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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Central High School is a public school located in Tuscaloosa, AL. It has 738 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 5% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.
Address
905 15th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Telephone
(205) 759-3720
Website
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Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
5%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
Average ACT
20
101 responses
AP Enrollment
12%

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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
    C+
Median Household Income
$42,428
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$822
National
$949
Median Home Value
$172,000
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
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 11 responses
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  • Prom
    55%
  • Pep Rallies
    27%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    9%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
738
Free or Reduced Lunch
59%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,638
Teachers in First/Second Year
24%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,811/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Within the city of Tuscaloosa, Central has a bad reputation. It was labeled as failing school, described as "ghetto", and made out to be violent. Despite having four siblings and many cousins graduate Central, I listened and believed all the things people would say about Central. Walking into Central High School, was a big cultural shock. The students, teachers, and the environment were not the same as the students, teachers, and environment at the two schools, I previously attended. I was exposed to a different culture, which was monumental and changed some of the personal views on I had about people in life. At Central High School, I have learned that the things people say about it are not true. Central High School is a place of excellence, with many opportunities.The environment is very familial and everyone is so supportive. The administrators interact with students, every day and because of that, we're able to establish personal connections.
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Everything about central high school was GREAT. With no doubt this is the best high school ever. The environment,teachers,and students will literally make you never want to leave this school. Dr. Clarence Sutton,the principal of this fine establishment, makes sure that every student that comes to central has a great high school experience throughout their entire 4 years there. Central also has an IB program which is very uncommon among the high schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
When people start high school they’re usually so excited. They can’t wait to experience everything that comes with being in high school. Everyone says that high school is the best four years of your life. Now that I’m months away from graduating, I can’t say they were my best years but I can say they were my most educational years, of course I wouldn’t say that they weren’t fun because they were.