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Central High School
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic District Special Admit
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size130
  • Enrollment2365
  • PrincipalMr. Timothy J. McKenna
  • Phone Number215-400-3590
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Olney), Bus (8, 16, 18, 26)
  • Address 1700 West Olney Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • NeighborhoodOlney
  • Application DeadlineNovember 2nd, 2018
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Mission

As a college preparatory public school, Central High challenges students with rigorous academic programs to prepare them for the demands of higher education. Building upon the diversity in our school, we aim to prepare students to contribute and...

As a college preparatory public school, Central High challenges students with rigorous academic programs to prepare them for the demands of higher education. Building upon the diversity in our school, we aim to prepare students to contribute and thrive in a heterogeneous world. We will enable students to develop problem solving skills, a life-long passion for learning, and aspirations to be thoughtful leaders of their generation.

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Points of Pride

* Recognized as the Most Diverse Public High School in America by NICHE.com. * Central's most recent graduating class (the 276th) earned over 21 million dollars in scholarships, prizes and awards. * 95% of our 100 Professional staff hold a Master...

* Recognized as the Most Diverse Public High School in America by NICHE.com. * Central's most recent graduating class (the 276th) earned over 21 million dollars in scholarships, prizes and awards. * 95% of our 100 Professional staff hold a Master's degree or higher. * World renowned Music Department * Science Research Team participated in 6 different national and local Science Fairs and brought home 81 awards. *Art Department had over 20 students recognized for their talents, accomplishments and their outstanding leadership in the visual and performing arts. *Won 9 public league titles in athletics last year

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Admissions Policy

Must have all A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card. Must score at least the 88th percentile on 7th grade PSSA in both Reading and Math (ELA: 1096; Math 1022). Must have exemplary...

Must have all A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card. Must score at least the 88th percentile on 7th grade PSSA in both Reading and Math (ELA: 1096; Math 1022). Must have exemplary attendance & punctuality (minimal lateness). Must have no negative disciplinary reports. Must submit a one page essay written or typed answering the questions: “Who am I? What do I hope to get out of the high school experience? What do I want to contribute to this high school?”

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Safety & Culture

Central High School is committed to sustaining a school environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination. We recognize that school climate and culture have a profound impact on student achievement, behavior, and reflects the school...

Central High School is committed to sustaining a school environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination. We recognize that school climate and culture have a profound impact on student achievement, behavior, and reflects the school community’s culture. We strive to promote a positive school culture that encourages interpersonal and inter-group respect among students and between students and staff. We provide all students with a supportive and safe environment in which to grow and thrive academically and socially to become the next generation of leaders in our communities, state and the world.

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Accreditations & Honors

2016 Central High School was award by the SDP the "City Leader" award for our SPR 2016 Recognized as the Most Diverse Public High School in America by NICHE.com 2014-2016 Chairman Award Winner in Robotics 2013-14 Governor's Award for...

2016 Central High School was award by the SDP the "City Leader" award for our SPR 2016 Recognized as the Most Diverse Public High School in America by NICHE.com 2014-2016 Chairman Award Winner in Robotics 2013-14 Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics (Pennsylvania) 2011-12 Blue Ribbon High School (only school in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) Title I School of Excellence- Pennsylvania Dept. of Education School of Inspiration- College Board National School of Secondary Excellence- U.S. Dept. of Education Newsweek magazine and U.S. News magazine recognition for all years in program

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 26.4%
White 23.8%
Hispanic 8.1%
Asian 35.6%
Other 6.2%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 54.1%
Male Students 45.9%

Special Education

Special Ed 0.5%

Gifted Education

Gifted 19.8%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 57%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 1.1%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
630
10th Grade Students
605
11th Grade Students
585
12th Grade Students
545
Total Students
2365

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
1

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 91%

AP Class Offerings

  • Art History,
  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • Calculus BC,
  • Chemistry,
  • Chinese,
  • English Language,
  • English Literature,
  • Environmental Science,
  • European History,
  • French,
  • Politics,
  • Human Geography,
  • Italian,
  • Vergil,
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Microeconomics,
  • Music Theory,
  • Physics B,
  • Physics C,
  • Psychology,
  • Spanish,
  • Statistics,
  • Design,
  • Drawing,
  • US History,
  • World History

Activities & Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Voc Other

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Drill Team,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Film,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Tennis,
  • Cross Country,
  • Wrestling,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Bowling,
  • Field Hockey,
  • Golf,
  • Girls Golf,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Indoor Track,
  • Girls Indoor Track,
  • Lacrosse,
  • Girls Lacrosse,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Diving,
  • Girls Diving,
  • Girls Tennis,
  • Volleyball,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Boys and girls 4x400 won the Public League Boys Tennis Won the Public League- 10 years in a row Girls Tennis won the District 12 Championship and the Public League Championship Girls Badminton Won Public League -4th Consecutive Title Boys Bowling...

Boys and girls 4x400 won the Public League Boys Tennis Won the Public League- 10 years in a row Girls Tennis won the District 12 Championship and the Public League Championship Girls Badminton Won Public League -4th Consecutive Title Boys Bowling Won the Public League and One student won the State Championship Golf Won Public League Girls Cross Country won the District 12 Championship Boys Swimming won the Public League Championship

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Other Activities

Extensive club program includes a minimum of 80 different interests. This allows students to pursue activities both before and after school; extensive music and art programs (traveling to many different countries winning multiple awards); excellent...

Extensive club program includes a minimum of 80 different interests. This allows students to pursue activities both before and after school; extensive music and art programs (traveling to many different countries winning multiple awards); excellent science research program; multiple creative writing opportunities including Yearbook, Newspaper, Mirror and Mosaic Literary magazines; Student run broadcast network (video); Drama; Debate and Mock Trial; departmental and student supervised tutoring options; class and school wide governmental activities.

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Language Programs

  • French,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
  • Chinese,
  • Latin

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory

Parent Involvement

Central’s Home and School Association brings together parents, students and faculty from all over Philadelphia. We hope you will join us and help represent the diverse neighborhoods that make up the Central community. Please be sure to check the...

Central’s Home and School Association brings together parents, students and faculty from all over Philadelphia. We hope you will join us and help represent the diverse neighborhoods that make up the Central community. Please be sure to check the school web site regularly: www.centralhigh.net

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