Whitney Young High School consistently ranks among the highest performing schools in the nation (Washington Post, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Niche).  Whitney Young boasts one of Illinois’ largest Advanced Placement programs, a high number of National Merit and National Achievement Finalists, and second place nationally in the Academic Decathlon.

 

School Rating ?

Level 1+ ?

Good Standing

School Grades

7-12

# of Students

2,089

School Type

Selective enrollment ?

Faculty


Joyce Dorsey Kenner
Principal

Augustina Bottari
Admissions Director

Matthew Swanson
Assistant Principal

Melvin Soto
Assistant Principal

Lynn Zalon
Assistant Principal

Hours


8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
School Hours
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
HS Freshman Hours
7:00 AM
Earliest Drop Off
3:20 PM - 6:00 PM
After School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
9, 20, 126
CTA Train
Blue

Demographics ?


Asian
15.8%
Black
22.6%
Hispanic
28.3%
White
29.1%
Other
4.1%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
43.1%
Limited English
0.9%
Mobility Rate ?
1.3%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Kindergarten:

Full Day

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Dress Code:

No

Attendance Boundaries:

No

Refugee Services:

No

Title I Eligible:

No

Significantly Modified Curriculum w/ Intensive Supports Program:

Yes

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program:

Yes

School Year 2015-2016
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2016 School Progress Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1+ ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
WELL ORGANIZED ?
ACT Average 2016 ?
27.9
CPS Average 18.4
5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 2016 ?
96.2%
CPS Average 73.5%
College Enrollment 2016 ?
85.2%
CPS Average 57.9%

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image ?

Awards

Excellence Award ?

Student Growth By Grade Level FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
Student Growth (percentile)
11th Grade (ACT)
1.8
-4
 0
4
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
Student Attainment (percentile)
11th Grade (ACT)
99th
 0
50
99
National Average
This School's Average Score
ACT - 27.9
Progress Toward Graduation and College
Freshman On Track
School (2016)
97.9%
CPS (2016)
87.4%
School (2015)
99.1%
CPS (2015)
84.1%
 0
100
4 Year Graduation  (classes of 2015 and 2016)
School (2016)
94.8%
CPS (2016)
73.5%
School (2015)
93.6%
CPS (2015)
68.2%
 0
100
5 Year Graduation  (classes of 2014 and 2015)
School (2016)
96.2%
CPS (2016)
73.5%
School (2015)
91.4%
CPS (2015)
69.9%
 0
100
College Enrollment  (classes of 2014 and 2015)
School (2016)
85.2%
CPS (2016)
57.9%
School (2015)
86.8%
CPS (2015)
58.7%
 0
100
College Persistence  (classes of 2013 and 2014)
School (2016)
93.4%
CPS (2016)
71.6%
School (2015)
95.0%
CPS (2015)
70.0%
 0
100
School Culture and Climate Details WELL ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
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
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? STRONG
2016 Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? STRONG
Behavior and Discipline ?
2015 2016 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 1.4 0.8 8.1
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 17.2% 13.8% 18.8%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 2.1 days 1.6 days 2.3 days
Other Important Metrics
2015 2016 District Average
Student attendance 94.4% 95.0% 93.4%
Teacher attendance 95.2% 90.5% 95%
1 Year Dropout Rate 0.9% 0.3% 6.8%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 86.5% 83.0%
Teachers 64.7% 83.2%

You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

Academic Center

Deadline:  December 9, 2016
Application Requirements
An admissions test is required. Eligibility for the admissions test is as follows:
Minimum 45th percentile in both reading and math on NWEA MAP.

IEP Students: Minimum 50th percentile in one subject (reading or math), and minimum 40th percentile in the other subject on NWEA MAP.
Selections
Based on point system with a maximum of 900 points; points are derived from previous year final grades, NWEA MAP scores, and admissions test, each worth a maximum of 300 points. Selection for all applicants is in accordance with the tier system outlined in the admissions policy for magnet, selective enrollment and other Options for Knowledge programs.

Testing is required.
How to Apply
Online: www.apply.cps.edu or
Paper: Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application
Download at www.cps.edu/oae (click "Apply") or
Call (773) 553-2060

Selective Enrollment

Deadline:  December 9, 2016
Application Requirements
Minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP to qualify for the admission stest.

IEP and ELL students: Minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP to qualify for the admissions test.
Selections
Based on point system with a maximum of 900 points; points are derived from 7th grade final 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.

Testing is required.
How to Apply
Online:
www.apply.cps.edu
or
Paper:
Selective Enrollment High Schools/Military Academies application
Download at www.cps.edu/oae (click “Apply”)
or
Call (773) 553-2060
or
Request from school counselor
In-School Programs   ?
  • AP (30) 
  • CTE (Accounting 
  • Entrepreneurship) 
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • College Prep Math and Science 
  • Comprehensive Gifted Program 
College and Career
  • ACT/SAT Prep Courses 
  • Career Development 
  • College Tours 
Creative
  • Art Studio 
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Ceramics 
  • Choir/Chorus 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Drawing 
  • Fashion 
  • Fiber Arts 
  • Film and Video 
  • Fundamentals/Theory of Music 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Guitar 
  • Knitting 
  • Media and Production Workshops 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Musicals 
  • Painting 
  • Photography 
  • Piano/Keyboard 
  • Plays/Acting 
  • Pottery 
  • Rock Band 
  • Sewing 
  • Sketching 
  • Student Art Club 
  • Student Music Club 
  • Tap/Ballet/Jazz Dance 
  • Theater 
  • Violin/Strings 
  • Web Design 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • First Aid Training 
  • Health Curriculum Utilized 
  • Targeted Interventions 
Life and Leadership
  • Activism/Social Impact Clubs 
  • Environmental Club 
  • Ethnic Club 
  • Mikva Challenge 
  • Model U.N. 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
  • Student Council/Government 
Parent and Community
  • 8-9th Grade Transition Workshops 
  • Book Club 
  • Enrichment Classes 
  • Family Nights 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Transition to College Workshops 
Scholastic
  • Academic Olympics 
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Chess Team 
  • Chicago History Fair 
  • Debate Team 
  • Expanded Library Service Hours 
  • Homework Help 
  • Journalism Club 
  • Learning Lab 
  • Math Bowl 
  • Math Team 
  • Mayor Daley’s Book Club 
  • Newspaper 
  • Poetry Club 
  • Science Club 
  • Speech Team 
  • Technology Club 
  • Tutoring 
  • Yearbook Club 
Sports and Fitness
  • 16” Softball 
  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Bowling 
  • Boys’ Baseball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Bowling 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Golf 
  • Boys’ Lacrosse 
  • Boys’ Soccer 
  • Boys’ Softball 
  • Boys’ Swimming 
  • Boys’ Tennis 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Boys’ Water Polo 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Chess 
  • Dance 
  • Fast Pitch 
  • Football 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Bowling 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Golf 
  • Girls’ Lacrosse 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Softball 
  • Girls’ Swimming 
  • Girls’ Tennis 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Girls’ Water Polo 
  • Ping Pong 
  • Pom-Pon 
  • Running 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Volleyball 
  • Yoga/Pilates 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2016
High School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
High School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Financial
Report Name Date Download
School Segment Report 2010
Building
Report Name Date Download
6 month asbestos surveillance Fall 2015
Asbestos Inspection report 2013
Accessibility Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Detail Report 2014-2015
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) Year 1 2012-2014