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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
    B+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Central High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 2,316 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
Address
1700 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Telephone
(215) 276-5262
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Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1230
1,057 responses
Average ACT
27
111 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C-
  3. Housing
    D
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$22,681
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$829
National
$949
Median Home Value
$75,027
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.116 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.116 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 466 responses
Report
  • International day
    20%
  • 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
2,316
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.133 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.133 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.133 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,219
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.166 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.166 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.166 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$19,716/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.189 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.189 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.189 responses
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Central High School is an incredibly unique experience. It has been ranked the most diverse high school in America, which is my favorite thing about it. Every year, "International Day" celebrates cultures from all over the world. Almost every Central student graduates fully prepared for the academic rigor of college, but this preparedness is achieved by the perpetuation of constant and often artificial stress. The workload is intense and inflexible. However, it forces students to work hard and have grit, and Central graduates have an immense sense of pride and accomplishment. It is an academically strong and socially unique school.
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Central High School is a very challenging school with academic standards above average. From freshman year, students are held with high expectation. They are expected to do all of our homework and study for tests, but sometimes it is difficult to stay on top of it all. Students often feel stress from not being able to keep up with their workload or expectations, but the school counselors are very caring. They listen to students’ troubles and help with getting ready for college since Central is a college preparatory school. Central's cultural aspect is also very strong. It has numerous clubs that are made to express unique backgrounds, and they are given the opportunity to showcase their cultural pride on International day. There are many other clubs and sports that students can join as the school strongly pushes students to participate in extracurriculars. Despite the stress students experience, students are rewarded for their efforts with trips and events with class members.
Central High School is the best provider of knowledge any serious scholar could ever wish for. The richness of the school comes from it's diversity and honest appreciation and empowerment in its students. The most disciplined, passionate, respectful, intelligent and compassionate people can be found in this school-students an staff. Central offers a variety of AP and honors classes aswell as the IB program for those students that wish to go beyond expectations. Central is not a school for "geniuses" it is a school for normal kids to create bonds, grow and expand their minds more than they could have ever had anticipated. I say with pride that I am a student of Central High School and Central High School will forever be part of me.