Naperville Central High School


Student Enrollment
Best High School in Illinois
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Naperville CUSD 203
Type Public
 Phone (630)420-6422
 Location 440 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Charter School No

Naperville Central High School has an academic rating significantly above the average for Illinois high schools based on its high test performance, high graduation rate and average AP course participation. It is ranked 4th in the best public high schools in Illinois.



The Naperville Central High School student body is mostly White with a smaller Asian Pacific population and has low racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific13.8%399
Native American Indian0.2%5
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0%1
Two or more races3.6%103

Family Income

vs. other Illinois high schools
Upper 4.9%

12.1% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the Illinois high school median of 42.4%. By this measure, Naperville Central High School students are largely wealthy and rank 33rd in Illinois for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students



Graduation Rate

10 out of 10

Rank: 19th in Illinois

Subgroup Graduation Rate
All Students96%
Illinois Median87%
Black90% or more*
Hispanic90% or more*
Asian Pacific95% or more*
Native Americansuppressed*
Two or more races80% or more*
Economically Disadvantaged90% to 94%*
Limited English Proficiency-

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 6th in Illinois

Students at Naperville Central High School scored an average 72% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the Illinois State Board of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 24% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 1.8% of Illinois high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls65% to 69%*86%
Boys65% to 69%*67%

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander80% to 89%*85% to 89%*
Black40% to 59%*40% to 49%*
Hispanic60% to 69%*60% to 69%*
Multiracial60% to 79%*80% to 89%*
With Disabilites11% to 19%*15% to 19%*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average ACT Score

The average ACT score for Naperville Central High School students in 2017 was 25. This indicates that the average student scores in the 78th percentile nationally on the ACT.

College Admission Test Participation

8 out of 10

Rank: 69th in Illinois

949 out of 1,444 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (66%). College admission testing participation is well above the Illinois median rate of 53% and in the top 12% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

9 out of 10

Rank: 19th in Illinois

Naperville Central High School offers 20 AP courses. 20 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 61% percentile and slightly above the median AP enrollment rate for all Illinois schools of 16%. Naperville Central High School had 469 taking AP exams with a 440 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 94% percentile and significantly above the state median of 57 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 94% 57%
Students enrolled in an AP class 20% 16%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 11%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 6%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 13%
AP Courses Offered 20

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%17%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate10%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
Illinois Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0.1%2
Illinois Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.5%14
Illinois Median4.6%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students2.3%68


Naperville Central High School
440 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL

10 out of 10 1


Naperville CUSD 203
Naperville, IL