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Central Catholic High School

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Posted April 23, 2014

best college prep school in the region. No school is perfect, but ACCHS has great success with getting kids ready for college and teaching them responsibility and accountability.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2012

Students were great. Teachers were sub par. I had two great teachers and the others were very sub par. Class sizes are also large, just more kids shoved into less classes. I transfered from Public school and I'm planning on transferring back at the end of the semester. I was honestly disappointed with it all. The fact they call this school a "family" is the biggest joke.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2011

Amazing experience so far. My daughter is a freshman this year and cannot say enough good things about her school. She says the kids are really friendly and the teachers treat the kids with respect. Mass at Central is awesome. It's hard to put into words, but there's a really special feeling at this school. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2011

I graduated from Central Catholic in 2007 and I can honestly say that my experience there has shaped my life in such a significant way. There were complaints about "sports rules" and "too much faith" but why did you enter a Catholic school in the first place? Faith education is a primary goal of Catholic education, if that isnt something that you hold as important than don't enroll in a Catholic school. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change anything. A lot of the drama over the role of faith obviously came from those who either felt threatened by it or who just werent ready to accept that in their life at that time. I personally did not find it over bearing but rather a very peaceful and welcoming environment. I would reccomend it. AMDG +
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 7, 2009

I attended ACCHS from my freshman to senior year. I graduated in 2007. My first three years at ACCHS were awesome. Great classes, great teachers, great memories, the sporting events were a highlight of my week. I was envolved. Then my senior year came around and the administration changed. The best way to describe my senior year was like a theocratic dictatorship. It's fine to teach the faith, but to ram it down the throats of students does us all an injustice. I've been out for two years and sad to say I've never visited some of my favorite teachers -- teacher who had a profound impact on my life. Get rid of the current administration...and change the overbearing rules at sporting events. I want to be proud of my high school and right now I'm not.

Posted June 18, 2008

As a current student, I think the school is great. The teachers and acedemics are wonderful and we really learn life lessons in the classrooms as well as the regular ciriculum. My one complaint is the restrictions on school spirit at the various sports events.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 26, 2008

I was a teacher at this then prestigious school but after the new administration came in i decide to resign because of the poor balance between academics, sports, and faith. The school has become a seminar for kids instead of a place for academics. Also the bridge between sports and all the rules has to be broken. Students are loosing their pride and i will not be sending my son here in future.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted December 6, 2007

As an alumni and a parent I can say that this is an amazing school that gives all of its students a strong academic foundation as well as many opportunities to grow in faith that no other schools seem to offer. I have pride in my alma mater and would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2007

I recently graduated from CCHS in 2007 and I have to say that the school really has gone downhill since my freshman year. The faculty is great and the athletics are re-building but the administration is terrible. The new principal is really a nice lady, but the president seems to be trying to make the school a seminary rather than a place for education. From my freshman to junior year the balance between faith, academics and athletics was pretty equal. When my senior year started it seemed as if academics and athletics didn't matter at all; only faith. The students have lost all sense of school spirit because of all the rules that have been established at sporting events. The administration needs to lighten up quick or they'll be begging for students to enroll..

Posted June 24, 2007

I went to cchs for my freshmen year in 2005-2006. Over the years cchs has gone down the hill, with faculty and students. I made a switch to public school in my sophomore year and it was a turn for the better. I was amazed expecting teachers who didnt care but the teachers seemed to like their job a whole lot better and had an interest in the students as well. I did not get this 'open door' or homely type of feeling at cchs and I started getting B's and A's rather than D's and C's.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 14, 2007

I don't think it's fair to generalize about the teachers/quality of education at Central. Some are very dedicated to presenting an interesting and challenging curriculum. However, the salaries can't compete with Parkland, so some teachers are less than desirable. The principal/president that others had complained about has since left. Sports are well-run and offer lots of options; music department is terrible. Parent involvement varies; many are alumni and have school spirit. You can't generalize about the students. Some fit the private school student stereotype, but others come from working-class families that would rather see their kids having a Catholic education than be in a public school. Some students are highly motivated, others are not, but that is how most schools are.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 2, 2007

I agree with the previous poster. Spoiled brats who care more about what bow they're going to wear in their hair than their academics. They seem to live in a bubble and know nothing about what's going on in the real world. Your stance is determined by who your older brother or sister is. Most of the faculty are unique characters, but classes are boring. Not as much selection as you'd expect from such a renowned school. Overall, the school tries too hard to bring about unity by praying together, but the kids couldn't care less.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 15, 2006

i am currebtly a student at cchs. This school can only be described as great. It offers both wonderful academis and physical programs. The new principle and president for 2006 are really down to earth and they know how totalk to students in a very disciplinary way. They make a great team. This school is great because everyone seems to be unified. The new guidance program and new guidance offices are doing an astonishing job to help put everyone from seniors to even freshman on the right path. If you want a rigoruos college preparatory school then choose cchs.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 11, 2006

I rate this school very poor- I have 5 children -my oldest will graduate in May from cchs, this school has gone downhill fast since sept.2006-my other children will be going to high school elsewhere
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2006

Students are great. leadership poor. academics are in desperate need for repair.Activiies are available to all.
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Posted June 3, 2006

Academics are good but not great. Plenty of availability of all extracurricular activites. Parental involvement is solely dependent on the parents, they can be very involved, or not at all.
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Posted February 19, 2005

being a graduate,putting 5 children through CCHS and watching 3 grandchildren graduate, i feel my observations are valid. The school was always wonderful academically and funwise and you always felt dedicated to your alma mater. since the new principal came and then was made president, there is a decline in that dedication. My daughter had him as a teacher at CCHS years ago and loved him but I do believe the power and prestige has made him into thinking he is full of power. I do believe a few students have written to the diocese after graduation to let them know their feelings. I hope it did some good as central is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 19, 2005

The teachers are very dedicated to their students. They instill academic knowledge as well as moral values and that's what makes this school the best choice for our family. My one compaint however is the lack of guidance in the senior year. Parents and students are on their own in the college search and application process. The guidance staff is too small to handle the whole school. With both of my children we have done all the steps on our own.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2004

this is an awesome school it has everything a student needs to become successful in life.the principal is new and he is a little unlikeable he is a great guy and everything but he dosent relate to his students well. hee just acts like were just a stupid high school-er but overall its a great school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 1, 2003

I've never seen a school go downhill as quickly as CCHS did after our new principle came.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 71%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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