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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Rensselaer Central High School is a public school located in Rensselaer, IN. It has 531 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
1106 E Grace St
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Telephone
(219) 866-5175

Rensselaer Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1080
113 responses
Average ACT
24
26 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$42,912
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$712
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,200
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.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Football Games
    25%
  • Cross Country Meets
    17%
  • Homecoming Week
    17%
  • History Club
    8%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Science Olympiad
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
531
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
25%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,152/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Rensselaer Central High School Reviews

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Typical small town high school. Some great individuals work here! There is lots to improve. Too much emphasis on sports andevere lack of resources. Lots of bullying and racist people. There was money put into technology but not too much to improve the school's structure or to pay teachers more. Art/music is severely unfunded. The lack of mental health services definitely needs to be addressed. The counselors here did nothing in my college search and were kind of useless.
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I would like to see more positivity throughout the school. The high school does well with bullying and accepting differences, but many teachers and students come into the classrooms with issues outside of school. I would also like to see students being better prepared for life after high school, whether that be their lives in college or just being taught about everyday life. Many teachers aren't happy. There are many disrespectful kids and when they are rude to the teachers, then the whole class is miserable. The school should have more programs about how to treat each other. Too much money is being put into athletic department. It is great that the school cares so much about the students being active, but the money going towards some of the things that they purchase could go to more things to better the capability of knowledge in school.
Like most schools, there are good things about them. When it comes to R.C.S.H., I enjoy every aspect. Before I moved here my freshmen year in 2014, I bounced around school to school every one to two years. But when I got here, it felt different from other schools. I was noticed by people. Students talked to me on the random. They helped me around the school when I was to nervous to ask. The teachers helped me when they noticed me struggling. It was almost to good to be true. I am glad for the four years I spent here and I am blessed that I did not move from here. But it does need some changes. minor ones that are not than big of a deal, but there is one major one. The school's lunch. It is terrible and I think they can do a lot better. Maybe switching food companies or maybe ask for more funding for better food.