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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Central High School is an above average, public school located in Rapid City, SD. It has 1,871 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.
Address
433 N 8th
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone
(605) 394-4023
Website
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Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1190
15 responses
Average ACT
24
221 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$48,895
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$784
National
$949
Median Home Value
$170,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • Homecoming Week
    32%
  • Prom
    28%
  • "Twerp" Week
    24%
  • Halloween
    8%
  • Football games
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,871
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,856
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.2%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,681/ year
National
$12,239
72%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.57 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.57 responses
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My experience was good throughout high school at Rapid City Central. One of my favorite things about Central was the clicks were turned around. I was a star athlete at Central, but instead of the "cool kids" being the athletes more support went to the band and theater kids which in my opinion gives a important view on how Central runs things. Everyone would be at the plays and/or band concerts and in return sporting events would get the support right back when it came time for their games. Another thing I loved about Central was the "once a cobbler, always a cobbler" quote. This saying had meaning when it was said. Everyone there was proud of where they came from and could carry that experience on throughout life.
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During my time at Central High School, I found nearly everything that I needed in order to be ready to make the transition to college. They have a small section of the building dedicated to college readiness for students. It was also very easy to navigate where my classes were, and every teacher or instructor I had was always willing to assist me with assignments and were always clear and concise with giving instructions. It's enough to say that, I miss it dearly.
Central has a great fine arts department. However, other aspects need to be changed. Minimal AP classes are offered, which decreases the likelihood of college readiness. While some teachers go above and beyond, others seem to put in minimal effort. I find the students to be unmotivated and worried more about their friend group than learning content. The school environment as a whole needs an adjustment.