Central High School

1,016 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

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1190
496 responses
Average ACT
27
69 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

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

1,016 reviews
  • Excellent
    318
  • Very Good
    403
  • 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
  • 4 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 officially the most diverse school in the country, and one of the best high schools in the city, if not the state. Students here truly care about their future and education goals. From alumni, I am told that Central does an outstanding job preparing students for college, as it is a breeze for many of them. The number of clubs offered is substantial and most are student-run, with the students giving it their all although the budget is cut. For example, I am co-editor of Mosaic, Central's Multicultural Magazine and the cabinet members have to work hard to raise money and promote the magazine. Also, students are bound to make connections and long-lasting friendships within this school.
  • Senior
  • 19 days ago