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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Central High School is a top rated, public school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 1,224 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1290
139 responses
Average ACT
30
206 responses
AP Enrollment
36%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$117,173
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,363
National
$949
Median Home Value
$329,900
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.15 responses
Poll
53%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 28 responses
  • Football Games
    43%
  • School dances
    36%
  • Fundraisers
    7%
  • Spirit Week(s)
    7%
  • Cross country
    4%
  • Track and field
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,224
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,751
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 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
$12,327/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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The teachers genuinely cared about students and their well-being. When a student's life was sadly cut short, the faculty was very supportive to those students who were impacted. This school offers many AP classes taught by knowledgeable teachers to help students prepare themselves for college curriculum. Lastly, the school has a unique culture that aims to include everyone in sports, clubs, or academics.
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This school produces graduates with high academic ability, but those graduates aren't necessarily the nicest people. Most students that go to this school are from rich white families that have had most things handed to them. That is not to say that there isn't good kids here, but a majority of kids are very materialistic and selfish. On a different subject, the teaching is pretty good, and class size is on average 29-31
I would like to see the students at the school be a bit more inclusive towards other students. I really like the way that the school system is set up and the teachers are really good at their jobs. I also really like how welcoming the school staff is and they are really good at accommodating to any and all situations. One thing that I would like to see the school upon is that there could be more funding given towards academic clubs in order for them to succeed even more than they already are.