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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Central High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 2,241 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 40 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
1700 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Telephone
(215) 276-5262

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1210
853 responses
Average ACT
27
99 responses
AP Enrollment
36%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$39,770
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$943
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.107 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.107 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 425 responses
Report
  • International day
    19%
  • Prom
    12%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    12%
  • Skii Trip
    10%
  • Spirit Day
    8%
  • Senior Trip
    8%
  • Plays/musicals performances
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,241
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.124 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.124 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.124 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
40:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,512
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.157 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.157 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.157 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$19,916/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.180 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.180 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.180 responses
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Central is a melting pot for so many different cultures, ideas, and people! We are the best because we are not only academically driven students, but we have the MOST school spirit of any public high school in Pennsylvania. The faculty and staff is great, the teachers give every ounce of information to the students, and the students are prepared ACADEMICALLY and SOCIALLY for their next level of education. If you are thinking about coming to Central, come for a shadow day. I promise that after one day, you’ll understand what it means to be a lancer.
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I have had a very fun and productive time here. Attending Central High School, has not only given me a great education, but has opened up so many opportunities to join clubs, sports, and academic enrichment options. I transferred to Central my junior year, because my previous school did not offer as many classes, and options for me. Through Central, I was eligible to take an Acess Engineering course at the University of Pennsylvania, become active member on a committee for a fundraiser called Thon, played varsity tennis, and join clubs such as Jewish Student Union and Mock Trial. By attending the most diverse high school in Pennsylvania, I have been exposed and had the fortunate opportunity to meet an abundant amount of diverse people with different races, ethnicities, and religions. Being a student of Central High School not only challenged me to work and study harder, but provided an environment for me to grow and thrive in through all of my pursuits
Attending Central High School, has not only given me a great education, but has opened up so many opportunities to join clubs, sports, and academic enrichment options. I transferred to Central my junior year, because my previous school did not offer as many classes, and options for me. Through Central, I was eligible to take an Acess Engineering course at the University of Pennsylvania, become active member on a committee for a fundraiser called Thon, played varsity tennis, and join clubs such as Jewish Student Union and Mock Trial. By attending the most diverse high school in Pennsylvania, I have been exposed and had the fortunate opportunity to meet an abundant amount of diverse people with different races, ethnicities, and religions. Being a student of Central High School not only challenged me to work and study harder, but provided an environment for me to grow and thrive in through all of my pursuits.