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9-12
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Ellicott City, MD
Students enrolled: 1,434

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4300 Centennial Ln
Ellicott City, MD 21042

(410) 313-2856
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June 21, 2014
Very difficulty to relax at my school. The pressure to be perfect, the pressure to have the best clothes, and be involved in sports, academics, AP classes is unbearable. I know theyre trying to prepare us for school, but I hated waking up every day in High School when I went here. The teachers don't hesitate to put you on the spot and make you feel stupid, if you don't know the answer. They hide this when the review people watch them teach. I cant say enough about how horrible my high school was. I don't know if I'll go to college right away. I may travel this summer and get a job and see. I want to get far away from my pushy parents. All I want is to be happy.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2013
This is an amazingly competitive and diverse school. The curricula is rigorous and challenging. Also, the people are very competitive. But what I noticed immediately, is that there is no teasing, no bullying, no hatred, no violence. It was all such a shock to me when I first moved here as an African American from the South. No more racial or homophobic slurs thrown at me everyday. No more teasing because of what I love. The amount of acceptance and caring can bring me to tears any day.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2013
Centennial students are achievement-oriented, and their families place a high value on education. The average student there would be a top student in many other schools. The teachers push the students to be their best, but not in a high-pressure way. I consistently hear from former graduates that college was a breeze because of the preparation they received at Centennial. Both my kids love the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2013
I have moved around a lot and all the schools in the other counties in MD are just different compared to Howard County. Centennial is the most diverse high school in Ho. Co., which I'm pretty sure is the most diverse county in MD. Anyways, CHS was the only school where i did NOT experience racism and bullying (I am a minority.) CHS also has the highest AP class enrollment and is very academically competitive. I have friends who are taking seven AP credits per year. I had to actually drop out of AP math because I could not keep up with the curriculum, since I had Cross Country, Track and NAHS. Compared to other schools in Ho Co. and other county schools, there WILL be more school work involved, but from all my college friends I've heard from, they're having a relaxed time because it's so much more "chill" in college than it was at CHS. (The one thing I can't get over is that a 2390 is considered an "average" score.) You can view it as a good or bad thing, but CHS really will prepare you for college and get more out of you than other MD schools, you just have to know your limits. :)

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2012
There are a more percentage of white students than asian students attending centennial high school.

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2012
Being a student there, I can prove that the elitist attitude is there. That isn't the biggest problem, though; the worst, by far, are the number of people with mental disorders of various kinds that stem from the academic pressure. A lot of the times, the students put much more pressure on themselves than anyone else, and this ranges into a variety of mental disorders. The numbers of children with eating disorders is frightening, and people who self-harm or have attempted even suicide are even more alarming. The teachers, though, are pretty good generally, and present challenging yet balanced coursework. All in all, it's the atmosphere that is causing the most issues.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2011
NOT impressed. As a parent of two Centennial graduates, the school is VERY overrated. The students are snobs with an 'entitlement attitude'. Test scores aren't everything.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Centennial is one of the best schools in the state. We also have more extra-curriculars than most other schools!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland has an educational foundation that challenges and brings out the best in students.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2008
In terms of academics and character, Centennial students are among the most competitive and conscientious in our county. The teachers are all very skilled, devoted, and personable. Our sports teams consistently go to states(Boys lax under Mr. Siegert went to States as well as the girls team). The school's tennis team has been the county champion for two years. With this said, I think there are areas for improvement in terms of 'school life.' I've looked on numerous college forums, and the students from other academically rigorous areas ( in NY or Cali) seem to have much more vigor and personality. I hope that the students and the staff can be more aware of what is going on in the world. Overall, if you asked me if I'd rather go to school somewhere besides Centennial, I'd probably laugh and say 'never.'

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
What I like about this school is that there's a place for everybody. Those who are into math and science feel as much at home as the star athletes. You're not made to feel uncool if you are seriously into band or orchestra. The math team and It's Academic team are tops.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
My daughter went to thigs school and it was great. She was constantly being challenged and it was a great experience for her. For my job it was necessary that we moved around a lot and of the three high schools my daughter went to she enjoyed and felt chalenged the most at Centennial.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
Being a former student I can tell you that the school does not prepare you for the real world, has an unrealistic expectation of status in the student body. If your kid has any learning issues, you're better off going to wilde lake or howard than centennial.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2007
Centennial is by far the best, most diverse and competetive high school in Howard County. This does present a double edged sword. Kids get onto sports teams because they are good, not because they need a warm body like many of the the other HS in Howard county. The same goes for GT, Honors and AP classes. All are much easier to get into at other schools. This is hard on kids when they have friends at other schools who can get onto varsity sports in their freshman year, etc. However, in the end, kids learn how to compete and bring up their game. A diploma from Centennial means something. Parents whose children go to other Howard county schools like to downplay how good Centennial is. They don't want to think Cenntenial is that much more competetive than their HS. There's a reason it's rated one of the best in US.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
Centennial is the most diverse school in Howard County. My children love it there and the academics are unbeatable. I feel that every other Howard County public school lacks what it can offer. The school has a very low drop out rate and offers the best programs. It's also a very safe school so you never have to worry about your child's safety.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
Academically, we have no complaints with CHS, although the curricula is not as diverse as the one offered at in our previous state. However, I am disappointed with the music and sports departments. It seems that what team you are assigned to is not based on skills, but rather on grade. In the music department, there are very few competitions entered, not many solo adjudications offered, and not much emphasis on All County or State band participation. The kids are not encouraged, and the parents are constantly being asked for money. Disappointing. I also have some issues with the principal and the handling of certain situations, but limited by words here to keep it short. CHS did not really live up to our expectations as parents who were looking for a school where we could take a proactive role, and our kid would be encouraged and equipped.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2006
Well, my son goes to centennial, and although his expectations were high going in, after freshman year he loved the school more then ever. From what i understand, freshman is the toughest year in terms of student pressure. If my son can have a great time as a freshman, then surely other students can enjoy themselves. I agree, the principle is a failure, the friendly environment among the students and some of the staff is evident as soon as you walk in the door.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I am most delighted my child is in CHS. The guidance counsellor is really helpful and supportive of my child's needs. The school has made efforts to ensure he is settled into the school having come from overseas, this helps to build confidence in learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
February 13, 2006
The quality of academic programs, and availability of sports, arts and extracurricular activities are top notch. However the discipline is weak mainly due to the principal.

- submitted by a staff
December 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
As a student at Centennial, my perspective of the school is very good. The principal and administration is very active and involved. The teachers are great. There are so many different clubs and extracurricular activies. The school is more diverse now that is has been. There are a lot more african americans now. There are just as many asians at Centennial as Mt Hebron and River Hill. And I am glad our school is not like Wilde Lake. We dominate Wilde Lake in sports and academics. Its a wonderful school and I am very lucky to go there.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2005
If you want to find out what is really going on at Centennial go to the following links: http://chs-ptsa.org http://chs-ptsa.org/CHSQuicknotes http://centennialonline.org

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
That previous comment is the most racist/prejudice remark I've read so far here. So what if the school has a large percentage of Asians? How can you say Wilde Lake is diverse when there are exceedingly more African-Americans than other minorities. How can you also say that Wilde Lake is a better school when academically, it is doing far worse than Centennial? As a student, I have also never heard this term, 'Chentennial' amongst my peers. I believe Centennial is an excellent school for EVERYONE and deserves far more praise than the previous comment.

- submitted by a staff
no rating March 14, 2005
That last posting is appalling. I wish the person that posted that could have sent his/her daughter to another school too and make room for students who aren't raised by racist parents. Centennial continues to lead the county in test scores year after year. It is an excellent school regardless of the ethnicity of the students. I couldn't care less if my child was in a class full of polka dotted children as long as he is being challenged by his teachers and fellow classmates.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
I feel that the school has too many asian students. I have heard rumors of people calling the school 'Chentennial' instead of Centennial. This is a redicule and I feel that in order to fix this problem, the school needs to be more diverse, like Wilde Lake. Wilde Lake is the most diverse school in the county and I feel that this school is the best out of them all. Mr. Whitaker is a wonderful principal, and I wish my daughter could have gone to that school like my son. I wish they never redistricted us. Thanks for your time. Good-night.

- submitted by a teacher
December 23, 2004
Centennial is a good school to graduate from but it is a school where the elitist attitude amongst the students is too high. Education there is great but the students are overall too spoiled to care about doing anything important in life. Athletically, there is some talent but no heart whatsoever. The extracurricular activities as a whole are good but students would not do them if their parents did not push them to. Every rumor about the kids being stuck up snobs is very true for these kids are completely useless without their parents demands.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
Excellent programs; top quality academic preparation, most involved parents; challenged and challenging students - adds up to a high school preparation that will insure student success. Exceeds expectations which were high going in.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2004
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- submitted by a staff
October 19, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
January 26, 2004
With the change in principal, Centennial can look forward to harmonious relationship with all faculty members, not just a few as it was in the past. The teachers are among the best I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
There are some very involved and challenging teachers at Centennial. However, the administration is completely disorganized and at odds with the guidance counselors. This school needs to have a complete regime change. It's a shame that so many good kids and teachers can be so adversely effected by maladjusted and unchecked leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
My daughter is a sophomore this year and she loves Centennial High School. Most of the teachers are great, and the students are very kind and friendly. I think the school offers valuable challenges to help her gain the knowledge she will need to move on to college.

- submitted by a parent
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Centennial High School
4300 Centennial Ln, Ellicott City, MD  21042
(410) 313-2856
Last modified Centennial High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Centennial High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top