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Central Catholic High School

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Posted May 5, 2014

I graduated from Central Catholic in 2013. Looking back at it, Central gave me the best experience of high school. Not only am I over prepared for college, but I am doing extremely well at an intense University. The work load at Central was demanding, but it prepared me extremely well. Playing sports in high school is always a great way to make friends and the coaches do a great job turning new comers into varsity athletes. Finally, the student and teacher relationships are great. I love going back to see teachers.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 8, 2012

I currently have one child at CCHS and one that has graduated from CCHS and is currently doing very well in the pre-med program at Holy Cross. My experience with this school has been a contradiction of feelings. Academically, it has been the best choice we have made based on my eldest child's success and my second child's learning experience. Both have the utmost respect for the teachers and academics. However, if you are looking to augment your child's academic experience with soccer, make your decision carefully! In my opionion, the boys' soccer program is ALLOWED to be dysfunctional at the upper levels of the sport. The program, especially at the Varsity level, has damaged both of my children's High School experiences. My eldest played at the Varsity level, and his overall experience did nothing, but hurt his confidence and dampen his love of the game. In my opinion, the coaching lacked maturity, guidance, & an ability to inspire;instead sophomoric decision-making and strategy, as well as poor chemisty-building is employed and allowed. Unfortunately, it is my opinion that politics and a vendetta kept my second child from advancing. He now enjoys soccer outside of CCHS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2011

its all about one thing there sport's. if you have any learning problems then forget it they do a bad job helping you and even push you aside. i lasted half freshmen year and to this day biggest mistake ever made.

Posted December 3, 2010

Choosing CCHS is one of the best decisions my children ever made. My son graduated in May 2010. The experiences that he had both in and out of the classroom were second to none. As he says, the entire experience shaped him into the man he is today. We were so fortunate to have the guidance department assist with the entire college process. They helped us all every step of the way and he was well prepared as he entered college this fall. My daughter is currently a junior and is very active in the school community. She enjoys theater, mock trial, being a student ambassador, as well as a peer leader. The teachers are so kind and compassionate and truly love what they do. They want the children to succeed. I feel so fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to send my children to CCHS. It is worth every penny and more!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2009

I have had one child graduate from CCHS and one who is currently attending. My first child was not an athlete any longer due to injuries but excelled in Theatre. My current student is enjoying it although it is not as easy to meet new friends if you do not make sports teams. Great emphasis is on sports and those who cannot make the teams may feel inferior to those who do. That is just the mentality of the school. Teachers are 'ok' but not very willing to put extra time in for extra help considering what parents are paying for kids to attend. The whole college acceptance experience was an eye opener. While I would have thought CCHS grads were more competitive as applicants I did not find that to be the case at all.
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Posted June 20, 2009

I would have to say this was a terrible choice - not to scare any new comers or people thinking about it. If your looking for creativity, broad learning, enjoyment and envolvement this is not the school for you. I have attended cchs for 9 & 10 an am deciding for 11, but don't know. There are very very very little electives from a choice of only one photography class, a marketing class, business class, statistics and economics class and drama, world communication thats it. literally. at this school if you do not play any sports you are pushed aside from teachers and consider the low group of the crowd. I played track and my teacher was fond of me and then I withdrew and was completely ignored. This school lacks so much. But is 'family knit to some'
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 22, 2008

Attending Central was the best experience of my life. Not only did I enter college feeling prepared for the academic challenges, but I met my best friends within those halls. I was also lucky enough to find teachers who become mentors and remain positive influences in my life. I'm studying to be a teacher myself and will hopefully be able to join the faculty at Central soon.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 21, 2008

I sent my child there hoping she would receive a fantastic education. She is currently attending an excellent college and has thanked me numerous times for sending her to such a great high school. She says she is much more prepared than many of her classmates. She only took a few honors/AP courses while at Central and is still doing incredibly well. I'm so thankful that Central provided my daughter with such an excellent experience.
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Posted June 17, 2008

I was very disappointed when I attended Central Catholic my freshman and sophomore years. It wasn't worth the money for a lesser education than the one I could receive at the public school in my town. Like most of the kids in my town, the only reason I went there in the first place was because of the legacy. I ended up transferring to my public school, and I now attend Cornell University. The academics are not as challenging as a private school should be, but the athletics there are top notch. If you are an athlete, you will feel like you are in heaven.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 15, 2008

Its a very hard school. But your child will be prepared for life
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Posted March 12, 2008

This school just wasn't for me. I didn't appreciate all the work they gave me. And when i finally got into collage i found that i wasn't very prepared. The teachers were terrible and were no help at all.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 20, 2006

My daughter is now a sophomore at CCHS in Lawrence, MA. I don't quite have the words to explain the education she is receiving, the guidance and the amazing friends she has made. CCHS teaches the entire student -- it is not just about academics (although they are very competitive academically and sometimes the homework time can be tough), but they prepare their students for the 'real' world...yes, the one in which you go to college, get a job and go to work every day as well as being proud of yourself. They build team spirit, spirituality (without 'pushing' religion) and instill in their student that CCHS graduates are the best they can be and have advantages many others do not!
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Posted May 17, 2006

My son is a junior at Central and he was accepted because he is well rounded and did well on the entrance exam. He is doing much more than the kids his age in the public shcool. The teachers share so much of themselves. Each year has been challenging and there a sports for everyone. We work hard to pay to send him there and they know this. They work hard with the kids to prepare them for College. R
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Posted May 17, 2006

The teachers at Central are involved with their students, and really care about each student. While it is true that there are some teacher who favor atheletes, the same could be said for just about any high school. The students, however, are much more concerned with how the athletic teams are doing than with, say, theatre. I think that Central has prepared me well for college. In short, if you put in the effort, then you get back the pains for your efforts. To quote a teacher at Central: If you're going to leave at 2:05 (when Central ends for the day), then you're not going to get too much out of the experience. If you try, I guarantee you'll come out with at least a couple of good friends.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 6, 2005

I graduated from Central a few years ago and am currently attending a competitive liberal arts college. I have found that I have entered into college much more prepared than many of my fellow classmates. It surprised me how many college freshmen do not know how to write a paper or have basic knowledge of the English language. I loved most of my teachers at Central and I think I had a wonderful experience there because I made an effot to get to know my teachers and allowed them to take an interest in me. It is not hard to succeed at Central if the student is motivated at home. I loved Central and would send anyone there if they have the chance.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 25, 2005

I transfered into Central Catholic in my Junior year. Like many of the other students there I came from a family history of the school. Almost everyone in both sides of my family had attended Central Catholic or prior to it's change to co-ed, St. Mary's. This legacy tends to make Central seem more like a small community. However, now in college, I don't think that Central prepared me at all. The academic programs are not challenging, and while the teachers are great people, they're not the best out there. A preference is put on athletes and athletics at the shool. And as a non-athlete, I often was overlooked. Although it seems that there are many opportunities for non-athletes, there really aren't many clubs or activities. In fact, there only really seemed to be Theatre Guild, Film Club, and the dance teams. Honestly, I found my public school better.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 29, 2005

I was recently accepted to the honors program at Central. I went to orientation and the school seems really excellent. While I'm not an athlete, I'm involved with theater, etc. and there's lots of other extracurricuar activities to pursue there it seems other than sports. This school has a really good academic reputation and I'm excited to attend. I am looking forward to a GREAT four years.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 11, 2005

I am currently a transfer student at Central Catholic. I must say this school does have amazing academics, but nothing I didn't see at my old school. The teachers do push the students, but they aren't as connected on a personal, caring basis as I had expected. I agree with the fact that athletes are treated differently. I am an athlete for only one season, and after that season the attitude of the teachers toward me is different. I recommend CCHS to someone who is interested only on becoming book smart, not someone who is looking for an all-around education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 15, 2005

I am currently a Freshmen and it is worth every payment I have to say. The teachers are awsome. My biology teacher went to Harvard and he has made a huge impact on my short but good education at Central. He has a great way with the kids and pushes us to out extent. If you do have a student attending the school or has attended do not excpect to have an automatic acceptence. They go by test scores and grades. If this family realstionship does occur in your family they might take you over another student of similar grades and test scores.
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Posted October 26, 2004

I attended Central Catholic and loved it. I completely disagree with the previous comment. I found the teachers were excellent and really cared about their students. I was definitely not an athlete and I think that I was treated with the same respect as the athletes in my class. My father also attended CCHS and loved it as well. The quality of education I received has allowed me to excell in an extremely competitive college. I would love to repeat my years at CCHS because of the fabulous experiences I had while I attended. Central Catholic is easy to love, and those who don't, don't want to love it. I have met few parents who are unhappy with the education their child received at CCHS because CCHS prepares their children for successful futures.
—Submitted by a former student

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White 80% 67%
Hispanic 13% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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