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.