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-
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
304 responses
Average ACT
31
40 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.28 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
Report
  • Class color day
    25%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Pajama day
    15%
  • World Fest
    11%
  • Crab feast
    10%
  • Senior week
    10%
  • Homecoming pep rally
    9%

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.29 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 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.49 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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My experience at Centennial was challenging because of mental disorders and constant migraines, but the teachers and other staff there helped me graduate in four years and get into a great college. Centennial really prepares you for college, which seems uncommon in high schools throughout the nation. I really appreciate the support and patience everyone there gave me, it really helped me get to where I am today.
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Centennial is that kind of school where, if you're at the G/T/AP level, many strive to be at the top of the top. More often than not, the academic pressure is overwhelming, and many times, I've wondered how so many of my friends manage to cope with their demanding schedules (both in and out of school). That being said, the environment is much less taxing than that of a, say, East Asian secondary school.

As for the social aspect, I'd say many are superficial and have a mindset focused on academics and academics alone. Sure, many of the intelligent people tend to be quite popular, but if you listen to their conversations, you can see that almost 90% of their statements reflect an academic culture (or something socially superficial)! Nevertheless, the students here are much, much nicer than they could be, and I say that with experience from less kind schools in the country.
At Centennial there are teachers that fall all over the spectrum. Some teachers are kind, others are crabs. Some teachers encourage students, others down students (not always explicitly). Some teachers are extremely knowledgeable, others are not. Centennial tries to hire the best of the best. Sometimes some people just slip through. As with any school there will be teachers you absolutely love and others you will not be able to stand. You will find that some teachers are great at teaching in their subject area and others that cannot teach. There are teachers that will update grades daily and there are some that enter grades once per quarter. Some teachers are more approachable than others. Of course, a student's experience with a teacher will depend on a teacher as well as that individual. I will say that some of the best teachers I have had have been at Centennial.