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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Central Senior High School is a highly rated, public school located in SAINT PAUL, MN. It has 1,764 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
Address
275 LEXINGTON PKWY N
SAINT PAUL, MN 55104
Telephone
(651) 744-4900
Website

Central Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
41 responses
Average ACT
26
287 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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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
$52,841
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$901
National
$949
Median Home Value
$187,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 85 responses
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  • Dances
    20%
  • Homecoming, prom, feild trips
    19%
  • Rent a Senior Day
    19%
  • Multicultural Fair Day
    14%
  • Musicals, plays
    13%
  • School spirit week
    9%
  • Hmong new year
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,764
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,566
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.9%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,628/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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I have had the opportunity to meet people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise while attending Central. This is a school filled with people from all varying backgrounds with different perspectives, and that is definitely something I can appreciate about the school. There are groups in Central that care very deeply about the betterment of the Central community and the Twin Cities as whole. Everyone cares about our state and our classmates, and I find a lot of passion in Central; passion for learning, passion for growing, passion for changing people's lives for the better. Attending Central has contributed to me growing into a well-rounded person who knows how to strive for their goals and ambitions, all the while remaining kind and supportive of others.
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Central High School is one of the best high schools in the Twin Cities. It has a wide variety of academic opportunities—the only (and best!) Latin program in SPPS, interesting electives like film photography and auto tech—and excellent AP and IB programs. It also has competitive athletics (for those looking to try something new and varsity athletes and everyone in between) and a huge number of clubs, so there’s something for everyone. Of course, because of the sheer number of teachers for a school of around 2000 students, you get a mixture of exceptional, competent, and not great teachers. As well, though the school is very diverse, it’s also very segregated by track - “accelerated” students don’t often come into contact with the “regular students.” The current building is functional but unattractive, though there’s currently an initiative to improve it. Overall, though, I’ve really enjoyed my time there so far.
I felt that I received the best public education in the best environment for me at Central. I was able to attend a school with a strong music program, great French program, and lots of academic rigor. There were some great teachers, and some not so good ones. My main issue was that everything was so segregated educationally and socioeconomically. The IB/AP students never saw the kids in "regular" classes, which caused a divide that no one talked about but was very much felt throughout the school. It was clear that certain groups of people were given more of the upper hand to begin with.