Central High School

Academic Rating

10 out of 10

Rank: 18th in Pennsylvania

Central HS receives a EasyCollege academic rating significantly above the average for Pennsylvania high schools based on its high test performance, high graduation rate and high AP course participation.



The Central High School student body is predominantly Asian Pacific with a significant Black population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific32.7%729
Native American Indian0.2%4
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0%0
Two or more races4.5%101


Lower 23% of Pennsylvania high schools

45% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program as compared to the Pennsylvania high school median of 31.3%. By this measure, Central HS students are largely lower income and rank 447th in Pennsylvania for high school student family income.

Enrollment Size

Grade Students


Graduation Rate

9 out of 10

Rank: 36th in Pennsylvania

Subgroup Graduation Rate
All Students97%
Pennsylvania Median92%
White95% or more*
Black95% or more*
Hispanic90% or more*
Asian Pacific95% or more*
Native Americansuppressed*
Two or more races80% or more*
Economically Disadvantaged95% or more*
Limited English Proficiencysuppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 1st in Pennsylvania

Students at Central High School scored an average 99% of students proficient across math and reading standardized tests. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 69% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 1% of Pennsylvania high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls95% or more*95% or more*
Boys95% or more*95% or more*

Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander95% or more*95% or more*
Black95% or more*95% or more*
Hispanic90% or more*90% or more*
Multiracial80% or more*80% or more*
White95% or more*95% or more*
With Disabilitessuppressed*suppressed*
Limited English50% or more*50% or more*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Participation

9 out of 10

Rank: 37th in Pennsylvania

834 out of 1,015 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (82%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the Pennsylvania median rate of 43% and in the top 7% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

4 out of 10

Rank: 197th in Pennsylvania

Central HS offers 34 AP courses. 38 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 98% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all Pennsylvania schools of 13%. Central HS had 536 taking AP exams with a 340 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 49% percentile and about equal to the state median of 64 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 63% 64%
Students enrolled in an AP class 38% 13%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 5%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 10%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 23%
AP Courses Offered 34

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate15%18%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate16%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate13%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
Pennsylvania Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.3%6

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
Pennsylvania Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
Pennsylvania Median3.5%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.7%17


Central High School
1700 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA

10 out of 10 1


Philadelphia City School District
Philadelphia, PA

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