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Florissant, MO
Students enrolled: 2,049

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15875 New Halls Ferry Rd
Florissant, MO 63031

(314) 953-5400
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October 08, 2013
A wonderful school the teachers really keep you informed. My senior has already been excepted into a college and given a full ride scholarship. that wouldnt have happened if the teachers were that bad as some of the reviews state. I always recieve info on whats going on in school and oppertunities the children have to participate in things.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I love this school yeah there are some bad kids but where don't you find bad kids its a great school experience the teachers are cool and find new ways to teach and entertain the students I just love it GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2013
terrible.....teachers don't care, students don't care, admins don't care....There are fights every week, the curriculum is comprehensible for a dog, and the staff worries about everything but the necessities of the school.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2011
Am currently a Junior in this school and i can say that i love my school,the student and the teachers.GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2010
This school isn't bad at all. Why all the negativity? It's not the teacher's fault that the student is failing. Come on kids, you need to hold up your end of the bargain! Teachers & parents do theirs. Overall, this is a real good school. We are diverse as well. GO HAWKS!!

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2010
Hazelwood Central High School is a very good school the staff and teachers are the best. The problem is the students who are always disrupting class and that dont care about their education. They try to act all tough and start fights, smoke weed in the bathrooms, and skip classes. I moved to this district in the second grade (I am now in the 10th) from private school because of the good education. My parents and I were really satisfied with my learning and still are. Its up to the student to just block all the negative things out and focus on what they came to school for, an education. But I believe if your child is younger and is starting off in elementary school in this district think again. I was comparing what I learned with what my younger brother is learning now and it is completely different. MDS

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2010
This school is terrible, the teachers dont care neither do the students. If your looking for a school to go to THIS is not the one....

- submitted by a student
no rating March 23, 2010
Hazelhood central is the WORST school in the Country, I cant believe Im stuck working here. The kids here are so disrespectful to their elders and have no respect for authority.

- submitted by a teacher
March 23, 2010
I have had a great experience at Hazelwood Central as a parent. The teachers have always been extremely supportive. I could name so many teachers that I have been wonderful. My daugher is able to take Honors classes and AP classes here that are not available at all the other school districts. I am sad to see below that teachers at Hazelwood Central considers this a bad school. I hope they can work with the PTSA to make things better. I know respect starts at home and maybe there are issues at home causing these kids to act up. Please don't give up on the kids. Try working thru the parents to get some support?

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2010
This school is the worst! it has lots of fights, people smoking in the building, and teachers that don't care

- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2009
I love my school..there are very few fights and the students are friendly..we hav alot of fun and the sports teams are excellent

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2009
If I could give it a minus 10 I would. This is the worst school ever as far as the administration goes. If you need to deal with them, good luck. They are rude and incompetent especially the newest staff people.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
Love it!! Love the teachers!!! love the School!!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
There isnt wrong with Central. I am attending school there and love it.! GO HAWKS

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August 19, 2009
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July 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 24, 2009
The curriculum is okay it's just that their disciplinary measures are not really as enforced as much as they should be by their teachers.

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June 16, 2009
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May 18, 2009
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April 01, 2009
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March 02, 2009
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February 19, 2009
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January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 25, 2008
you need to give central some slack,its not the school itself that needs the help.its the students.majority of the students worry more about their looks,being cool, or staying in style then getting their education.or it could be the parents.I'm not pointing fingers but if the parents tried to get more involve with their child,or the school maybe things will start looking up.as for the teachers,some of them cant teach,but there are some who can.99% of the teachers there are willing to help the students,if the students,are willing to first help themselves,no ones to blame...its all about the choices you make.but its not the schools fault.the school is trying its hardest to help the kids success.the learning environment,however is a difficult place because the students,who do want to learn like myself cant due to the fact that there are some students who just act up and waste class time.if anything,please change that.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 13, 2008
I think the children perform at school the way they perform at home.Most of the homes are single parent homes and that parent works everyday this give the children free time to do and think as they please, no guidance.The biggest distraction is computers,how many of you monitor their usage? How many of you know what their grades are? How many of you know click they are affiliated with? Well hazelwood central High School is in very good standing with me. I have a daughter there, she is a sophmore her job is to go to school prepared to learn my job is to make sure she is prepared.This is not the teachers responsibility so when we make statements about the teacher not doing a 100% job maybe it is our children and ourselves we should check!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2008
The school is ok, some of the teachers don't care but a lot of it has to do with the student, they have to care about their education.

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November 04, 2008
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October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
Hazelwood Central is a TERRIBLE learning environment! The School progressively gets worse every single day. It is a school with alot of PROBLEMS that are ignored for whatever reason.

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October 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
I am a senior at Central right now, and I must say. The school has gotten worse every year. There is soooo much lack of discipline in this school. Honestly, today, in my Electronics class, we were supposed to be taking notes on circuit boards, but instead, the entire back of the class had an hour-long debate over the upcoming presidential election. We didnt even do anything. Secondly, us taxpayers are giving money for more security. OK, so what do we do? We buy a desk, that people sit at all day and do nothing but watch cameras, which are by the way, right next to them, and then we hire another security guard who sits in a chair all day. After that, we buy barricades to stop incoming traffic....but they're always up. All the time. Seriously, wtf.

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September 30, 2008
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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2008
I agree with the last parent. The school is too crowded and the redisticting caused lots of problems with the students' moral and behavior. Furthermore, the school year starts too soon (should be september) and the school days start too early (should be 8:00). It seems as if 90% of the students have little respect for the teachers and 90% of the teachers/coaches do not care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2008
I am a student at Hazelwood Central. Fortuantely I am one of the more disciplined students and I do not think it is the schools fault. The students behavior are very immature and they never do what they are told. Basically they think they are grown and don't have to listen to anyone but their parents. Some of them don't even do that. Kids are fighting over the silliest things and they seem to think what they are doing is ok. It's their lack of wanting to learn. Some well behaved students have to suffer from other students behavior. The shcool is doing the best they can. It's the children to are not. I am going to be a sophmore and I think I have more sense than 80% of the kids in Hazelwood Central.

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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 20, 2008
I am a graduate from Hazelwood Central High School and am now currently a junior in college. I have a younger cousin who attends that school now and every time I talk to him I hear a new story about how dissatisfied he is with the school. As a college student, I cannot count the number of times I have sat in a class and a Professor asked, 'Do you remember reading this book in high school?' or 'Do you remember learning about this person in high school?' I always have to raise my hand and say, 'no' and ask my Professor and students around me to summarize the book for me or tell me the background about the person being discussed. It makes me feel ashamed that I attended Hazelwood Central High and I feel as if I have somewhat been cheated out of a proper education.

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November 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2007
I feel the same way as the previous parent. The Hazelwood School District is failing as a whole, in my opinion. The schools are overcrowded and socialism and their issues have become the basis for daily activities, in stead of educating our children. We pay increased taxes every year, only to see our money wasted. HSD is failing and I hate to say it but by the time it changes, It will be too late. I hate to leave but what else do you do, stay and hope they get better. Things normally get worse before they get better and I do not have that time.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
I agree. I moved in the Hazelwood School District because of their education status. The redistricting is horrible, more fighting. The school has a division among the East students. At the assembly you had the Hazelwood East student wearing East colors at the Central assembly. Counselors and the Principal fail to contact Parents when called. It was horrible at the senior registration. My daughter did not get her schedule until a week later she was giving classes that she did sign up for was also told will issue a parking permit later than told no. Too Much Confusion. I am glad this is her last year. PS - then they want to leave the Seniors in school longer. The joy of being a Senior is getting out weeks before normal school ends. Poor planning. A very dissatisfied Parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
In my tax paying opinion hazelwood central has failed the students. Do to redistricting and riverview district losing there accrediation the school has become even more crowded than it was before. I will always respect the teachers but I feel they may be overworked and underpayed. I fear for my childrens safety. Its a known fact that kids that don't attend the school roam the hallways causing chaos. As a parent my next step too speak up is contact my local news station to investigate and take action!

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September 28, 2007
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 12, 2007
I read some of the comments regarding HCH and I am totally shocked. I had three children to attend HCH school; two graduated, the other a senior. A college bond senior! Don't be so hard on Mr. Smith. It is difficult to manage a group of 2000 plus adults. Even more difficult to manage 2000 plus want-to-be adults especially when they lack self-disciplne. It's not the job of the staff to teach our children to be good students. That's our responsibility as parents. I truly believe if your child come to school prepared to learn they can get a quality education at HCH. Parents lets be parents and exercise our rights for parental control. Get involved! Students, A quality education is in your best interest, go to school to learn and leave the disciplinary issues at home. To Mr. Smith and his staff, continue doing what you are doing! Keep our children focused on college.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
As a parent the HSD has in somewhat let me down. I do understand that discipline plays a big part today in school but lets not just focus on that part. Money not the students is priority.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
I am a former student(1983). I have remained in Florissant to raise my 4 children, 2 are presently still at HCH, 2 already graduated. I have seen changes through the years, good and bad, but I still believe that the school is maintaining high standards. I also believe that there are many many concerned parents. Sure there can always be more parental involvement, but overall I think HCH is still a great place to be!

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2007
Hazelwood used to be one the best schools in the state of Missouri. However, it still is academically. Also, some great athletes have come from the Hazelwood District. On the otherhand, the lack of parental control has escalated into a violent learning environment. It is impossible for teachers to provide a quality education when the students lack strong parental guidance and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2006
I have 2 children, both of whom have attended this school. My son left after his sophomore year to attend the Missouri Academy of Science, mathematics and Computing, mostly because HCHS was not meeting his academic needs. Teachers have to spend their time babysitting instead of teaching. There are some great teachers, but even they are hampered by all the disrespect at this school.

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September 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
I am not a parent but an alumni of Hazelwood Central Class of 1999. I loved the school and felt as though if you wanted to learn the teachers were more than happy to teach, tutor and there are a lot of opportunities if the students want to take advatage of it. I now have a two year old and if things stay on the same track is was when graduated I would have no problem sending her there. Frank Smith was doind a wonderful job of trying to get the kids together but you will always have the one's who will continue to buck no matter what. A good education is out there if the kids want it.

- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2006
Great school good teachers nice kids

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2006
I attended Hazelwood Central part of my freshman year. I left there at the beggining of fourth quarter when I moved to St.Charles. When I was going there I liked the school. I think the only reason I liked it was because all of my friends from middle school were going there with me. I thought the teachers were really nice and tried as best as they could to help you when needed.Central's sport teams are awesome. I think when it comes to sports, Central is number one. The students really get into the sports which helps alot.Now,I am in my sophmore year at FHN and my cousin's girlfriend tells me she hates Central. She says there atleast 5 fights a day.She is just glad that it is her last year there.

- submitted by a former student
March 17, 2006
I graduated from HHS back in 1972 when there was only one high school in the district. Don't complain about overcrowding now! We had over 5000 students in a 'smaller' building (it still had a 1/4 mile long hall) and getting from class to class was a challenge. The second semester of my senior year we had a lot of 'bomb threats', turns out they were called in from the boys locker room because someone didn't want to dress out for PE. Despite all the problems with overcrowding, and 30+ students to a class, I did learn alot. It was said students that graduated and went on to college were very ill prepared then. Some things just don't change. Before I graduated they were putting up the fence around the school to keep outsiders from entering because this had become a problem. Class of 72 rules!

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2006
I just graduated from Hazelwood Central on May 24, 2005. I hated going to HCH. The teachers just let the kids do whatever they wanna do. They don't have any control over their classes. As a result, the kids don't learn to respect authority. Half of them don't respect teachers, counscelors, police officers, their parents and themselves. I also couldn't learn because in alot of the classes, the atmosphere is very distracting. The kids were nothing but 'haters' so I would have 3-4 girls ready to fight me every day and I couldn't go to the counscelors because their too busy. The faculty only want to get involved when the parents get involved. There were some days where fights would break out every day.

- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2005
Hazelwood Central has too many students and not enough teachers. They waste money all the time, the worst thing they could of done was get rid of driver's education. We were paying to take the class! When I got to college I felt so stupid because half of the stuff they were talking about, Central never taught us! When I graduated in 2004, there was probably 30 students to a class and the teachers could not control any of the students. It could be a good school, if the principal tried and hired more staff so that there is more one-on-one interaction with the students.

- submitted by a former student
February 27, 2005
As a Senior at Hazelwood Central I feel the school has high spirit and are proud of their school, however everything isn't that black and white. The amount of vandalism that has occured in the past two years is ridiclious. We've spent so much money on security systems for nothing. They have cut activites like drivers ed Japanese Club, International Club,and boys volleyball etc. I find that Central wastes a lot of there money. The teachers spend so much time preparing us for the useless MAP testing that we don't learn all that we should. Why would they make seniors do MAP prompts when we don't have to take the MAP test? Come on now!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2005
As a senior at Central, I've learned that we have pros and cons. Many will be cut from athletics teams because they include select, all-suburban athletes. 20 or less (under 1/10 of choir students) make it into Voices of Harmony, our elite choir. You'll probably audition with 20-100 other people for the plays, and sometimes the casts are under 10 roles. This means it's difficult for average and even great students, athletes, and talents to shine; 2500's a crowd. It's possible to get lost in the shuffle but crowds also mean you'll find your kind of people as often as the opposite. And the courses themselves are challenging but not impossible, depending on the individual. I think that the fact I've never once heard any of several graduates I know say, 'I got to college and I had no idea what they're talking about,' says volumes about our curriculum(just avoid hallways).

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2004
'Favorites' is what I call the extra curricular programs. If you are just a 'normal' student you may find yourself outed from the activities. I auditioned for the theatre for 4 yrs.-didn't make it. I auditioned for Six Flags-made it. I tried out for softball-cut. I batted 1000 that summer, named MVP and walked onto the college team that fall. I tried to join poms-cut. I auditioned and made a traveling squad and Vegas show that next fall. Tried to volunteer afterschool as a teachers aid in the district-and the principal wouldn't even allow me to park there in order to make it on time to help OUR students. I have many more tales-but the pt. is that if you aren't somebody's favorite, you may find your skills wasted here.

- submitted by a former student
October 11, 2004
Central is one of the top schools in my book. Even though it is a very large school it still is a good school and has many things to offer. I never attended Central myself but my 2 daughters still attend there. One daughter loves the soccer and basketball practices that are going on and my other daughter enjoys the swimming club, the choir and doing Theatre Productions. I think that Hazelwood Central is a very good school!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2004
A school with such tradition and excellence in both athletics and academics. The leadership and hardwork of this school in so many areas is wonderful. I have to admit that the district itself is very solid and Central is the Jem of the district. Coverage of the sport teams in coaching (football, soccer, baseball coaches) and the athletic trainer ( Ryan Taylor) is great. I have had my children at the school and we all walked away with happy feelings.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
I'm a 2004 graduate of Central. I feel that most of the teachers at the school truly care about the students. However, budget cuts have forced larger classes, less teachers, and less programs for the 'good kids' because of programs like ACE for the not-so-good kids. It was depresssing to hear that programs like boys' volleyball were being cut in 2003, while Central was still desperately trying to help students who don't want to be educated, be educated through the ACE program and in-school suspension. Because it's such a large school, most principals and counselors know little about the students, but most upper level classes are small enough that the teachers really get to know you. It's a school where you can really succeed if you try, but there's lots of room for support on the part of administrators.

- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2004
Central has the possibility of being a fabulous school. It lacks pride, motivation, and respect. There is help for the failing kids and over recognition for the over achievers but the lack of concern for the average student (which is most)is overwhelming. Some of the lack of respect is on a few of the teachers. Don't preach parent involvement when some of the teachers have such a lack of respect for everyone to include parents. We need teachers that motivate and make students enjoy school like John Doerr, John Fix or Jan Ammerman, Terry Salfen, Gerry Debo teachers like these who make a difference didn't view it as a job to get 10 year in and could motivate and taught respect like no other.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2003
I graduated from Hazelwood Central in 2002. It's a large school (the main hallway is a quatermile long!), but offers something for everyone. There are around 60 clubs and organizations, sports are competitive, especially swimming, soccer, cross country, wrestling, and basketball. The fine arts department has much to offer as well, 4 choirs, 3 bands, 1 orchestra, 2 jazz bands, and 3 full theatre productions a year. The district has received state and national attention for its well balanced curiculum, and is ahead of the curve in its use of technology. There are at least 4 computers in every classroom, and all teachers are developing computer projects. (all 200 of them)

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August 26, 2003
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Hazelwood Central High School
15875 New Halls Ferry Rd, Florissant, MO  63031
(314) 953-5400
Last modified Hazelwood Central High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hazelwood Central High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top