Central High School in Philadelphia, PA - Niche

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Central High School is a public magnet school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has 2,360 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 97% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 839 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 839 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The community built in my school was far beyond my exceptions coming into the school as a freshman. Every class build a strong friendship that's unforgettable. The student are amazing but some of the teachers shouldn't be allow to be in charge.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: The school prepared me for any future adversity. It taught me leadership, social, and academic skills that will guide me into my future endeavors. The school has some of the most intelligent and influential teachers that Philadelphia has to offer. The students here are motivated and diverse. They are respectful to the teachers which the teachers reciprocate. The school has done a lot for me and I know that I would send my child here if I have one in the future.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The teachers for the most part are very helpful and the students in the school are all pretty nice and friendly but the school food is not good and the school is dirty a lot.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Central offers a variety of options for courses.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: When you tour Central High School, one of the most notable things about the school is the fact that there are so many clubs and sports available. Teachers actively work in clubs and help the students get whatever they need for activities, and students themselves are in charge. They elect their own club presidents, vice presidents and so on, and also plan their own bake sales and activities.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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1.66 Edison/Fareira High School 2 mi. 1,423
4.00 Cheltenham High School 3 mi. 1,469
2.00 Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School 3 mi. 1,212
1.66 Samuel Fels High School 3 mi. 1,344
1.66 Frankford High School 4 mi. 1,609

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


Female 53%
Male 46%

Student Diversity

Central High School United States Cheltenham High School Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School Edison/Fareira High School Frankford High School Samuel Fels High School
African American 32.0% 15.2% 49.0% 14.0% 17.0% 56.0% 64.0%
Asian 30.0% 4.7% 7.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 10.0%
White 26.0% 51.6% 39.0% 1.0% 1.0% 8.0% 2.0%
Hispanic 7.0% 24.5% 3.0% 81.0% 80.0% 32.0% 21.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.6% 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.7%
Grade 10 25.9%
Grade 11 26.7%
Grade 12 22.8%

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 78 responses

  • 85% Yes
  • 14% Not sure.
  • 1% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 54 responses

  • 28% Different kinds of people, academically successful
  • 22% Countless opportunities for growth, over 80 clubs.
  • 18% Amazing learning environment
  • 13% We are one strong united family
  • 10% Welcoming environment
  • 9% Best faculty in the country

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 23% No air conditioning when its 100 degrees.
  • 23% The academic course load gets stressful
  • 17% The building is too old.
  • 14% Workload
  • 11% Rats and bugs
  • 9% The student to teacher ratio is too far apart
  • 2% Some of the teacher's shouldnt be in charge of ppl
  • 1% Teachers dont get enough money

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 56 responses

  • 62% CHS has a culturally diverse student population.
  • 20% The diversity ans education
  • 9% Academic esteem
  • 7% All of the above.
  • 2% Its effort to help every child excel

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 34% The bonds created here will last a lifetime.
  • 21% It's a balance
  • 21% We continue to build bonds and support one another
  • 15% One big family
  • 8% Respect
  • 2% Loyal

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 54 responses

  • 39% Know how to manage your time wisely.
  • 22% Get involved! There is so much being offered.
  • 17% Do not be afraid to be yourself, Self-expression.
  • 15% Stay ontop of your work and seek help if needed!
  • 7% All of the above.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 46 responses

  • 33% I love everything about this school.
  • 63% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.