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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
    A-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Valley Stream Central High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Valley Stream, NY. It has 991 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
135 Fletcher Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Telephone
(516) 561-4410
Website
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Valley Stream Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1130
234 responses
Average ACT
27
37 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$105,744
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,663
National
$949
Median Home Value
$460,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week, Pep Rally, Homecoming
    40%
  • Battle of the Classes, Battle of the Teachers
    19%
  • Pizza sold on Fridays
    17%
  • School Plays
    12%
  • Dance showcase
    5%
  • Student/Faculty volley ball
    5%
  • Doing art competitions
    2%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
991
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$114,479
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.7%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 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
$23,750/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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I've recently graduated Central and one thing that I can say for sure is that it is an amazing school. As a student, I was treated with respect and I felt like I could talk to teachers about my issues.
When it comes to academics, I'd say Central is at the top of its game. From cosmetology to AP classes to performing arts to culinary, we have it all. The only reason that I'm not giving Central five stars is because it can do a better job at letting students know what resources are available before it's too late (ex. honor societies).
For the most part, teachers are generally caring. Favoritism is obvious sometimes but it gives you a taste of what the real world is about.
Central is pretty diverse and although there are cliques, I feel like there's a group for everybody.
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This school overall is amazing. The teachers try hard to help you succeed. The principal cares deeply for students wellbeing. And our guidance counselors are very involved with the college process, offering help at every turn. However, in my years here, I have seen administrators who were unprofessional and staff who could care less about their students. I also have found that our student body is not very supportive of each other. There are a lot of cliques and a new student could possibly feel unwelcomed. The students here are also somewhat disrespectful but what high school student isn't? If I had to attend this school all over again, I would. This is because when I have struggled with subjects help was always available. And when I needed help with life problems there was always a staff member to confide in. I would recommend this school to any student about to attend high school. This school is one of the best and Central will always have a place in my heart.
When first stepping into central I was scared because there were so many kids that were taller, bigger, and just different from me. However, this changed throughout my years at central. Everyone was so open and you could find a new friend there in seconds. Realizing later on that since I was different, it doesn't mean that everyone is going to look down upon you or look at you weird, it means that people are going to want to talk to you about that difference and show there differences as well when they open up. The teachers and staff are no different. They are all open-hearted and don't be afraid to befriend a teacher there because even though they might be hard at times, overall that can be genuinely nice people.