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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Traverse City, MI. It has 1,375 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
1150 Milliken Dr
Traverse City, MI 49686
Telephone
(231) 933-3500
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Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1230
119 responses
Average ACT
28
125 responses
AP Enrollment
27%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$53,237
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$869
National
$949
Median Home Value
$216,800
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responses
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  • Football games
    28%
  • Hockey games
    24%
  • Pep assemblies
    16%
  • Senior send off assemblies
    16%
  • Soccer games
    12%
  • FIRST Robotics Competition
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,375
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,365
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,858/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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Central is a solid public high school that offers its students all of the opportunities they need to be successful in life. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of a newly constructed public or private school, but it is not dated featuring a nice library and new auditorium. I think that Central is a great example of stellar public education at work!
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Traverse City Central High School offers everything from a world class rank room and competitive sports teams, to a extravagant auditorium unlike any high school auditorium you've seen before. In terms of education, Traverse City Central High School is nationally ranked. The school has specialty programs like Sci-Ma-Tech further encouraging STEM and offers students the opportunity to take free college classes at the local community college and career tech center. Also, the student life will not disappoint you. Traverse City Central High School is located a short five minute walk from Lake Michigan and even has an open campus so students can eat at the extensive amount of restaurants downtown.
Overall, I think my experience at Central did an adequate job of preparing me for college. It offered a decent array of classes and extracurricular options, and after a little work (and, admittedly, switching counselors), I was able to customize my schedule to challenge myself with AP and honors classes. My favorite part about Central, though, were the extracurriculars, particularly the thriving arts program. I spent 4 years in every musical program I could get my hands on, and the combination of amazing teachers, dedicated students, and great opportunities allowed me to actually enjoy some of my time in high school.