Pickerington High School Central in Violet Township, OH - Niche

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Pickerington High School Central is a public school in Violet Township, Ohio. It has 1,534 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 92% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 273 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, OH
(614) 833-3025

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3.8 from 273 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Pickerington Central High School has been amazing. There are so many opportunities offered to students each year, and the teachers really want to see students succeed. Our student body and administration are super supportive of every club and sports team. It's just a great place to learn and grow up.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I like this school. It's good in most sports and is pretty big. I don't like some of the teachers in this school. I took Algebra 2 my freshman year and had a bad teacher that didn't teach her students much. As a result I struggled in Honors Pre-Calculus and didn't feel prepared enough to go on to AP calc because of my lack of background knowledge. Other than that experience this school has mostly good people in it and the student section for football is always the best.
    • Parent
    • 4
    Overall Experience: My son has had a wonderful experience at this school so far . One of the best aspects is that he has been able to take college classes since his sophomore year. He started with one AP course that year, took a few more his junior year, and now he has AP classes as well as a dual credit course. He has passed all of the AP courses he has taken so far. Therefore when he graduates he will be going to college with almost a full year of college credits already. I am not sure he would have been able to obtain that at other schools.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My best experience throughout high school is definitely being a part of the music aspect. After singing in a Symphonic Women's Choir for 2 years, I finally made it into the Chorale (singing and dancing choir) this year. I also am involved in the marching band, Jazz band, etc. This year, I'm even taking an AP Music Theory class! Since I am going into music, I feel like these experiences really shaped my whole future and only furthured my love of music. The downside to this school is that since there are so many new things being introduced: new systems, new grading sclae, new teachers, new rules, it is very disorganuzed and I feel like I always had to do things myself. Overall, I have made some great memories with some awesome people and will hopefully look back on high school with fondness.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I liked my overall high school experience, yet there were too many cliques and sometimes I felt like I didn't belong. I sometimes slacked off in my classes and didn't feel motivated by my teachers. I tried my best to keep up, but almost always fell behind the "teacher's pets" or the "favorites. There were some great classes and awesome teachers and people that I will never forget.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Pickerington High School North 2 mi. 1,733
3.33 Canal Winchester High School 4 mi. 1,042
0.66 Virtual Community School of Ohio 7 mi. 1,066
2.00 Groveport Madison High School 7 mi. 1,417
2.66 Watkins Memorial High School 8 mi. 1,146

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


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Pickerington High School Central United States Canal Winchester High School Groveport Madison High School Pickerington High School North Virtual Community School of Ohio Watkins Memorial High School
White 60.0% 51.0% 74.0% 51.0% 70.0% 77.0% 89.0%
African American 23.0% 15.0% 16.0% 41.0% 15.0% 15.0% 3.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 6.0% 0% 7.0% 5.0% 3.0%
Hispanic 4.0% 25.0% 1.0% 3.0% 3.0% 1.0% 2.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.8% 1.0% 1.0% 2.0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 26.6%
Grade 10 25.4%
Grade 11 22.9%
Grade 12 25.0%

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 33 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 15% Not sure.
  • 12% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 24 responses

  • 16% Excellent academics
  • 15% Music and Art Programs
  • 13% Great Teachers
  • 13% Many opportunities
  • 11% Athletic Programs
  • 11% Excellent athletics
  • 8% Diverse Student Body
  • 7% Great environment
  • 5% School Spirit

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 38% Cliques
  • 18% Academic Competitiveness
  • 15% Guidance Counselors
  • 15% Bullying
  • 10% Quality of teaching staff
  • 3% Drug usage

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 24 responses

  • 54% Impecable diversity and school spirit
  • 17% Has an awesome marching band
  • 12% We all support one another
  • 12% Athletics
  • 4% I think we have a strong art program

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 61% Focused on all popular sports, and stresses grades
  • 22% Focused on sports, mainly football.
  • 17% Supportive

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 30% Slacking off does not pay off.
  • 30% Hard work truly pays off here
  • 17% Know who to hang out with and who to avoid
  • 9% Be White and/or good at sports
  • 9% Actually try Freshman year to excel academically.
  • 4% Get actively involved, it'll get you ahead.

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

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 89% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.