School Details

Young Magnet High School

211 South Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 534-7500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 2164 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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

100%
54%
59%
99%
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

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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

Young Magnet High School is a public high school in Chicago. The principal of Young Magnet High School is Joyce Dorsey Kenner. 2,164 students go to Young Magnet High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.2% of the Young Magnet High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 2,164 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 38% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Young Magnet High School is 17:1. St. Ignatius College Prep is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 42%
Hispanic 22% 44%
Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
Asian 18% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 86%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 35% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Whitney Young High School is the premier high school in the city of Chicago. What makes WYHS unique? The STUDENTS! With over 2100 students from every neighborhood and every nationality in Chicago WYHS provides an exceptional high school experience for each and everyone of its students. Whether you're a genius or average but a hard worker an artist or a dancer an athlete or a writer WYHS will inspire engage and help each student meet their potential. Do you have to work? YES! Are some nights filled with 4-6 hours of homework? YES! Will teachers challenge you to think differently? YES! But it's done in a loving and supportive way. Parents are asked to read novels and come in for discussions with students and teachers. Parents are asked to volunteer and they DO! Dr. Joyce Kenner treats each student as her own child because that is what she and her staff feel they are. Whether you come from an economically challenged home or your household earns 6 figures it doesn't matter. Every child/parent is welcomed and encouraged to be involved. WYHS is an outstanding experience for any young person. With over 50+ clubs an organization each child finds their voice

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been a student here since 7th grade. What an amazing experience it has been for all of us. We have watched him grow mature and just do great things at this school. He is now a Senior and the time has flown by so quickly I can't thank the teachers and staff enough for all they have done for my son.

  • (1 year ago)

    Whitney Young is the perfect high school for me. As an athlete with high expectations of academic rigor Whitney meets my standards in multiple categories. I get to work alongside some of the smartest high school students in the nation as well as be a member of a city championship winning track and field team. The diversity at Whitney Young exposed me to a whole other part of the city I grew up in. I couldn't be happier with my high school experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    building needs a major facelift.it's out of date for a high school of it's caliber.the student crowd is 50% low to 50% middle/upper income.the behavior is so so.don't let this being a magnet school fool you!whitney young is no walk in the park if you're a sub.the administration babies these kids letting them have their own way because they are smart and advanced.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are very happy that our daughter will be attending Whitney Young next year. We have only heard great things about the school teachers and kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Whitney Young graduating in 1992. Sounds like WY has stayed one of the best in the city. I appreciate WY more now as an alum than I ever did as a student. It gave me exposure to diversity to global issues and to many different viewpoints. I had very liberal teachers very traditional teachers and many who were in-between. All of them cared even if they didn't always show it (like the gym teachers.) On the down side WY is a big school and unless you seek out opportunities they don't always find you. My teachers didn't encourage me to make friends or grow socially through clubs or sports. Travel time and having to depend on the CTA Ashland bus was very difficult for me. I had to use my own resources to fight off some bullies freshman year and to find a group of friends I felt comfortable with. If I was to give suggestions for WY to improve I would ask the teachers and hall staff to get to know their students better and help them find extracurricular opportunities that would fit them well. I also wish I had been exposed to more college options.

  • (4 years ago)

    I started going to WY this year as a 7th grader. It was a big adjustment of me to go from a school with 220 kids to a school with about 2200 kids. I really like the faxct that middle school students got a chance to mingle with high school students and i really enjoy my classes too. The work load is a lot and we do a lot of projects but its definitely worth it and i love everything about my school. Even though i miss my old school i definitely dont regret switching to WY. The only thing i dont like is waking up early but its definitely worth it ) ciara

  • (4 years ago)

    Six years of my life. And I loved it. WY has a very diverse atmosphere. Being a magnet school you get people from all over. And everyone cares about academics in some form. I guess I could say it was a very comforting place to get an education. (Plus there are so many classes in so many fields of interest...) The teachers cared about the students like for real. And through whatever method they use to teach they get their point through. The school has lots of programs - after school clubs and extracurricular's. Lots of sports. It's a place that gives you a lot of chances. And I have to say. There are just some things that WY has that other schools seem to lack. If you went there you know what I mean.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent i would really like that my doughter attend this school. my doughter goes to w. irving middle school she wants to go to whitney young sence she was in the 5th grade i think she made a great choice i hope they accept her.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love my school sooooo much.!! I've been wanting to go to Whitney Young since I was in the 4th grade and when I finally found out I had gotten in I was really happy. I'm in 10th grd. and even though I love the school this year is hard. But hey what can you expect when you go to a grade A+ school.!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration is highly organized communication to parents is excellent. My son graduated in June and was able to pick from 6 top midwest colleges/univerisities. Learning atmosphere is serious but relaxed. Many excellent mentors for students on staff. My daughter is involved in the theater program which has become her second family. WYMHS has it all academics arts sports wonderful safe learning environment. Diversity in faculty and staff stimulates all employees and students to think outside the box. Principle should run for president of the US. She is a visionary who really understands students and families. Compassionate but does not suffer fools gladly. I would recommend this school for anyone who wants a great education in a top notch institution.

  • (5 years ago)

    Spent the best four years of my life there. Loved the buildings the teachers the students the clubs the diversity of classes.

  • (6 years ago)

    Whitney Young has provided my two children the unique experience of attending a school which draws from all parts of the city from families who are diverse in every sense of the word. It's a school where it's o.k. to be smart. The size is generally a plus as it provides the opportunity for a very broad range of activities and classes. That said I have been disappointed in the uneven quality of the teachers particularly in math and science. Most WYHS teachers are excellent but the exceptions are glaring. The principal seems very focused on achieving successes she can measure -- high standardized test scores winning sports teams -- rather than seeking truly innovative ways for students to learn. I would still choose WYHS as a place for my children's education but hope the administration will think creatively and not rest on their laurels as they plan for the future.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a graduate of Young and I am a better person because of my experiences there.

  • (6 years ago)

    WhineY Young is a wonderful school. There are many activities after school 100s of clubs and diverse people...but the test to get in is very hard. Compared to my old school WY is so much more mature and interesting (fun)!

  • (6 years ago)

    Whitney Young is a wonderfully exceptional school but it is not for every child. It houses classes from 7th through 12th grades which makes it somewhat large as well as a long time to remain if you enter at the 7th grade level. However the diversity class selections accelerated pace friendliness and dedication of the school to help your child succeed at Whitney Young college and life is not surpassed by any other CPS high school. The students are motivated and very bright and are free to express their individuality respectfully. The principal is very knowledgeable and cares about all of her students and that trickles down to the staff. A great school by far!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school and there are certainly many changes now that my daughter attends. I am still impressed but have some concerns with teacher expectations. WY certainly has high expectations but only a select few have been unrealistic. She has been there since 7th grade and will be a junior this fall. I am very proud of her academic success.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a freshman at Whitney Young High School and am now entering the second semester and thus far Whitney Young has been great and has opened so many doors to me. despite the size of the school it feels like a second home this is only added to by the staff who are friendly and welcoming to all. the only downfall is the aging facilities which need to be updated. but over all Whitney Young has been a great expirience for me.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at Whitney Young and I sadly have to admit that Whitney Young has not been up to its standards. Coming in for 7th grade i felt very proud to be in such a well-known school that challenged me. but over the years the school seems to be changing right before my eyes and it is disappointing me more and more. The good thing about the school however is that it is very diverse and they give you a lot of opportunities to express yourself (forming your club is very easy to do). the teachers here seem like they have given up on the students and do the bare minimum to push the students to do and be more. many students are into drugs and drinking. i've had many experiences where the students are nothing but rude and disrespectful to teachers. many students are also cheating.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is a freshman at Whitney Young and I believe it is an excellent school with a great extracurricular activities but given my choices of schools I don't know if I would send her there again. Edline is a great tool if the teachers use it to post students grades homework projects etc. All of her teachers did except one and of course that was the class she didn't do well in. I didn't find out until it was too late. The teacher never returned my calls and neither did the person in charge of the after school study program which I tried to set up for my daughter. I'm still waiting for the call. I even wrote a letter gone to the school (you need an appointment)and sent a fax -nothing. She did have some great teachers and a great a counselor. I'm hoping her sophomore year will better.

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