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440 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

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August 29, 2013
I went to NCHS for a year and never have I felt so welcome in a school. To all those people complaining about having no friends, well, you're not trying. The school is amazing, and yes there is one really bad teacher, but apart from that best school ever!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2011
No big problems except for a handful of teachers who shouldn't be teaching here (or anywhere else for that matter) yet are still on staff. Your kids will find out who these "rotten eggs" are as it is common knowledge among the students. However, there are some great teachers here and in general the student body and parents are above average. The school has been remodeled and is now updated and modern. Activities are numerous and your kids should be able to find the right mix of academics and socializing. I have sent three kids here and am satisfied with results.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
as good as any school around including parental involvement and community support. Unlike some other highly ranked schools Naperville Central does not have a seelctive entrance policy (for example like private Catholic schools or magnet schools) yet it gets test results that are comparable. We have expreinced tha full range of needs from gifted to special needs children attend NCHS and have always had a great experience

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
I have to disagree with a lot of these posts... I just graduated from NCHS last year and easily got into every college I applied to. But, that happens at a lot of high schools. However, Central prepared me for college and I can tell that I am more prepared than a lot of my peers here at college. It is a great school with great teachers. Also, the school community is very close and gives everyone the opportunity to "fit in". I could not have had a better high school experience.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 01, 2010
I have to disagree with those who have written that Naperville Central only cares about high achieving students. The administration of this school works very hard to help kids who might otherwise not graduate by finding just the right place for them either at NCHS itself or in a number of other programs in place around the district . Most of the kids helped in this way graduate from Central and go on to college. The amount of effort that goes into making sure kids do not fall through the cracks is something that is not seen in other school districts around the country. We have moved around a lot and have had our kids in a number of schools so what I say here is not arbitrary or baseless. I am extremely happy with the education our oldest child received the 4 years she spent at Naperville

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
First off, people need to separate the qualities of a school from the qualities of a community. NCHS is located in Naperville whose residents are predominantly college-educated professionals, engineers, and executives. The children of such people would do well just about anywhere because the parents are involved and motivated to see their children succeed. Naperville Central (as well as other 203/204 schools) is staffed by teachers and administrators who delight in patting themselves on the back for the achievements of students for whom they did little. I have personally had to teach my child basic subjects from the 2nd grade on up or watch Naperville schools fail them. NCHS has good teachers and bad like anywhere else, but far too often, the staff get away with mediocrity because the kids are generally smart and supported at home. In short, don't believe the hype or test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Their ability to reinvent education to encompass every student's ability.

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September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2009
I just graduated for nchs and as far as these one star ratings i highly disagree. Honestly, I'm insulted. Yes, the school's appearance may not be high quality but as far as what school is supposed to be- a place of learning and growth- naperville central is 100% all of that. Let's look at how many national merits we had in my graduating class of 2009 alone. Most high schools are lucky to have one! Naperville Central makes it easy to get involved and provides a path for every student. Whatever a teen might want to do the school provides it. Theatre, newspaper, dance, sports, art, anime, video game clubs, student councils, deca, and so much more! as a freshman you are required to learn about all the extracurriculars we have. Naperville moms just like to complain!

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2009
The building of this school is falling apart. What a shame. Parents would rather shell out $500 for prom than see an increase in their annual tax bill to support academics. Teachers don't want to complain too much because it might effect their next raise. I've had two children graduate from NCHS. I feel their overall experience was just okay; nothing great. C'mon Naperville: We can do better than this!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
I found this school to be highly congested and rather old. In fact many of the teachers are older and unmotivating. Not all but quite a few. Kids who don't excel fall through the cracks. Self-esteem is an issue and there is a lack of appreciation for diversity. Academics are fair, but the school location makes it congested. Even with the building renovation, it is a school that was good 25 years ago, an old today. Most parents are moving to the Neuqua High area of Naperville which is further south. I appreciated Central but it has seen better days.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
I have had three children at NCHS; two have graduated, and the third will be a senior this fall. Both my graduates went to top-tier, internationally-known universities. The students in this district learn more and learn it faster, starting in kindergarten. So if you are moving into this district from one that is not comparable academically, your student may have trouble. About NCHS: Yes, sports rule. But Naperville is a big youth sports town, starting kids in football, soccer, and baseball at least by age 5. Strong sports in high school are expected. Yes, the facilities are dated. Rebuilding and modernization begin next year. Still, NCHS students continue to excel in all areas: music, technology, drama, science, math, journalism, etc. If I were looking for a school district now, like I was 25 years ago, I would still choose NCHS and District 203.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
Let's address a few things about NCHS. Naturally, if you are not succeeding, no one recognizes you. Why would anyone want to broadcast the failures of their own student body? Resources are available everywhere for students to succeed, it is your job as a student and parent to utilize the facilities that are available. My only complaint is the gilding of a football program that continually fails on a larger stage. If your son/daughter feels out of place, they've chosen that path. The cliques in NCHS are large enough that no one is left out except those who choose to be. The truth of the matter is segregation occurs in every school, but everyone recognizes themselves as Redhawks, which is accounted for past the high school years when every student becomes a mature adult instead of a angst ridden teenager.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2008
Naperville Central has an excellent teaching staff, compassionate, approachable administrators, and top-notch curriculum - solid college-prep and many arts and exploratory courses. There are many opportunities for the students to participate in extra-curriculars unlike at other larger high schools in the area. The students are down-to-earth and have great school spirit and school pride. The school encourages parent involvement and there is a great sense of community within the school. Located in downtown Naperville, the campus has mature trees and is across from the beautiful Riverwalk and Millennium Carillon (which can be heard at times during the day.) The students can walk into downtown for lunch on half-days. Whether its sports, music, or academics, Naperville Central does it all well! I'd highly recommend this school to anyone moving into Naperville. The building will be renovated in a few years which will make it even better!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
The academic programs here are unrivaled by any high schools. The teachers in the honors programs are excellent and challenge their students. I found my children were well prepared for the Tier 1 universities they attended. The facilities are a dated, but the extremely wide variety of extracurricular, athletic, and social activities NCHS offers is unparalleled.

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September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
July 11, 2007
I had three children at NCHS last year; a senior who is globally gifted and excelled easily, a sophomore who is a solid 'B' student and does not take any advanced placement classes and a freshman who falls somewhere in the middle. NCHS has done a wonderful job with meeting the needs of all 3 children! The primary responsibility in a child receiving a great education falls first on the child, second on the parents and third on the teachers/school district. If the child and parents have interest, the teachers and administration are there to help. As far as bullying, that will always be a part of human nature. The school does not condone nor tolerate it.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
I'm a past graduate of NCHS. This school provides all the opportunities necessary to succeed in life. The student is responsible for taking advantage of the superior education and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 29, 2006
very good score in all departments. Focused to get good graduation rate and score.

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December 29, 2005
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October 12, 2005
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August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
I am currently a senior and about to graduate. NCHS has been a great experience for me, and I think anyone else who thinks otherwise needs to reevaluate. If your child is underachieving and/or not getting straight A's, maybe you, the parent, should be doing something instead of putting the burden on the teachers who cannot favor one child. This school provides everything you would need to succeed, a great selection of electives to choose from, a variety of art and music classes, plus an enormous amount of activities and clubs. If you think the school is neglecting your child in these areas, please consider that they must take the first steps to join these extracurricular activities. Most of the teachers are very knowledgable, although I question some ways of teaching, and for those who want to eliminate bullying, you might as well try to dig a tunnel to china.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 11, 2005
This is a fantastic school. Anyone who disagrees is very shallow minded. I do not mean to offend anyone, but if you/your kid doesn't feel welcome here you are not trying hard enough. Aside from athletics and academics, there are still countless ways for students to have fun. The school is very safe, unless you're overly paranoid. The staff is nice, and the kids are cool. Parents are encouraged to get and stay involved and the staff helps with this. combining a welcoming atomesphere with a friendly staff is the key to sucess in all areas of education, and Central acheives this flawlessly.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2005
The superintendent in this district has been pushing that more students take advanced placement classes, and apparently feels that the only worthwhile student in this district is the one that excels. Kids who are not outstanding academically or athletically get lost in this school-ignored or belittled by teachers and made to feel that they do not belong. Many students do not feel safe in this school, and bullying is a big problem. They have known of these problems for years and still have done nothing. I just hope my children get out of this high school without being harmed.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
We chose Naperville because of its school scores, and our son has recently graduated and is not in a great college. He has always been an under-achiever but a bright kid. We feel that he was able to get into a good engineering school because he had a well-rounded education that prepared him for college. I'm not sure we could have gotten this anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
Most of the teachers are good about keeping the parents informed of their childs progress. Although, sometimes they wait too late. Then you have the teacher that if your child shows signs of not being interested in the class and not wanting to participate due to the lack of understanding, the teacher rebells against the child. Not wanting to help and when the child asks a question, the teachers tells the child that they should have been paying attention the first time. Some children just need a little extra help or encouragement which some of these teachers don't know how to do. Teachers should be there to support the children when problems occur not belittle them when they ask a question.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
My child with special needs has had decent support from elementary through junior high in this district. I assumed this would continue at this high school. I am horrified at the condescending attitude of the administrators and teachers toward parents of children with special needs, and at the poor treatment of students with special needs. These are not children who should be laughed at and hidden away in corners, but are human beings with every right, legally and morally, to respect and to being educated to the degree they are capable. My experience has been that this school assumes the worst of your child unless he or she can add something to the list of awards and accolades that the school's 'normal' kids have earned. Come to think of it, 'normal' probably doesn't even cut it,and exceptional in the positive direction is the only acceptable way to be at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2004
I just don't know what all the fuss is about this school. At freshman parent orientation the principal and other speakers talked mostly about the sports teams and how great they are. A question about bullying was put off, and never addressed by any later speakers. Bullying has been a big issue at the school, and many of us were hoping to hear how the principal would address it. He didn't. Later, a coach spent 20 minutes talking about sports, when the majority of parents in the room will not have children in the 'elite' sports programs at this school. The school's priorities are clearly skewed in the wrong direction.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
I your child is not exceptional on either end of the spectrum, don't expect much if anything from Central. Naperville schools have turned my son into one of the countless underachievers in the district. Don't let the test ratings fool you. Teaching for the test and ignoring those who don't fit the mold is the standard. Unles your child can teach him/her self, don't consider Naperville central.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2004
About the only positive thing I have to say about NCHS is that their driver's ed program is very good. The academic instruction and teacher quality are no more than adequate. Kids taunt and torment others who don't fit in perfectly. Teachers turn a blind eye to the bullying, and actually join in. My child was in a class where a teacher continually made negative comments about a girl who spaced out and was off task often. The other kids laughed at these comments, and the teacher continued them. There is far too much emphasis on what students can do to further the school's reputation, rather than on the school helping it's students.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
Terrific school! Good teachers and staff along with sports/extracurricular programs. They balance a great education with a no nonsence approach to disruptive behavior. Can't say enough about District 203 and Naperville Central H.S.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
A child of mine graduated from NCHS recently. I felt the L.D.(learning disability) program she was enrolled in was terrific. A great guidance/instruction staff along the way was wonderful, but taxed, with initial attentiveness waivering due to too many students assigned later. One thing that was very difficult was the pooling of LD with BD (behavior disorder)children. The friends that were made were not good choices and further complicated matters. This mix should be changed. Gratefully, the end result for our child is a worldly educated child excelling in college at present. It was a long road in the process for all. Sports are big in this school, especially football. Too much emphasis/glory is put in this area.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
We moved into this district so that our children could attend NCHS. We consider it the worst mistake we ever made. Two of our kids have talked about teachers who favored athletes and students who are popular, while ignoring kids who, apparently, don't meet the high standards necessary to be accepted by this school. Our third child has special needs and was bullied and teased by children and teachers. Their theme of 'Redhawk Respect' is a joke. Children are not accepted as worthwhile unless they are a star athlete or scholar who will bring acclaim to this school. The administration of the school and district completely disregarded our concerns. This school should be ashamed of itself.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
My child graduated from Naperville Central in 2000. If your child is an exceptional student who has the potential to enhance the schools national image through test scores it is an excellent school. If, on the other hand, your child is an average student who need both parental and school motivation to be involved in academics, it is not the school for your child. They don't want them to drag down the national testing scores.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
This is an amazing school. After having graduated from NCHS I continued on to University of Iowa and was very well prepared. The amount of extracurricular activities is overwhelming. I loved this school and still do!

- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2003
I feel the school is great overall, but needs significant improvement in complying with decent dress codes, disciplinary action and safety against bullying when necessary. These areas are their weakest.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I have had two children go through Naperville Central. My eldest was diagnosed with ADD and learning disabilities back in 2nd grade. My second had ADD without disabilities. I never imagined that a school with such a good reputation would have an administration that puts money first before the student. Parents of children with any type of disability should think twice about placing them in K-12 in district 203. Their program is going from bad to worse because of financial cutbacks. I've seen more money go into their athetic programs than their LD program. The school boasts about student's standardized scores but teaches at one speed. You'd better hope your child learns at their speed or he/she may be 'mowed over' and slip through the cracks.

- submitted by a teacher
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Naperville Central High School
440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL  60540
(630) 420-6422
Last modified Naperville Central High School is a Public school that serves grades PK, 9-12
Naperville Central High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top