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The Chicago School System
Did you know that Chicago is home to about 700 public schools, in addition to the numerous private schools in the city? As with most larger cities, there are some schools that offer stronger academic programs, and earning admission to these schools can be strenuous. With about 400,000 students in public schools alone, navigating the Chicago educational system can be nerve-wracking for parents and students.
Working with a professional tutor online or in-home can help you or your student excel. Private tutors in the Chicago area can create individualized tutoring sessions to address challenging coursework for students from elementary school to the college level and beyond. Tutors can even help with test preparation for common exams such as the ACT, SAT, ISEE, PARCC, or the ISA.
Here's a breakdown of ACT test scores in the city. How does your student measure up?
Chicago Test Scores
The PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is taken by 3rd through 8th grade Illinois public school students. The focus of the test is on English and Mathematics.
The ISA, or Illinois Science Assessment, is administered to public school students in grades 5, 8, and 11. The high school assessment is aligned with Biology I and is given to students in an online format.
An expert Chicago tutor can help students master exam content while also providing new test-taking strategies and helping to build the student’s academic confidence. In many cases, the test scores at lower grade levels can be a determining factor in a student’s ability to gain acceptance to some of the best high schools in the city. Curious about which high schools are at the top of the list? Consider the following table:
Chicago High School Rankings
|High School||Chicago Ranking||State Ranking||AP Pass Rate|
|Walter Payton College Prep||1||1||94%|
|Northside College Preparatory High School||2||2||91%|
|Whitney M. Young Magnet High School||3||5||88%|
|Jones College Prep High School||4||9||86%|
|Lane Tech College Prep High School||5||10||73%|
|Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School||6||37||50%|
|Maine West High School||7||50||76%|
|Lincoln Park High School||8||57||68%|
|Westinghouse College Prep||9||75||50%|
|DeVry University Advantage Academy High School||10||91||27%|
Private tutoring isn’t just limited to students in grades K-12. Varsity Tutors can also help college students find the perfect tutor to help them achieve their academic potential. Perhaps you or your high school student are interested in attending one of these Chicago colleges:
Chicago University Rankings
|College||National Rank||Acceptance Rate|
|University of Chicago||17||8%|
|Wheaton College - Illinois||117||79%|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||160||56%|
|Loyola University Chicago||279||73%|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||281||74%|
A professional tutor can work with a student to improve his or her SAT or ACT scores. A tutor can also help a student improve his or her writing skills. Students will need a compelling admissions essay to improve chances of admission to the university or college of their dreams. This kind of individualized attention provides a benefit students can't get in busy classrooms. Consider the student-teacher ratios of these Chicago schools:
Chicago Student-to-Teacher Ratios
Chicago International Charter School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.
Waukegan High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.
Warren Township High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.
New Trier Township High School has a 11 1 student-teacher ratio.
Lane Tech College Prep High School has a 20 1 student-teacher ratio.
Illinois State Average has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.
How Varsity Tutors Can Help
No matter your academic needs, Varsity Tutors can help you find a qualified Chicago tutor to work alongside as you reach for your goals. Whether you are looking to change professions and need to upgrade your resume with new skills, want to polish your foreign language skills, or you are a college student who needs personalized tutoring with an expert in a specific subject, personalized tutoring is both convenient and effective. You get to choose when and where your private tutoring sessions will take place, and your professional tutor can create an individualized learning plan tailored to address your unique learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. To begin, contact Varsity Tutors today.
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