time!
Average ACT Score(Not Available)
The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions that students take during their 11th grade year. This piece of information averages together the scores of the last 11th grade class at a school. The CPS average is 18.2.
Graduation Rates79%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within five years. The average in CPS is 69.9%.
College Enrollment Rates(Not Available)
College Readiness(Not Available)
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
School Culture
Student Mobility(Not Available)
The percentage of students that transfer in or out of the school during the school year. A higher percentage means that there are more students coming and going. Though it doesn’t tell us why students are transferring in and out, we can imagine that it could feel a little unstable if this is a high percentage.
Student Attendance70%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
Teacher Attendance(Not Available)
This is the average daily attendance of teachers at the school – on average, what percent of all the teachers employed at the school are in attendance. As a student, it could be more challenging to make academic progress if you regularly have substitutes or don’t get to build a relationship with the teacher.
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?(Not Available)
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?(Not Available)
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?(Not Available)
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?(Not Available)
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?(Not Available)
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?(Not Available)
School Fit
Avg Class size(Not Available)
This is the average number of students that is in each classroom. Use your current class as a reference point. Are you comfortable learning and contributing in a class this big? Would you prefer a class that has fewer students or more students?
Total Enrollment133
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
Black 81.2%
Hispanic 16.5%
White 0.8%
Other 1.5%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
Network(Not Available)
School TypeCharter
Application Requirements(Not Available)
SelectionsWTA serves students ages 17-21 with a minimum of four high school credits. In addition to the core curriculum, we offer computer education, a warehouse logistics program and a woodworking program.
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00am - 4:00pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
Learn More(Not Available)
College and CareerACT/SAT Prep CoursesCareer DevelopmentCareer/Job TrainingCollege ToursInternships
SportsBasketballFlag FootballSoftballVolleyball
Media(Not Available)
STEM(Not Available)
Health and Wellness(Not Available)
ScholasticHomework Club/Study GroupTutoring
Life and LeadershipGirls’ GroupMen’s GroupStudent Council/Government
Parents and Community(Not Available)
Other(Not Available)