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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  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
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
North Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Indianapolis, IN. It has 3,772 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
Address
1801 E 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Telephone
(317) 259-5301
Website
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North Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1160
587 responses
Average ACT
26
264 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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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
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$44,709
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$840
National
$949
Median Home Value
$123,500
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.70 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.70 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 273 responses
Report
  • Theatre, drama, performance of plays & stage crew.
    14%
  • Pep rallies
    11%
  • Sports
    11%
  • Senior Bonfire
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Grad Dance/ Blast Off
    9%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,772
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.80 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.80 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.80 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.7%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.105 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.105 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.105 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,473/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.114 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.114 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.114 responses
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I love this school. It’s diverse and unique, and the teachers are wonderful. I’ve been involved with the stage crew and theater programs for three years now, and this year will my first year as a Counterpoint - the top mixed choir our school has to offer. There is a plethora of ways to get involved, I just wish I had more time to do it all! By being able to take AP courses, I feel ready to transition into college a year from now.
There are a couple things that make me dread going to school, mainly the homework, but getting up in the morning and seeing so many familiar faces as well as new ones is an extraordinary experience. North central is like no other.
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North Central High School is such a diverse school and has a very big community within the building. At first it seems hard to join a group or make friends, but that's the easiest thing to do at this school! We have so many clubs and sports and it allows someone to find people with similar interests to become their friend. The teachers and staff give so much support and are truly invested in their school and students.
I loved the fact that I was able to take college courses while in high school. They pushed me to work harder, and they also helped earn college credits! I loved that I could explore my passions in music and sports, and be accepted in each new activity I tried. I would like to see ridiculous dress code rules go, or be equally as enforced for the males. The administration was sometimes too concerned about dress code that it interfered with learning.