Central High School in Philadelphia, PA - Niche

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Central High School is a public school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has 2,311 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 98% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 937 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1700 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 276-5262

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 937 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 2
    Health & Safety: In one month Central received a school shooting threat and bomb threat. I think that speaks enough on health and safety.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Central offers an array of extracurriculars that almost every student would be happy to join if given the time.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I am unsure as to whether or not I would choose to go back to Central because I was not the same person I am today. Back then I could not handle the pressures of a magnet school with an unsupportive family. Now as an eighteen year old I am much more equipped to handle such stressful situations.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Teachers: Central is not nearly as prestigious as it would like to be seen. Most staff are uncaring to those who are underprivileged or of special needs.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 4
    Health & Safety: The security measures at the school are almost nonexistment but it has been becoming more of a topic. When i was there most doors were unlocked and anyone could let someone in from the outside from any side door or stairwell entrance. It's a well-known unspoken rule that when you enter theough the "patio" you should leave a pen there to hold the door open to keep it from locking. No one ever tells you that but you feel like it's the norm because it's just always been like that. There's very few fights or problems at Central which is probably why security is such a non-issue.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
1.66 Mastery Charter School - Gratz Campus 2 mi. 1,335
2.00 Olney Charter High School 2 mi. 1,735
1.66 Edison/Fareira High School 2 mi. 1,332
4.00 Cheltenham High School 3 mi. 1,473
2.33 Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School 3 mi. 1,219

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 51%
Male 48%

Student Diversity

Central High School United States Cheltenham High School Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School Edison/Fareira High School Mastery Charter School - Gratz Campus Olney Charter High School
Asian 30.0% 4.8% 6.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 3.0%
African American 30.0% 15.0% 53.0% 14.0% 22.0% 95.0% 37.0%
White 25.0% 51.0% 36.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Hispanic 8.0% 25.0% 3.0% 81.0% 75.0% 2.0% 57.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 28.1%
Grade 10 23.6%
Grade 11 23.8%
Grade 12 24.4%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 119 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 13% Not sure.
  • 1% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 91 responses

  • 27% Different kinds of people, academically successful
  • 22% Countless opportunities for growth, over 80 clubs.
  • 17% Amazing learning environment
  • 14% We are one strong united family
  • 10% Welcoming environment
  • 10% Best faculty in the country

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 71 responses

  • 24% No air conditioning when its 100 degrees.
  • 21% The academic course load gets stressful
  • 16% The building is too old.
  • 13% Workload
  • 10% Rats and bugs
  • 8% The student to teacher ratio is too far apart
  • 4% Some of the teacher's shouldnt be in charge of ppl
  • 3% Teachers dont get enough money
  • 1% Ms. Bonner

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 93 responses

  • 57% CHS has a culturally diverse student population.
  • 19% All of the above.
  • 16% The diversity ans education
  • 6% Academic esteem
  • 1% Its effort to help every child excel

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 89 responses

  • 28% The bonds created here will last a lifetime.
  • 22% One big family
  • 18% We continue to build bonds and support one another
  • 17% It's a balance
  • 6% Respect
  • 6% An interesting mess
  • 2% Loyal
  • 1% All of the above

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 74 responses

  • 34% Know how to manage your time wisely.
  • 20% Get involved! There is so much being offered.
  • 19% All of the above.
  • 15% Do not be afraid to be yourself, Self-expression.
  • 12% Stay ontop of your work and seek help if needed!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 84 responses

  • 38% I love everything about this school.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 1% I hate everything about this school.