Academically, the school is fine -- but because of the students, not the teachers. The neighborhood is affluent and parents are educated and set high expectations for their children. With only a few exceptions, the teachers put in their time and teach to the tests. Overall, the school administration is incompetent. The best administrators in the county go to the more difficult schools and Centennial gets the second and third string. There are actually more cliques among the parents than there are among the kids and there are MANY helicopter parents who are always advocating for their children over others. That leads to a lot of favoritism and bias. For example, this year the JV football coach favors one player whose parent works for Under Armor and provides swag for the coaches and dumps on all of the other players. Consequently, there is no team spirit. Administration knows and does nothing. I wish my kids went to a school with fewer pampered parents and kids and actually learned how to deal with real world problems.
I graduated from Centennial in 2009 and I would NEVER send my children here. People get so caught up on the good test scores that they ignore all the other horrible things. Teachers are elitist and snobby. Enormous bullying and clique issue. If you're not filthy rich don't expect to be treated well. Parents and teachers put so much pressure on getting perfect scores, getting into the perfect college, getting perfect grades that none of the students were happy, In fact everyone was stressed constantly. 0 school spirit or morale our senior pep rally fell silent multiple times because nobody liked eachother or the school. Our principal continually added new and ridiculous restrictions on the school for no apparent reason. AVOID at all costs. I'd much rather have gone to high school with lower testing scores and grades and a more welcome community.
Centennial is pretty overrated. It isn't the powerhouse school it used to be, and now with some of it's math and physics teachers retiring, this school is going to have a significant drop off. Lastly, the front office administration is pretty horrible. Don't spend all the extra money for real estate in order to go to centennial because right now, it simply is not worth it. A lot of the past reviews say good things about Centennial, and I agree with most of those reviews. However, Centennial has been going on a downward slump for years now, and Riverhill, Marriots Ridge, and Atholton are probably better alternatives right now.
This school doesn't really do much to help the students respect each other. Lucky for Centennial, most of the students attending the school are already pretty good students, so they naturally respect each other most of the time.
It does not have ad-quite staff diversity and awareness. The lack of training and understanding of cultural differences is not there. The lack of diversity in students and teacher radio is outrageous. For an area that is so close to Columbia and Baltimore. Students are bullied not only by other students also how teachers and staff administration views incidences when they are disciplining students with other cultural backgrounds. The consequences and views are looked upon differently based on race and culture. The teachers should be held accountable for their behavior and what percentage of students are passing their class and how the information is transmitted to students of better understanding. The Administration excepts teachers excuses. Yet, students are stress out because of the school goals.