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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Springfield Central High School is an above average, public, magnet school located in Springfield, MA. It has 2,049 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

Springfield Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1080
254 responses
Average ACT
26
21 responses
AP Enrollment
16%

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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$36,730
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Median Home Value
$152,400
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
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 62 responses
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  • Pep rally!
    27%
  • Student Vs. Teacher basketball games
    16%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Student and Teacher talent shows
    13%
  • Theater, plays, musicals, Clubs
    10%
  • Rotc events
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,049
Free or Reduced Lunch
67%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,117
Teachers in First/Second Year
22.4%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$20,656/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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The connections I have made in this school are unforgettable and I have met a few really good teachers, however the condition of the school is terrible and their is a harsh zero tolerance policy. The food is sometimes not even edible and some of the staff are not confident on what they teach. The students sometimes smoke weed and skip classes. Teachers and administrators often have favoritism and let some students get away with breaking the rules while implementing harsh consequences on others. Despite the faults of the school, there are AP classes available and there are decent college programs and opportunities for high school students that want to go to college.
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I moved to Springfield in 2017 and began attending Central as a junior. Many people are welcoming at the school, making the adjustment much easier than expected. The school also provides a variety of AP classes which definitely help with allowing students to have a glimpse of college. Some classes are extremely challenging, however, the teachers that I've had over the years are more than willing to help. Although there are many academic opportunities, the school is highly emphasized on sports. Much of the school funding goes to sports instead of the arts and extracurriculars which is disappointing. Overall, the school should shift its focus onto other aspects of the school, however, it's given me a satisfactory education over the past 2 years.
As a senior, I recognized how little Central prepares student's for college. I took rigorous AP classes and had done ample research about college before my senior year. This wasn't the case for my peers, most were clueless. Our school offered little support to them. I had good classes and good teachers. This was because I pushed myself. Most other students are lazy and like to make fun of the "smart" or "weird" kids. The administration sucks at handling issues of "bullying". Mostly because the popular kids typically play sports. Central's culture puts sports players above the average student. Also because the administration seems largely incompetent.