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
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
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
97%
Average SAT
1200
608 responses
Average ACT
27
84 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

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.95 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.95 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 369 responses
Report
  • International day
    20%
  • Prom
    12%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    12%
  • Skii Trip
    9%
  • Spirit Day
    9%
  • 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
2,227
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.112 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.112 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.112 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.145 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.145 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.145 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.168 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.168 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.168 responses
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I do like Central high, but at he same time, the size of each class is extreme! You have to truly stand out or else you are one of the unknown face walking through the halls. I am not someone who stands out, especially with my teachers. I try, but I tend to all my fears to overtake my body and mind. I tend to feel intimidated by the other intelligent students around me. Something I do admire about the school is their variety in cultures and clubs. There's always something that happens in Central, whether it's international day or spots events, school days are always active.
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My experience at Central High School was overall positive with the immense diversity and overall competitive environment. There are a multitude of annual events to participate in that truly bring together the school and all of It's cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Just to name a few, there are dodgeball tournaments,International Day, and central dance-thon. I think something that could be worked on would be the counseling for students. There are currently only four councilors for my entire school(each grade consisting of about five-hundred students).
Central High School is probably the most diverse school in the city of Philadelphia and one of the best high schools in the city, if not the state. The staff at Central really focusses on student's future and education goals. As an alumni, I can attest that Central does an outstanding job preparing students for the rigors of college. Central also offers numerous extra-curricular activities, to include many different clubs and sports teams. At CHS, students develop connections and create friendships for life. Central High School is 1 of 48 high schools in the School District of Philadelphia and is ranked 31st within Pennsylvania.