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Centennial High School

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Posted September 4, 2013

Some ways I think this school can improve. -Serious disciplinary actions to be taken against students who curse at other students in the hallways. -Setting up an Anti-Bullying program. -Enforcing uniforms.


Posted July 12, 2013

I will be a sophomore this next year at Centennial High and I have just had such a good experience with this school. I am a Mormon and yes, there is a very large population of LDS people attending. It is not always a bad thing to have, because in general (there is the occasional "jack-Mormon") we are people who understand the importance of education and good relationships with others who may not share our beliefs. I have many friends that are, in fact, not LDS but understand what we believe and respect us. Religion is never a topic when any of us are together socially. The people who feel like "the Mormons" are bad people are generally the people who drink and smoke and are otherwise immoral. The teachers are nice and very understanding if you cannot make a deadline if you give a good reason and will extend it for you if you ask. Really, Centennial has just about every activity you could ever wish to participate in and we are pushed to participate whether it be in fundraising for various causes or social activities. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good school to be accepted at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2012

As other reviewers have stated, there is a very large LDS crowd at CHS. At times this can be detrimental to others, but for the most part, the Mormon students are very kid, helpful people. Some cliques do form, but more of in the form of social and academic groups. The teachers are, for the most part, phenomenal. I am an AP student, and my instructors are a large part of helping me learn the advance material. Many of them can make the dullest subjects entertaining and easy to learn. As such, however, I have not had experiences with many of the other teachers. Some are good, others bad, according to my friends, but such is the spice of life. I will admit, as a freshman I did not like the school, but going into my senior year, I look at it fondly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2012

We are new to the area,we are fosterparents to several teen boy.How do you thing they will do there if they have challenges.We are very involved in our kids at school.I like to help with anything that school need.Thanks for reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

I have two children that have recently or will soon graduate from Centennial High School. One is currently attending an in state college and the other will become a chemical engineering student at a yet to be determined university. We moved from San Jose, California in 1990 where my kids attended private schools. Upon relocating to Boise; our children received a public education at Pioneer Elementary, Lowell Scott Middle School and Centennial High School. They received high quality instruction with knowledgeable, caring and motivated teachers. Several previous comments have been made regarding the large population of Mormon/LDS families in the school district. We are not Mormon and have found our LDS neighbors to be good citizens with strong families that are committed to the community. School activates and parent committees are often (but not always) organized and planned by LDS students and their families; however, this is usually the result of others not willing to step up . The LDS factor in the school district is a non-issue! My kids have received a high quality education in the Meridian School District and Centennial High school that has prepared them well for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

My experience at CHS was horrible they targeted me the first week of school because of my siblings behavior. If you are not part of the LDS crowd you fall through the cracks. My graduating class had the worst drop out record. There were some teachers who encouraged my individualism and there were some who were against my unwillingness to conform. I did not graduate from CHS, i recieved my High school diploma from BSU and am ranked academically on the President's List at the college I now attend. I own no thanks to CHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2009

I'm shocked to read reviews of CHS being cliquey. After attending surrounding schols (Capital & Eagle) I was thrilled to realize Centennial wasn't so much cliquey as much as they were one giant clique. As a student, you were in, which is very important in the life of a teen. Another thing that was extremely powering at this school was their staff. Five years after graduating, I can say I still keep relationships with instructors who had huge influences on my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

i think that Centennial High School is both great and awful. The teachers are very involved in their teaching methods and many of them are inspiring. They teach us not only about the subject, but they they help us discover ourselves, and what we believe in. However, having ID badges as school, having lunch detention when being late, even at only 3 minutes, and the horrible, confusing hybrid schedule, make it hard. But I would still recommend to go to this school. Because of the wonderful staff, students tend to forget all the bad sides of the school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

When I first came into Centennial, I thought it was a great step up, so many freedoms! But then it all just went downhill from there. My Freshman year (I'm a Junior currently) They issued the ID badges, which made many of the students feel labeled and surprisingly unsafe. Sophmore year they took away electronics other than phones. This year, they changed yet again and began the Hybrid schedule - which a lot of students have had many problems with. It is upsetting to hear your school referred to as the 'prison' or 'boot camp' by a new student, or someone from another school. (I can honestly say that I have heard it been referred to as such at least several times if not more). I wish I could love my school, but isn't the fact that kids need consistency going to come into play?
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2008

I believe the education my teen received was good. You get what you put into it. Some of the teachers are outstanding and are able to ignite a spark in the students. It is predominately LDS. That can be a problem, but there are other teen groups to get involved with. Sports are a predominate part of this schholl.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

I feel that some teachers don't do their best. but there are few that put effort into their career and care about our feature. Also, I feel that the school adminestrators are a little bit too strict with rules.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2006

I'm a current student at CHS, and it may not be 80% LDS, but it feels that way. I am not LDS and sometimes [you] tend to feel outted. Me and my two siblings, one is currently attending there and the other just graduated, all had a hard time. The academic and extracurricular activities are awesome, though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2005

The school is not 80% LDS. About 25% LDS, but the influence of the religion is quite obvious. The school has some excellent teachers that make the difference in our children's education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 11, 2005

Well it's true about the two groups, they are the LDS and the NON- LDS. Centennial is about 80% LDS, and the other 20% sometimes feel left out. Centennial excels in all sports areas, but there are some teachers who should be there, though most are exceptional. The best part of the school is the counseling staff, it by far the best staff in the district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2005

The quality of education is fairly high. A high amount of the teachers and staff obviously know what they are doing and are smart people. The extracurricular activities offered are thorough, however pretty narrowly targeted. In the student body, there are two main cliques: the kids and parents that all go to church (and 'off campus' seminary) together, and those that don't. Definitely not aiming to produce a good feeling or an environment for flourishing in.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 22, 2005

The academic program is not bad but other places are definately better. I transfered out of centennial for various reasons and found Capital high to be much better. The extracurricular activites are the most beneficial at Centennial. I was extremely involved at Centennial. The school is horrible. The enviroment is not one that a school should have.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2005

I attended Centennial my entire High School career, and I can think of no better place to have spent those four years. The number of students at the school is perfect, because it's small enough to find lots of close friends, but big enough that you can always meet new people. The teachers and administrative staff at Centennial are so involved, and really care about their students, which is incredibly motivating. The students themselves always amazed me in their dedication and sheer brilliance. I knew some of the most incredible people I'll ever meet in my life at Centennial. For all its other great qualities, I must say that Centennial truly excels in its extracurricular activities. I was a member of choir and color guard, and those times will always be some of my most precious memories. What a great place to grow up!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 6, 2004

Centennial is an amazing school. They excell in not only academics, but also sports. My student says that it is crowded, but that, that just makes it easier to make more friends. The teachers are very friendly and show a lot of enthusiasm. -Laura
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2004

The students and teachers are very welcoming and kind. It has a small school feel even though it's fairly large. New students should do very well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 13, 2004

My four children graduated from Centennial. During their high school years I found the teachers to be caring and involved in their education. Centennial has a fantastic extracurricular program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 62% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 72% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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80%

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79%

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81%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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81%

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 24% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

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33%
Math

The state average for Math was 25% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

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29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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The state average for Language Usage was 19% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students64%
Female72%
Male58%
African American39%
Asian46%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial85%
American Indiann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Special education14%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)13%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female68%
Male67%
African American39%
Asian69%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial77%
American Indiann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Special education18%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female90%
Male79%
African American62%
Asian54%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial85%
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special education29%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)42%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students72%
Female74%
Male69%
African American40%
Asian73%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Special education33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)28%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
African American33%
Asian87%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Special education21%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)30%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African American47%
Asian87%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Special education54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)48%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
African American33%
Asian87%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Special education54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)41%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students30%
Female33%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%

Math

All Students31%
Female26%
Male36%
Hispanicn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Special education23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)20%

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 78%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Black 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 33%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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12400 West Mc Millan Rd
Boise, ID 83713
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