Von Steuben


Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

5039 N Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL  60625

(773) 534-5100
Facebook: vonsteubenmetropolitansciencecenter
By employing scientific approaches to teaching and learning, Von Steuben prepares students to succeed in, and contribute to, a culturally diverse and ever-changing technological world.

Prepare every student comprehensively for their next enriching educational opportunity.

We will develop the most supportive learning community for the students of Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center because everyone deserves the opportunity to realize their potential.

Von Steuben offers two rigorous programs: Scholars and Magnet Science. Scholars is an all-honors, selective program for students who want the challenge of honors and AP level coursework. Magnet Science Program offers the same coursework as our Scholars Program with the option to vary the level of coursework to individual goals. At Von Steuben, we pride ourselves on our students' academic and athletic achievements, providing a well-rounded high school program in a safe, diverse, and enriching atmosphere. Postsecondary goals are supported each year through counselor lessons, college tours, and enrichment activities, including our Von Connection summer program for incoming 9th graders. We offer many athletic, creative, and academic extracurricular activities. Special coursework and programs include Advanced Placement and Opt4STEM.
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 Track93%
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 Score1,026
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 Rates88%
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 Rates80%
College Readiness67%
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 Mobility3%
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 Attendance94%
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 Attendance91%
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
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?Strong
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Strong
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Strong
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Strong
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Very Strong
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?Neutral
School Fit
Avg Class size26
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 Enrollment1773
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 9.8000000000000007%
American Indian / Alaskan .62039999999999995%
Asian 13.367000000000001%
Hispanic 57.7%
Pacific Islander .1128%
White 16.399999999999999%
Two or More Races 1.97%
Hispanic 57.2%
White 16.3%
Asian 12.8%
Black 11.0%
Other 2.7%
Hispanic 55.5%
White 17.7%
Asian 13.2%
Black 11.1%
Other 2.4%
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
NetworkNetwork 14
School TypeMagnet
ProgramsScholars Science
Application RequirementsStudents are selected based on 7th grade standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and a student essay.

Recommendations and essays MUST BE SUBMITTED TO VON STEUBEN.
SelectionsMinimum percentile of 60 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in 7th grade.

Students must also submit teacher recommendations and an essay. See for submission details (click “About”
and “Admissions”).



Magnet High Schools application Download at (click “Apply”)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule7:30 am - 2:55 pm
Bilingual ServicesNo
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