School Details

Morgan Park High School

1744 West Pryor Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 535-2550
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 1571 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

98%
53%
59%
100%
52%
59%
100%
73%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
54%
59%
97%
53%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

33%
33%
52%
50%
36%
55%
25%
27%
49%

Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Morgan Park High School is a public high school in Chicago. The principal of Morgan Park High School is Dr. Everett L Edwards II. 1,571 children attend Morgan Park High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 0.2% of the Morgan Park High School students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 1,571 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 78% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Morgan Park High School is 17:1. Morgan Park Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 96% 42%
Hispanic 2% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 1.0% 9%
Multiracial 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Asian 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 86%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 57% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers In Morgan Park there is a wide range of teachers with varying intelligence levels. Some teachers work hard to ensure that every student understands the material while some only teach for a paycheck. Unfortunately the number of poor teachers far outweighs the number of excellent teachers. For the most part teachers spend more time trying to get the class to quiet down than actually teaching. Students Generally speaking the students here are very ignorant arrogant and loud. Most are more concerned about their social lives and their appearances than learning. Students are also extremely rude. A lot of them talk back to teachers and curse openly. Expect random arguments or loud outbursts in class. General The school has gained a bad reputation over the past few years. It is now filled with underachievers and students who seem to be more concerned about their social lives than school work. The classes are often overcrowded. Currently there is no administration governing the school. There is always a fight or some drama. Some teachers do not care enough about students. Counselors are also awful. Some not all counselors will talk down on you.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a sophomore in MP's IB program I love it. In IB I met students like me who I can connect to who think it's cool to be intelligent and succeed. Also the teachers are great they guide you the best they can and the rest falls on your shoulders. IB is a challenge and if you can't take the heat then transfer but you'll regret it later because it prepares you for what's out there. As for the environment it could be better but if the students were responsible enough they'd share some of the responsibility of making the environment better. MP is a great school and as an IB student I love it.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a new parent of a ac student at mp i have very mixed emotions about this school its a great opportunity for my daughter to be choosen for this type of eduction however im having much regret not insisting my child go goes to on of the other ac programs in chicago public schools socially the eviroment is horrible and the staff and administion does not seem to try to care to make it a safer or appealling to students to want to learn or retain students of higher standards i have an older family memeber in attendance of the school so i was encourage from her and trying to keep my child at mp but unless i see major impovements in the new year which is her 8th grade year i will be looking for other places for her to attend high school and encouraging no one else to send their child to mp for any program they have to offer

  • (3 years ago)

    I am about to be a freshman in the IB program and I already regret it. I went through the AC and chose to stay here. I now regret it after seing my future classmates. I plan on doing extremely well so I can transfer sophmore year. I don't fit in at all. If you do not like baggy pants and rap music you will have a hard time. It is not diverse. Any originality is made fun of. I was walking down the hallways talking to a friend and some random person just pushed me; and I didn't even know him. Don't send your kids here. If your son can't fight don't send him here.

  • (4 years ago)

    Taught Russian and Computer Science there for a long time. Great teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student here. If you put your child in Academic Center or IB they will have a very challenging and rigourous education that will prep them for colleges. AC/IB students at MPHS go to the top colleges in the country... However there are a few fights fire alarms pulls students that are out of the neighborhood a lot of ditching police presence and if you are not in AC or IB or even taking AP classes the Honors and Regulars classes are a joke. This school gets a C- as far as I'm concerned.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at mp. I am in the IB program. The school is okay some fights but the kids are very loud and ignorant. Ms Brown the IB coordinator will make this school seem like the best school in the world but all reality it is not. She barely talks to us and is a very mean lady. Do not let her sweet talk fool you when you first meet her like it did me. The lunch is not all that good and lunch servers are rude. Mr. Hall is annoying. The security guards are cool but not mario ugh! But bascially the school is not all that great and I am trying to get out of there.

  • (6 years ago)

    My childern went to Morgan Park High School IB Program and are during well in college one is enroll at UIC and the other enrolled at SIU both are still great students with no problems. Staff and Teachers are just Great.!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a sophomore at morgan park now. I came here through the academic program in 7th grade which was trully beneficial to me. Not only did it prepared me for high school it also got me ahead in high school. I like the fact that we have many classes(a.P. Mostly)to chose from that will be beneficial to us.The curriculum leads us to college.Like all schools we have some great teachers and some not so great. I have to admit that the student behavior in our school is way worse than when i came.We have more than a couple of bad apples at our school.The administration is slipping too.With the new disciplinary actions that they are using now the good students are being punished also. Almost everyone i know has had a detention at least this year alone. That definitely need to be fixed but this is a cps school so....

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent who has sent 3 of my children to Morgan Park. The oldest has since had a successful learning experience at NIU graduated and is gainfully employed. The second one is a freshman at Northwestern University and fairing quite well in this highly competitive environment. The third is a junior at MP in the IB program and doing well. I am pleased with the successes that I have experienced with MP. I think Dr. Shingles is doing a commendable job. The progress that my children are experiencing is as a result of the solid foundation they received from the teachers at MP.

  • (7 years ago)

    What more can you say about Morgan Park other that it has gone extremly downhill. I have been attending Morgan Park since the 7th grade as apart of the academic center and may I say the school has certainly changed. We have had several vice-principals leave and become principals of other schools some of which would have made an excellent principal at Morgan Park. The administration is not the same as it once was. The school is in dissary and we need some serious help.

  • (8 years ago)

    Hi I'm currently a junior in the IB diploma programme at Morgan Park. I've been through the IB Middle Years Programme and now am in the Diploma. I have amazing teachers. I'm always astounded at how much free time my private-schooled friends have because IB's tough stuff (especially when they've got you in AP stuff too). I can't wait for college because I feel like I'll be exceptionally prepared but I'll sure miss it here!!! ps the only thing that lags is parental involvement...

  • (8 years ago)

    Morgan Park High is a tale of two schools the IB World Language and AP classes seem to be performing very well and the few kids that are involved in those seem to benefit greatly. However Lord help you if your child is not in those programs. The quality of the general population education is atrocious. Teachers just don't seem to care about the general population. The administration is disorganized. I sent two children to Morgan Park and I regret it tremendously. I think their futures were severely hampered by the terrible education they received at MPHS. Don't make the same mistake we did.

  • (8 years ago)

    This middle school program appropriately trains students for high school coursework at an earlier age. Moreover providing ample opportunities.

  • (9 years ago)

    Morgan Park like any big inner city school has its challeges. However it is a place that your child can be safe nurtured and developed academically and develomentally. I found the staff to be caring and supportive. Academic programs are available on all levels from remedial to AP. There are a wide range of extracurricular activiities for all types of interest. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Morgan Park remains a jewel on the south side.

  • (9 years ago)

    Personally my child was in the IB program and we were very dissatisfied. When we transfered to a different school we needed tutors to bring her up to speed at the other school since their cirriculium was so far superior to Morgan Park. I was appalled to know I was dupped into believing that the IB MYP program was so fantastic when in actuality my childs education suffered tremendously

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic Program- good investment if you are in Academic Center IB or World Language Art is excellent in IB - not sure otherwise. I am concerened about decreased quality and safety since several longterm instructors retired at end on 2005. I also heard that support for AP classes is going away. Parent involvement is strongest in specialized programs. I am concerned that school is sliding downward.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a student at MPHS and i like the school. Except that it is too overcrowded given that the school is a llowung too many incoming freshmen. Like for example the incoming class of 2008 had almost if not over 700 students enrolled.The teachers are great the new administration is great because they have instituted more rules and there is more security but the school needs to monitor who goes off-campus more closely because many freshmen and sophmores who are not supposed to be going off-campus are leaving campus. The school also has a wide variey off sports from which to join. there ois also a lot of parent involvement within the school. Overall MPHS is one of the best schools in the city.

  • (10 years ago)

    Hello I am a former student of Morgan Park Highscool (1999) and I know that Morgan Park is fantastic school to learn. My Sister Ebony is currently attending Morgan Park and she loves it. Morgan Park definetly prepared me for the college experience. The teachers care about your well being your education and how they can help you. I am surprised and impressed with the fact that Mr. Alexander is still making Morgan Park one of the top schools in Chicago.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a former student of Morgan Park High School I believe that the education I received their was equivelant and at times exceeded that of the suburban school that I previously attended. Morgan Park is definitely on par with the best schools in the state of Illinois.

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