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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Springfield, MO. It has 1,704 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
423 E Central
Springfield, MO 65802
Telephone
(417) 523-9600
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Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1360
37 responses
Average ACT
29
281 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
$34,775
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$711
National
$949
Median Home Value
$111,600
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 73 responses
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  • All music groups. Orchestra and choir, for me.
    15%
  • Diversity assembly
    14%
  • The athletics.
    12%
  • Fall drama production
    10%
  • Dance Team
    10%
  • Memories assembly
    10%
  • Athletics, kilties
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,704
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,096
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 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
$11,105/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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This school prides itself on the diversity of its student body, and it has good reason to! I always enjoy meeting people from many different backgrounds, bringing their unique cultures with them through the hallways and commons. Most of the students here are very open-minded, hard working, and always in support of one another. Everybody at the school can find a club, team or group which suits their interests as a result of Central's widely accepting population. I've definitely enjoyed the time which has been spent here so far, and would without a doubt recommend CHS to others.
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This school is the best in Springfield MO. They have molded my child into a wonderful woman. She has developed over the 4 years so much, and well prepared for college. The theater IB program is awesome. The food selection at this school is sparse. The buildings history is amazing! The school is very diverse, and respect different gender identities. The teachers at this school are very supportive of the students, and for the most part intelligent. My daughter has made life long friends in many of the teachers. This is great because they can guide her in life. I recommend this school to anyone that moves to Springfield MO.
This is my third out of what will be seven years at Central, and the school has many spectacular attributes. They are an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career Programme School, with a Middle Years Program for freshman and sophomores. They also have the Springfield Scholars Program (SSP), which I participate in. It is a program for gifted students (you must test in) in grade 6-8. There are are about 40-45 middle schoolers per a grade taking both accelerated self-contained classes and advanced high school classes. Central also has a long history, as it was founded in 1893, and has gone through several additions and renovations, making it, as far public high schools go, and architectural masterpiece. We also have a debate team that is consistently ranked within the top three nation wide. Around 17% of the school has or does participate in speech and debate. The areas that leave something to be improved are the food and administration.