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Centennial High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 17 students

 

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Posted June 26, 2014

Centennial isn't perfect, but it does have its perks. I attended this school for my freshman year and it was pretty great. There are plenty after school activities sports and clubs, and most are skilled in what they do. Especially the JROTC program. And the teachers try hard. I do think that some teachers should have different ways of running there classrooms. They're a bit over-disciplined. As for dress code, it was back and forth. It was enforced early in the year but later on some guys would wear tank tops and nothing would happen. But on the very last week of school they're making referrals left and right for dress code. I also do think the teachers could teach a bit better, but some of these students expect the teacher to teach them everything with one sitting, but they're not going home and doing the homework or looking it over. There was also a few fights, probably 1 or 2 of them each month, and a bit more if you count the kids that didn't get caught. I didnt get into much trouble myself because, like I said, I had a great time. So if you're a student that does your work and goes to school for school and not because your parents told you it's a pretty decent school.


Posted June 9, 2014

I am now graduating Centennial high school. ive gone there all 4 years and have had a great experience awesome teachers and the staff are great. Administration is alright but still friendly. the people that are leaving NEGATIVE COMMENTS are students or parents of students that arent involved in school. if you are involved in activities and enjoy going to school then you will have a great time. but if you are a student that will only come to school, do work and go home and not get involved then of course you will complain. Centennial is a great school CLASS OF 2K14
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2013

my school has provided a great leadership for my grandson. he has come out of his shell able to communicate he has gown up to a fine young man.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

This school is horrible! Not only the students, the teachers are very rude and don't have any idea on how to teach. I would not recommend sending any student here, at all. I was sitting in the office the first day there and a teacher says, "I'm sure they would fix the water fountain if they would give us a star." That is sad they cant even make it a somewhat enjoyable place. Just make them look bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2010

I am a parent of an 11th grader who is an african american boy. My oldest son graduated from Centennial and had alot of racial problems from not only other students but, also teachers. My son that attends there now is having a very hard time also, more with teachers who don't seem to want to teach. I'm told that when students in the class ask for help there told "what don't you get , it's all pretty simple" I know we don't have enough teachers here in Nevada to teach but, I see why; alot of them are not qualfified and the ones that were are either retired or left Nevada. Which I am considering doing leaving Nevada, because I feel that so many white americans are living in the past and think that all black people are looking for hand outs which is not true. I pay taxes to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

My daughter and son went to Centennial last year. I sent my kids to this school thinking it would be a great school. Both my son and daughter had horrible experiences. The teachers dont inform your of anything and there are quite a few fights weekly. The kids really prove the saying " looks are deceiving" . I thought these kids were nice kids until i picked my kids up and who knows what they were smoking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I had a very bad experience at this school when my son was in grade 9. they just don't care about the kids. I tried so many times to schedule a conference with the teachers and never could, then I tried contact them by e-mail, no luck except one of the many teachers responded. He came out with straight F's towards the end of last school year. I called his counselor to get assistance and all I got was a very diminished response, She talked to me like I did not know how to communicate in English, she spelled every word to me. Now he is at Boulder City HS. his GPA is 3.8 and have a couple of participation on creative writing competitions. He is doing amazing! academically and in sports! I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND CENTENNIAL HS ant least not for a Hispanic middle class family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I am a parent of two students at Centennial HS. My children attended a private school from preschool through 8th grade. I was hesitant for them to attend a public school considering Nevada is ranked at the bottom in the nation for education. Both my children are strong academic students and I wanted a school that would continue to challenge them and prepare them for college. We have found that Centennial has many choices for students of all levels of academics. Although the class sizes are large the teachers have risen to the challenge of providing good education to each student who is interested in learning. I feel my children are prepared to enter college with a successful outcome. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in sports and clubs which help students stay interested in attending. The principal is very supportive of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

Im a student at CHS and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good public school. The classes are a little crowded, but which are not in the Clark County School District? There are a lot of after school activities and some of the teachers are really great. We haven't been involved in any shootings like other schools, and the only reason you can get into racial controvercy is if you choose to. Defiantely one of the better public schools in the district, acidemic and otherwise.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

I attended Centennial my freshman year. I had such a bad experience that I switched schools. Some teachers at centennial should not be teaching. I always felt llike I did not belong and I had to be a different person to be accepted. I now attened Cimarron Memorial and absolutley love it. Cimarron is a very diverse school but everyone excepts eachother the way they are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2007

I started at Centennial the year it opened and was in the first full 4 year graduating class. The school had many opportunities that other school did not around the city. The area is newer and away from the center of the city. I would strongly reccomend it to parents, considering that Las Vegas does not have the best schools and this is one of the better choices when it comes to public schools. The staff is caring and the teachers like what they do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2006

As a former student, I can say this is a great school with a strong learning environment. There are many activities to participate in no matter what interests you have. I took several AP courses here and they were taught very well. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 14, 2005

This is a great school with geat teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2005

I felt the discipline at the school was unfair. My son was RPCd for dress code violations, but kids who made threats to him were not RPCd. That made no sense to me. I am not a parent who thinks my kid can do no wrong, but I do believe in fairness. Racial tensions at this school are extremely high. If you have a 'burr' hair cut, people automatically think you are a skin head. It is ridiculous. I am a teacher at another school, so I realize that a lot of problems can be swept under the rug, but the racial issues at this school should be addressed soon before something terrible happens. I feel so strongly about this that I pulled my son out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2004

I am a former student and I moved to Centennial my senior year after attending Cimarron for 9-11. This school helped my do what cimarron couldn't.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 9, 2004

Administration is great -- Counselors are fantastic - Mrs. Simmons has worked with us to help our daughter on numerous occasions... The principal is very organized and puts together a good team. Granted there are a couple of teachers that you might get that think that teaching is 'about them.' The good news is that they won't last long under Mr. Velasquez... they will be gone when he figures those ones out. Great atmosphere... fun school -- the kids work really hard, but they still allow an atmosphere of fun! : )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

I think Centennial High School is a great school for anyone to attend. Yes there are a lot of kids, but there are wonderful teachers and a lot of fun activities for children to join. I am on the Cheerleading squad and my brother is on the footaball and wrestling team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Academically Centennial is a very good school. The school does have a very tense racial climate. There are very few minority teachers, and department heads, as well as minorities on the administration team. I realize people often cry racism when things don't go their way. However, if there are minority students attending the school, then they should also have minorities in the classrooms as well as in administrative roles. I believe the tone/climate of the school starts at the top and filters down. Diversity should start at the top, and perhaps the students will learn to accept it as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Nice school, friendly staff and the majority of the teachers are very dedicated to teaching and helping the students. They have one of the best Special Education Departs in Clark County. The Special Ed teachers go out of their way to help the student succeed and also in keeping the parent update and informed of what is happening with the student.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

657 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

651 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

648 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

642 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Black/African American64%
Asian80%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian87%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch73%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Black/African American70%
Asian84%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian91%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities90%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant85%

Science

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Black/African American57%
Asian83%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian90%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch72%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Writing

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Black/African American76%
Asian79%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial87%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian93%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch81%
Full price90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities91%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 37%
Hispanic 22% 40%
Black 14% 10%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Fax number
  • (702) 799-3443

Resources

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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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  • Dance
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10200 Centennial Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89149
Phone: (702) 799-3440

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