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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
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
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 41 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
791 responses
Average ACT
27
100 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.106 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.106 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 420 responses
Report
  • International day
    20%
  • Prom
    12%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    12%
  • Skii Trip
    10%
  • Spirit Day
    9%
  • Senior Trip
    8%
  • Plays/musicals performances
    7%

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.123 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.123 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.123 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
41:1
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.156 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.156 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.156 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.179 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.179 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.179 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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They say that Central is an amazing place - and they're right! My four years here have been amazing and filled with so many strong life-long friendships and helpful relationships with my teachers. I've gotten a lot of emotional guidance along with academic and I feel confident venturing into the world by myself. The workload can be a lot sometimes, but it's a matter of time management. I still have so much to learn, but I can't wait to face and overcome those challenges.
As a person who came from a not academically gifted middle school, I think Central High School’s academics are fantastic. Central is a very diverse school, and most teachers are willing to help you if you are struggling academically. However, I feel like Central focuses on grades and numbers too much. Tests and quizzes are greatly weighted over our understanding of the topic. It would be better if teachers taught in an effort to allow students to understand the concept, not purely to pass a test (and forget the materials afterwards). One won’t forget a concept if they fully understand the concept. They will forget it, however, if they only memorized the concept.