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Central High School2

Phoenix, AZ | Maricopa County


March 20, 2014

Central has had a bad reputation in the past, but if you actually spend time on the campus you will find that it is a very well organized and peaceful school. They embrace diversity and over 60 languages are spoken on campus.

March 20, 2014

The Principal is an awesome leader (Jones). He has infused the school with the community. Unfortunately, his assistant principals are more focused on their personal career advancement than your child's education. My children have been in honors, evening school, adventure club, bobcat town and the magnet global program. The teachers in these areas are the best I have seen. However, because the counselors and asst. principals don't care or communitate and are inflexible the parents must fight to get the education they want for their kids. The average teachers are just average. They try and will work with your childs attendance or in my sons case a teenage pregnancy. However, the assistant principals will make it difficult for the teachers to make the class achievable. It was an unbelievably negative experience to have to engage with the assistant administrator who has since been promoted. Principal Jones takes a common sense approach to problem solving. He is a caring man. He will stand up for you and your child. Take the honors classes your child will be around more motivated students. In our experience there was not much of a difference between regular ed and honors.

Submitted by a parent

January 20, 2014

Central High School is a really friendly school, there's a lot of diversity amongst the student body which makes the high school experience so much better. Central High is also part of the prestigious Cambridge IGSCE, which is when a school from the UK works with the classes at CHS. By passing available CB exams we can take one more step ahead of others. I personally love the performing arts department at this school. I joined band my freshman year, and it was truly amazing. Everyone in band is amazing, when a new student joins completely amateur to band they become so much more mature with band (I wish more people could appreciate band). Central High has one of the largest choirs in the district. This year (2014/13) we received a new instructor, and choir is still growing strong. One thing Central does seem to lack that i have taken notice is school-spirit. Some people seem to just want to get this wonderful high school experience over with very soon. Though i think if they just slightly stepped into the actual school, rather than what they visualize as their school so much more happiness could be achieved together. CHS is a performing arts school, take advantage of this.

Submitted by a student

December 7, 2013

So out of touch with mainstream eduction. Curriculum 4 to 5 years behind national average. Drugs, encouraging kids to leave school at 16 for a junior college education preparing them for mediocrity. Pregnancy in 9th grade viewed as "part of life." Horrific environment.

Submitted by a parent

February 25, 2013

Security and police are part of EVERY school. Don't "pass by", stop in for a visit. Central has SOME excellent teachers, SOME fantastic counselors, SOME effective administrators, and SOME kids that attend but aren't REALLY students. Without parental involvement, there isn't much chance for some kids. Don't judge Central by its reputation from the last millennium. Don't blame the teachers for not controlling SOME bad behavior. Most teachers do their part, and most teachers care. The parents have the kids for 16+ years and the teachers have them for 50 minutes a day for a semester or two. I've NEVER felt unsafe on this campus. Thank you security and administration!!

Submitted by a teacher

October 1, 2012

Students are exposed to drugs and there are many fights! By what I've seen just passing by there's always lots of security and police due to the fights that are encountered!

December 23, 2011

I owe a great debt to Central High for providing me with the college quality instruction that eventually lead to a career in Hollywood with offices around the world. Had I not attended Central I would not have 14 Emmys on my bookcase.

August 15, 2011

Central High School is a great school and has made my kids future better. Thank you Central for all your hard work I don't think I could have done it without you.

Submitted by a student

March 21, 2010

As a student of Central High School for the past three years, I can say that Central is a great school. Central really does work to serve its diverse student body. For students looking for a challenge, there are Honors and AP classes where students score as well as those from 'higher performing' schools. As well, the large ELL staff is extremely dedicated in teaching the students we have from countries who have never heard an English word. Extracurricular activities are limited as the school is stunted financially. Sports have a difficult time recieving enough funding and parent involvement, yet the teams still routinely perform well. The principal, Chris Jones, is extremely involved and truly cares what happens to the students. Overall, I can say that I have had a great education at Central and truly feel prepared for college.

Submitted by a student

February 13, 2010

This is the best high school there are 36 languages spoken on this campus that make me proud to be a Bobcat CHS!!

Submitted by a student

August 26, 2008

I have to honestly say that this high school is one of the best by far. My son has been going to Central all 4 years, he is now a senior. The staff is very helpful. Ms Turk is the most nicest person I have yet to meet. Thank you Central HS, you are #1. Sincerely Lillian Jordan

Submitted by a parent

June 25, 2008

Excellent school...cant ask for better!!

Submitted by a parent

June 26, 2006

i am a graduate of central high school class of 2006 and i can say honestly that central high school is a good school. it provides its students with many opportunities and gives them the opportunity to expand their horizons. the teachers there are great and they are always willing to help as well as do what they can so you can graduate on time. i started there as a freshman and through out all four years i met very different people and experianced very different perspectives in life. though schools are always changing central as so far changed for the better but what realy needs to be changed is the food. though they are trying to be healthier they give its students no variety. overal im satisfied with my high school years at central high class of 06 baby

Submitted by a former student

May 6, 2006

I have 2 teens that have gone to Central for the last 2yrs. I've had very positive experiences with the counselors, attendance ladies, nurse, coaches, Dr.Ennis and her staff as well as a couple of teachers. I must admit my disappointment in the principal as well as the police officer at the school as my teens and I have had 2 instances that needed their help and attention and although they seemed concerned at the initial time of the problem, neither of them followed thru with the actions that needed to occur and when I confronted the principal at the beginning of the year to see how things were coming along, she was very uncaring and I could tell that to her it was of no concern. I feel that had they followed thru it might make the school a better place for teens to be.

Submitted by a parent

September 7, 2005

This is a really great school if you want to be surrounded by students who really care about others.

Submitted by a staff

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