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  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
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Central High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 2,397 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1240
1,271 responses
Average ACT
28
128 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$32,226
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$873
National
$949
Median Home Value
$87,099
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
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.127 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.127 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 515 responses
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  • International day
    20%
  • Prom
    12%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    11%
  • Skii Trip
    10%
  • Spirit Day
    9%
  • Plays/musicals performances
    8%
  • Senior Trip
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,397
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.144 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.144 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.144 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,859
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.177 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.177 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.177 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
$27,483/ year
National
$12,239
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.200 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.200 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.200 responses
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Starting from freshman year, I was greatly amazed by the school spirit, culture, and the dedication from students, teachers and families. It is a school that one must be tested into so academics is very important. However, when you arrive at the school, you will recognize that the teachers are super supportive and encourages all students to do their best and do what they like. There are dozens of clubs and activities throughout the year to incorporate everyone into the school's traditions. The school values musicians and talented students greatly that the large network of alumni supported the construction of a new building for STEM classroom, an theater/auditorium just for the musicians to perform and many more. The environment in classrooms are friendly, opened to discussion and engaging. Almost every student is dedicated to their education and so are teachers who dedicate their time to help students. If you have the opportunity to attend or visit, Central High School welcomes you!
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Central High School, in terms of learning environments, is absolutely wonderful! The basic academics (English/Literature, Math, Science, and Social Studies) are promoted positively and immensely, and other courses like language classes/clubs and AP/IB are also just as important as the basics. It is a very diverse college prep school, so of course, there are a lot of opportunities to grow as a student and as a person in preparation for college. The goal of Central is to get most, if not all, of its students into college. One of the only things I would like to change is the amount of counselors; There are only four staffed to counsel my class of over 550 rising seniors. To me, that is just ridiculous, and it is also detrimental to not just my college plan, but other students' college plans. If there is only one counselor assigned to ~150 students, a student actively trying to gain help in the college process, from their counselor, is near impossible.
Central is a phenomenal school and I would definitely recommend it to people who are in search of a good high school. Although the syllabus can be challenging and the workload torturous, the school makes up for it with its various extracurricular activities, freedom for students, and great teachers. The schoolwork is very rigorous and be prepared for some late nights and early mornings

I didn't like the lack of air conditioning in the school and the lockers as all of them are sized differently. Also, the school is in a bad area but always travel with your friends and you're good to go. The lunch periods are always fun as you are allowed to sit anywhere (as long as it is in the school). The students are also very welcoming and no, Freshman Friday isn't as bad as it sounds.

Overall, it's a great school and I recommend it to anyone who is willing to make some sacrifices for the sake of an amazing education. Go 272!