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Central High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1464 students

 
 

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted January 18, 2011

i went here, they did the best they could. I wish they didn't have the cliques and the attitude against less wealthy students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2010

It's not small or big, it's perfect!


Posted October 24, 2010

The staff is very supportive of all the students and truly care about not only the academic aspects but all the social pressures that high school students face in our society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

I am a parent and active volunteer at TC Central. The NEW, New principal (former Vice-Principal) is a dedicated and hard working leader. If you liked CHS before you will love it now. With programs like FIRST robotics, a fabulous debate team and very active music and sports booster groups CHS has something to offer every student beyond great acidemics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love the staff and students at Central ... the most caring, kind staff, great kids! The staff goes out of their way to help any student who is in need. Yea Centra!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

I attended this school and had an absolutely great experience! The new principle there is not liked by a lot of students because he is more strict than the previous so parents, I would not be worried. Athletics are top-notch, when I was there, we won a state title in hockey and multiple in skiing and our wrestling, track & field, cross-country, baseball, lacrosse, and tennis programs are consistently among the top 10 or 15 in the state. The teachers did an extremely good job for me in preparing for college and I am currently well on my way to Dental School. I didn't always like my teacher but much more often than not, I had a good teachers. Look at TCCHS's State Test Scores and they always are among the best and when I was there for my 3 years, my class had the best in the state. Great School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2008

An unsafe school? TCC has no issues with safety at all. It is not uncomfortable either, there are all sorts of people there. I dislike the principal but he is doing a good job. Athletics are top notch, multiple state championships and more coming. School spirit is incredible and attending sports games is always great fun. We have some absolutely phenomenal teachers and some awful teachers, but that's life. Central is starting to hire many young teachers with a lot of potential who take an active interest in their students and are actually able to understand them. The new buildings going up will be excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2008

I attended this school. Student's easily slipped 'though the cracks.' Few teachers were caring and sports were worshiped. The curriculum was stale. After fumbling though high school, I was able to graduate college with highest honors. I had first class teachers who cared and wanted you to succeed. I hope things have improved since my time there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2007

I attended TCHS........and I loved every moment of it. From the math courses, to the choir auditions, to the extremely delicious cookies for lunch :-). I love the fact that my principle, who is the same principle today, took time out to LISTEN to the students. Safety? NOT an issue. I participated in everything from sports, to pep clubs, to choir, to newspaper.......and I'm hoping that my children will be in as great a school, to learn all that I did while going to Traverse City Central.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 19, 2004

If you're looking for a school where coaches are educators not just people striving for a win at all costs record, then this is not the school for your child. Your child's personal commitment does not enter into the equation in most mainstream athletics. There is also a severe lack of strong leadership in the athletic arena. Teachers are old and stale, riding it out 'til retirement. Old mentality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

I have had two children attend this school. I do like the campus since the remodel and the courses offered are very diverse. The counseling staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I like the pricipal personally, however, he doesn't like conflict and does not discipline nor lead as well as he should. Some athletic coaches have been in their position too long. In some sports and the choir department, it is pointless to try out because of favoritism. The phone system is nothing but recordings. I like to talk to a real person. The office staff has been rude and disrespectful of the students and parents at times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

I am a graduated student who has earned a masters degree coming from this high school. After substitute teaching in bigger cities I must admit, the education this school offers is outstanding. The classes offered are many and the teachers care and put quality time into each student. Every opportunity to succeed is available for any student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2004

This school is not a school of choice. While it offers a wide variety of classes and a decent staff, the students attending central are not a good influence. The school is an uncomfortable place and not a safe place either, the new prinicpal at the school is not doing a good job as well.
—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.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

368 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

337 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

339 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

344 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students36%
Female34%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless8%

Reading

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless58%

Science

All Students41%
Female39%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless0%

Social Studies

All Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless31%

Writing

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

94%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

90%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Richard Vandermolen
Fax number
  • (231) 933-3506

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1150 Milliken Dr
Traverse City, MI 49686
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Phone: (231) 933-3500

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