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2360 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

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(630) 428-6000
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4 stars
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March 09, 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
February 06, 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
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
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
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
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
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
January 03, 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
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
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.

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- submitted by a student
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
April 07, 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
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
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.

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no rating February 09, 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!

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no rating February 06, 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.

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no rating January 07, 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.

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no rating December 02, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2008
Yes, Neuqua is an exceptionally good school, but I, as a current student there, would not recommend it. Though we exceed in sports, and academics, when asked if they like their school, most Neuqua students say 'no'. Consider the type of people that attend this school: most fairly affluent, thus very snobby. Now, not all Neuqua students act this way, but there are still those that do. So, in conclusion, sending your child there is a great choice as far as oppertunities to suceed, but socially it is a less then adequate.

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no rating May 29, 2008
While strong in some areas of academics, Neuqua's English department is sorely lacking in experienced teachers who know how to teach teenagers to write. Their very young, inexperienced teachers focus on symbolism, political correctness and fail to focus on perfecting writing skills, grammar and vocubulary - at every level.

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no rating January 09, 2008
We moved to the Indian Prairie School District based on the outstanding reputation of it's schools. While they offer wonderful athletic opportunities for the above-average athelete, they have only a small percentage of them able to compete due to the enormous enrollement of the schools. We have experienced some wonderful teachers, but also some new-hires who weren't prepared for the caliber of education we expect. Overall the gifted students will do well here, average students will struggle to maintain, and any students with special needs may slip through the system.

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no rating September 13, 2007
I have put 2 of my children through Neuqua and I currently have a child there now. Neuqua is a great school, but I do feel that the homework load is overwhelming for these kids. I do believe in homework but it needs to be in moderation. Otherwise Neuqua is the best of the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
Neuqua is an excellent school, and highly recommended! I personally think it is a lot cleaner and better than Naperville Central. That staff is very compassionate and the academics are GREAT! I moved in to the Indian prairie school district, just so that my kids could attend Crone and Neuqua! It is definitely the place to go!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
If you want top notch education Neuqua is the place to be, however there are a lot of politics especially with the music and theater department.

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January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 26, 2006
Great school! One of the best in Illinois.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
Neuqua Valley has an excellent academics prgram and gives students an unparallelled variety of options. Neuqua prepares students for college, and the staff is caring and involved in the students' academic careers.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2006
This school definitely has the highest quality of academic programs in and around Naperville. The music department is really the jewel of the school becuase it has won a GRAMMY award every year for the past four years and the last award they won was the GRAMMY signature school award presenting them with the title of having the number one music program in public high schools in the nation.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2006
Great academics, outstanding music program. Students on the ends of the spectrum get served well, however, the average kids sometimes get a bit overlooked. It's getting way too big and easy for most kids to feel a bit lost.

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no rating November 13, 2005
One of the best public school educations available to residents of Naperville. A competitive atmosphere encourages students to always strive for their best. Very well developed music program, winner of the National Grammy Award. All other programs, athletics, academics, clubs and extracurricular activities are excellent.

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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
The education is nice, lacks in the mathmatics department. Lack of diversity can be annoying at times. Neuuqa Valley has teachers who care. The ultimate setback, the very large drug and alcohol problem.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2005
I have 2 graduates of NVHS, (2002 & 2005). As an educator I would rate the quality of curriculum and expectations there high. The atmosphere the staff expounds is one of success in whatever avenue the student chooses. Unfortunately the high academic expectations of the young but qualified staff is overshadowed by the emphasis the school places on competative sports. Though my son excelled as an honor student, he also played sports which seemed to be a first priority with some staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
I am a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School. College has been a wonderful experience because of the academic preparation NVHS gave to me. I noticed that I am more prepared when it comes to takcling various responsibilities throughout the year then some of my peers who attended other high schools around the state and country. The staff is very friendly, and is always willing to help students succeed. I still, to this day, keep in touch with staff memebers who have been mentors in my life since day one. Although Naperville is a very upscale community you will always, no matter where you live, encounter those who either embrace adademics or who choose to go down their own paths. I have to say NVHS offers so many opportunities to high school students, but it is up to the student to get themselves involved in what NVHS has to offer

- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2005
I am a graduate student of NVHS and what I learned there exceeds anything that I had expected to. I was involved in sports and clubs, while at the same time exceeded academically. I loved the variety of class choices available, the teachers are amazing (I still keep in contact with most of them), and learned things in the classroom and on a team that i don't think could be taught by just any school. The resources and technology NV has, along with the stadium, pool, fields, class options I had learned to be a privilege, where as many of my friends in college differed greatly. You make it what you want, if you need academic help, the teachers ARE there for you. It was the best experience of my life where I learned so much academically, but i learned how to be a wellrounded person as well.

- submitted by a former student
March 14, 2005
My daughter attends Neuqua Gold Campus. I have to admit the education your child will get here is top knotch. But the students are pushed hard and have extremely high expectations for sports and academics.The stress on students and the work load they are required to handle is high. My daughter does excel, but I feel kids need a little more time to be kids, not mimi adults. This school is safe and there is alot to do, maybe too much?

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
The more accelerated classes have experienced teachers, but the average classes are often taught by young & inexperienced teachers. The staff & administration is also a little green behind the ears. The language department is way inferior to what I expected however, the art department so far exceed anything I would expect to encounter even in a high school or college environment. Many kids there are wealthy & unsupervised with parents that take little or no responsibility for their child's performance and/or behavior other than to medicate them. Combine that with the lack of experience and you have an educational environment that could be better but not necessarily entirely due to the facility or it's inexperienced staff. Naperville seems to attract many wealthy people and with it comes a subtle form of child abuse - indulgence.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2004
I am a Student at this school and it is amazing. Despite the review made by an angry parent, maybe they should see what their child is doing to make the deans and secretary's so upset with them. The secretary's have never been anything but helpful and understanding to my questions and the Dean is just trying to follow the rules and discipline people who don't follow them. The teachers are amazing, yes you will always run into someone who isn't the best teachers, but you will have that anywhere you go. Neuqua's extracurricular activities are great. This year our Boy's Soccer won the State Title, a Wrestler is the State Champion, we have a State Champion in Speech, our Special Olympics team is State Champions for Basketball, and our Girls Basketball went to Sectionals. There are so many clubs and if any student has an idea, they are welcome and hopefully a teacher can be found to head the group. It really is an amazing school, the facilities are kept new and clean, the departments are amazing, our Music department got a Gold Grammy (one of five given out to music departments around the country each year).

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2003
This is a great school where the education is great, and my kids actually have fun with what they learn!

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August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
Need to restaff very badly. Staff with a non teaching job such as a secretary and deans are very incompetant. Many teachers do not treat there students with respect and are under a very big power trip. Your student will have a chance to get a good education but I can guarantee that out of 5 classes they take 2 will be not worth their time do to teachers who do not know how to teach. This also includes all of the teachers withought proper certifications.

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Neuqua Valley High School
2360 95th Street, Naperville, IL  60564
(630) 428-6000
Last modified Neuqua Valley High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Neuqua Valley High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top