Central High School

1,011 reviews
  1. Philadelphia City School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
1700 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Telephone
(215) 276-5262

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1190
470 responses
Average ACT
27
63 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
AP Enrollment
36%
AP Exam Pass Rate
64%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    64%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    36%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    0%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.91 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.91 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 352 responses
  • International day
    20%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Skii Trip
    9%
  • Spirit Day
    9%
  • Senior Trip
    8%
  • Plays/musicals performances
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,311
Free or Reduced Lunch
49%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.108 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.108 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.108 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,464
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.141 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.141 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.141 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Data not available
Boys Athletic Participation
Data not available
Expenses Per Student
$25,209/ year
National
$11,890
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.164 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.164 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.164 responses

Reviews

1,011 reviews
  • Excellent
    315
  • Very Good
    401
  • Average
    247
  • Poor
    46
  • Terrible
    2
I do like Central high, but at he same time, the size of each class is extreme! You have to truly stand out or else you are one of the unknown face walking through the halls. I am not someone who stands out, especially with my teachers. I try, but I tend to all my fears to overtake my body and mind. I tend to feel intimidated by the other intelligent students around me. Something I do admire about the school is their variety in cultures and clubs. There's always something that happens in Central, whether it's international day or spots events, school days are always active.
  • High School Junior
  • 3 months ago
Central High School is currently above my expectations. It includes an extremely diverse community of over 2000, people who truly care for a future, and motivation through challenges, such as the work given. It is a great school, in which everyone is involved. The number of clubs grows each year, and most are student-run, with the students giving it their all although the budget is cut. My favorite experiences include working with the robotics team hours after school. It is a fun, yet academically difficult, school, and I am lucky to have met some great people there! This school pushes you to definitely work hard. It is a challenge helps many grow. This school WILL (and does) prepare many students for college!
  • High School Sophomore
  • Sep 2 2015
Central High School is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious schools in the city of Philadelphia. When I first came to Central, the atmosphere was so welcoming and you are bound to find a group of friends you are comfortable around. Central was ranked the most diverse high school in the nation which offers you the opportunity to see the variety of ideas and cultures others have.
Central is known for being a college preparatory high school, and I do not question it considering the workload I currently get as a student. Many of my alumni friends have told me that Central has definitely prepared them for whatever university they attended. As much as I can not wait to graduate and head off to college, the Central community has become a big part of my life, and I have never been more proud to be called a Lancer.
  • Senior
  • 11 days ago