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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%
Northwestern University 21 11%
Wheaton College - Illinois 117 79%
Illinois Institute of Technology 160 56%
DePaul University 214 70%
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.

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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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The student still doesn't enjoy doing the problems but we went over a bunch of limiting reaction problems and as long as she takes her time on the test and makes sure she doesn't mix up the numbers.  I think that she will do better on this exam than the last, as she understands how to do the problems much better!
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The student is progressing in Math and seems to be getting more confident, which is very important. However, I would like her to revisit the fundamentals as she some times forgets the basics.
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The two students have finished the math section in their own practice book and each skipped some questions. The one needs more help in the math section than the other, but the other struggles more with the reading comprehension. We focused on correcting and going over the incorrect or skipped math questions in the first half to today's session. The second half we focused on synonyms. They both need some review of vocabulary words and I will send them a list of vocabulary that they should know. Their homework is to look up the words that they didn't know on the synonyms page and to do the verbal section in practice test 1. I also gave them some analogy practice and an "analogy tips" page. We will go over reading comprehension at our next meeting.
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During this session, the student and I focused on her homework assignment. The assignment was focusing on special parallelograms. Some of these special parallelograms included rhombi, squares, and rectangles. All of the questions we covered were based on finding the distance between two points when given other distances and angles, finding the perimeter, or finding the area. She understands the material that was taught in class but occasionally just needs to look at the given information in a different way, or add any other information that can be gleaned, in order to see the steps needed to solve the problem.
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We covered how to say what are you wearing and some basic clothing vocabulary. We had conversations between stuffed animals about what their names are, how they are doing, what they are wearing, and what color their clothes are. We also started learning to sing the French alphabet.
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The student did some practice sections of writing skills and mathematics in preparation for her PSAT test. She is doing very well in the mathematics sections- she understands almost all of the concepts tested and knows how to approach most of the questions.
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