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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Centennial High School is a top rated, public school located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 1,590 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.

Centennial High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1340
557 responses
Average ACT
30
81 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$126,668
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,605
National
$949
Median Home Value
$527,700
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 114 responses
  • Class color day
    22%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Pajama day
    14%
  • World Fest
    11%
  • Homecoming pep rally
    11%
  • Crab feast
    9%
  • Senior week
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,590
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,357
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.6%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,691/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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Overall, my high school experience has been very good! This has been mostly because of the amazing teachers at Centennial. They exceed the expectation set on them by relating to their students rather than just teaching them. I have not met a student who has not felt connected to at least one of their teachers. Through sharing stories of their personal lives or sharing their troubles both now and in the past, the teachers at Centennial are able to capture their students attention and make them feel supported and educated. As well as being amazing educators, the teachers at Centennial are always there when I need someone to talk to. I feel comfortable sharing with them, and they always give me advice. When something is going wrong in my life, I know there is always a teacher there with time to listen. Along with the fantastic teachers, Centennial has many after school activities to offer that make me excited to go to school in the morning. Overall, I give Centennial a thumbs up!
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Centennial High School offers an immense amount of courses, for any student's interests, learning ability, and selection of rigor. The staff is extremely kind and helpful and always has a big smile on their faces, ready to make each student's day better! Although the intense academics can become a lot, it is a wonderful school and a very close-knit and spirited community!
Centennial High School fostered an environment of high achievement, but also one of academic dishonesty and disregard for mental health. I truly did benefit from some friendships and classes at this school, but it needs a lot of work in terms of prioritizing mental health and taking care of students rather than telling them to define themselves by numbers. Additionally, while Centennial prides itself on being a 'diverse' school, there is clear segregation between friend groups and covert racism/sexism definitely can be found. To go into specifics for certain categories, there are many clubs at Centennial which is a very positive thing. Additionally, the sports culture isn't awful besides the lack of a real football team. The building itself is super old and not meant to hold as many students as it does. To return to academics, this is a very high achieving school, especially in STEM, and seems to do a good job of preparing students for college.