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Central High School

About this school...

Mission Statement:

To prepare each student for the rigors of higher education. We raise the aspirations of each student, develop universally applicable problem-solving techniques, and instill a lifelong passion for learning. By the nature of our demographics, our mission includes respect for multiple cultures, religious belief systems, life paths, and learning styles.

Accreditations/awards:

2011-12 only Blue Ribbon High School in Pennsylvania; Title I School of Excellence – Pa. Department of Education; School of Inspiration – College Board; National School of Secondary Excellence – U.S. Department of Education; Philadelphia magazine and Redbook – Excellence in Secondary Education; Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report recognition for all years in program

Points of pride:

Student diversity; accomplishments of students, including most recent graduating class of 272 generating $23.6 million in scholarships; 26 AP courses; full International Baccalaureate program; extensive extracurricular opportunities; excellent staff and involved/supportive parents; special days: International, Women’s, Earth, and Career; 35% of students in mentally gifted program

AP courses:
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language & Culture, Government & Politics, Italian Language & Culture, Latin: Vergil, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, U.S. History, World History

Other special academic offerings:
Elective courses start with full curriculum in MG and IB; Victorian Literature; Creative Writing; TV production; Asian Studies; New American Studies; Constitutional Law; Materials Science; Genetics; Pharmacology; Organic Chemistry; Forensics; Anatomy; Architecture; Web Design; Sculpture; Music Technology

Foreign languages:
French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Latin

Parent Involvement:

Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; chaperones for trips; committee participants; assisting in special events such as International Day; participation in the Freshman Tea

Arts activities and classes:

Vocal music classes or ensemble; instrumental music classes; visual arts instruction; film/video instruction; theater instruction; choir; concert and/or jazz band; orchestra; drill team; school play or musical(s)

Activities & special programs:

Extensive club program includes at least 80 different interests, which allows students to pursue activities before and after school; extensive music and art program (traveling to many different countries, winning multiple awards); science research program; creative writing opportunities including yearbook, newspaper, Mirror and Mosaic literary magazines; student-run broadcast network; video; drama; debate; mock trial; departmental and student-supervised tutoring options; class and schoolwide governmental activities

Boys' sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, Intramurals*

Girls' sports:

Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Intramurals*

SEPTA routes:
Broad Street subway, all bus routes that go through Olney terminal

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Comments (37)

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 17:28.

What are the chances of getting accepted with scores of proficient and advanced? I have straight A's and perfect attendance, and I'm looking to transfer there for my sophomore year. I'm a bit nervous that they will reject me because my PSSA scores are a bit low.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 22:57.

what did u receive on your pssas

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 17:29.

What are the chances of getting accepted with scores of proficient and advanced? I have straight A's and perfect attendance, and I'm looking to transfer there for my sophomore year. I'm a bit nervous that they will reject me because my PSSA scores are a bit low.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 13:05.

this school sucks anyway.............. :(

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 13:05.

this school sucks anyway.............. :(

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 13:05.

this school sucks anyway.............. :(

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 14:27.

this school sucks they hit me all the time the pushed me around they killed a bot=y and throw him in the bathroom what else can they do no one come to this school i hate it I'm moving any wAY IM JUST TELLING YOU SO YOU CANT BE SUPRISED

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:51.

are you serious??

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:34.

I wonder which school you're talking about, whichever class you're in, that is...

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 12:43.

wow

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 13:32.

stupid comment something else

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 13:32.

this is awsome

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 18:32.

I meet all the requirements to apply and get accepted into Central except for the attendance part. Do I have a chance?

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 09:44.

how is the school like how are the education rates

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 10:00.

My sister went to Central class of 269 and said she loved it. But how is it now?

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 14:20.

For all those wondering about Central: I'm a student in the 273rd graduating class, I'm a Junior now and I have no regrets of attending this school. I've had the best teachers ever here, they are so helpful and prepare you for college. The school is challenging but help is always offered. The student body is very diverse and everyone has a place here. It is unlike any other student body I've seen. We're like a family here and we welcome everyone. This school helps you to grow overall, academically and a person. No other school in Pennsylvania can say the same . We have a new president at Central this year. But from what i know things are pretty much the same. When I first came in as a freshman I was told that your PSSA'S are of greatest importance when applying to Central. The school expects a lot from you so they will look at your academic history but there is no harm in applying. Take note that Central offers so many opportunities, once you are accepted, make sure you take advantage of them! Good Luck!!

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 04:16.

Having more time in which to learn a new language is an obvious yet potent argument for early instruction. When students get an early start to a long sequence of language instruction.

estudiar ingles en el extranjero.

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 20:24.

What would be a better choice: Central, Carver HSES, Philadelphia High School for Girls, or Bodine? (I already know my chances of getting into my fifth school are slim... ^^')

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 06:35.

It's funny, when I look back, high school was probably the best time of my life, although it was also one of the most demanding one. Right after graduation I opted for online courses, there was less self-discipline required to get your degree and it was the best option for me to attend higher education programs while also keeping a full time job.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 20:54.

Im taking the pssa these days and i am very worried about my reading scores, but very confident about my math.i want to know that wat r the xhances of gettin into central with proficient in readin and advanced in math? Straight a's perfect attendance ?

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:59.

CENTRAL IS THE BEST!!! 273!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 23:03.

276

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 23:08.

276!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 23:34.

90210!!!! (I am from the future!).

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:41.

I Have 1 C In Social Studies Can I Still Get In ?

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 01:40.

Well I definitely enjoyed reading it. This article provided by you is very helpful for accurate planning.

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 19:33.

276 just started, its alright like some teachers are excellent and some suck, some teachers care about you while others dont give a crap, you have a lot of homework which is not hard but you have a lot. im up till like 1 or 2 in the morning still doing hw and studying. you have to study a lot because most teachers have daily quizzes and lots of tests and assignments. lunch is awesome and relaxing, if you have all a's through middle school and study a lot this is a good school for you but dont be upset the first quarter when you get a B or a bad grade because you have so much work and no time. you wont have a social life for a while but thats ok. you really have to try here but dont stress yourself out like me. its only the first few weeks so im not really sure how i LIKE this school yet because i came from a charter school, which was renovated nice, and the teachers really teached. the curriculum here is much harder and this school is totally worth it because its a challenge and it prepares you for college more than any other school will. but im just letting you know that you wont get a lot of sleep the first month at chs.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:26.

i have advaned AND PROFICIENT IN THE PSSAS BUT I HAVE ALL As DO I HAVE A CHANCE

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:08.

I applied for Central for 9th grade but didn't get accepted because of my attendance. I was at online school and then transferred back to public school, but when I went back to public school the online school had me still enrolled there and they counted that as I missed school for a week. I really care about my grades and I don't like getting B's. I'm the type to put in full effort for the first few months but then I get tired of the same routine after a while and become lazy. I always get all A's (sometimes one B and I get really mad at that) and middle to high advanced in all subjects on the PSSA, but that's because I had teachers that taught really well and would take the time to explain things or go back in the lesson if one or more of the students didn't understand something. I was wondering if Central had teachers that cared enough to at least explain things over if a student didn't understand something. I also read that the students there can be bullies and I've even had one of the workers there who used to work at my middle school tell me that as well. I wanted to reapply for 10th grade, though I wanted to go in 9th just to get the feel of things first. I'm more or so worried about failing because it may be too hard and there won't be anyone to help if I don't understand something.

Right now I attend Franklin Learning Center and their teachers are really nice and helpful and will even extend deadlines if you don't have something completed just yet. But I feel as though FLC is too laid back and their care-free nature makes the school too easy. I want a challenge but I also want to have teachers or people there that will care and help me if and when I fall behind.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 22:35.

i have 2 C's in writing and in ell or i dont know i think its called that but i was wondering if i could get in with 2 c's

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 22:34.

I am advanced in reading and math(pssa) All A's but I missed 7 days. Do I have a chance of getting in. I wanna go so bad.

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 22:36.

I am advanced in reading and math(pssa) All A's but I missed 7 days. Do I have a chance of getting in. I wanna go so bad.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 20:09.

wow. im put on the waitlist for 2014-15. is 130 the correct wait list number? is there anywhere for me to check the number i am for the wait list?

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:06.

CHS 239 excellent prep for college and adult. Chased girls @ Girls High since we were an all boy school during my years.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:58.

What is the maximum amount of days can they allow you to have in elementary and still get accepted? Because I really want to go in but I'm afraid that my attendance will affect my chances!

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:23.

I had all straight A's through middle school and i have all straight A's here too, its possible if you are determined and work hard. You will make great friends. Really prepares you for college. However, some kids just give up or stop trying. The first semester 21 kids got all A's out of 700 freshman. Join clubs. You definitely will get in if both your PSSA'S are advanced and your report card has all A's. If you dont have this get some recommendations from ur middle school teachers. Read the summer books very closely while taking notes on every chapter because you will have detailed tests. Its not that bad after you get used to the system.

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:24.

Go 276!!!!!!!!!!!!

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