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Centennial High School

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Posted September 21, 2010

I was not entirely discouraged with my time here, but I was not impressed either. The students are initially friendly, but once class starts, a large handful can be very disrespectful to staff members, and there are obvious cases of drama that are often not dealt with properly. Unless there is a fight or a screaming match, many will be too lenient by just telling them to sop and leaving it at that. For this reason, I do not recommend this school to ANY person prone to drama on a regular basis. There has also been many cases of severe over crowding during lunch and to the point where it does not comply with restrictions set by the local fire marshal at my time here. The teachers do the best they can at their job with what they have, and they deal well with whatever cards they're dealt.


Posted September 17, 2009

I love the journalism department. And most of all the amazing teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2009

i go to centennial high school and have been going for 4 years already. id be graduating this year and from my experience i wanna say that centennial is a fantastic school. Teachers are great you can actually get to know them. I never got bored in school. Students are friendly, and so are teachers and counselors. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2009

Centennial high school is great. Many extra curricular activities to help students success in school and post school. I was a 2006 graduate. Indeed the school is over crowed, but this something that can not be change since the budget continue to cut every year. WE have to understand, and the school has done everything that the could already to help the student. Talking about safety, I think any school near by our district is any safer than our school. School fight is normal, kids tend to fight, cause they are kids, right? I doubt if you can find a school that is fight free. Like some people said, the school is very supportive in many respect. For instance, when our FBLA student organization won the state 6A championship, our Principal donated $2000 for ten kidz to go to National, I was of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

The school is overcrowded and dangerous. There were three fights the first month of the 2008 school year. Two of them were near my daughter's locker. Because of the overcrowding she finds it hard to get from one classroom to the other. All her life she has loved school but since coming to high school every morning when I drop her off she says 'I hate the %^%$**$ school.' She likes her teachers and she gets good grades, but she doesn't have to put out much effort at all to get her B+ average, so she is bored. She used to be a sweet kid but was picked on so much she had to toughen up and learn to shove back and curse back at other kids. Last year one senior girl tried to pick a fight with her because she didn't like my daughter's purse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

The students are very respectful and the communication between them and the staff is high. It makes for a great learning environment!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 19, 2008

This school is an amazing school and has a great oppertuneities and classes! My brother has graduated and I will be graduateing this year ! I am so thnakful for centennial 's teen parent department without them my Best friend would not be in school anymore she made it to her senior year with me and has a kid if we did not have a Daycare in our school and such halpful people wanting to help theese teens who have kid and still want to get there education thank you so much so much ! You made my friend life a little easier in being able to graduate this year ! Thank you and Thanks to everyone who works at centennial you are all amazing ! Thanks
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2007

I think it is a great school now! It had its problems(2002-2004) but I think they are all worked out now(in my opinion).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Although the the funding has gone down for all extracurricular activities, these activities are still available.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2005

The school has a great campus and great teachers and great students, but no official website! What gives?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

My son and daughter have graduated from Centennial, and I have to say that I am quite satisfied with the education that they received. The school did have its ups and downs when the construction was taking place, but it was for the best. My daughter loved the school, especially because in addition to having great teachers and an wide range of classes to choose from, she also had the opportunity to be involved in athletics. It would be nice if the school would offer more AP courses, and my children have told me that the new vice principal, Mr. Schuhl is actually working on that. I just wanted to say 'Thank you' to the entire Centennial staff and faculty for giving my kids a great education. My children would like to especially thank Mr. Purcell, Mr. Price, Mr. Mott, Mr. Schuhl, and Mrs. Dube. You guys are outstanding. THANK YOU!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

Centennial Rocks! I graduated from CHS and I have to say that I truly miss the school. I went to a different school my freshman/sophomore year and I am so glad I moved to CHS. The school offers so many extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to a ton of clubs (such as Speech Team and FBLA) to community service (there are tutoring opportunities and a Random Acts of Kindness Club). That's not the best part though. The best part is that teachers truly care. They actually take an interest in their students and go that extra mile to develop a personal relationship with each of their students. Some of my teachers, actually most of them, are so awesome that I wouldn't mind hanging out with them. Now how many students can say that about their teachers? Overall, students get a great education at CHS and have a ton of fun.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2004

I don't feel that the assistant principal and other staff, do what they can do. I feel that the phrase of children 'being responsible' is a catch 22 phrase for the some of the staff, used only when they themselves dont want to put the effort out to help certain students. I went to this high school in 1988, and can honestly say, the staff then, versus the staff now... no comparison, too bad they are not one in the same. I only hope, my child has a chance to make it, in a school full of self service personel. By the way, my child is not their to teach themselves, there is reasons why a school requires staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

As an ESL student I don't know much English but I want to say that Centennial High School is the best place for study (for me). It has a lot of activities for you to involve after school, and if you need to have with your home work or some other projects that you don't know how to solve we have tutoring center everydays.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

The school is in a cash crisis and the school right now looks horrible, and they are having to take away a lot of activities.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Science

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners48%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners19%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female39%
Male42%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic26%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students61%
Female72%
Male50%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 65%
Hispanic 21% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Black 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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