Centaurus was the best decision we made as a family to open enroll our incoming high schoolers. They were immediately drawn into the engineering program...talking each night about their plans/projects....going to the engineering room for lunch & after school. ..wanting to pull better grades in math & science because of engineering. ..the pluses go on. The staff are compassionate & want to see each student succeed. The band program is awesome and there's opportunity for any level student to participate in a sport they are interested in. This is a school that is small enough to feel that you're part of the school community...and large enough to have choices of study & extra curricular activities for a diverse student body. My husband & I haven't experienced seeing high school youth as happy as ours to be at Centaurus.
I have a sophomore at Centaurus and have been so happy with his experience there. He used to be self-conscious and has really blossomed and feels very confident and happy at CHS. He is in the engineering program and part of the 2-time state champions marching band and orchestra. He also participates in baseball and track so is well rounded and involved which is important in the success of any student. I also volunteer in the office so see first-hand how things are ran at that school. The staff are amazing and are committed to helping the kids be successful in school at the same time helping them have a good high school experience. The kids are very supportive of each other and bullying is not tolerated. BVSD has helped to provide great improvements at CHS, including the engineering program and the IB program. The teachers are very committed to helping the students achieve their potential and are open and responsive to parents. Compared to what I hear from parents who have kids at other BVSD high schools, I think CHS is the best!
We looked at virtually every high school, public and private, in the area, but only Centaurus stood out as a great fit for my son. He is mid way through his freshman year and we have not been disappointed. The quality of the pre IB and engineering departments are outstanding, the teachers, counselors, and administrators are approachable and capable, and the climate overall has been quite positive. Centaurus is doing a great job of providing academic challenge in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
My son has just completed his first semester at Centaurus and I am impressed. Teachers at Centaurus have an open-door policy and students can visit, get help, and spend time getting to know them. The teachers go out of their way to get to know the students and work to challenge them. The IB program is fantastic, the engineering program is 1st class, the teachers are incredibly engaging and inspiring, the staff is incredibly friendly. Centaurus is truly a hidden gem!
This is my daughter's third high school in 3 years and she loves CHS. She even went to the "nationally ranked" school down the street but this is her favorite school by far. She says the teachers and administration at CHS are great. She gets good grades, has wonderful friends and is really happy! That's all that matters to me.
To echo comments made before me, Centaurus is truly a hidden gem, and doesn t deserve the bad rap it sometimes gets. I graduated in '07 after 4 years at CHS and my experience there was phenomenal. I am now at a competitive university on the east coast and am proud to say that my Centaurus education has prepared me to hold my own against students who attended expensive prep schools. I wouldn t trade my CHS experience for anything.
The CSAP scores of this school are only slightly low beacause 15% of students are learning English as a 2nd language. There is a great IB program and a large selection of classes as well as the pre-engineering academy. Centaurus also offers many sports and extra curicular activities.
I love Centaurus. I think it is a great school. From a student's standpoint, one thing I enjoyed was that it was not clique-ish. Sure, everyone has their friends but there weren't set social groups. Although the test scores may be lower for Centaurus, I think you will get out of your education whatever you put in, despite where you go to school. If you are determined to succeed, there are great teachers here to help and support you.
I went to this school last year, but was forced to move to clear creek high this year. I really wish i could go back because its a really great school. I move around alot so i've been to a lot of high schools, and like a typical teen my opinion is school blows, but this is the best one ive been to. i really like the emphasis on diversity, the structure of the school, and everything about it.
I concur with many of the comments already submitted about Centaurus. My son graduated this year and my daughter will be an incoming Freshman in 2008. Their IB, AP and pre-engineering programs are second to none. The faculty really connects with the kids - I can also attest to this first hand. Very, very solid school and the ethnic and economic diversity of the student body truly reflects real life and teaches the students to relate to all people. I highly recommend this school!
I have only good things to say about this school. My son will graduate next year. I feel the teachers are there for the kids. I know this first hand. The education here is a fine one if your child is willing to do the work. The fact that the diversity in the school is much more true to how the world really looks from some other schools I feel is a plus. I think they can learn and embrace all cultures here at Centaurus.
This school is a hidden gem in the BVSD. Its engineering program is top-notch and provides university credit and is affilitated with many admittances into college. They are also a potential IB school and I have very near to no doubt that they will recieve the go ahead on that. The AP program at Centaurus is also greatly developed. The faculty is impeccable, I have yet to meet a teacher not fully involved in the success of the students, they also have incredible qualifications. The Drama department as an extra curricular is the only one I can speak with expierence about. The students are very involved in the extra curricular, even though we are a small school, being cast in a show is difficult however the children are supportive of each other. The program has an incredible level of success, just this year they were judged second in the best state.
Centaurus is a wonderful school which is very culturally diverse and provides a great place for growing young men and women to learn to interact in society, make friends, and excel in the world. My son has had a glowing high school experience.
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