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Central High School

17 reviews
4525 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 764-1100

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Great school! Many reviews complain about fights and exposure to drugs. This is not unique to this school.
Posted by a parent on 7/16/2016
Rate my Central High experience?Simple.Go knock on a few doors in the Central corridor.You will find that 75% of them are owned by former but still proud 1970s era Bobcats who want their children to have the same great experience as they had.I just was introduced to an absolute stranger who happened to stop by the home of my newest best friends.Within five minutes we had hit it off Well, you know the rest. He went to Central, and so did I.We never knew each other as students, but it was like we were both part of the original Apollo crew nembers...when I mentioned the varsity cage, he actually got teary eyed.I am now sorry that we, as students, did not even raise a protest when the District chose open enrollment over bussing.NEITHER were acceptable.Grown ups were punishing kids for where their parents chose to buy their homes.There is no pride anymore. From the street it looks like we are Brophy's poor stepchildren.Any and all CHS 70s era grads...let us unite and take back out second to none campus. Let us restore Central to what we it had always been--the best in Arizona, the best in the USA.Who runs this town?Let's flood the governors office daily and make it clear that we ate serious and are not going away.
Posted by a community member on 2/11/2016
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.
Posted by a parent on 3/20/2014
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.
Posted by a community member on 3/20/2014
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.
Posted by a student on 1/20/2014

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Phoenix schools - Central High School is located at 4525 North Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85012. Central High School is in the Phoenix Union High School District. Central High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9-12.

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