School Details

Joliet Central High School

201 East Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-6740

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2877 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Joliet Twp Hsd 204 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Joliet Central High School is a public high school in Joliet. The principal of Joliet Central High School is John Randich. 2,877 students attend Joliet Central High School and are mostly Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 17% of the Joliet Central High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 67% of the 2,877 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 78% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Joliet Central High School is 17:1. Joliet Twp High School - Alternate is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 53% 41%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 26%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 30%
Asian 0.4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.03% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 64%
Limited English proficiency 17% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 67% 52%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Is a diverse learning community providing relevancy and rigor in instruction and promoting positive experiences and exposures for our students.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has great deans and staff that help the students achieve more in the community. Another thing that makes this school a great school is that we have a wide variety of diversity... and we all get along. The Bad Incidents SOME security guards can be overwhelming when confronting students. I've personally experienced harassment by a teacher BUT our deans and principal helped me with situations like this. They have helped me and my peers with incidents you see at any school. The staff really does care about us and how we learn and do more than they are supposed to to make sure we get far. There is a numerous amount of teachers who stay after when they aren't required to and you can feel how determined they are to helping us achieve. Central is a 5 in my opinion. Go Steelmen!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my senior Year (CLASS OF 2011!!) I moved from chicago which i have lived in my whole life to this school. I was scared at first because i didnt know anyone and as you can tell this school is huge but the students and teachers got me involved in alot of activities. The teachers here care about the students not only their jobs. I am really happy with this school and how they treat us. They get us ready for the real world. All the teachers know what they are doing. There is alot of mixed ethnicities at this school. I am proud i will be a Steelmen my whole life. GO STEELMEN!!! CLASS OF 2011!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Having my child in a private school for 9 years I was a little hesitant to send my child to Joliet Central. But with the 1st semester behind us I can truly say I am proud to be a steelman parent. My child is in all the honor classes and involved in sports. He enjoys his school day. The teachers are very dedicated and committed to learning and seem to enjoy their students. I m impressed with the communication between parents and teachers. I was afraid with the large student body that it would be difficult to stay involved in my child's education but that was not the case!

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Joliet Central for 4 years. I scored a 29 on my ACT currently attend the University of Illinois and I am just as well off academically as other students from any other school. As with all schools Central has it's problems. State test scores show that we tested poorly and unfortunately at Central there are a lot of students that don't care about their education. But that doesn't matter because a student will get out of high school what they're willing to put in. The teachers I had in the honors program are great and they are some of the best motivated teachers I have ever met or heard of. All graduates have had different experiences there but I can say with near 100% certainty that all of us who have moved on to bigger and better things will agree with most of what I have just stated.

  • (5 years ago)

    This a really great school to go to. The teachers are great some of the kids are cool. It helps you get prepaired for college. GO STEELMEN

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is run on rules not education. It is a joke! Do not sent your children here they will struggle in college. As for diversity yes has alot of blacks and mexicans and whites. The impression I got from those groups was disgraceful. I hope to god that is not how it is in the real world! Please don't send your children here! For there own sake....

  • (9 years ago)

    Joliet Central has a lot to offer academically but I think its greatest strength is the diversity. We have students of so many different cultures and so many different ability levels and disabilities that any student who attends here is much better prepared for 'the real world' than those students who attend schools that tend to be all white or that are more aimed at college prep.

  • (9 years ago)

    i go to JTHS Central and I love it there! the teachers are all highly qualified it's a landmark and i'm walking through history every time i walk into that school. the music program there is excellent! there is a class in that huge school to meet every student's want and need. they send letters home when needed but parent involvement could be a bit better. all in all i love my school and there's nothing anyone can do to change that.

  • (10 years ago)

    Test scores? Children are apathetic at this age to testing unless it involves some sort of personal gain. This is hands down the most excellent school I have ever observed at attended or sent my children to. The racial/ethnic mix is very condusive to learning. For the person who graded the school so low based on cleanliness a teacher's job is to teach not enforce petty rules. The only thing that this school is lacking is parental support and involvement which it needs. If parents care students tend to care.

  • (10 years ago)

    I went to JT for three years then I moved to Oklahoma. I love JT more than anything and I miss it more than anyone will know. So what if the test scores aren't that good? That doesn't mean that the school isn't teaching us it just means that the junior class doesn't care. Don't put the blame on the whole school for something that a couple of kids do. I don't see anyone complaining about West which isn't fair. And plenty of kids care about Central. Central would be a better school if we got some funding now and then. Everything goes to West which isn't fair at all. Get more involved!

  • (10 years ago)

    I am recent graduate of Joliet Central and I think that its is a fantastic school! There are many oppertunities there for students to take advantage of. The school is very diverse. You don't get that from most schools. It also has rich tradition history and alot of school spirit. I was accepted to every college I applied to because of that great education I received there. I am so glad that I had the oppertunity to go there. I couldn't imagine going to any other high school!

  • (10 years ago)

    A lot more needs to be done about the cleanliness of the school. Teachers this falls on you. Students need more enforcement on this issue. Also more individual teaching for our learning disability students. What happened to no gum chewing in school. We need to take better care of a historic building like Central. Central can look that good. When the staff shows the students they care then they will care and have more pride in their school. Thank you.

  • (11 years ago)

    I attended this school for three and half semesters. This school is not to bad for the students but I would not want to send my kids here (if I had some). As you can tell by the test results it is not very academically friendly. Not the most quality education. There are too many class interuptions to deal with discipline problems. I only had three classes my senior year. This school provides you with hte bare minimum requirements.

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