268 reviews
  1. Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
5500 S Grant St
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Telephone
(630) 570-8000

Hinsdale Central High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1370
78 responses
Average ACT
30
346 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Basketball games
    18%
  • Variety Show
    16%
  • Senior Assassins
    14%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Athletic banquets
    7%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,778
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.3%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$23,539/ year
National
$11,890
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses

Hinsdale Central High School Reviews

268 reviews
All Categories
The community of Hinsdale itself is a bit of a bubble given the abundance of wealth that resides in it. I did not grow up in the bubble but attended Hinsdale Central from a neighboring community within the buffer zone that allowed me to chose between two schools within our district. From my perspective, Hinsdale Central was a very challenging opportunity. I was not mature enough to do what it would take to rise to the top academically but I did feel the teachers gave me every opportunity to grow and learn. Hinsdale Central continually strives to make an impact on student character by involving it's students in a program called Character Counts. Fighting the the hallways is a rare occurrence and one of my considerations in choosing this high school over the other in my district. In my experience, most of the students were courteous and respectful. Currently, our school holds 9 state championships so sports opportunities can be challenging if you haven't had the opportunity to play your passion through club sports involvement early on. I would definitely choose to attend Hinsdale Central again. It ranks within the top 10 high schools in our state and offers a wide variety of clubs to participate in. If there is something a student is interested in and no club to support it, the faculty will support you in starting one. Lastly, the high school counselors in the guidance department really break the process of finding colleges manageable. They have the tools and the experience to help students navigate well during the college selection process! I feel Hinsdale Central is "the total package" as it has strong academics, sports, faculty, staff and counselors!
An excellent school overall. Classes are very competitive, and it can be exhausting, but many students have the opportunity to attend top colleges. For top students it is the best possible high school to test your metal. They put about 15 students per year into Ivy League schools, and a huge number into top 100 schools. About 1/3 of the last class had a 30 or higher on the ACT.

In general, teachers at Central are more knowledgeable and helpful than other schools, but there are always exceptions. Teachers are generally accessible and helpful.

The guidance counselors are the best I have seen in a public school. Talk to them regularly. What you don't know can hurt you.

AP courses are excellent overall, and the school offers more of them than most schools. One key exception is AP Physics, where even top students tend to score poorly. The course is not taught properly in my opinion, and even outstanding students tend to score poorly on the AP exam.

Extracurricular opportunities are extensive in a wide range of subjects. Engineering and Computer Science related opportunities could be better for such an elite school.

Athletics are excellent overall, but facilities are average to poor except for football. The BoD is cheap and continues to push facilities upgrades out to save money. Many people in the town do not understand the relationship between the school quality and their property values.

As others have mentioned, the school avoids addressing numerous discrepancies between boy's and girl's athletic teams. The school is also required to identify its Title IX Coordinator on their website, but they don't. The AD gets complaints about this inequity, but nothing changes. Central is not close to Title IX compliant. If they ever have a Title IX audit, they will have to make extensive changes.
Hinsdale Central High school is a dream high school every kid in the world would want to go to. This school has everything a school is supposed to have "a smallest swallowed hamburger to the hardest AP Physics class". Athletes are made better in this school. Every opportunity in this school is worth a million dimes in our lives. People are friendly, diverse and make every person feel like home. The staff is the best, their relentless hours of working and dedication take this school to a completely next level. A school is a school when teachers and students work together, and the only school I saw it happen of all schools I've attended, is HINSDALE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.