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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Central Magnet School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Murfreesboro, TN. It has 1,236 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
701 East Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Telephone
(615) 904-6789
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1410
33 responses
Average ACT
31
455 responses
AP Enrollment
98%
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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
Median Household Income
$57,753
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$957
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 180 responses
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  • The Spoon Game
    18%
  • Class trips
    17%
  • Pep Rallies
    17%
  • All the extreme nerds ditch the pep assembly
    13%
  • Powder Puff games
    9%
  • Basketball Games
    8%
  • Going to the Library
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,236
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,277
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.72 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.72 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.72 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,766/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.75 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.75 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.75 responses
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Central Magnet School has allowed me to feel immensely prepared for college. Due to the various AP and Advanced Honors courses that I was provided, I have been challenged and taught more than just state standards. I have been taught how to handle a large workload and build lasting relationships with fellow students and teachers. The staff members are understanding, and they treat the students with respect and courtesy. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have attended the number one high school in Tennessee!
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Many rigorous courses; four years of Latin offered; four years of biomedical sciences offered; many club and competition activities. The teachers overall are excellent, putting in extra time before and after school for individual attention. This is an academic magnet, attracting students motivated by learning. All classes are Honors, Advanced Honors, or Advanced Placement (AP). There is an application process; previous test scores and GPA's are used to determine qualification, and the top 200 or so are offered admission as freshmen. Competition is stiff as applications are open to students in all of the cities located in Rutherford County. CMS is ranked nationally as the #1 public high school in Tennessee, #10 nationally for all magnet schools, and #44 nationally for all public high schools.
Central Magnet School is a middle school and high school environment like no other. The teachers are dedicated to their craft and to helping the students succeed. The students are, for the most part, extremely hard working and driven to achieve great things in their high school career. I truly believe that Central helped to shape me into a wonderful student and prepared me to enter college (with 28 credit hours already complete). However, there is so much pressure to be exceptional and outdo not only peers in surrounding high schools but also those you attend school with. Central places students with perfect marks on standardized tests on a pedestal, almost shaming those who do not reach those same scores. This stress causes students to constantly compare themselves to one another in an extremely toxic fashion. Should this problem be addressed, Central would be almost the perfect example of a thriving school environment.