School Details

Central High School

5901 Hall Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 493-8700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1291 students 18 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2011
  • Forest Hills Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central High School is a public high school in Forest Hills. The principal of Central High School is Steve Passinault, whose e-mail is 1,291 students attend Central High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 9% of the 1,291 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Central High School is 18:1. Kent Vocational Options is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% 88%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.8% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is commplete garbage terrible to say the least. I moved into the district a month before school started but somehow this school(Their staff particularly) Could not get me into it until a week after school had started My mother I and were quite disappointing to say the least considering I had to learn and make all the work they had done already But That was just the start. Upon arrival of the school I had very little help with my schedule school codes powerschool etc. I did not have my lunch code or computer code until about 1-2 weeks after I had gotten in which was still 3 weeks after school had started. So I had no way of checking my grades or anything. I had quickly realized the building was in very poor condition smelled foul and was very unhygienic and dirty. The building feels as if it is thrown together or barely managed. The school was also depressingly dark as in a complete lack of adequate light in the upstairs main hallways (or windows) so When I would get out of the building I would get a headache. My counselor is also pretty bad too. If you're considering having your kid go here don't I can't even cover everything save the hassle don't go.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fantastic school! Great academics prepared my daughter for Ivy League success. Also the kids support each other like no other. A real jewel.

  • (7 years ago)

    My husband and I graduated FHC in 2002 and are so happy we did. Colleges and companies all over the country actually recognize the name and know about our high schools excellence. My husband took AP courses (Advanced Placement) which some people may not realize are Honors Courses. Even our standard classes are above the Honors programs of most other schools. Nearly all of our teachers had advanced degrees and genuinely cared about preparing us for not only college but the rest of our lives. FHC was a safe place where we could develop our intellects beyond what the average person could. The diversity was not great there was variety but the quantity of such was small. The music/art/sports/extracurricular activities are too many to count.

  • (7 years ago)

    The academic programs available at Forest Hills Central High are quite disappointing. We moved here from another state where our children were in the Honors Programs and were taken aback to find out they don't exist here. We were told that the children would be 'challenged' but so far that has not happened either. Another problem with the school system here is the segragation of the grades and the guidance counselors make no effort to help nor will they go out of they way to make any type of exceptions. I will be very glad when the oldest is done there I have no plans to let the other children attend high school here in Grand Rapids.

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated from Forest Hills Central in 2004. I am pleased to say that I had a very great high school experience. This school and these teacher have prepared me very well for college and life outside of high school. I participated in choir all four years and found it very rewarding and satisfying. I was also a member of student council and I was in contact with the administration which has gotten better since I've graduated or so I have heard. Parent involvement is very high and there is a lot of participation from students in athletics and other extra curricular activities. There is also a wide variety of different classes. I enjoyed being a student at FHC because of its academics but I also felt safe ansecure.

  • (10 years ago)

    I graduated in 2004 and I feel that Central High has fully prepared me to succeed academically in college. The quality of education I received at FHC was great. Most of my teachers held a masters degree or higher in their field. Some even had experience teaching at the college level. The music department is very well led and highly successful. My only complaint is the lack of cultural racial and religious diversity in the district and the city of Grand Rapids.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have a son who graduated class of 2004. He is now one of two young men from FHC who are attending the U.S. Naval Academy. I feel the academic offerings at FHC have prepared my son for a very challenging college career. This school offers Advance Placement classes Japanese as a foreign language and etc. I have a daughter who will be a junior at FHC and her experience has been the same. Teachers care about their students. There are a lot of sports for kids to participate in both varsity and club. This gives your child a place to fit in. The music program is wonderful. Besides all of these great things that are offered here in the FH public schools the average child can get lost in the system. Parents need to get involved with the teachers and all will be good.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have had several exchange students attend this school in the past and each time it has been an effort to get them enrolled. We would like to host another student this year but know we are being told that no exchange students are being accepted. We pay our taxes in this school district but find it a challange to enroll a student here. We are trying to teach our son about different cultures and this school has not done anything to help. I truly hope the present staff is gone by the time our son is ready to attend this school.

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