A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Centennial High School is an elite, public school located in Ellicott City, MD. It has 1,402 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 98% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
Address
4300 Centennial Ln
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Telephone
(410) 313-2856
Website

Centennial High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1320
315 responses
Average ACT
31
42 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 84 responses
Report
  • Class color day
    24%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Pajama day
    15%
  • World Fest
    11%
  • Homecoming pep rally
    10%
  • Crab feast
    10%
  • Senior week
    10%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,402
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,475/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Centennial overall is a great school. The teachers are good, there are some great programs that you can't find anywhere else in the county, such as the Humanities program, and the test scores seem to speak for themselves. The biggest issue is the strain on students. Centennial is a highly competitive environment. Students have been known to stay up past midnight to complete assignments. Centennial is a great school if one is looking to be pushed academically and be challenged, however, it is important to know that Centennial can end up pushing too far.
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Centennial is EXCELLENT for academic rigor and preparing students who wish to excel in college. Quality of education is excellent. However, resources seem to focus on the highest achieving students and average students can feel overwhelmed. Serious students will love Centennial. Football team and ice hockey club both folded but "It's Academic" quiz bowl team makes it to the championships almost every year.
Centennial High School is an environment conducive to learning. Generally speaking, students are willing to put their best foot forward, which I appreciate. At times, it can be stressful, but I know that I am being prepared for college and this this environment will make the transition to college much easier. There are many, many clubs available to join, which allows anyone to find something he or she enjoys and/or wishes to support.