Award Year: 2020

Northside College Preparatory High School

5501 N Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60625-3923

(773) 534-3954

Ms. Kelly Mest, Principal at time of Nomination

City of Chicago SD 299

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The Mission of Northside College Preparatory High School is to create a responsive environment that challenges all to embrace the joy of discovery, nurtures learners as they strive to fulfill their individual and collective potential, and empowers students to pursue their roles in the local and global communities.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 34%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Spring Musical 2020, Into the Woods

Spring Musical 2020, Into the Woods

Northside College Preparatory High School is a selective enrollment school, attracting students from all over the city of Chicago. Guided by our core values of Engagement, Ethics, Curiosity, Collaboration, and Empathy, we are a unique learning community that appreciates and demonstrates respect for the individual and education experience at every level. Dedicated students, a progressive and expert faculty, supportive parents, and an energetic community work together to create a learning environment that continually exemplifies what is possible in public education.

Northside offers a varied and wide assortment of electives and AP courses. We fundamentally believe that all students deserve an excellent program of instruction that challenges students at the highest level. N:Vision, our Competency-Based Education program, offers an additional pathway for students interested in an interdisciplinary and experiential educational experience. We believe that learning is about exploration and discovery. Colloquium allows students to discover their interests beyond the traditional classroom curriculum. Teachers and students work together to create hands-on learning opportunities that extend learning and broaden our relationships with the communities in which we live.

Not only do Northside graduates leave our school with the tools necessary for success in the world beyond high school, but they also head off into the world with the need and desire to continuously learn and grow!