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Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 1572 students

 

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Posted March 14, 2014

Central High School has the BEST coaches there are! The coaches are amazing,and are willing to help you receive your personal record in whatever sport you want to pr in! Totally recommend central to you,if you play in sports!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2014

I'm only rating this school a two because my child felt comfortable in only 4 classes. This school has an amazing JROTC program that kept my child's heart strong. She was able to improve her writing and singing in the Creative Writing Class and Choir that this school provides. The German class also has an amazing teacher and opportunities. However, the bullying needs to stop here. My child has been called vulgar words, has been pushed down the stairs many times. I pulled her out of this school because of the distractions that she faced in the class rooms and the kids she feared in the hallways. Central High school used to be an amazing and safe school and I'm sure it still could be if the teachers would do something about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2012

As a parent of two former students, I can tell you that the performing arts programs are amazing, but the drama department has really gone down hill in the past 3 years. There are still amazing teachers that work hard to teach students all they need to learn if they want to, but it is never forced. The administration is concerned only for how they will look to the public. They will support anything that makes them look good, but if they think it could have a negative outcome for them they will try to sweep it away before it gets to the newspaper. I had two sons that went to CHS and the one who could make the school look good was praised and encouraged, but the other one was not supported even by administration. He was even expelled for a behavior that was part of his disability. Administration even screwed up the paperwork on this disciplinary action and said my son was expelled the day before it happened. If 75%of the administration team could be replaced the school might become what it should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

I would not recommend this school to any parents who wish for their student(s) to excel and value communication. The principal of CHS lowers the bar for students and doesn't care about instilling core values such as building character and responsibility. The primary goal at CHS is to get students their diploma even if this means diminishing the value of the diploma that students are working so hard to achieve. It is extremely difficult for students in school dist. 51 to not receive their diploma. Students would have to work harder not to earn their diploma at CHS rather than actually doing the traditional pathway/work towards graduation. CHS is all about exceeding graduation rates from the previous school year thus inflating these results which devalues the accomplishments of students who really did earn their diploma versus those who really haven't.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 14, 2007

Central High School may not have the best standardized test scores in this area, but watch out! This school is on the move with innovative ideas in education, a superior administration and support staff, and teachers who are working hard to improve students ability to learn and grow. The teachers at CHS care about their students and work hard to see that they learn and succeed. Ask any one in this area where the best high school administration and teachers are, and it will be Central High School. Many outstanding extracurricular activities and opportunities for students to be involved in this school. Great Speech and Debate team, Art department, Music department, Theater program, sports activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 12, 2006

I graduated from this school five years ago. When I moved to this school I was entering my junior year, and not only was I coming from another city, it seemed like I was coming from another world. The school I had come from was a 5A, award winning school with the highest level of acedemics, sports, and other extra-cirricular activities. While I was there I took all of this for granted. After moving here I realized that I was going into a school that was trying to be something it was not. You can't be a great school without first having a great foundation. Although the last two years of my high school expierence were as easy as pie, I always wonder how much further I would be with the great education I was supposed to recieve.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 9, 2005

The academic quality of this school is great, students get the attention they need from educated teachers. The music program is spectacular and a rewarded one too! The range in avalibility of sports is one of a kind... They offer everything from football to lacross. The level of parental involement is extremely high, they try to let you 'in' on everything, and try to invole every parent and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 39% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female26%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible22%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant29%

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Writing

All Students51%
Female61%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students22%
Female17%
Male26%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)25%
Free lunch eligible7%
Reduced lunch eligible28%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities24%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English23%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%

Reading

All Students65%
Female69%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Science

All Students56%
Female53%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible60%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Writing

All Students40%
Female50%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

89%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

81%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 56%
Hispanic 26% 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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3130 E1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Phone: (970) 254-6200

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