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Central York High School

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Posted October 29, 2013

I have to agree with many other reviews in saying that this school district has a terrible habit of "letting kids fall through the cracks." They have a wonderful abundance of technology, many skilled and caring teachers, and a variety of opportunities for both average and gifted students. What they neglect is the students that actually need to be helped. The kids that learn well on their own and get good grades are helped to reach their full potential, while all others are left to crash and burn. Whether the problem is that your student doesn't learn as well as others, has behavior problems, or has a mental disability, Central York School District does not seem to know how to handle it. They often downplay the needs of these students so that they can spend more time and money on the kids that are going to make them look good. It's an amazing school for your average or gifted student, but do not count on this administration to help the kids that really need it due to the fact that they are too uncaring and self-absorbed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2013

We are fortunate to have the best high school in York County. Along with dedicated teachers and resources there is no better choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2013

Central York High School has provided my brother and I a home away from home. The teachers do their jobs, and many take time out of their busy lives to help students who seek the extra help. For example, last year my honors algebra two teacher would stay after every Wednesday to help any student that felt they needed the extra help. The principals go out of their way to try to be fair, but strict within the school. They, along with majority of the staff, care about the students and really enjoy their jobs. I know this because of the way they treat the students. Their actions are what make a difference in the student body, and school. I have been to three other schools, and feel that Central York High School is number one. There are more then enough resources within the school for students to take advantage of to further their understanding of the curriculum, recieve help and better their futures. The only thing that would make someone not like Central York is if they don't take advantage of the many opportunities and resources that our school has to offer. I will always be greatful for everything Cental has done to help me grow and mature throughout the years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2013

As a student at CYHS, I can not help but feel blessed. We are extremely grateful for the facilitates and technology that we are given to utilize. Half-way through Junior year I find that our curriculum is preparing me for my future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2011

As a student of this school, I can testify to their top rate facilities and extremely high prevalence of technology in classrooms-both of which can be attributed to rising taxes within the communities. However, none of this can make up for the majority of the teachers lack of desire to communicate and work individually with a student. Yes, there are some extremely good teachers in the AP classes which genuinely work to try to teach their students to the best of their abilities. But there are also a great deal of teachers who are incompetent and do not understand the materials that they are teaching or simply seek to lower a students grade due to personal dislike. While teachers that are intentionally seeking out students represent a small minority, many of those with little skill or ability to teach are sheltered by an overprotective union which is constantly demanding increased salaries, thereby harming students knowledge gained during the courses with little to no improvement from the teachers on a yearly basis, coupled with an overzealous administration which constantly places new rules not for the students benefit produces a hostile learning environment propagated by the admin.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2010

Great School, Good Resources. need to eliminate a few bad teachers to move to the next echelon. First rate Pricipal andfirst class counselors
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

One of the best schools around. Better than all others in the county. Students do not fall through the cracks and it is very advanced in technology
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

We have some very dedicated teachers and guidance personnel they really love their career and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

Very great school. great facility, great teachers, and an awesome cafeteria :)!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2009

Children can easily fall trough the cracks. The communication from the school to the parents is terrible (I tried to be informed). Some of their policies were equally as bad. I so wanted this school to work out for my 3 children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I'm currently a senior at Central York and am part of the first graduating class to go all four years in the new high school. Over the four years that I have been at Central I have taken many classes that I know other schools don't have and I know will help me further myself in college and be ahead of the game. The academics is amazing for whatever you want to do after high school. The athletic promgrams are pretty amazing too. I was a football manager for my last two years, and I have to say that the pride that you get and the family that comes from being on a sports team is a reason why everyone should want to be a fighting panther!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2009

This school will leave you well prepared for a rigorous college curriculum--if you allow it to. I graduated from the CYSD system three years ago and feel it has left me with valuable skill sets. The honors and AP programs are particularly engaging. The high school also provides a wide variety of classes that I found students graduating from other schools and regions did not have available to them. The art and music programs in this district are particularly impressive--a good barometer for a successful education system. These things being said, I feel that the high school should focus on making their regular curriculum more difficult. While I understand these should not be as challenging as honors and AP courses, I still felt that students were not being presented with enough challenge and were able to get by with minimal effort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

This school offers an an excellent education for those who want it. I currently have a child attending the school who is thriving academically. I also have a child who graduated two years ago, attends a top ranked private university and says she was well prepared for rigorous college academics. She took many AP courses, scored either 4 or 5 on the exams and her honors classes were not easy by any means. While there is always room for improvement, CYHS provides a wonderful educational opportunity for it's student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

When i first started to go here I really liked it but then after my second year (sophmore year) I did not like it at all it was really crowded and it just does not seem that the teachers care tooo much about students.They should have a more broader variety of classes to take because not everybody is gonna like the same classes..and there is jus soo much more we could be learning about. What i mean is that the curriculm could be much more diverse than it is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2008

This school is letting kids fall in between the cracks. It is difficult to track childs progress. The curriculum needs revising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

School is not academically oriented - they have done away with valedictorian and everyone seems to make the honor roll with the dumbed down curriculum so that everyone passes. Needs academic rigor, although safety and security are state of the art and it is a great place for performing arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

School has a need for a strict drug and alcohol enforcement program. Although they do a good job, better than most, drugs and alcohol seem to be available in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

One of the best schools in the county by far. Teachers are well-educated and caring. Students are motivated to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Lets kids fall through the crack. Emailed teachers with potential problems and didn't find out until midterms that it was too late for son to pass. When talk to teachers/guidance counselor I got the run around. No one wnts to take responsibility. We'll see how this year goes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

Although it's academic may seem good, the administration (mostly the Superintendent) interest and care for their sports programs are poor. The new gym appears great but is design terrible.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 60% in 2012.

382 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

382 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

381 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

383 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male73%
Black43%
Asian88%
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnic43%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
Black61%
Asian88%
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnic79%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female39%
Male55%
Black14%
Asian38%
Hispanic29%
Multi-ethnic64%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black82%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnic86%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania 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: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 71%
Black 10% 15%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
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601 Mundis Mill Rd
York, PA 17406
Phone: (717) 846-6789

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