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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  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 1,426 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 3% of students are at least proficient in math and 2% in reading.

Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
2%
Percent Proficient - Math
3%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1240
146 responses
Average ACT
27
131 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$53,871
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$888
National
$949
Median Home Value
$240,100
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Football games
    25%
  • Hockey games
    21%
  • Pep assemblies
    18%
  • Senior send off assemblies
    14%
  • Soccer games
    11%
  • FIRST Robotics Competition
    7%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,426
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,839
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 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
$11,451/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
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A lot of things are nice about Central; lots of great teachers, many opportunities, new additions every year, and many financial options are offered (AP test cost help, free calculator rentals, etc) for low-income families. The only complaints I have are the state of the bathrooms and a skewed level of staff effort depending on a student's academic ability, i.e. lower-performing students receiving more future-based help than higher-performing ones, such as with college applications. As for the student body, Traverse City is inherently a very homogeneous area, which seems to leave many students with a narrow perspective on other cultures and ideas, but otherwise most students (at least higher up) are respectful and engaged.
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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!
Overall, I enjoyed my time at CHS. The teachers I've had are very friendly and kind, each has been taught very well. CHS has a variety of classes to take, including AP, free college classes at nearby NMC, and classes at the career tech center. This allows students to better prepare themselves for college or the workforce. CHS has an open campus for juniors and seniors, allowing them to leave during lunch or their free hours and there are many quick restaurants and coffee shops nearby.