Central High School

610 West University Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 351-3914

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1215 students 14 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Champaign Community Unit School District 4 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central High School is a public high school in Savoy. The principal of Central High School is Mr. Joe Williams. 1,215 children attend Central High School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 3% of the Central High School students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 1,215 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 52% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Central High School is 14:1. Pavilion Foundation School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 10%
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 45% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 35%
Multiracial 3% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 56%
Limited English proficiency 3% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 39% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    This a great school with a mix of students from many different backgrounds. The music and drama programs are wonderful. The building is rich in history with its 1930 architecture and the main hallway is lined with plaques from the very successful athletic teams. A downside would be the lack of space. There's no student parking lot (students have to park on the streets around the school) the gym is quite small and there is no football field. The school definitely isn't perfect but hey it's high school and every school has its problems. Definitely a better choice than the other high schools in town.

  • (6 years ago)

    Central has one of the best musical programs in the state

  • (7 years ago)

    This was a great high school for learning about the real world. Things were not glossed over and I was thrust in many situations which taught me lessons that are applicable in realworld sicuations

  • (9 years ago)

    My son completed high school here having opted out of the Uni experience in favor of something a little less 'overachieverish.' We found the school to be a real mixed bag--he found some very inspiring teachers and mentors along the way (and a couple of terrific courses as well). But on the whole unless your student is part of the honors program track Central's offerings are relatively average. The drama program was quite terrific. Parent involvement seemed pretty high. The diversity of the classroom seemed a bit lacking--tracking I suspect.

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