School Details

Central High School

115 North 4th St, Grand Forks, ND 58203
(701) 746-2375

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 929 students 14 students/teacher (ND avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA)

In 2007-2008 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. The results for reading and math for all grades combined are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Grand Forks 1 School District average
  • North Dakota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central High School is a public high school in Grand Forks. 929 children attend Central High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Hispanic. 37% of the 929 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Central High School is 14:1. East Grand Forks Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 82%
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% 7%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%
Multiracial 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 39%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I attended Central high school from 9-12 grade and think that it was a wonderful school to attend. Most of the teachers put a lot of effort into effectively communicating their topic to their students and were willing to donate extra time if a student had questions .I was in the AP classes and feel that all of the AP teachers did a more than adequate job at preparing me academically for the AP tests and the college level courses that followed. The school has wonderful music and theater programs and also offers all of the expected athletic extracurricular activities. Since I graduated Central upgraded their facilities and did an overhaul of the buildings structure. It can still be confusing to navigate for your first few visits but I always found that having multiples ways to get to class was an advantage- if one hallway or stairway was too crowded there was always a less crowded alternate route that one could take. Overall Central is a lovely school and would be a great choice for any student in the Grand Forks area. They offer advanced classes a variety of extracurricular options and teachers dedicated to helping their students succeed academically.

  • (3 years ago)

    i go to school here and i have to say most of the teachers are nice..but then there are some who won`t give you the time of day. They are strict about school work and there are some teachers who care..but some things aren`t fair.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attented Central in the 60's to be fair to the town my father was in the air force and was transfered there from California I never knew what he did wrong to get transfered to North Dakota. What a shock the town people did not like the base people and the base people did not like the town people we were all just to different for each other. If I had the wisdom I have now I would have gone out of my way to make the experience more pleasant.

  • (7 years ago)

    Grand Forks Central is by far the best school in town. The staff and students are open-minded and willing to accept any new attendee. This school is great with pride and tradition. Students that come out of GFC leave with a better sense of themselves and others. They teach about character and what it is to be a good person. GFC has excellent programs for any student. The excellent staff is in abundance.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to GFC for my two of my High School years and loved it. There was the expected hardships from my peers but the teachers and all of the staff were just wonderful. They really wanted to know you as a person and wanted you to succeed as students. Go Knights!

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended this school for two years. [The] faculty tries their best but the problem is that like a lot of schools it's underfunded and a lot of the students are delinquents.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son has attended Central HS for 1+ yr. There are many extra curricular activities; academics and sports. Admin and teachers have expressed sensitivity to my son as a new student. They have willingly worked with him to help him through difficult times. The environment is very safe. We have attended sports drama music and dance activities. There is well established parent involvement. I would recommend this school.

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