Thanks to all of the involved parents who ensure their children are prepared for school each day and participate to the extent possible in volunteer activities. This is what makes our school community special.
Centennial is a Special Needs Center school and as such has a large number of special needs students attending. The school has developed programs where regular ed students have opportunities to work with the special needs students. This interaction fosters understanding and acceptance across the community.
I have a recent graduate of Centennial who is attending a highly competitive STEM school and a sophomore. Centennial is a diverse school that exposes students to challenging academic content in a real world environment, preparing them for success in their lives after high school.
Centennial High School (CHS) is ranked by The Washington Post, US News & World Report, and Atlanta Magazine as one of Americas best high schools. In 2015, CHS was recognized as one of Georgia’s top 25 schools. The school is in the process of implementing an International Baccalaureate program and is on track to become an authorized school offering an IB Diploma beginning with 2018-19 school year. This is a very rigorous curriculum and is not for everyone, but individual IB classes will be offered to students outside of the diploma program. This program will complement CHS's offering of 28 AP classes, all of which can earn students college credit.
Graduation rates have risen 9% in the past two years to 88% last year. Success should be credited to the support that the school receives from the School Governance Council and the district charter system status that enables the school to implement innovative ways of teaching & learning. CHS is known in the county as a thought leader based on its success with local school flexibility requests and the implementation of a 21st Century Learning Commons (replacing the Media Center) and two Cooperative Learning Labs (one for STEM and one for the Humanities). These were existing spaces redesigned to encourage students to collaborate and leverage technology to achieve greater success.
CHS is part of a select number of Phase 1 schools leading the county in technology implementation to further personalized learning. Specifically, new Microsoft Surface tablets will be rolled out to every student beginning this coming January.
The counseling staff works very hard to support students and is one of the few counseling programs in Fulton County recognized as an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
CHS students continue to outperform Fulton, Georgia and National averages on the SAT and ACT and has been recognized by College Board as an AP STEM Achievement School, an AP STEM School, and an AP Merit School.