Currently with a staff primarily full of seniors, the support provided by Naperville North in post secondary planning has been immensely helpful in the college application process. Students can receive guidance from North’s College and Career Counselor Brian La Porte, who provides many resources needed to feel prepared for after graduation. College representative visits and information nights for parents have made an often treacherous process much easier for not only the students, but for families as well. Along with the helpful staff, Naperville North’s rigorous academic standards create a learning environment that makes the transition from high school to college-level classes a more comfortable adjustment. Naperville North’s many resources for post secondary planning is a service that is effective in aiding students and their families while they navigate college applications and career paths.
Clubs and Extracurriculars
If you ask any student at Naperville North what they’re involved in, odds are you’ll hear about one of the school’s many extracurriculars. For the 2023-24 school year, there are over 100 registered clubs, showing that there is no shortage of activities for students with clubs ranging in various interests, hobbies and ethnicities. If a student was interested in getting involved in a business club at Naperville North, there is an extensive amount of clubs that they could choose from depending on their niche interest, like Junior State of America (JSA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and Debate Team. There are plenty of programs that are entirely welcoming to new students and reach out to potential members on a regular basis, so we highly recommend checking out a new club!
Some of our honorable mentions that we love about Naperville North include the change in dress code because of student protests and opinion. The change in grading policy, homework completion grades have helped immensely with understanding material and overall grades.
An additional honorable mention is our teachers. Very few people have had horrible experiences with their teachers in class and we recognize that our definition of a bad teacher is much better than students from other schools. Staff at Naperville North are extremely supportive of our goals and education. Getting the help we need to achieve a good grade is right at our fingertips. Putting education aside, the majority of our staff say they have one or more teachers that they feel comfortable talking to about issues not related to class. As a whole, we find that the teachers at Naperville North are supportive and dedicated to our success both in and out of the classroom.
Parking and Traffic System
Navigating the daily challenges of parking at Naperville North has become a saga of frustration for students. With no assigned spots, students with late arrival find themselves in a mad rush for parking, risking violation stickers and lunch detentions. The irony lies in the vast, unused expanse of staff parking in the NPAC lot, while students, especially those without a parking pass, are forced to park inconveniently far from school entrances, compromising their safety. Traffic chaos ensues after school, aggravated by parents driving recklessly. The exit from the NPAC onto Mill becomes a battleground, highlighting the need for improved traffic flow. Overall the mix of poor traffic flow and bad drivers makes getting in and out of school a nightmare.
Lighting and the Lack of Windows
Inside the school, the lack of windows creates an environment that feels harsh and oppressive, contradicting studies that advocate for soft lighting to enhance student well-being. Studies show that natural light is extremely beneficial for our physical and mental health. Out of approximately 130 classrooms, our staff only counted 57 classrooms at Naperville North that have windows. Compared to across town, Naperville Central’s remodeling plans stated that their new illumination system, “is provided by compact fluorescent downlights using T-8 40 lamps with energy saving rapid start electronic ballasts and daylight is maximized.” With daylight being the primary source of light, the environment at Naperville Central is already more optimized for learning than it is at Naperville North.
Multiple Bell Schedules
In the intricate tapestry of the Naperville North experience, students exhibit adaptability as they navigate the ever-changing bell schedules. Currently, Monday and Friday have traditional full length periods, while Tuesday and Thursday observe Homeroom/WIN periods, and Wednesday starts at 9 a.m. Late arrival Wednesdays offer a unique opportunity for a more relaxed start, and Homeroom, though routine, provides a consistent touchpoint, potentially fostering community. Although these three different bell schedules were a pain to memorize and operate on at first, to enjoy the positives of late arrival and Homeroom/WIN we recognize that the different bell schedules are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
While the cafeteria food might not receive rave reviews, there's a consensus that the pizza stands out as a surprisingly palatable exception, adding a touch of culinary satisfaction to the student experience. With a new supplier, Organic Life, hope was brought upon campus as we thought the quality of our food would be much better than past years. The new implication of a healthy balanced meal is what makes students happy to have something more nutritious in their daily lives. Though many of the school lunch dishes are considerably better than last year’s, the school lunch is still nowhere near excellent and leaves much to be desired.