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Neuqua Valley High School

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Posted March 9, 2014

We've had two kids that have gone through Neuqua, and have to say we are very happy with the school overall. They were well prepared for College and were pushed to excel. Because of the number of kids it is competitive, how could it not be? Having spent time in the school during a school day, volunteering, I have to say the kids seem to really love the school and were very nice and respectful to me and others. When you're one of the top schools in the country you're bound to have some people say some things that aren't so kind. As a parent I would highly recommend Neuqua, it is a true experience. Academics are outstanding, athletics are outstanding, even the orchesis dance squad is incredible. Neuqua has got it right! Go Wildcats!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2014

My son was diagnosed with dyslexia & the school has spent more money fighting the diagnosis then helping him. He was diagnosed outside of the school his soph yr & it is now 1 1/2 yrs later & we still don't have a proper IEP in place. His original IEP was for speech (stuttering), but my son does not stutter. The "theory" was that helping with his stuttering/fluency would help him read better. His ACT reading score 3 X's in a row are at a 14, which is 15th%ile nationally. He's much smarter than that. The district doesn't do in service training on what dyslexia is or what the signs and symptoms are. Since it presents itself in quite a range of signs, that is a major problem. The school is excellent if you are gifted, but without any learning differences. They have the right tools to remediate reading issues w/ scientifically proven programs, but they won't offer them unless forced in a court of law. We have 5 high schools in this district, & why one of them isn't turned into a school for dyslexics like the state of Texas does, is baffling. Instead they have partnered to open a STEM school for the gifted in sci/math, leaving dyslexic students w/ the inability to read at grade level.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2012

I graduated from Neuqua Valley last year and reflecting back on my experience, I realized how lucky I was to attend such a great school with fantastic teachers, a variety of opportunities to learn, and activities. I had wonderful teachers that truly cared about the success of students and I am aware that I learned a lot from them. After attending college, I realized how well I was prepared and how effective they were. Because of the school size, the courses were rigorous; however, I perceived this as a good thing because I truly learned a lot. Many people say that because the size of the school some students get over looked. I believe there are many opportunities to go get help if it is necessary and the class sizes never restricted me from learning. I believe the students that say their school experience was poor because of the people were hanging out were mingling with the wrong people. Sure the school had its fair share of stuck of individuals, but that can be controlled. ANY high school is going to have the stereotypical fake crowd. I am certain that those students don t realize how good they have it in comparison to other schools.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 16, 2011

I am currently a Junior at Neuqua and I love it! The teachers here are super committed and there is a huge variety of supplements available to students, including academic resource rooms for any help one may need in a specific class, and a college and career center for students to access the resources they need regarding their future. Dr. Mcbride is such a down-to-earth principal. He truly takes an interest in student life and interacts one-on-one with all the staff and students. He makes Neuqua a warmer place to be. I will say this, Neuqua is crowded. Despite having a great gold-campus for freshman and a frontier-campus for some seniors, the crowding can be overwhelming. I personally loved having a Gold campus, it truly helped me ease into the high-school atmosphere. It also allowed me to create relationships and bonds with my fellow freshman, without the Gold campus I would have been completley disoriented in the large school. A+++ for Neuqua!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 20, 2011

Best school out there, I cannot imagine going to a better High School. The Teachers a fantastics, and extracurriculars are compartative to no other, It's amazing. SOme people say they hate neuqua because it is "fake" but when I hear those people move away they always say they wish they were still there because neuqua was so much better than their school. It really can't be beat
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 24, 2011

Overall Neuqua is great. BUT not the students. I'm not rich, so I don't have ugg boots or a north face coat. Everyone thinks their better than me because of that. Get over yourselves.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 23, 2011

Many people say that NVHS people are all "fake" or "ignorant". Though there are people there are like that, there will ALWAYS be those kind of students in ANY highschool. It will prepare ANYone for success, whether academics or the performing arts. I adore this school. And the comment that says teachers think that a student has all the money in the world to make a project, well I don't believe that. I've never felt this way and if it ever is a problem, the school will provide for you. They really want you to succeed
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 3, 2011

I ve read many reviews posted on this site and countless other school rating websites and as a parent of a Neuqua grad can speak from experience. There is no doubt that Neuqua Valley is on par with the best schools in the nation when it comes to the staff, curriculum and the facilities. The underlying problems at Neuqua are one of overcrowding and financial bias. The school is just too big and overcrowded to meet the needs of all its student body. Like most new schools in this country, Neuqua is based on the bigger the better formula (school and student body size) leaving many students to play catch up. Parents must be vigilant and participate in the education process. If your child is seen as above average at other schools he/she will be looked at as average at Neuqua and they will struggle. There is no such thing as autopilot education when it comes to your kids get and stay involved with their learning. And above all don t let your wealth blind you into thinking it will buy your kid success. Poor parental supervision of a child will bred an arrogant student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2010

This website and parents give this school 10 stars because of the academics. The school is good for learning, but the experience is horrible. The kids who go here are very fake, and spend all there time gossiping,following popular trends, and shopping with their parents money. They look down on non rich students like me,and often find themselves too good to talk to them. The teachers are good at teaching, but often assume you can afford what they want you to buy for projects because the majority here are wealthy, and are too busy to listen you say you're not. For the most part they're not very understanding, rude, and easily annoyed. Despite what teachers and faculty say, this school opresses creativity and self-expression as much as possible. You can hardly express an opinion without being told you're wrong. Neuqua valley is an overall miserable experience.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 16, 2010

Good academics/teachers and lots of good opportunities with sports, music, clubs, etc. but it's a huge school and students need to be proactive to take advantage of all the school has to offer.

Posted January 31, 2010

Neuqua has so many opportunities and I am so appreciative that I am able to attend the best high school in Illinois. I have been a student at Neuqua for three years and I cannot imagine me being anywhere else. I have been blessed to attend such a beautiful, well-kept, motivated staffed and students at Neuqua. The staff at Neuqua is well-educated. They know how to help the students to help them suceed. They try to help every student in Neuqua. There are students who do have materialistic things, but the majority are thankful for them. I know I am. I love Neuqua because it has a variety students (race, gender, financial situation). It does show the variety of Naperville in all situations and it shows the students the real world. Everybody is different. I have been fortunate and blessed to attend Neuqua and could not imagine my family anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 22, 2009

I was a student at Neuqa and although it was a wonderful school academically, the kids that go to this school are far to obsessed with the material world of Naperville. There is a severe lack of human compassion in the halls of Neuqua and it always seemed to me that the parents were the ones who spurred this belief in their children. There was a competitive edge at the school, which has it's good and bad qualities; this pushed us as students to succeed, but it also seemed to leave some students in the dust with no one to really help them. I couldn't imagine a better high school for academia, but if you are looking to expose your children 'real' people look somewhere else as this will never be found in the tanorexic world of Neuqua Valley.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 7, 2009

Yes, the academics and extracurricular activities are great, but there is so much ignorance and competition at this school. Every student strives to be perfect, yet sadly, the idea of perfection differs from student to student: best athlete, best academic performance, most popular, etc.. Once a student gets to the when he or she thinks or believes that perfection has been reached, this student will suddenly have this urge to demean the other students. This is unjust. Discrimination creeps the halls of Neuqua Valley, and it doesn't seem to be fading away. It's becoming more prevalent. Maybe it's the culture of the 21st century, who knows? It has to stop. Discrimination of the inferior, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, etc., it's all there, and it's unavoidable.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 28, 2009

Neuqua Valley is a great school Life at Neuqua is competitive and stimulating. The teachers are often inexperienced and put in less than expected effort into work but this only makes Neuqua into more of a student driven affair. You get out of it what you put in. If you work hard you will learn a lot and find success at Neuqua Valley. If you decide to slack off, you will find the teacher's lack of experience a bit more annoying and the administration's expectations of its students to be a bit too high. I will be graduating this coming may and probably will attend Northwestern University.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 13, 2009

I love the new principal Mr. McBride. I have 1 kid at the school and another entering soon. This school is so good it is better than most colleges. It has many AP and Honors classes, and an excellent Music Dept. You have to see Neuqua to believe it. I have met many of the teachers and I have never met a more experienced and motivating staff. My kid has just bloomed academically. It is such a diverse and positive environment. I can't say enough great things about Neuqua. It has to be the best high school in the entire state of Illinois. It is challenging academically but well worth the challenge. Neuqua is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2009

I think this is an excellent high school. My daughter has had a wonderful and positive experience, so far. The kids are all friendly. no cliques are noticed due to the size of the student body, everyone, including the parents, mind their own buisiness/ no drama mama's, kids are chosen for teams etc. based upon performance, not upon parent financial status etc. The principal, Bob Mc Bride is awesome and knows the students by name. Imagine that!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2009

i love this school. the teachers are excellent, and want you to do well in school. they have good methods of teaching, and learning.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 7, 2009

There are so many students complaining about how horrible Neuqua is because of the snobby people but have you realized that those kinds of people can be anywhere around you, it doesn't matter where you live. What this website is doing is rating schools based on academics, athletics, and other things related to school, not the people in the schools. Neuqua is an exceptional school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 2, 2008

I hate this school. The kids all think they are better than you. They aren't friendly and treat each other like dirt. I'm glad this is my last year here. Good riddance!!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 17, 2008

I'm glad to see someone that has the guts to talk about the attitude of the people that go to this school. Sure, the school is good in academics, but have you ever thought about what kind of an effect it may have on your child's self-esteem and social skills? Why would you want your kid to put up with verbally abusive snobs that make your child feel isolated? As a former student who graduated years ago, I would never send my child to this school if I truly cared for their well-being. Yes, academics/education is important, but so is my kid's happiness and having a positive view of themselves.

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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 Students84%
Native Americann/a
Low income67%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a


All Students82%
Native Americann/a
Low income55%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a


All Students82%
Native Americann/a
Low income62%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities86%
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 69% 51%
Asian 17% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Hispanic 6% 23%
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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