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Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 1826 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2012

When I was ready to move into a new neighborhood in 2007, I was so grateful to be able to move to the Central Garden area so that he could be a part of such a great I institution. The teachers care as Well as the principal, the children are well rounded, and there are a variety of things to learn in that school. My son took classes that seemed so hard that it made me nervous, but he passed with flying colors! Central has pride and works with parents to not only make the school great, but the neighborhood as well. And I am grateful for the quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I am a very pleased parent of a student at Central High School. I give them 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

Central High School is the best high school in America. CHS has a good marching band, I see, and the academically wise, CHS is great. Yes, the football team isn't very good but the rest of the sports at The High School are pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

My name is Ayana Reynolds, and I am a freshman at Central High School. Recently, there has been a fight that has been talked about over the news. This fight really makes Central look bad. However; if you think about it, isn't this the first time Central has been on the news for something bad? Central is a great school, and this is coming from someone who didn't want to come to Central to begin with. This school has friendly students, nice teachers, and most important of all, the best principal in the world, Mr. McCoullough. A student couldn't ask for anything more!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

I am currently a sophomore at Central High School. I went to Central last year and it is a great school. Some people might not like Central because we have over 1700 students, but Central is good in education. The prinicpal, he has everything under control. The system he has to keep Central safe is very useful. Only other thing bad about Central is the sports. The football team has a bad record of losing a lot of games. Also Central doesnt have a majorette squad and the band is not a marching band.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2007

I am a rising junior at Central High School. I moved to Memphis from a suburb of Nashville in July 2006. Before coming to Memphis all I heard about the city was the large amount of crime and how bad the schools were. People told me to definitely stay in the county. However, after a year at Central I have found experience here to be invaluable. The rigorous academic program has been fantastic, and playing for the soccer team has given me a new appreciation for the term 'diversity'.The faculty and community urge the students toward excellence. Central will not only prepare students for college(recent graduates going to schools such as MIT and Yale), but for a life time of success as well. Above all else Central teaches students to appreciate different cultures and ideas. I recommend it to anyone coming to the Memphis area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2006

There's no wonder why this is called 'The High School'. This school is so diverse and the children and teachers are so well-rounded, that it's amazing. I love this school, this administration, and these teachers. The adults take a vested interest in our children and that's refreshing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Central is a great school in an excellent location. Personally, the well rounded education you can receive there is untouchable. Central's counselors also prepare students for life beyond high school. My only issue is the 'school within a school' optional vs. non-optional treatment of the students. I would like to see more of the same guidance opportunities extended to every student instead of select optional students. There are students in traditional that attend college as well. Overall, Central is among the best in Memphis City Schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 2, 2005

I am upcoming sophmore at Central High School and I recommend it to any teen who wants to suceed in life. My freshman year was great! The teachers really do care about the students and not all about a pay check. One thing I do have to say is that Central is really more focus on academics then sports. Class of 2008!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

I am a rising Junior at Central High and I have truly enjoyed my 2 years there. The students are sincere and most teachers truly care. The acedemics are rigorous and Central is definately 'college preparatory'. I would encourage any parent looking for a high school in Memphis to send their child to Central for a quality education. Class of 2007!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2004

I am a student at central high. Every since Mr. Avis left and even Ms. Hess Central has had a decline in school spirit. Mr. MacCullough the new principal is doing a exceptional job I might say and I commend that. Central is a good school They are one way to students and another to the parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2004

Well, first of all I'm not a parent but I am a student at Central High School. I'm a freshman this year (c/o 2007). When I first arrived at Central Mr. Avis was our principal and I loved to be at Central. Unfortunately, Mr. Avis left Central for a higher position on the Memphis City Schools Board. Of course, without him Central will never be the same, but our new principal, Mrs. Hess, is also trying to do things for our school to make it a more safe, clean, and healthy learning environment. I highly recommend you send your child to Central because it is really
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2004

I am a former Central High student and currently in law school in Washington, D.C. I can personally attest to the quality of education I received while at Central High. While in undergraduate school, I used my notes from Mr. Yates' calculus class and received a B+ in Engineering Calculus! I still have them to this day. The teachers gave me the most valuable gift a child could receive - education that prepared me for the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Central is a great high school. It has a diverse student population, high academic standards, involved parents and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Central is a great high school. The friendliness of the students is almost encouraging and the diversity is overwhelming. I am proud to state that I was a part of Central Hign School and will always be.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
24%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
28%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
42%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
57%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
29%
U.S. History

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students50%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners22%

Algebra II

All Students20%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
White37%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners9%

Biology I

All Students45%
African American43%
Asian50%
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners40%

English I

All Students60%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students55%
African American53%
Asian39%
Hispanic55%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students31%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students95%
African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learners59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 87% 23%
White 6% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-4506

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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306 South Bellevue
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 416-4500

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