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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Amherst Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Amherst, NY. It has 813 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
4301 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone
(716) 362-8100

Amherst Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1220
115 responses
Average ACT
28
42 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$71,105
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$965
National
$949
Median Home Value
$182,200
National
$184,700

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.8 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
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Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
813
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,904
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.3%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$18,114/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Amherst Central High School Reviews

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It's a high school with all of the typical high school things: friends, teachers, bullies, mandatory classes. The electives are pretty broad which is cool, but there's not a lot of mention of them so if you don't know about them, you don't know about them. The teachers are generally kind and they do their jobs well. There's a few that seem like they don't understand the material they're teaching, but that's every school. Our athletics aren't too great, money is allocated towards losing teams as if that'll help. Our most successful teams are female, so if you've got a daughter this is a place where she'll thrive athletically.
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Overall, I liked my experience at ACHS regarding the quality of my education and the kindness of my teachers. However, the building is incredibly old and could use improvement. There is no centralized heating thus rooms vary from scorching hot to freezing cold. The chemistry hallways pipes are so old that we're unable to drink the water, and there is asbestos in the building overall. The people inside of the school are great, but the building itself needs an intense renovation.
The school has a great about of diversity among the students and a great curriculum. There are several AP classes and dual enrollment classes to prepare students for college. There are also technical program to train students who aren't college bound for careers.