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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Lincoln-Way Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in New Lenox, IL. It has 2,138 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 60% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

Lincoln-Way Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
60%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1240
232 responses
Average ACT
27
450 responses
AP Enrollment
41%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$108,638
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,130
National
$949
Median Home Value
$288,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Pep assemblies
    22%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Loyalty after school Friday's
    12%
  • Red and Black every Friday
    7%
  • Musical
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,138
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,386
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.5%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.52 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.52 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.52 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,443/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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I just graduated from Lincoln-Way Central and my 4 years here were such a great experience. The atmosphere made going to school enjoyable and it was obvious that the students and staff enjoyed being there. Everyone is so friendly and the pride, loyalty, and tradition that lwc has is not something that any other school can compare to. The sporting events and assemblies are always so fun. The teachers really do care about the students and want them to reach their full potential as do the rest of the staff. There are so many clubs/activities and sport teams that there is a way for everyone to get involved. The athletic teams are great and all have amazing coaches. The school does a great job on preparing all students for life after high school. Everyone at Central is a family and it truly is like a second home. Lwc helps students grow academically and socially and there really isn't anything to not like about this school!
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Overall experience at LWC has been positive and helpful in preparation for my college career. The teamwork between administration, teachers and staff have set the tone of a motivating school environment that provides rigorous curriculum balanced with extracurricular activities. I rate LWC as excellent because within my first three years I was able to see growth as far as maturity and responsibility, as I continue to do through out my final senior year. LWC provided me with options and choices that worked with my interests and intelligence. I was able to participate in classes that were challenging and rewarding, with hands on experience and field studies.
I enjoyed meeting new people at Lincoln-Way Central. I transferred my junior year and met such wonderful people who became to be close friends still today. Many teachers there truly cared for the well-being of the students and wanted the best for them. Lincoln-Way Central had great school pride with outstanding pep assemblies! Lincoln-Way Central staff always wanted the best for the students and always made sure our safety was first priority.