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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Central High School is a public school located in Knoxville, TN. It has 1,113 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 4% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.
About Central High School...
School District
Knox County Schools
Address
5321 Jacksboro Pk
Knoxville, TN 37918
Telephone
(865) 689-1400

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
4%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
117 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$36,331
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$791
National
$949
Median Home Value
$124,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Spirit week, football games, and the talent show.
    67%
  • Basketball games
    13%
  • Musical Productuons
    13%
  • Baseball Games
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,113
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,117
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.8%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,245/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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My son is the fourth generation of my family to attend Central. He is an advanced student with a 4.3 GPA in all AP and Honors classes. Before his freshman year, he was approached by STEM Academy and tested and was accepted by the IB Program at West High School. In the end, we chose Central due to the academic programs offered with a great selection of Honors, AP and Dual-Enrollment classes offered. In addition, he was very active in band and Centrals band program has a very long and honored tradition. As he starts to enter his Junior year, we could not have been happier with our choice. Very close community with great community spirit and parental involvement.
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I grew up hearing stories about Central, and all of them were not very good. Throughout, my time attending I have found that most of those bad stories are not true. My high school experience has been wonderful, and I do not think it would have been as good as it has been had I attended another school. I had lots of opportunities to explore my interests through rigorous academics and ample extracurricular choices. Also, the student-teacher and student-student relationships at Central are very healthy and beneficial to all who are involved. One relationship I have not seen to be as strong, though, is the student-administration relationship, and without a good understanding between those two groups it is hard to feel everything is going its best. Despite this short-coming, my school, Central High School, has mas my wonderful high school experience possible, so it is pretty good.
Central High School was an average experience for me. I was never academically challenged while in school, but there is a strong faculty dedicated to being present for their students. This school focuses on their issues regarding low graduation rates and poor test scores, but students above proficiency often fall into the cracks.