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
681 responses
Average ACT
27
96 responses
AP Enrollment
36%
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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.99 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.99 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 383 responses
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  • International day
    20%
  • All of the events are fun, don't miss any
    13%
  • Prom
    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%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.116 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.116 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.116 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.149 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.149 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.149 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.172 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.172 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.172 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.
Central High School is a college preparatory high school. Since my first year, all of my teachers have been putting focus on pursuing a higher education. I appreciate it very much, and I’m not remotely worried about how I’ll do in college. I would like for there to be more of a connection with faculty and students. Most students don’t feel free to communicate worries and thoughts to faculty members besides the counselors. There’s a divide which is visible, and understandable. But I believe students would do a lot better academically if they had the opportunity to speak freely with the people who work with them.