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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Champaign, IL. It has 1,217 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 13% in reading.
Address
610 W University Ave
Champaign, IL 61820
Telephone
(217) 351-3914
Website

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
13%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1250
53 responses
Average ACT
27
97 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$44,638
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$904
National
$949
Median Home Value
$156,700
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Going to see plays and musicals
    27%
  • Going to the basketball/football games
    27%
  • Dances
    20%
  • Going Tennis Matches
    13%
  • Going to Marching Band Competitions
    13%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,217
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,921
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.7%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 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
$15,249/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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As a student at Central high school, I have observed stark differences in the way that various students are taught. There are two different Central High Schools- one where students are invited to think freely and become members of the greater intellectual community, and one where students are expected to slide by on low grades, and the teachers' duty is not to teach, but to serve as a babysitter and mediator. This is a socioeconomic, racial, and cultural divide which shows itself in the cultural makeup of various classes. As an AP student, I see no black males in my classes, and very few females. This is unrepresentative of the talents in our student body.
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Overall 7/10 experience. The school definitely needs to relocate or get upgraded, it needs a football field and a track so students can practice efficiently. IF anything my complaint would be towards the school guidance counselors and the office administration. Many times I was forced into classes I had no interest in or I wasn't allowed to take some courses. I was also forced all throughout high school to be in all 8 periods, in which participating in a sport/working was already added into the mixture of raising my stress levels. Let me just say college was a breath of fresh air and a way of loosening the restraints of high school.
Administration wasn't very involved with the students or fixing problems-especially bullying. The diversity is the main reason why I gave it 4 stars because it opened my eyes to various other viewpoints and social issues. Many people I know who attended private schools are ignorant to the problems minorities have to face.