Central Senior High School in St. Paul, MN - Niche

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Central Senior High School is a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has 2,174 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 59% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 260 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

275 North Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 632-6000

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3.6 from 260 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: My overall experience at this school was great, I had met lots of teachers and students who influenced my life in a positive way, the sports and curriculum were fun. Freshmen and seniors were my best years, starting from meeting friends to finally getting out of high school.What makes this school so unique is the diversity, and energy that the teachers and students have. My favorite experience was softball season,I had never played the sport before but I learned with the help from my teacher/coaches and now I know that I can bat a ball. If I had the choice of going to this school again I would probably do it, but it depends. I enjoy the overall experience. And the teachers were great.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Food: The food at central is good in my opinion. I have heard students say it's terrible, but they should bring their own food from home if they don't agree. Their are a mix of fruits and vegetables. not much fat is served. The cafeteria ladies are very strict about not having a piece of fruits or vegetables on your plate. Thy would tell you to go back and grab some in order to go sit down.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Administration & Policies: Central can be strict. if a student is wearing an inappropriate clothing then you either have to change or wear a central shirt to cover your clothing. There is no bullying at central, if caught bullying you are suspended or taken to the office. Absence is not tolerated, as well as leaving the building.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: There are many opportunities that you could participate in at central. Many varieties of sports in different seasons. Central is big on sports and have a very big school spirit Red, Black, and White !!!. Also in order to stay in a specific sports you must keep your grades up. That is a very good rule to have, which means that the coaches and staff also wants you to have good grades in school.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers that I had, were very kind and they worked well with the way I was learning. I don't really remember one teacher who wasn't kind. They all made a huge impact in my education and have taught me education in a way where I was comfortable and felt good participating in. Each teacher had their own way of teaching me, as well as they having a sense of humor which i enjoyed. I don't have any memories where a teacher gave up on a student. They had good grading skills and cared about the students.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Como Park Senior High School 2 mi. 1,490
3.33 Highland Park Senior High School 3 mi. 1,373
2.33 Washington Technology Magnet School 3 mi. 1,469
3.66 Roseville Area Senior High School 4 mi. 2,088
3.33 Henry Sibley Senior High School 5 mi. 1,380

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


Male 47%
Female 52%

Student Diversity

Central Senior High School United States Como Park Senior High School Henry Sibley Senior High School Highland Park Senior High School Roseville Area Senior High School Washington Technology Magnet School
White 34.0% 51.6% 26.0% 62.0% 35.0% 66.0% 7.0%
Asian 29.0% 4.7% 34.0% 4.0% 19.0% 14.0% 51.0%
African American 28.0% 15.2% 27.0% 7.0% 27.0% 11.0% 25.0%
Hispanic 5.0% 24.5% 9.0% 22.0% 15.0% 6.0% 13.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 1.0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%


Grade 9 24.3%
Grade 10 25.5%
Grade 11 25.9%
Grade 12 24.3%

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 24 responses

  • 71% Yes
  • 17% Not sure.
  • 12% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 23% The different levels of core classes
  • 20% Diversity of Students
  • 18% The teachers
  • 15% School clubs
  • 10% Students
  • 5% The energy
  • 5% College Prep (testing, info., AP classes, clubs)
  • 3% Outside opportunities (jobs, volunteering, etc.)

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 30% Arrogant students
  • 27% Crowded
  • 18% Kids who don't want to be there
  • 12% Social inequality
  • 9% Bullying
  • 3% Racism

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 17 responses

  • 65% The diversity.
  • 24% It has IB/AP programs
  • 12% The inviting and cultivating atmosphere

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 44% Interesting
  • 33% Flavorful
  • 17% Unique
  • 6% Different

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 47% Be prepared to work hard.
  • 32% Prepare to learn new and different cultures.
  • 21% Intense curriculums/classes

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 22% I love everything about this school.
  • 78% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.