I am a member of 273 and the diversity of the school never ceases to amaze me. Sure, as with any school you'll find your cliques, but Central has a way of inspiring unity through the unity of loads of homework and crazy teachers (both of the draconian variety and the wacky, family ones). The school budget cuts are now the Boogeyman but if you somehow find a way to last through it, it'll be worth it (maybe). Be prepared to make lifelong friends that you never thought you'd be friends with, a more open mind, and senioritis during freshman year.
I am a member of the 258th graduating class, and I am proud to see that the school still has the highest rating on Great Schools. Central is and was a wonderful place to learn, grow and enjoy the changes that come with intellectual curiosity and social cohesion. I was well prepared for the demanding college I attended and for my career. Socially, I met so many people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and to this day I have yet to find a community of more diverse, open-minded and accepting peers. Central will always have a special place in my heart and I will always support Central financially and otherwise.
I am a member of the 274th class of central! i absolutely love it. I've met so many amazing people in my two years so far and I cant wait to meet even more in the years to come. Even though some of the teachers can be not so motivational, others put their heart and soul into teaching us and coming up with lesson plans that will make classroom time more exciting. I love how the central family is close knit and diverse and we all can get along with each other without many disagreements. Good luck to anyone applying and definitely keep central as an option!
There is no way that anyone could ever sum up the experience of being a student of Central High School in 1200 characters or less. The simplest way to put it is that it is the closest thing to a utopia that one could find in the school district, the city, the state, and as far as I'm concerned, the world. (I suppose I'm a bit biased.) This school is truly one of a kind. I would never have expected to feel such love for all the things that most people would not think twice about once they've left, an institution, a student body, a faculty, a president. Dr. Pavel was an amazing president and we all have faith in his replacement to keep the school's reputation the way it is. Not to mention the teacher quality increased exponentially each year that I attended. Central is as close to perfect as one could hope, and if you have experience with the school and you disagree, you must be doing something wrong. Central is a difficult school, but it is worth every bit of work. SO MUCH LOVE! <3 271!
Best and the brightest students. Wonderful education. Caring teachers. Productive Home and School Association. Amazing President, Dr. Pavel.
I am a member of the 271st graduating class and I love Central dearly. The people are all amazing, the student and staff included. You won't find anywhere nearly as diverse and it introduces you to a new way of interacting with your peers. The work is hard, but it is Central, I don't know what else to expect. A was taught to expect a challenge and most teachers will provide one; whether they choose to help is a different story. If you're a student that needs constant attention and help this is not the place for you. There is tutoring of many different forms available to everyone however most teachers will not tutor, there are simply too many students to take out the extra time to review things that can be found in our textbooks or call 90 different parents to talk about grades. All in all, you won't find any better public school in Philadelphia.
as a parent of a student in 272, i must say i have been disappointed since day one. my child loves CHS, but the lack of competent teachers, blows my mind. i think no one in this school cares about any of the students, but this is Central. i know i'm not alone feeling this way...since most of the parents i know feel the same way too. hopefully, the next 2 years will go fast........
I am a graduate of Central. 259th graduating class. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of the education I received at Central. Yes it was tough, no I did not get the grades that I had been getting in my middle school, but that was my own fault. For anyone who says that the teachers do not care than they probably didn't even try to talk with the teacher. I had a teacher who would not let me take the easy way out my senior year. He knew I could do the work and was not going to let me be lazy. My experience at Central helped me become the person I am today. The diverse population of the school allows for differences of all kinds. I had friends from all races and religions. Yes there is a strong focus on academics, but there is also support for clubs and sports. Central is a community. This school is not for the lazy or the closed-minded.
Central is a very large school with much diversity. I think it needs to be equally diverse and all students need to respect one another. My older daughter attended and made many friends outside of her race. She is now in graduate school and doing exceptional and says the teachers at Central prepared her by being hard on her. She appreciated the push she received and states that Central made college a breeze. But things have changed. The problem is, some of the cultures try to overwhelm other cultures by being bullies...This being said, I think Dr. Pavel should get more involved with eliminating those bullies, those uncooperative children who speak a language that is not recognizable and travel in clicks with a bad attitude towards teachers and those kids who push themselves to do better. These children with the bad attitudes have made my younger daughter's experience at Central uneasy...she doesn't want to trust students of a particular cultural persuasion. Both of my daughter's are very bright and always do well at school but I feel my younger daughter would be doing even better if the bullish brats were controlled.
Central is a very busy school. I attended for 2 years and decided that it wasn't for me. I'm glad I made the switch because my hard work wasn't paying off. There are also WAY too many students to get quality one-on-one attention from staff.
As for the kid who has mentioned they aren't having a good time at central, i'm very suprised. and if they hate it so much, they should'nt have stayed there for 4 years. i'm 272 and i absolutely love Central. theres no other school in the world i'd be if i could, because i know i belong here. Okay, maybe not all the teachers are amazing but Central isn't known as the school with the nicest teachers ever, it's known as the school with the smartest kids. If the teacher's aren't pushing you to do good, thats not their problem. It's yours because you are in Central because you know how to mtivate yourself,because you want to be successful. Good look to anyone applying! best school in philadelphia!!!
Central is a very ethnically diverse school that teaches some of the brightest minds in the Philadelphia Public School system. Though the school is very big, the obivous camaraderie is so exceptional that the size of the school begins to diminish for kids that came from very small school environments. The children that attend Central are ones who maintained high standards in their former schools and have the desire to continue to do so, with aspirations of attending colleges and universities. The school also enforces that aside form academics, one should have a sense of community and desire to give back what they have been blessed with. Therefore community serviceis a requirement that is met with anticipation. The school also provides ample opportunites for students to be involved in service. I believe children at Central not only go away with an outstanding education that prepares them for college, but also prepares them for life beyond that. The diversity of the student body provides an opportunity for students to become knowledgeable and accepting of others and teaches them how they can work together to achieve much for themselves and for others in the world.
I am a member of Central's 270th graduating class. Previous attending Central, I had attended private school. My elementary and middle school experiences at private school were very positive. Unfortunately, my time at Central High School has not been nearly as positive. In my three years at Central, I have had one teacher who I would consider on par with the standard of teacher I had encountered at my previous school. I have had many teachers who seem to simply not care about their students. I have found this to be a general theme at Central; the students are not the priority. The administration makes no attempt to help struggling students, they simply let them struggle. The fact that Central is considered to be one of the top schools in the city speaks to the sad state of the city's public education system.
my daughter is part of the class of 271 and im so glad she attends one of the best schools in the city..she is growing into this beautiful you women and give thanks for the positive enviornment that Central provides. i love that is multi-cultral as well i give Central five stars!!
I graduated from the class of 267 from Central High School and I must say I never regretted it. I absolutely loved every single day I spent at school. Central made the transition from high school to college so much easier. When I look at my classmates that are struggling it makes me think to myself I'm glad I went to Central.
I am a student at Central High School class of 270, and I think this is the best high school in Philadelphia. This school gives you the chance and opportunity to do what you want to do and pick the career you want in life. I love this school it's so diverse and has so many clubs and sports, there is always something to do. It makes you work very hard but in the end I guess it's all worth it. I love CHS and would recommend anyone who wants there high life to be a fun, cool and the alitimate best one come to our loving school!
this school is the best the curriculum is fantastic a lot of productive children will seek higher education and go to ivry league school i thank the staff and administration for being so concerned for our children thank you
Love this school as a place to learn and to encounter a vast array of good kids, but think its arts & music programs need to be dramatically expanded & integrated into the curriculum, which requires more funding, either public or private.
this school has everything the students need to be succesful in life and provides lots of programs to get them interested in other things than being on the street.....ur children are safe at central high school
Central High School consistently produces the best & the brightest students. Socially conscious young adults that will help shape our nation's future!
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