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Public | 9-12 | 2105 students


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Posted December 27, 2010

Great school! Great sports program! Excellent teachers!!! I graduated from this school, just gets better!!!

Posted December 22, 2010

I have had 3 children go through this school and graduate. If you have a student with no problems then they should do ok. But all 3 of my kids had IEP's. My middle daughter had the best experience as she was able to be more of a student that fit the regular student profile. My youngest graduated last year. Her high school experience sucked. She had a medical problem and we had to have an advocate involved, spoke to an attorney and considered home schooling her as DGN was unable to do what needed to be done so she could be educated. She was discriminated against because of her disability. It was only through perserverance on our part that she was able to graduate on time with a higher than avg. GPA. They are not equipped to support students and families with anything other than a "normal" student with no disabilities. The Superintendant was also of no help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2010

I am a former student of DGN. I believed it to be a well rounded experience. However, I do not feel as if the leadership of the school is going in the right direction. I felt as almost they were more interested in getting state funding then listening to the needs of the students. Somtimes they would act on a decision even if it wasn't in the best interest of student education and ability to learn. Other than some minor set backs I believe it to be one of the best schools in the area.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 29, 2009

I am currently a freshman at DGN and I love it. The faculty, school, and classmates are all awesome. It's well focased and I've really been learning so much! I give it five stars!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 26, 2009

A well rounded education with a focus on leadership and life skills.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 12, 2008

I am a 2008 graduate, and my time at DGN was memorable. The teacher are wonderful and they kept encouraging me to do my best. DGN has so much to offer its students. However, the student body can be cliquey at times. Nonetheless, you'll be able to find your niche.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2008

I am a former DGN graduate. Attending this school gave me amazing opportunities as a student and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to become an adult. I had nothing but positive experiences as a student athelete.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted October 26, 2007

very high academic opportunities. the sports teams are very good and competitive. i must admit there are a lot of cliques but i grew up in this town my entire life so i had an immediate group. lots of diveristy and tons of students from new schools in the area. classrooms are extremely up to date with technology and security is incredible. you cant get away with anything!! and neither can trespassers. the spirit is insane too.. until our principal canceled spirit week because we got way too into it. but football games are the highlight of the town and are a huge thing. i highly reccommend it! its great!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 23, 2007

I am a parent of a junior at DGN. I am also an educator. The rigor of the academics is superior and the support from faculty for students is excellent. The school's culture and climate is among the best among area schools. The administration supports the students and faculty and has provided resources and a vision that gives a clear focus for student learning and achievement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2006

My child is a freshman at Downers North High, so this is my first year dealing with high school (my oldest). I am generally impressed with the teachers at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2004

I am a post-graduate student at Northern Illinois University. I have spent 20 hours of observation time at this school. The teachers are professional and personable. I witnessed, on several occasions, teachers working closely with individual students to help them achieve a certain goal. The safety measures taken by the school were also impressive. All visitors are greeted at the entrance by a security desk where they may sign in and recieve a visitor pass. The classrooms are technologically updated. The students have many available resources and are encouraged to take advantage of them. Overall, I was highly impressed with this school from a faculty and facility perspective. I do not have children attending this school; however, I would have no reservations about sending a child to this school.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.








Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education


All Students75%
Native Americann/a
Low income47%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a


All Students74%
Native Americann/a
Low income49%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a


All Students68%
Native Americann/a
Low income43%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Hispanic 7% 23%
Black 6% 18%
Asian 5% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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4436 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 795-8400


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