Skip to Main Content
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Centennial High School is a highly rated, public school located in Bakersfield, CA. It has 2,022 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Centennial High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1190
301 responses
Average ACT
26
70 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
Do You Work at Centennial High School? Claim Your School Today!
Claim your free account to keep your school's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$62,340
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,078
National
$949
Median Home Value
$240,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 86 responses
  • Football games
    27%
  • Rallies
    26%
  • Senior Activities
    17%
  • Volleyball Games
    7%
  • Homecoming/spring fling week
    5%
  • Orchestra and Band concerts
    3%
  • Athletics
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,022
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,303
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.3%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,163/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
Schools like Centennial High School
More

Centennial High School Reviews

332 reviews
All Categories
Centennial is a pretty good school. Academics are pretty good, and most teachers are great, although a few teachers in the foreign language and English departments are not. Some of the sports teams are very good, while others are not. Their choir is one of the best, but band and orchestra are horrible. They have some of the best academic programs in Kern County (VEX Robotics, Mock Trial, We the People, Virtual Enterprise, etc), and they have Project Lead the Way Programs in BioMed and Engineering for students who know what they hope to pursue after high school. Centennial definitely lacks diversity, and the food is not great, but overall Centennial is a pretty good school.
Start Your Review of Centennial High School
Rate It!
I am currently enrolled at Centennial High School and have to admit it is one of the best in the district academic wise. I take the more advanced classes and I've had both really amazing teachers and some who are a direct juxtaposition. It seems that while some are so passionate to watch their students grow there are also some who don't care. Last week I had a teacher for one of my Duel Enrollment classes message everyone and say if you did the basics she will give your paper an A. She didn't even read it. Its frustrating sometimes feeling like the system is built against you at this school. A few of my teachers have poorly paced the semester and don't teach at all, expecting us to find our own sources of learning. On the other hand however, the school allows amazing programs like PLTW Biomedical Sciences and Engineering which really give the school a strong basis from career development.
I learned a great amount at Centennial, and was surrounded by other high-achieving students. The academics are very tough and force students to work hard in order to stay at the top of their class. My main complaint would be how little the school seemed to care about the arts. I was in the marching band, concert band, and jazz band, and our experiences with finances compared to the football team (that wasn't winning very often) was unfortunate. This problem occurs throughout the Kern High School District, except in two schools which actually put money and time into making their music programs great.