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Central High School

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Posted June 16, 2013

The programs are fantastic and when teachers aren't playing favoritism and remain unbiased with other students, they are just as well. Of course my main problem with CHS, speaking as a former student who graduated from a recent class, is some of the students that attend there. How they are handled can make or break the experience at Central and it broke mine. Sometimes I felt as if the teachers where truly oblivious to the atmosphere. If you truly saw what was brought in the classrooms - by which I do not mean soda, chips, or candy or media players, you would be shocked and frightened. When someone tells me that they have a student attending CHS, I truly feel like apologizing to them, but to each their own. I hope CHS improves in handling the student body because this is a school with history and has the opportunity to blossom into one of Louisville's best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

I realy think that Central is a great school because i have been hearing great things about it.. Like how it has more activities than other high school in JCPS..It is such an amazing school because of how it has all the things that you needed for college..
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2011

Aside from the students that go there, the school as a genral has great programs and sets their students up for sucess. The teachers care the curicculum is one point making kids perorm to the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2010

i love central high school and the reason is its because of there medical programs :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2010

I'm a former student of Central High School (C/O '09) and I can say that Central is a school that is above average. If I could rate the programs, curriculum, teachers, alone it would get nothing but 5 solid stars from me because the opportunities that they offer to students are that superb. I'm so grateful to have received the opportunity to attend Central. However, the downfall of Central is the majority of it's students, who lack much discipline & home training. It's a shame because there are many students, including myself during my time there, who wanted to make the best of everything they had to offer, but at SEVERAL points, I even found myself in positions where I even considered transferring because of many of the students who went there. With lack of better words, many Central students are pretty ghetto.


Posted February 18, 2010

This is school is the best no doubt about it. I'm a sophomore at Central, and so far Central is the best high school. I pick the right school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

We love Central High School, because ther relationship between students and teacher is very good. Central is a maget school in the heart of Louisville, KY and the high school of the greatest boxer of all times Ali!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

This school is the best school in the country. I am astudent in the computer tech. magnet, and it is a really good way to pursue in a career that offers tons of high paying jobs! quit hatin!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2009

Central is not a bad school. Everyone say it is because its in the west end but its really not. The teachers are really involved and there are rarely any fights like peole say there is. During the 08-09 year, my year as a freshman.. There was only 2 fights and the teachers got there as soon as the fight started. Central is full of love. Central isnt a bad school at all. Its one of the best schools i've been to yet. If it wasnt for central, i wouldnt be on the track and path that im on now. You wont actually know how great central is until you go there. =) I love central to death. Plus central has programs that most of the schools in jefferson county dont have. It really prepares you for college and the staff really do have your intrest at heaart <33
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

This is a very bad school. There are anywhere from 50-70 students roaming the halls and going into classrooms they do not belong in during any given day. This amount increases as the end of the year approaches. Teachers cannot teach because students are constantly being non-attentive, getting up and walking out of class at random moments all throughout class, while students from other classes will burst through the classroom door from other classes talking very loudly (almost yelling) and giving high fives to the other students. They completely ignore teachers as if they do not exist and there is not anything much that the administration does about it besides giving out detentions. This is understandable since they are overwhelmed each day with just trying to keep a handle on dealing with all the out of control students each day. I teach there and I would never send my kids here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2009

very poor. with alot of fighting
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

It is an excellent School of couse no school is perfect so don't jude it by the way people protray central to be. Central is an wonderful school to attend and I am proud to be a student of Central High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

I believe central has a lot to offer.Thier only down fall is that there are students that really want to learn and take advantage of all that central has to offer....Then there are those who are there wasting teachers time and there own. I wish central would be more selective on who is admitted to the school.Because if they were then the test scores would go up also the school would get more funding.I,to be honest love this school and all that it has to offer but I truely believe the rules and standards should be higher. This school is just as good as Manuel,Brown,Male,etc. But no one knows because you have students in the school that are there just to play around and it's not fair to the students who are thier to take in the beautiful programs that are offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I love this school its amazing i have a whole lot of friends here
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

There are a lot of classes that are offer at Central that other schools don't such as the Law Magnet and Forensic Science.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

I am a former graduate of Central and I just wanted to say that I'm glad everything seems to be working out for my Alma Mater. I mean things weren't easy at Central but we got by. The Legacy lives on!


Posted January 9, 2008

I am glad that things have gotten better at Central, because when I attended Central, it wasn't that great. Teachers were giving busy work, the students were very disruptive and disrespectful (not all, but 80% were), and I truly felt that in some instances, I was cheated out of a quality education. This school has a great legacy, and I wish more students and administrators took pride in Central.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

I am a current student of Central High School. As with any school, you will have a negative aspect and a positive one. In my opinion, the positive outweighs the negative. The education one earns there is of ones will. If a person wishes to succeed and excel beyond they can with a Central Education. The amazing programs available help students belong. There is a great air of legacy that engulfs you when you walk through the doors of Central and the school pride throughout the community is amazing. Central strives to provide numerous opportunities for those who want them. I am a Law & Government Magnet student who currently has a summer internship through Central. I am proud to say I attend and my success will reflect the true excellence of Central High as can yours if you chose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

I am a current student at Central High. Even though Central is majority African-American it is the most culturally diverse school I've ever attended. The curriculum is definitely on point.Your academic experience is what you make it and CHS offers a broad range of courses. If you take simple classes I guess you'll receive a simple education. That would bore me so my all classes are advanced, even some for college credit to challenge myself.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 23, 2006

Like all other schools in the district, it has its flaws that do take time to fix. Central has come a far away from the year I first enrolled to last May 06' when I graduated. The school has become better than it was. The education that you recieve here is what you make of it, like anything else - you get what you put into it. This school provides a broad culture scene. The school teachers respect and cultural diversity, which is very important in America's society. There are teachers who really care for you, and then those that don't. However, the number of great teachers outnumber the bad ones. It has provide me opportunities for college and scholarships.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
34%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students31%
Female32%
Male30%
African American29%
Asian40%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners8%

Writing

All Students19%
Female18%
Male21%
African American18%
Asian10%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students65%
Female68%
Male59%
African American65%
Asian43%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners33%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
20%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
30%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
13%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
18%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students28%
Female27%
Male29%
African American26%
Asian21%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners19%

Biology I

All Students25%
Female24%
Male27%
African American25%
Asian0%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learners0%

English II

All Students44%
Female48%
Male36%
African American43%
Asian50%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students39%
Female39%
Male41%
African American38%
Asian21%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners16%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
49%
of schools in the state are Average
29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

3 This rating is based on average composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 78% 11%
Hispanic 9% 4%
White 8% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 81%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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1130 West Chestnut St
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: (502) 485-8226

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