Selective Enrollment

Whitney Young

Selective Enrollment

211 S Laflin St
Chicago, IL  60607

(773) 534-7500
Whitney Young boasts one of Illinois’s largest Advanced Placement programs, a high number of National Merit and National Achievement finalists and second place nationally in the 2012 Academic Decathlon.
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 Track98%
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 SAT Score1,291
The SAT 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 951.
Graduation Rates97%
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 Rates89%
College Readiness98%
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 Mobility1%
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 Attendance96%
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 Attendance90%
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?Very Strong
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Very Strong
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Very Strong
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Strong
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Neutral
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Strong
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Strong
School Fit
Avg Class size27
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 Enrollment2211
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 20.399999999999999%
American Indian / Alaskan .27139999999999997%
Asian 16.689%
Hispanic 29.1%
Pacific Islander .63319999999999999%
White 28.1%
Two or More Races 3.98%
White 28.1%
Hispanic 30.0%
Black 21.4%
Asian 15.9%
Other 4.6%
White 28.9%
Hispanic 28.5%
Black 23.2%
Asian 15.4%
Other 4%
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
School TypeSelective Enrollment
ProgramsSelective Enrollment
Application RequirementsBased on point system with a maximum of 900 points; points are derived from 7th grade nal grades, NWEA MAP scores, and admissions test, each worth a maximum of 300 points.

Testing is required.

Students who are enrolled in the school’s Academic Center will be automatically admitted; no application is required.
SelectionsMinimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP to qualify for the admissions test.

IEP and EL students: Minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP to qualify for the admissions test.



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Grades Served7 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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