One thing I find most advantageous about having attended Central HS is the school's rich diversity and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Few schools in Philadelphia, or elsewhere in America, have a student body as ethnically and socio-economically diverse as that which Central HS has maintained for decades. The diversity really enhances the learning environment, as reflected in the diversity of Central's foreign language curriculum--which offers a variety of non-traditional languages including Hebrew, Russian, and Chinese. I took Chinese all four years at Central, and continued studying the language at college. Eight years later and nearly fluent in Chinese, people are always surprised to learn that I am a Chinese-speaking Hispanic-American. When they hear I began learning Chinese at my high school they always say: 'Your high school offered Chinese? You must have went to a really good high school!'
I just graduated from central 266. 99% of my class is attending college. Its a great school and has prepared me well for Drexel. Just the reputation of Central alone opens a gateway to great things!
My son has just completed his Freshman year at Central High School. The growth that I see in him both verbally and interpersonally is very apparent. I am extremely pleased with Central High School.
I am a graduate of Central's class of 262(2003, for those not familiar with Central) and can't begin to describe how attending there both changed and enriched my life in countless ways. Central somehow combines rigorous & demanding academics with a fun and exciting social experience, which is almost impossible to find in a high school. It also educates a huge number of different nationalities, cultures, and even countries. And amazingly, everyone gets along! The teachers, classes, and the principal are amazing, as is the relationship between teachers and students, due to the mutual respect that exists between them. When you become part of a class at Central, you gain a family that will be a part of you for the rest of your life. As the school song says, 'Dear high, dear Central High, thy mem'ries never die'.
My daughter graduated June 15, 2007, from Central High. If you have the opportunity to attend Central, take that chance. I have never been so proud of a collective group of individuals in my life. the Class of 266 was of the hook!!!! I was not only overwhelmed by my daughter's personal sucess, but I stayed on my feet through the entire graduation ceremony for each and every one of those amazing students. There were well over 25 million dollars in scholarships earned by these wonderful students of 266! My daughter received a Certificate of Distiguishment, among other awards,for scoring above Advanced in Math, Reading and Writing every year consecutively on her PSSA. She also scored an 1850 on her SAT. She would never had been able to achieve all of this without Central's assistance!
Excellent scholastic record offers MG & AP courses, students able to take courses at neighboring LaSalle University. Has both a strong and active Alumni association and a Home and School association. The Alumni Association recently constructed a multi-million dollar library and research complex. Central's Home and School has pledged several thousand dollars to the school for computer, art and science supplies. Hold Annual Women's Career Day, and an Annual Career Day, offering the student body access to numerous Alumni who work in a field of interest to the students. Social Studies program on the electoral process brought the Mayoral Primary election candidates to the school for a forum broadcast statewide. Has a strong athletics department, defending league titles in Baseball and softball, Girls basketball has 93 straight wins in Public league competition and 6 consecutive league championships. Internationally acclaimed orchestra, traveling to Eastern Europe this summer. Drama society which holds annual productions.
I would like to add a comment about the teacher quality at Central. I feel that people think that the teachers dont care about the students and that they dont pay attention to the student when this is very not true. The Central teachers are some of the finest teachers in the city. Many of these teachers could easily get a job at a higher paying school in the suburbs. Central students have no idea how lucky they are to have such talent at their disposal. I think that the reason that many Central students feel like the teachers dont pay attention to them is because Central teaches in a college-like fasion. Almost all of the teachers that I have spoken to warned me about this before hand and I completely agree with the method. It readies the students for their future. These students won't be babied in College.
I agree with many of the previous postings, with one caveat. Central is an excellent choice if your son or daughter is already academically confident, highly-motivated and an excellent student or athlete. S/he will thrive at Central. My daughter---a senior--is finally achieving her potential in small and/or AP classes with good-to-great teachers. Her first three years were less successful and she struggled with academic, racial and social issues. Her teachers were not responsive and/or attentive (and some really just need to retire). If I had the choice, I would not choose Central for her again but would select a smaller, more supportive environment where she could develop relationships with her teachers earlier and have less distractions. There is also limited parental involvement, since students come from all over the city. I felt very dis-engaged from her high school process because of the school's location, size and geographic spread.
Central's students serve as a big motivation to each other, and this is speaking from experience. Even when I look back I realized how much harder I work compared to previous years. The school is really diverse and though we have our own little groups, everyone is always welcome; nobody is left out. The opportunities here are really great, and some people just take it for granted. Get in Central if you can!! It's awesome
Central rocks! As a cross country and a track athlete and a captain of 2 clubs I was pleased with the many opportunities I was provided with in the high school. Of course my highlight was biomedical research program which will drive my future and gave me some money in the form of prestigious science fair awards. Academically, your typical yardstick measures: SAT's range from 900 to 1600, myself 1460; AP's go from 1 to 5, myself a recipient of numerous 5's. The class ranking is vicious and is so competitive that a difference between the top 40 people can be 0.1 points. Heck with all this I landed myself at UPENN and my buddies at every Ivy in the country and some who went to employment. But you need to discover these opportunities because no one will give them to you. Graduates are everywhere in the world.
My son is a freshman at Central. As a parent, I am extremely pleased with the level and content of the instruction. I love the diversity of the school, for this will assist in the further development of his interpersonal skills. The teachers are very responsive, and the website is very informative. I am particularly proud of the student athletes at Central, for in addition to attending practice, they must have a higher GPA than the PIAA requires. With Central it is strictly academics first. We had options to attend most of the best schools in the area, but we choose Central, and I am so glad we did. Best wishes to '269.'
As a parent of a 2004 Central grad, I can only say positive things about my son's experience there. It is an environment which will never be matched again for him in his lifetime. Of course, academically, it is superior, but what Central has that other private and public schools don't have is a very diverse student population with students from virtually all corners of the globe. These students are exceptional in so many ways that I cannot begin to list them. They learn the most from each other. This provides an education that cannot be obtained in suburbia. I am very happy that my son will take that with him throughout his life.
Central is an awesome school! I love it!! The teachers are great and so are the classes. Anyone would be lucky to come here.
this school is really bad and is not safe. the teachers teach nothing
I'm a member of the 265th graduating class the latest products of a magnificent place (and i must add the best so far). If its the indise scoop you want on this place a senior or a leving senior would be the best person to ask. Central is many things to everybody but never the same thing to every one person. To me central was a home, a pratice grounds, but more inportantly central was my life. I loved that school i mean it was soo much fu and the teachers were great the cultural aspects were unbelievable and the education provided is unmatched. The most important thing i garnished from central after running the freshman orientation since sophmore year was the fact that life and oppirtunities are always present. And it was central that taught me to reach out and grab them.
The best high school in Philadelphia. The academic program is top notch, the alumni and parents are both active and the administration is caring and stable. The music program is world class and there are literally more clubs than you can imagine.
This is the absolute best public magnet school in Philadelphia. This is a diverse community where the students and staff share the common goal of learning. Excellent choice !
I have found that my experience at Central High school has been rewarding thus far. I am Honored that my daughter was accepted to go to this school and will have a top notch education
Amazing, this school is absoulutly outstanding. I have learned soo much, it is incredibale
This was an excellent high school to go to. The quality of the education and classes were so excellent. Unfortunately a lot of this is not realized until leaving Central and talking to other kids who went to other schools. Also the level and accessability of extracurriculars is amazing. Students are able to make their own group as long as they can find 4 students to join it, and find a teacher to sponser it. This allows the students to be in a group with other students with similar interests. Parent involvement is very high also. As an education major now, you realize exactly how much parents have to do with the success of their children. Without parental involvement Central would definitely not be the same. Keep up the good work good ole CHS! :) -Class of 262 (2003)
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