Seniors gathered for commencement ceremonies.

General Information

North Central High School is a four-year comprehensive high school encompassing 190 acres of land on the northern edge of Indianapolis. We have an enrollment of 3,750 students representing 45 different nationalities, speaking 50 different native languages. Our 211 North Central faculty provides students with course content that challenges them to achieve their full potential.

For more than 66 years, North Central has set the standard for excellence. Our students are provided with state-of-the-art technology, including 1:1 Chromebooks, science laboratories, world language labs, a multimedia information center, and four computer labs. Additionally, students have access to an art gallery, performing and visual arts classrooms, and a newly renovated, state-of-the-art 1255-seat auditorium

North Central has a lighted athletic complex with three soccer fields, a baseball and softball complex, lacrosse and rugby fields, a complete internal five-kilometer cross-country course, and a football stadium. Inside facilities include two gyms, two wrestling rooms, a natatorium, and workout rooms. Additionally, we look forward to the completion of the new Paul Loggan Fieldhouse, named for North Central’s beloved former athletic director, which will include a four-court gym, six-lane running track, four multi-purpose rooms, a wrestling room, and locker rooms. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2024. Currently, North Central is under construction as we continue to improve our learning environments for students. The video below details the renovations that are underway.

Academic & Extracurricular Program Offerings

North Central’s robust course offerings include Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual credit courses in which students can earn college credits through Indiana University’s Advanced College Project (ACP). Students can also earn the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma when taking North Central’s most rigorous classes. During the sophomore year, all students are expected to participate in North Central’s Panther Exploration Personal Project. This student-directed, topical investigation involves a cycle of inquiry, action, and reflection, allowing our students to demonstrate academic mastery of interdisciplinary skills gained. To support students beyond classroom instruction, North Central offers tutoring during school hours through the Learning Center, Monday through Friday, and after school at the After School Learning Center, Monday through Thursday.

Sharing a campus with the J. Everett Light Career Center provides easy access for North Central students who want to take advantage of career technical education courses and modern apprenticeship programs preparing them for college and immediate career readiness. Learn more about JEL: https://www.jelcc.com/

When students are involved – they succeed at exemplary levels at North Central, as evidenced by the Class of 2022 earning 11,174 scholarships totaling $48 million. This is why we are intentional about offering diverse opportunities beyond the classroom, whether it is a plethora of academic clubs, student advocacy groups, recreation, state championship-level athletics, or state and national award-winning performing arts programs.

Our award-winning faculty operates with the fundamental belief that every Panther in every classroom can and will elevate their learning to the highest potential if:

  • a strong teacher and student learning partnership is cultivated;
  • the student participates in a socially, physically, and intellectually safe learning community where their identities and voices are affirmed, valued, and represented;
  • there are high expectations for culturally responsive, student-centered instruction; and
  • educators model a growth mindset and commit to purposeful collaboration and professional learning.

As a result of this belief and insistence on academic excellence, students currently take more AP, dual credit, and International Baccalaureate courses than at any time in the school’s history.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is North Central’s enrollment policy?
As a traditional public school, North Central has an open enrollment policy and proudly provides high-quality education for all students. We welcome students at any time; however, we encourage families to take advantage of natural transition times to make it easier for the student. Registration information can be found on our district website.
What are your standard school day hours?
Hours of academic operation for North Central High School are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm. For families with students in different academic levels, our middle school hours are 9:20 am-4:20 pm, and our elementary school hours are 7:50 am-2:35 pm.
What is the average number of students in each classroom?
North Central High School is home to a diverse student body of approximately 3,750 students. Class size varies depending on the course, but most courses host 23 to 28 students per section.
What are North Central’s school safety policies?

Keeping students safe is paramount at North Central High School. Some of our daily security practices include random metal detector wanding of bus/car riders and walkers. External doors remain locked, and security personnel are stationed at building entrances leaving a secure point of entry into the school. Students, staff, and visitors carry a district-issued ID while on campus. We also employ a number of School Resource Officers dedicated to maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff.

If you are interested in learning more about North Central High School, please contact:
Ms. Kimberly Dickerson, Student Programs Coordinator
(317) 259-5301 ext. 45337

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