Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Champaign, IL. It has 1,235 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
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Central High School Reviews
The majority of teachers at Central are wonderful. They are dedicated to their students and the subject they teach. However, it takes more than a good teacher to make a good school. Central is literally falling apart, the walls are crumbling, there was asbestos in the pipes until January 2019, there was lead in certain water fountains for a short time, and there is no air conditioning which makes it very hard to focus and learn in the summer. There is also no money so the teachers don't have access to resources that would let them reach their full potential. But even with all of that the incredible teachers have stayed here for years which shows just how great they are and I know I will look back on my time here with more good memories than bad ones.
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.
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.