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Centennial High School

Public | 9-12 | 1434 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 19, 2012

There are a more percentage of white students than asian students attending centennial high school.


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%

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>=95%

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>=95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%

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English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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96%

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94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 6%
Black 7% 35%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 4% 12%
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 7%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
School psychologist
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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4300 Centennial Ln
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Phone: (410) 313-2856

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