"College prep academics and many extracurricular activities/sports"
Students enrolled 510
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mr Craig Stafford
Transportation options Yes
Type Religious

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4 stars
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May 06, 2014
All of the teachers are terrible now at the moment. I can't say that I have learned anything permanently from many classes. Teachers knowledge is straight from the book and a teacher even admitted to not have a degree to teach us forensics.!! The environment is soon headed to becoming like a public school. The boys are immature and doing things they shouldn't be and all the girls are stuck up and rude to one another .! Theology makes you think that everything you are doing is a sin and makes others non Catholics second guess about not being baptized and converting to be catholic. The teachers have non respect nor passion to make sure their students are learning. They expect us to go the extra mile but they do not for us. It is boring we do absolutely nothing such as field trips and we pay all this money and do not even have air condition or a decent dance. The dances are held in the cafeteria and prom is a mess .!!

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2014
Hello all, I am so happy I chose to send my son to BNI, I feel they're chose made thus far. My son couldn't be happier, BNI I feel prep the children for the life long journey they will need for adult life. The time and compassion BNI show to the students is just awesome. In closing you can't go wrong trusting BNI with the stepping stone for your child's future. If I would say what I would want to improve is for the staff to figure other ways to ask for volunteer hours that can be done away from the school instead of on school grounds though most parents work during those required hours.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I have to agree with many of the parents that have said the school is no longer what it use to be. I had two boys that graduated from BNI my youngest graduated in 2012. He started in the Middle school at Noll and at the time I could see how the school was academically above all other schools. A few years later much changed at the school and in my opinion has digressed. The test standards are lowered, they do not academically challenge their students, and it is more of a social network instead of a Higher learning institute which is what Noll is known for. I would not recommend sending your child there. My children enjoyed going to Noll and they are very successful now, but it is NOT what it use to be and they have lowered their academic and moral standards. Changes need to be made at that school.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
''Bishop noll institute is not an ideal learning environment for your children. I am not writing this review with venom or malice; I am simply writing to inform parents of the quality of education Noll has to offer. I myself am a grad of this school (class of 81) and the standards and quality of this school has downgraded by a lot. I sent my twins to this school for a year, and although they liked it, noll did not academically challenge their students as much as I would like. Many parents have taken their children out of the school because of this. Homework is nonexistent. Test are curved. Classes are more like social talk hours. Teachers involvement is bad. This school is about 8g a year. Is it worth is? No, it is not.''

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
I have worked at many public/private schools throughout my teaching career and Bishop Noll institute is by far one of the worst. They do not encourage their students to reach their full potential. I feel sorry for many of my students. If your child is not part of a long line of Bishop Noll alumni, they are not treated kindly by the faculty at all. I see no dedication to the art of teaching in my colleagues work. It is more like pop a DVD about Rome in the vcr and right it off as a class, and sadly, this is how many of today's classes are set up. There are a lot of factors that go into a good educational environment. The look of the place is one. BNI puts no money into the classrooms. The technology is run down and broken. Trying to use our smart board s never worked. The paint is peeling f2f, the ceilings are falling, and the floor tiles are popping off. I see no reason for anyone to make a financial sacrifice to send their children to this school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2013
This school is terrible. Almost all the staff has been replaced (thank God, they were horrible). Principle:gone Assistant principle: Demoted, THEN gone. over 10 teachers have left. This shows lack of dedication and lack of standards set by this school. This school curves tests to make it seem as though everyone is doing exceptionally better then all the other schools. This school is not an exceptional school as they so often say they are. Don't get swept into this hoax. Me as well as many other students from my class transferred after year one. This school is the equivalent of a mediocre public school, not a fabulous Catholic school that they try to make you think as you sign those tuition papers.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2013
"Bishop Noll Institute is a great school. I made the decision and financial sacrifice to send my daughter to Noll, and it was one of the best decisions I could make. Bishop Noll Institute offers a diverse environment, a challenging curriculum, and promotes important life values to our youth. My daughter experienced great success from the smaller class sizes and great teacher influences. She was well prepared for what college level course work demands, and while there developed great study habits and a sense of personal responsibility. The school encourages parent participation through volunteer hours and really promotes a warm and welcoming environment. I would recommend Bishop Noll Institute to any parent who wants their child to receive a quality education. Just keep in mind that your child has to make the most of their time there. As a parent you have to make the personal sacrifice, but they have to be ready and willing to do the work!"

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
After teaching in both public schools and charter schools, my experiences at Noll are far more rewarding. The administration supports research-based, innovative instruction; the students are kind, good natured, and eager to learn; the facilities are updated every year; technology is improving and being utilized by most faculty on a regular basis. Are there problems and set-backs? Of course, but the way these problems and set-backs are addressed is commendable. Compared to other regional schools, Bishop Noll is giving students a well-rounded, faith-based experience. It is an excellent choice for a Catholic, college prep education.

- submitted by a teacher
February 15, 2013
BNI is a great school. My son graduated from BNI in 2011. I have taught at BNI for 5 years. Before coming to BNI I have taught in public schools and other private schools. There are no major problems with students at BNI. The school climate is great, all the students are very nice to the teachers and each other. Discipline wise this is by far the easiest school I have ever worked in. I choose to send my son to BNI because of the opportunities, the emphasis on hard work and social justice, and the good friends I knew he would make. BNI out performs other schools in the area which can be verified on the Indiana DOE website. Looking at an earlier review which states gangs, drugs, and violence are at BNI is totally not true. Anyone that visits BNI would can see first hand what a friendly and inviting place it is. Yes BNI does require students and parents to do service hours like all Catholic schools, it is part of serving the community. The students love BNI, I suggest letting your son or daughter take a look at BNI, maybe do a shadow day, as they can see first hand if its a good fit for them.

- submitted by a teacher
February 14, 2013
Bishop Noll provides unique opportunities that many other schools do not offer--a Chinese program, a marching band, college credit and AP courses, and a one-of-a-kind schedule created to teach students time management and organization skills. Bishop Noll is not for everyone, but explore all options before making your decision. After meeting the teachers, administrators, staff and students at BNI, you'll feel the strong community culture and be inspired by the school's greatest asset--it's wonderful students!

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2013
The parent complaining in the last review has issues with the tuition being too high and mandatory volunteer hours. Really? Did they not know this when they registered? Private schools receive no state or federal funding and rely on tuition and parent involvement to keep the school running. BNI is a great school! We are a second generation family and our children are getting a great education. Their test scores are high and are getting into great colleges with big scholarships. In the past few years the school wired the building for up-to-date technology, purchased new classroom furniture, new cafeteria furniture, painted the school, added new windows, an outdoor facade, renovated the auditorium (beautiful), refurbished the old pool area and added a weight room for the student athletes.The school is moving forward in a very positive way. Inappropriate student behavior is dealt with quickly. Perhaps the parent below came from a public school with no tuition or parental involvement. A school like BNI where parents care enough to be involved is a healthy school. As an involved parent I can honestly describe BNI as a family environment which cares for and nurtures all students.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
Bishop Noll Institute offers a challenging academic environment rich in culture & values. Both of my children have attended BNI (one still does) and they could not have experienced a better high school environment than Noll. Bishop Noll provides a fair balance of morality, small class size and a diverse student body. The environment enhances the students acceptance & attitude of people and ideas which are different from their own. This breeds tolerance and creates an environment that is warm, welcoming, sharing academic community, family values, and respect. The students are very respectful & courteous. The quality of the education is excellent. BNI has prepared my older daughter extremely well for college. She has not had any issues whatsoever (socially, academically, etc.).

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
The quality of education has downgraded. Bishop Noll Institute is no longer the high quality of education that it used to be when I sent my two oldest there a few years ago. As a parent I wish the administrators were better in opening the lines of communication. I have been frustrated many times. The principal is not approachable at all. I am sure to no longer recommend to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Changes are coming to BN.My child has told me that they will be replacing desks w/tables&that the students will have their classes in various rooms as oppose to the teacher s rooms.The teachers are dedicated&still keep a high standard in communication&the proud tradition of what makes B.N.I.Under Fech s adminteam&staff agreed w/one another to make changes w/open communication so that we could together agree what benefits our children the most. Fech s admin reflected the values of B.N.&of the diocese, this principal; Mrs. McCoy Cejka s admin lacks the respect for tradition&communication of informing the parents and the community. This team does not like the input of parents because it s irrelevant. It is obvious to me that this administration has consistently cause oversights in asking for our parent input. These new changes without our input & of the rest of the community will hurt reliability of the school & why hasn t time taken to communicate these changes to all members of this community? I am not one to stop change because change is constant but it has to take a village to believe in it at the same time preserve the traditions&values of greatness of B.N and of the diocese.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
This is my son's first year at BNI. The quality of academic rigor is exceptional. The teachers are not only well qualified, but make subjects interesting and personal for students to fully engage. Students are held accountable for their academics and behavior. Teachers provide additional help if students request. There is no reason for a child not to succeed in this environment. Teachers are accessible to discuss student progress. My son loves the school and so do we. As an educator in another school district, I know my child is getting the best education in the region. BNI is well worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2010
Students get a well rounded education in a Christian setting

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
Bishop Noll Institute consists of a diverse student population, and a well-qualified faculty. The atmosphere is faith-filled with daily prayer and school wide vommunity celebrations in the Catholic tradition. A wide variety of co- and extra-curricular activities compliment classroom instruction and provide opportunities for community service. Founded in 1921 the school has a sound academic rradirion boasting many Lily Foundation Schoolars and National Merit Scholars. Opprotunities to excel in athletics also abound and the school has a proud record of championsips to its credit. BNI is a learning community with a strong feeling of family.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
The students and faculty are like family. They truly care about giving the kids the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
The staff is fantastic, the education is top notch, and us students are more of a family than anything else.

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June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
I entered Noll in 2003 as a 7th grader in the Junior High. Great staff, student body, and everyone seemed happy. I saw a major change happen with the implement of technology at the school. Sadly, it feels now that they are exchanging our education with the 'technology.' There are many bugs in the system and don't count on the laptops or Smartboards working. Many of the best teachers left, but there are still a handful of good teachers there like Bently, Tutacko, Trafnet, Conley, Skurka, and Richardson. But please, don't be fooled by the technology and think that it will give you a better education. It won't. Sadly, relying on the student body will not help either. I graduated in the top 10 of 2009 and I will say that what you put into Noll is what you get out of it.

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February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
BNI is the best. My daughter is so happy in the Prep Academy. We are all so sorry Mr. Fech is leaving. GO WARRIORS!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
BNI is a great school and any parent who wants their kid to go to college should send them there. The work is challenging but it helps you learn more. I am a 7th grader there and I have loved my time there so far. There are great kids, great teachers, and just love for all of the students. I have BNI pride! Go Warriors!

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2008
Bishop Noll is an incredible school. Good teachers, and students. They really raise the bar with the kids. There is only one downfall to the school and that is the principal. I wouldnt change anything about the school except for him

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January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2007
The people there are so nice and I have recieved friends of a life time there and I simply am in love with the school

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October 23, 2007
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December 13, 2006
I am currently a student at Bishop Noll just coming from a public school Dirksen Middle School. speaking on education it is a very good school. On a personal level I would have rather stayed at dirksen because there is so much more conflict and drama at bishop noll you wouldn't believe it is a catholic school. and I agree it is not worth the all the money spent.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2006
Bishop Noll is not worth the tuition.

- submitted by a former student
July 28, 2006
My son is currently entering his sophmore year here at Noll. I have found the overall atmosphere of this fine instution to be very fulfilling. Principal Fech and Coach Pete go the extra mile to work with families and are very dedicated to their profession. They look at each student as individuals and do their best to encourage and motivate each student to their optimal level of learning. Diversity is a major part of this school, not only is there a mixture of cultures and nationalities but also students from different socio economic backgrounds. This provides students to meet different types of people.Everyone here at Noll can receive a quality and wholesome education. Noll also has a very accessible sports program that meets the needs of all students. I as a parent feel that Noll is worth every cent spent. I am very satisified with this instution and wouldn't change it!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
I have found the quality of education at Bishop Noll to be decent, but not worth the tuition. I find the principal and most of the administration to be below average. Over the last six years they continue to lose their best teachers -- especially in Math and Science and the replacements are never as good.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
Principal Scott Fetch has made great strides in improving an already great school. The school has several sports programs and all students are encouraged to participate. Academics are highly stressed. Over 99% of all graduates go onto college. The schools dance program is especially active and almost always makes it to state finals.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
As a recent graduate of BNI, I give the school mixed reviews. The faculty has recently lost many of its most stellar members, and over the course of my 4 years there, I could see the school's decline in full force. I remember arriving as a freshman and being genuinely impressed (especially by student involvement), but when I crossed that stage to get my diploma 4 years later, I was honestly glad to get out. I do believe I got a solid education (if not, I wouldn't be at Vassar and now France's best university), but the experience was generally average. Guidance counselors repeatedly lost my college application materials, and I felt like I was forced into a certain mold, which was stifling in many ways. In short, Noll is what you make of it; do your best, and hopefully you'll head to greener academic pastures afterward.

- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2004
I have a child at Noll and I am very pleased with the education she has been receiving. I feel the atmosphere is that of a very caring faculty and staff. It is good to see some familiar faculty faces from when I attended Noll in the 80's and I admire that the school has been appointed a younger, lay pricipal. I think that he still can remember how Noll should be from his years there, and I like that he is in total sync with the trials and tribulations of teenagers in this day and age. I feel that discipline is a high priority and that educating and challenging children, mentally, and spiritually is at the forefront of this school's educational agenda. Noll boasts of 'Learning today, Leading tomorrow' and I believe this is the truth. The only thing I hope to see in the near future is a colorguard.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
I am a BNI alumni and I have a daughter (freshman) attending BNI. I have always been proud of the education I received at Noll and I am honored to be able to provide the same opportunity for my child. Since she has been at Noll, I have noticed that she is excelling in her schoolwork (honor roll student) and very active in the numerous extra-curricular activities offered to the students. I am so proud of the efforts made by both the new principal and his faculty. They are truly setting the precedence for 'future leaders' at Noll. I also think that the students get along well with one another and the environment is conducive to learning. Despite the cost, it is well worth every penny for all the good I see in my child and in the school!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
My wife anmd I are both alumni of Bishop Noll Institute and now both of our sons are students there. Bishop Noll prepared both of us for the college education that we received. The new enthusiasm that is being displayed by not only the new principal but also the entire teaching staff is commendable. The diversity in this school is one of its biggest assets. A Catholic education is priceless.

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October 22, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2003
My son is a 7th grader at Bishop Noll. He came from public school and we couldn't be happier! The changes we've seen from him and his renewed love for school, shows their committment to excellence. The students have pride for the school and for themselves. There is a special quality at this school that makes the kids want to do well, and they are inspired by a dedicated staff. When we took our tour, when we were deciding where to send our child we were impressed by a display of the top 10 students and their future colleges which included Harvard, Stanford, and MIT among other top colleges! Our sons attitude towards school completely changed, he went from dreading school to loving it. The other students are serious about a quality education, unlike his past school experiences where teachers were more like babysitters than educators. Future leaders are made at Bishop Noll.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Bishop Noll is an outstanding school, with some of the best teachers and coaches in the area. Everyone is friendly. The staff and principal are always available. It truly provides a family setting fot the students to learn.

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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I am an alumni of BNI, graduated in the early '90s. I am still proud to this day of my Catholic education at BNI and I'm thankful for the opportunity. I'm sad to see the decline in enrollment and am hopeful that parents today will see the importance of a Catholic education for their children. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat - the whole experience.

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August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I recently graduated from BNI and I have to say I had a great education while going there. I learned a lot of interesting things about the world and about myself. All around it was a good experience.

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Bishop Noll Institute
1519 Hoffman Street, Hammond, IN  46327
(219) 932-9058
Last modified Bishop Noll Institute is a private school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bishop Noll Institute Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews.