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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Little Rock, AR. It has 2,466 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1240
93 responses
Average ACT
26
838 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$38,022
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$704
National
$949
Median Home Value
$128,312
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
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.90 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.90 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 230 responses
  • Junior take over day; wearing senior gold
    22%
  • Homecoming games and dances
    17%
  • Senior Picnic; first time to wear gold
    14%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Long weekends
    10%
  • Wearing senior gold on game days and senior night
    8%
  • Graduation and Sr ditch day
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,466
Free or Reduced Lunch
49%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.90 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.90 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.90 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,500
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.112 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.112 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.112 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,962/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.120 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.120 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.120 responses
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As with many schools, it's best to get involved with students and faculty. There are SO many great clubs, and whichever club doesn't exist a student can form. The school prides itself on the experience of the Little Rock Nine, but many students wouldn't be able to name 5 out of the group. Also, there's definitely some self-segregation among students and opinion-based biases from teachers. Some teachers openly disrespect students and/or show lack of teaching ability, but others really do make the school stronger. Your favorite teachers will remember you and may even invite you out for lunch after you graduate to catch up! There can be real love from the school.
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Diversity is found in all disciplines within the walls of Central High. Most obviously, the halls bubble with people from all around the world, nearly 30 countries represented. There is also strong academic diversity. Home to students from all across the city of Little Rock, Central offers a fit for all students. Students have access to nearly every AP class offered and countless electives in subject areas that compliment their interests. The different opportunities students are presented to excel in or explore their interest areas creates a group of different student cultures in the school, which allows many students to find friends of similar minds. Central also shows diversity outside of academics, where sports and clubs are a big part of the Tiger Pride. On Friday nights the football stadium is filled, on Tuesday afternoons the halls with students running across the school to make the Science Club meeting. Central High puts together the most unique experience of all.
My overall high school experience was excellent. Central High School is a great school with good resources in helping you with your high school career, especially when you are a senior. The counselor’s office offered tons of scholarships that students could apply to. Clubs and activities were amazing as well, I was in four clubs in total and they were great. I love the diversity and the different cultures that are there as far as learning different languages in classes. Central High School offered me the best high school experience!