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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Naperville Central High School is a top rated, public school located in Naperville, IL. It has 2,851 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Address
440 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Telephone
(630) 420-6422
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Naperville Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1330
290 responses
Average ACT
29
555 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$114,014
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,415
National
$949
Median Home Value
$398,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 226 responses
Report
  • Mr. NCHS
    18%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Multicultural Show
    12%
  • Senior party
    12%
  • Assemblies
    10%
  • Drumshow
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,851
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,952
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.78 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.78 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.78 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,189/ year
National
$12,239
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.63 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.63 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.63 responses
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Naperville Central High School Reviews

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There are so many ways to be involved at Naperville Central. There is a large variety of sports, clubs, and activities! Naperville Central's students have outrageous school spirit supporting so many sports games. The teachers at Naperville Central are always there to help you succeed.
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Overall my whole high school experience with Central, things went by very quick. I made a lot of friends and met a lot of great people, including teachers. The academics were very challenging at times but being at central has gotten me very well prepared for the future. My college path and my future career path. You have many opportunities at central. One thing I would love to see change is the diversity. I’m a Black girl among 50 other black students or less. Out of the 3,000 students that go to the school are majority white. It wasn’t a bad thing but feeling left out was a major thing for many students of the Black american decent. Other than the changes. Parents are really involved and sports and other activities welcome everyone. The school as a whole has earned 5 stars in my book. GO RED HAWKS!
The school has a wide variety of classes. The student body is nice for the most part, and the school has students explore their passions widely. Not every area is fully supported, however, new classes are being implemented yearly!