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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Central Union High School is an above average, public school located in El Centro, CA. It has 1,872 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 26% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
1001 Brighton Ave
El Centro, CA 92243
Telephone
(760) 336-4300
Website
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
26%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1070
168 responses
Average ACT
22
75 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$43,581
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$768
National
$949
Median Home Value
$172,800
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 66 responses
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  • School assemblies
    26%
  • Football games
    21%
  • Spirit Week
    17%
  • Marching Band
    15%
  • All of the above
    6%
  • Pep rallies and music on Fridays.
    3%
  • Softball season
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,872
Free or Reduced Lunch
73%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,757
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.5%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,600/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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My experience of being a student at this school is very positive. This school has a positive environment where the majority of students and teachers are kind and helpful. I wish that Central had more opportunities to get into college like SAT prep classes, or more scholarship opportunities for underclassmen.
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If I had the opportunity to attend this school all over again, there would be no hesitation and my answer will immediately be yes! There are a variety of school events in which students, teachers, parents and staff are involved. This helps improve the environment of the school. Like the annual Arts Festival, where all of the student's family is invited. Along with that Football Night Games, where a lot of fundraising takes place and it is super crowded during half time to watch the performance of The Great Spartan Band. If you are down to be athletic, there are many sports to get involved with for males and females, and if not, gender is not a problem. Since Central responds to Title 9 in a very positive and respectful way. In academics there are robotics competition as well as math and others.
The school is located in a low income area with the majority of parents not having a high school diploma. However the environment in school is friendly thanks to our staff and teachers. In addition, ASB has done an exceptional job making everyone feel welcomed at school and have fun with all the spirit weeks held once a month. On the other side, there is a lot to be desired on academics due to there not being many electives or AP classes to choose from. Some teachers do a great job engaging the students into the topic while others struggle in teaching since there method of teaching is classical and bland. In response, the school is now going to offer duel enrollment opportunities to those students who want to get college credits and is hiring new teachers. Overall, Central Union High School is a good school although it may have its quirks and flaws.