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About This School

Amherst Central High School is a public high school in Amherst. The principal of Amherst Central High School is MR. GREGORY PIGEON and can be contacted at gpigeon@amherstschools.org. 828 children attend Amherst Central High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 1% of the Amherst Central High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 828 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Amherst Central High School is 11:1. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 76%
Asian 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 17%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 25%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter graduated in 2010 and my son will graduate this year 2012. Criticisms listed in these reviews about immense peer pressure for drinking sex and drugs as well as parental tolerance for these things. Ultimately what your children do comes down to how YOU raise them to withstand this pressure. We chose this district for its diversity of culture as well as economics. My daughter has excelled in college and my son is a National Merit semifinalist. They were able to try different sports and have a wonderful music education not afforded elsewhere. WE have been blessed with a great education here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Because for the first time in my life I was given the honor to have both my boys 9 and 12 graders attend the same school while the youngest has a special need. I feel BLESSED that was our central reasoning for moving bac. to New York. Thank You. God bless. YM

  • (4 years ago)

    The focus on curriculum programs that all result in our kids graduating already steps ahead in their chosen interests!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Amherst Central School District provides a superb education. My husband and I educated all four of our sons within the district. They were offered advanced placement courses and were well prepared for a rigorous college curriculum. Our children went on to have careers in the following areas banking chemical patent law journalism and mechanical engineering. We would give the school district a five star rating and recommend it highly to any family with college bound students in their family.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school. They have awesome teachers and a great cirriculum. They're test scores are always high and they have a lot of control of students and the activities. It's a great place to send your kids!

  • (9 years ago)

    School is very accessable and my child who is currently in 12th grade loves the atmosphere.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a student at Amherst Central I can say that it offers many opportunities to students from academic courses to extracurricular activities. Anyone can be sure to get the best education from the well-qualified teachers who strive to provide a friendly teaching atmosphere. The honors and AP classes allow students to challenge themselves while receiving a valuable learning experience. Students are also highly encouraged to join outside activities be it sports or drama. I am sincerely proud to say that I will have graduated from this high school.

  • (9 years ago)

    When I attended Amherst it was a great school. Diverse student population consisting of people from all social classes ethnicity's and income levels. Every graduating class had multiple students receiving prestigious scholarships/awards. Extracurricular activities are abound so thre should be something for every student there be it art theater sports or even chess club. Amherst boasts one of the best lacrosse programs in New York State and has the best football program out of the Amherst/Williamsville schools. The best part of Amherst it the teaching staff however. When I attended Amherst I had several teachers every year that really brough material to life and inspired me to actually learn. Amherst is a great school and there is a reason it has been ranked in the top high schools in the country several years running.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a student of Amherst Central High School I strongly agree that this school is a very decent school. I enjoy the atmosphere that the students and teachers give off. It's a very good learning atmosphere as well as an athletic atmosphere too. Our school is well known for its athletes. Many of them have gone on to college after having gotten a full scholarship due to academics to play for their choosen sport. Teachers are friendly the rest of the staff is friendly and the students are all friendly. It seems like a big family. After having left Amherst a few times I always came back here. Its a school that i didn't want to leave because I knew what I could achieve here.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of 3 children who have attended Amherst I think previous reviews positive and negative are accurate. As the student wrote there is enormous peer pressure around sex and alcohol and significant pressure around drugs. While the school has a role to play the community is tolerant of these issues overall. This makes it difficult if the student or family principles vary. Academic excellence is highly valued and the pressure of the curriculum enhancement is difficult even for above average students. There is a wide variety of extracurriculars and opportunity for academic extras (Model UN etc). Overall the staff is caring but under the same stressors the students have to manage. Some teachers are great some are absolutely awful. In summary the focus is more on the student's product than on the student. All 3 of our kids have been disliked Amherst.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is going to graduate in 2005. Amherst has been a wonderful place for him. It has very caring and interested teachers and guidance counselors. The teachers come early and leave late to give extra help to students. My son's teachers were so helpful and understanding when he got very ill and missed class. Amherst high school gives students a chance to excell with many AP and honor courses. We moved to the Snyder area so we could raise my son in the Amherst School District.

  • (10 years ago)

    Being a current student at this school I would strongly suggest that if your child is social athletic musical and talented academically they will accel in this school. If your child is easily influenced by their peers I strongly suggest reconsidering this school as an option. The drug problem and harassment that goes on at the Amherst Schools is beyond believable. I am transferring out of Amherst this year as a result of not having the above average motivation grades athletic ability and musical talent which seem to me as a requirement in this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Favoritism is really prevelant and principal contributes to the problem. My first child has done very well since graduating AHS. My second child did extremely well after leaving AMS in her junior year to attend Kenmore East HS nearby. We paid for out of district charges to ger her out of the Columbine breeding ground at AHS.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school as long as your child 'fits the mold'. Teachers and administration are not at all willing to go out of their way to help students that are slower learners or are not motivated. If your child is well behaved or a good student they'll do fine. If they need more they'll never get the help they need at Amherst. They should spend more time trying to involve kids that have trouble joining.

  • (10 years ago)

    All four of my children graduated from amherst highschool. The classes that were offered to my sons were above and beyond the average newyork state school and the majority of teachers had a good background and were well educated enough to be a professor at their subject. There was also minimal violence at the school. Only problem I noticed was very little school spirit and teachers did not prepare students for the harshness that could be faced in the 'real world'

  • (10 years ago)

    My first child graduated from this school and was well-prepared to college. My second child is finishing high school. I do believe my second child will probably do well in college as well. Biggest drawback is that favoritism is prevalent. But all in all it's a good school.

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