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Central Senior High School

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Posted September 16, 2013

Excellent orchestra, band and choral music programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate academic programs, extraordinary number of all city championships in all sports, strong and consistent administration, healthy multicultural student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

I will be a junior at Central this fall. I can honestly say that I love this school. Yes, it is a large school with many kids in the hallways, there are occasional fights, etc. But the positives outweigh the negatives. Transitioning from junior high to Central was a breeze. Many of my friends came here as well, but I was comfortable meeting new people and interacting with the staff. They do a great job in making sure the freshman feel welcomed and prepared for their high school journey. I love coming to school each day, knowing that I will make new friends and learn more than the day before. The academics are so good! I am challenged but not struggling, and Iearning is actually fun thanks to the wonderful teachers. I will say that there are a few "bad" teachers here, but aren't there at every school? Overall, I would definitely recommend Central to anyone who is willing to work hard academically, meet new people, and adjust to a large school. I am proud to be a Minuteman.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2011

Central has thee best teachers I've ever had. Tons of class options, challenge and regular. The reason centrals test scores are low is because its in a shady neighborhood where theres quire a few students that don't. We have the smartest and stupidest, which is why our test score average is average.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2010

They endeavor to meet the needs of each and every young person there and it is a very diverse school racially, socially, economically and culturally. My child has had a very good experience there and I feel is well prepared for college and future studies. The music program is superb - absolutely one of it's strongest features. It is a GREAT example of public education today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

It is a diverse and very good school, full of different opportunities everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Central High School is the oldest, public high school in Minnesota. It is an AB/IP college prep high school and the best inner city school in the state. Many famous/celebrities are Central alums. It's the best there is in a public school around! My oldest son attended Central and now my youngest attends and they just love it. It is a wonderful college prep for any student who wishes to futher their education and again, it's a public school! There are far too many bad things said about public schools these days. Here's one that has excellent academics, extra curricular and opportunities for all, race, creed, no matter what your background is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

It is doing wonderful things for our granddaughter in the way of varied programs. She is very happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I love Central High School! Senor O, Ms Peters and Mr Spicer are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The diversity, my daughter has friends from South east Asia, Somalia, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the US. The teachers are excellent, the school has many educational choices, many extracurricular opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I had an amazing experience at Central. Great teachers, programs, activities. The community was so vibrant: diverse, creative and supportive of a variety of interests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2005

I started Central in the fall of 2001 and I love it. I have always thought very highly of Central. I love the IB and AP courses because they provide challenging cirriculum. Although it is a rather large school with 5 floors and 2223 students, I love the atmosphere of a large school, especially a large school that provides such excellent education experiences.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2004

This school is way too big my child struggles to get around and with the 2124 kids swarming the school it is even harder for her to get to class on time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2004

I'm currently a student at Central, and I'm finding that the IB and Quest programs are phenomenal (Quest especially, since it is so discussion-based). The English department at Central is only increasing in quality as new teachers are hired, although the teachers in the math department are not doing as much as they could for the lower level classes. I am involved in the band program, and it is amazing; the teacher is devoted to his work, and very experienced. Central is blessed to have the theater program that it does, because the teacher is so creative with her exercises, and understanding of the students. Also, Central has a large variety of after school activities, and I would especially like to commend the Drama Club and its completely student-run productions (I've been in several, and it's a great experience!).
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2004

I loved Central when I was a student there. I loved the quality of the teachers as well as the students and the variety of organizations I was a part of. These were the best four years of my life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 17, 2004

IB and Quest programs are outstanding, albeit with a few alarmingly poor teachers (burnout, perhaps?) thrown in the mix (perhaps to provide an enhanced 'real world' learning experience). Band and theater programs seem strong, athletics a mixed bag (but mercifully sane, unlike so many (suburban) schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

507 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students85%
Female90%
Male79%
Black70%
Asian84%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Economically non-disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners65%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female70%
Male67%
Black39%
Asian73%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

507 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

498 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students56%
Female56%
Male56%
Black32%
Asian48%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students40%
Female35%
Male46%
Black16%
Asian29%
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Economically non-disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
Black26%
Asian55%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Economically non-disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 34% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 6%
Black 29% 9%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
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 55%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mary Mackbee
Fax number
  • (651) 293-5433

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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275 North Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 632-6000

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