School Details

Warren Central High School

9500 East 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229
(317) 532-6200

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3589 students 25 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • M S D Warren Township School District average
  • Indiana state average

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About this school

Warren Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis. The principal of Warren Central High School is Mr Richard Shepler. 3,589 students attend Warren Central High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Warren Central High School students have "limited English proficiency." 63% of the 3,589 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Warren Central High School is 25:1. Walker Career Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 11%
Multiracial 6% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 50% 48%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 33%
Asian 0.6% 0.9%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.03% 0.06%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 69%
Limited English proficiency 5% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is a top rated school & everyone should come check it out because it is so good

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has many teachers who don't seem to understand what a teacher should do and everyone seems to do what they want and not in a good way. Kids talking about drugs here and there pregnant girls over there some other kids fighting. Not much at this school for success. Only way to try and achieve success is to ignore everyone around you.

  • (5 years ago)

    5- Warren Central has great parent participation. Almost all extra-curricular activities have their own parent booster organization dedicated to the success of the program. Warren Central also has a PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association.

  • (6 years ago)

    Warren Central allows students to achieve the most out of their academic career.

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently attend the school and they are cracking down on students which is fine with me because I don't want the school to be looking bad. We have the best sports teams and speech time. The PAC center and WCC is excellent. I take a engineering class and its a college course class. Its amazing. The more your involved in this school the better you are because you don't want to be just another face in the crowd. I love all my teachers there hard working and they do a pretty good job.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am greatly disappointed with this school. More money is spent on appearance and sports than education. When I first moved to the Indianapolis area I situated myself in Warren Township so that my son would be able to attend. That was 12yrs ago and boy am I not impressed. It appears that the counselors and teachers are more self-concerned than concerned about the students unless they are some all-star or sports player. Although I pay to rent books there are some they are never allowed to bring home. My child is as we speak studying for finals with just his notes. I don't know that this book I paid to rent even ever existed. I left a message for my son's counselor regarding his schedule for next school year over 2 months ago and I'm still waiting for a callback. The school is too big split it up.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of one who has graduated and one who is a senior this year I can honestly say that is is one of the best schools in the Marion county metro area. The teachers and staff are very helpful and have answered all my questions with respect. The choir and orchastra departments are both excellent. My daughter credits the teachers there with giving her the work ethic needed for Ball State which she is now into her junior year for a criminaligist degree. I hope this review has been of help and that your experiences are as fulfilling as my children were.

  • (10 years ago)

    Any parent out there with a daughter going to Warren Central please be aware! Your daughter may be in harms way with no one there that can help her- let's say no one will help her. No matter how many times you or her go to the principal it does not matter. They will say it is the girl's fault even if the boy admits or is caught on tape. The security and discipline in this school is..well lets say there is none. I tried calling several times to get involved to get help with this- a situation that is spinning out of control. Do your research you will find as I did the lawsuits for this very samething. Protect your child! Get involved! I am sorry to say it is for this reason after 15 years we are moving out of this district!

  • (10 years ago)

    I am very disappointed in Warren Central. I graduated from there myself and moved back to the district so that my child could attend Warren. I believe I made a serious mistake in doing that. The younger teachers try to inspire all the students but the rest simply lable them and treat them according to their lables. Most of the administrators try but they are so fixated on maintaining what they feel is necessary for discipline (and many of the rules are trivial and unnecessary) that they don't manage to accomplish real discipline. I truly believe that I made a real mistake in returning to the district and am working to rectify that error. The district still does a very good job at the elementary level.

  • (10 years ago)

    'Dub-C' is a great school. Maybe not the best but it's still pretty awesome. The principle is one of the best principles I've every had. He's funny has great leadership and is fully involved with the 3 500 students that attend WCHS. The teachers are pretty good and seem to be quite knowledgeable. As for the facilities...STATE-OF-THE-ART. They have a huge new Freshman Academy that separates the new-comers from the upper-classmen. Not to mention the Freshmen have their own cafeteria office and totally cool fieldhouse. Simply said the Freshmen are spoiled. WCHS also has a Walker Career Center and Performing Arts Center(WCC&PAC). This helps the students take real life preparing courses and the best thing it's not just for students. Classes like Denrtal Assisting and Engineering Design are avaliable for adults too. The only downfall to Warren is their security and parent involvement. I also think the school should be year-round.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that Warren is an excellent school and offers many opportunities not only to the students but for adults as well through the Carrer center. My only complaint is why is the tuition so high for a public school? And can they come up with a better reason for the cost besides being out of the district? I would like my son to attend this next fall he has already signed up for his classes and did better this past year then he did at the private school he attended the past three years. I told him I would get him there no matter what but honestly I have not a clue as to how I am going to do it. if anyone out there has an answer about any of this I would like to hear from you. B. Coilch

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school district. Warren Central High School boasts a top-notch performing arts center a brand-new Freshman Academy and excellence in academics and athletics. Part of what makes it such a great school is the racial and ethnic diversity that is so prominent; it really helps teach students the importance of respect towards those who are different than them. A school with such diversity better represents and introduces students to the real world that they will face in the future at college and in their jobs. The chance that a WCHS student will get the best education possible is extremely great at Warren Central. Great facilities professional and exceptional educators and a diverse range of respectful and intelligent students make Warren Central High School one of the best in Indiana if not the entire United States.

  • (11 years ago)

    As a graduate of Warren and someone who was very involved I know a lot about how the school works. As with any school it has its problems but I have to say that overall I truly enjoyed my time at Warren. I encountered some excellent teachers and made lasting friendships. Most of the teachers are serious about preparing their students for college and they do whatever they can to help. Being a certified band geek this is where I tell you that the band program is wonderful! I learned a lot about music and life and am now a music major at Ball State. And one last thing Principal Burchett is a wonderful wonderful man. He's very friendly and a truly elegant speaker. I heard many fine words from that man from the events of 9/11 to inspiration for the graduating class. Warren is a good school and I would encourage anyone to attend it.

  • (11 years ago)

    My children are afraid of negative repercussions if I comment on the school. Suffice to say I am extremely unhappy with the performance of the entire administration at Warren Central High School.

  • (11 years ago)

    Warren Central is a great school. Mr. Burchett is such a wonderful principal. Mr. Burchett as well as other staff enjoy helping students and keeping the school safe. Students that attend Warren Central can be guranteed a good learning experience.

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