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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Manchester Central High School is an above average, public school located in Manchester, NH. It has 1,430 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.

Manchester Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1160
280 responses
Average ACT
29
35 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$58,227
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Median Home Value
$217,100
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
59%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
85%
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 113 responses
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  • Central Week
    22%
  • Football games
    14%
  • PRIDE
    12%
  • Tailgating for homecoming
    11%
  • Pep Rally
    9%
  • Basketball and Hockey games
    8%
  • Music Department Concerts
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,430
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,606
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.4%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.55 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
$12,734/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.60 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.60 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.60 responses
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I liked that (for the most part) my AP teachers really knew what they were talking about! My AP teachers were truly passionate about the material they were teaching, which made the classes much more enjoyable to go to. I liked that Central had a lot of clubs to get involved with so you always had the opportunity to be a part of one that you cared about. What I would like to see changed was how Central really does "pick favorites." The smartest person in the grade was voted class president, president of student council, captain of the baseball team, was picked to MC at every assembly. It was obvious that they emphasized that person's success over others. This is just disappointing to see as many of the students at this school are eager to do as well as the favorites, yet they aren't given those opportunities because they aren't the favorite themselves.
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As a participant of the "higher level" classes (level 4- college readiness/AP courses), I was never dissatisfied with the education here. The teachers of these classes were exceptional, and it could even be said that they over-prepared me for college (if possible). Safety was assisted by full-time police officers that interacted with students and were quick to act if any situations escalated. Central Pride is a real and beautiful thing, and students of every culture, race, and ethnicity were celebrated. I believe that this school receives a bad reputation from those looking in as an outsider, as they cannot truly appreciate the inevitable struggles an inner-city high school in the opioid center of America the Central faculty, staff, and administration works tirelessly to fix.
What I liked most about Manchester Central High School was the Central Pride. Every student, staff and faculty had exerted an exceptional amount of pride whether it was at a sporting event, a pep rally, or an assembly of any sort. Everyone that was a part of the Central community felt easily welcomed and was always involved in every activity going on. The administration at Central was wonderful as well. They were all extremely helpful in making sure your 4 years at Central were going as well as possible for you, and if they weren't they would offer you resources to help you. What I would like to see change at Central is the amount of events we had and to hopefully see future students attend those as well.