Central High School Reviews
Rating 3.48 out of 5 69 reviews
I think this school is a good school in regards to the welcoming community I received in my current freshman year in the lockdown. Every teacher has been extremely understanding and supportive of students through these unprecedented times.
The curriculum and teaching is pretty good. Good office hours. They don’t really push you to take more challenging classes like APs though. People do pretty well here if they sort of try. The clubs available aren’t much. They definitely need more funding in that area for volunteering, membership, etc. The sports have decent programs.
Central High School is the best school in town for sure. Like any school its has its ups and down. Things that I really like about Central is the diversity of people. We truly have people from all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicities and it enables us to be more open minded we also have a wide range of classes and very flexible teachers. Some things I don't like about Central is how uptight administration can be, especially when it comes to dances and sports games because in reality at the end of the day we are just high schoolers who want to enjoy our high school time, but sometime admin can be really annoying and make it hard to do so. Also the school lacks nice grand things like some schools have but that's not something they can really control since they don't have the fundings for it.
I truly loved the diversity of Central High School and the amazing teachers that worked there. I went to a private elementary/middle school, so having a new level of culture was phenomenal. I also got the opportunity. to work in our school office on my off periods so I got real work experience in my school. I think the biggest change I would make for Central would be to install air. conditioning within the school and updating the bathrooms/facilities.
I transferred during my junior year and was accepted by all the teachers and staff. The students are truly a variety bunch but nothing to be afraid of.
Central has had it's ups and downs due to on going construction and out-dated buildings. The school does well with being very diverse, but they can still do a better job on making everyone feel apart of the school community. There are classes you are able to take at Central to challenge you such as AP classes, but some teachers put in more effort than others to thoroughly teach their material. There could be better facilities for the sports teams to practice at so there isn't as much commuting from place to place.
Central is a great place, caring teachers, great students, and a strong sense of community. The building is very old however.
I transferred to Central High school from a Chicago suburban school district back in 2004, during my freshman year. I found the academics to be behind compared to a well-funded district. Teachers were passionate and would teach beyond the basic curriculum, however, the basic curriculum was minimal at best. For a college town, this high school should have been more of a college prep. Apart from encouraging students to do well on the ACT (due to the No Child Left Behind consequences), there should have been more focus on how to be prepared for the college future.
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.
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.
The academics and teachers made Central a very enjoyable environment. The part that made me feel uneasy at times was the lack of safety. We had a lot of incidents that could have been avoided with proper planning.
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.
The school itself and the resources it had were nothing special. The students were not always kind, but certain faculty and staff members were incredible and make high school bearable.
I liked my high school. I got good grades and they were accommodating to my learning difference. I was never bullied and felt comfortable going there every day.
While the student body is very diverse, the teachers are not. Many teachers will listen to a student with respect, but there are always those few who do not. It can take some time before new students find their place, but there are many extracurriculars to aid in the process.
What I like about Champaign Central high school is that it's a widespread diversity school, which many can be seen as both a negative and positive thing. This school offers a lot of sports and clubs and a good administration. Teachers are very prepared and well educated which helps us increase our knowledge.
I like the fact that individuals who want to pursuit special academic pathways have the opportunity to do so through clubs and honors classes. They are supported full heartedly by their teachers to do so.