Central High School

Special Admission School

1700 W. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19141

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.

Program Info:

Students enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program, a rigorous pre-university course of study that leads to an internationally recognized diploma.
Admission Requirements
Application RequirementsGrades: A’s and B’s with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card

Writing Sample
One page written or typed answering the questions: • Who am I?
• What do I hope to accomplish in High School? • What can I contribute to my High School?
Program NotesStudents enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program, a rigorous pre-university course of study that leads to an internationally recognized diploma.
Academic Performance
Overall SPR Peer RankPeer Leader
Overall SPR Performance TierMODEL
Performance Tier: AchievementMODEL
Performance Tier: ProgressREINFORCE
Performance Tier: ClimateMODEL
Performance Tier: College & CareerMODEL
Students Who Graduate in 4 Years97%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within 4 years.
College Enrollment Rates90%
School Culture
Student Attendance98%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
AttendanceExemplary attendance & punctuality (no more than 5 absences; no more than 5 instances of lateness) on most recent final report card
BehaviorNo negative disciplinary reports on most recent final report card
School Fit
Total Enrollment2400
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
Black 26.38%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Asian 35.58%
Filipino 0%
Hispanic 8.07%
Pacific Islander 0%
White 23.79%
Two or More Races 5.87%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
School TypeSpecial Admission School
Grades Served9 - 12
School PartnersAlbert Einstein Medical CenterAmerican Poetry ReviewAssociated AlumniFox Chase Cancer CenterHome and School AssociationLantern Theater CompanyStudent Voices
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Courses Offered
Classes and AcademicsDebate ClubInternational Baccalaureate Diploma ProgramLiterary MagazineNewspaperSciences Research Social SciencesTutoring
CTE Courses and Programs(Not Available)
College and CareerCollege 90%
College: Dual EnrollmentLaSalle UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
SportsBadminton, GirlsBowling, BoysCheerleadingCross Country, GirlsGolfSwimming, BoysTennis, BoysTennis, GirlsTrack and Field
Media(Not Available)
STEM(Not Available)
Cultural/Ethnic Language Clubs(Not Available)
Health and Wellness(Not Available)
Life and LeadershipMock Trial
Parents and Community(Not Available)
Otherpep squad