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Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 2253 students

 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted March 20, 2014

Central has had a bad reputation in the past, but if you actually spend time on the campus you will find that it is a very well organized and peaceful school. They embrace diversity and over 60 languages are spoken on campus.


Posted March 20, 2014

The Principal is an awesome leader (Jones). He has infused the school with the community. Unfortunately, his assistant principals are more focused on their personal career advancement than your child's education. My children have been in honors, evening school, adventure club, bobcat town and the magnet global program. The teachers in these areas are the best I have seen. However, because the counselors and asst. principals don't care or communitate and are inflexible the parents must fight to get the education they want for their kids. The average teachers are just average. They try and will work with your childs attendance or in my sons case a teenage pregnancy. However, the assistant principals will make it difficult for the teachers to make the class achievable. It was an unbelievably negative experience to have to engage with the assistant administrator who has since been promoted. Principal Jones takes a common sense approach to problem solving. He is a caring man. He will stand up for you and your child. Take the honors classes your child will be around more motivated students. In our experience there was not much of a difference between regular ed and honors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2014

Central High School is a really friendly school, there's a lot of diversity amongst the student body which makes the high school experience so much better. Central High is also part of the prestigious Cambridge IGSCE, which is when a school from the UK works with the classes at CHS. By passing available CB exams we can take one more step ahead of others. I personally love the performing arts department at this school. I joined band my freshman year, and it was truly amazing. Everyone in band is amazing, when a new student joins completely amateur to band they become so much more mature with band (I wish more people could appreciate band). Central High has one of the largest choirs in the district. This year (2014/13) we received a new instructor, and choir is still growing strong. One thing Central does seem to lack that i have taken notice is school-spirit. Some people seem to just want to get this wonderful high school experience over with very soon. Though i think if they just slightly stepped into the actual school, rather than what they visualize as their school so much more happiness could be achieved together. CHS is a performing arts school, take advantage of this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2013

So out of touch with mainstream eduction. Curriculum 4 to 5 years behind national average. Drugs, encouraging kids to leave school at 16 for a junior college education preparing them for mediocrity. Pregnancy in 9th grade viewed as "part of life." Horrific environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Security and police are part of EVERY school. Don't "pass by", stop in for a visit. Central has SOME excellent teachers, SOME fantastic counselors, SOME effective administrators, and SOME kids that attend but aren't REALLY students. Without parental involvement, there isn't much chance for some kids. Don't judge Central by its reputation from the last millennium. Don't blame the teachers for not controlling SOME bad behavior. Most teachers do their part, and most teachers care. The parents have the kids for 16+ years and the teachers have them for 50 minutes a day for a semester or two. I've NEVER felt unsafe on this campus. Thank you security and administration!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 1, 2012

Students are exposed to drugs and there are many fights! By what I've seen just passing by there's always lots of security and police due to the fights that are encountered!


Posted December 23, 2011

I owe a great debt to Central High for providing me with the college quality instruction that eventually lead to a career in Hollywood with offices around the world. Had I not attended Central I would not have 14 Emmys on my bookcase.


Posted August 15, 2011

Central High School is a great school and has made my kids future better. Thank you Central for all your hard work I don't think I could have done it without you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2010

As a student of Central High School for the past three years, I can say that Central is a great school. Central really does work to serve its diverse student body. For students looking for a challenge, there are Honors and AP classes where students score as well as those from 'higher performing' schools. As well, the large ELL staff is extremely dedicated in teaching the students we have from countries who have never heard an English word. Extracurricular activities are limited as the school is stunted financially. Sports have a difficult time recieving enough funding and parent involvement, yet the teams still routinely perform well. The principal, Chris Jones, is extremely involved and truly cares what happens to the students. Overall, I can say that I have had a great education at Central and truly feel prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2010

This is the best high school there are 36 languages spoken on this campus that make me proud to be a Bobcat CHS!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

I have to honestly say that this high school is one of the best by far. My son has been going to Central all 4 years, he is now a senior. The staff is very helpful. Ms Turk is the most nicest person I have yet to meet. Thank you Central HS, you are #1. Sincerely Lillian Jordan
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Excellent school...cant ask for better!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2006

i am a graduate of central high school class of 2006 and i can say honestly that central high school is a good school. it provides its students with many opportunities and gives them the opportunity to expand their horizons. the teachers there are great and they are always willing to help as well as do what they can so you can graduate on time. i started there as a freshman and through out all four years i met very different people and experianced very different perspectives in life. though schools are always changing central as so far changed for the better but what realy needs to be changed is the food. though they are trying to be healthier they give its students no variety. overal im satisfied with my high school years at central high class of 06 baby
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2006

I have 2 teens that have gone to Central for the last 2yrs. I've had very positive experiences with the counselors, attendance ladies, nurse, coaches, Dr.Ennis and her staff as well as a couple of teachers. I must admit my disappointment in the principal as well as the police officer at the school as my teens and I have had 2 instances that needed their help and attention and although they seemed concerned at the initial time of the problem, neither of them followed thru with the actions that needed to occur and when I confronted the principal at the beginning of the year to see how things were coming along, she was very uncaring and I could tell that to her it was of no concern. I feel that had they followed thru it might make the school a better place for teens to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

This is a really great school if you want to be surrounded by students who really care about others.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 22, 2005

This school offers many different classes and many different opporotunities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 15, 2005

I am a freshmen at Central. In all honesty Central is, by far, the greatest school I have ever attended. All of my teachers got to know me and helped me in any way they could, wether they were helping solve problems with friends, or the class itself. Personally, I am not at all artistic, and don't care for sports, but I know people in these activities, and they are very good. Also, the speech team is amazing and I have made so many friends and gained skills from it. The level of parent involvment is amazingly high. I've gotten to know many parents, and they are all extremely involved with everything that has to do with the school. Central is, in my opinion, the greatest school, and I think it will be for a long time. Go Bobcats!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2005

I am very pleased at how this school is run.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 25, 2004

Central High School appears to offer a diverse group of course listings and extra curricular activities for the student that is seeking the best in global studies and languages. The courses are high quality and promote challenges for all students at all levels. Our student is enjoying his first year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2003

My son recently started at Central High School and he loves it! He came from a top tier middle school and finds the work challenging. He chose Central because it provides him a chance to expand his horizons and become acquainted with students from other backgrounds. We have been very pleased. Staff have been quick to correct any concerns quickly and very effectively. I have had very positive experiences with both administrators and teachers. We would recommend Central very highly! Try it- you'd like it!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

509 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 64% 42%
Black 12% 5%
White 10% 42%
Asian 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Christopher Jones
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 271-2385

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Cambridge Curriculum
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4525 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Phone: (602) 764-7500

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