Central High School
- TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Central High School Reviews
Rating 3.78 out of 5 135 reviews
Central High School is a decent school for most kids but it fails to help others. I’m chronically ill and got no support or accommodations from this school, my 504 plan was dropped because they “had other things to worry about.” If your kid has a chronic illness, don’t enroll your kid here. They will not care about your concerns or how well your kid does. No staff members checked in on me unless I was doing poorly. Mrs. Kosch, Ms. Roskelley, Ms. Boulanger, Mr. Stivani, Mr. Glikman and Mr. Forlenzaare awesome teachers and very caring but otherwise this school sucks and fails to accommodate non able bodied students.
Central high school has offered great opportunities academically, including rigorous courses, AP classes, and a dual enrollment program with Northwestern Michigan college.
I spent four years at Central. There were so many great things about the school and I met so many great friends, had an amazing support system through my teachers, and felt more than ready to take that next step after graduating.
There are a lot of good things about this school. STEM programs, fantastic music programs, good athletics. The worst thing about it is the tcaps school district.
I've had a good overall experience, and the teachers are encouraging for classes you don't enjoy, and push you to try your best. They don't give you good grades for showing up, and demand hard work.
I don't really have anything to compare to but I'd say it's a pretty average high school, in terms of experience. By the time you get to senior year you're just kind of tired of school and ready to be done.
There is a nice variety of courses. However, the counselors are not available/willing to help/guide students. I would like to see more focus on academics than correcting behaviors. The amount of money spent preventing drug use on campus is frustrating as a student that just wants to learn and be educated.
My experience with Central has been very good. I've been heavily involved in the amazing choir program and their sci-ma-tech program. I've had a strong sense of community throughout highschool, and have always felt safe, not because of the school's functions itself, but the smaller communities.
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.
Throughout high school I felt I was provided with the resources to grow and learn. I felt comfortable with all of my teachers and truly felt like they were there to help me.
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.
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 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.
A decent public high school with plenty of advanced AP and honors classes. Provided opportunities to also attend classes at NMC for credit at the high school as well as college credit hours.
The students can be very “clicky” and the admin favors the more popular students over the ones who aren’t that popular (for instance: the skinny popular people don’t get dress coded but the bigger students do), but the teachers are amazing and there are many options to choose from (whether it’s for classes or clubs) and the sports are great, although there can be some favoritism there too
everyone who I have interacted with was extremely kind and helpful, the teachers care for their students and want them to succeed. I personally recommend the music program and joining the school musicals each year, it is a great way to make friends and earn credibility in the school.
I liked the administration, they are new and very nice and helpful. Some teachers are not very good at teaching students but most are great. It's an good environment but doesn't have lots of extracurricular clubs, but they do have lots of activities.