School Details

Central High School

250 18th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 733-6378

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 738 students 13 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • The Newark Public Schools average
  • New Jersey state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central High School is a public high school in Newark. The principal of Central High School is Mr Ras Baraka, who can be contacted at 738 students go to Central High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 5% of the Central High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 738 students here have subsidized lunches.The class size at Central High School is 15, and the student to teacher ratio is 13:1. West Market Street Vocational School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 57%
Hispanic 8% 34%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.8%
Asian 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 82%
Limited English proficiency 5% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    this is my school beacuse they have great academics for students and the also have athletic activities for students as well

  • (1 year ago)

    Well I haven't seen the new school but the old school was incredible I loved it....I miss my school cant wait to come back home to see the new school......

  • (5 years ago)

    i love the school.its so big and nice just for the kids that atned

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe CHS is a great school. I think that under our new leadership we will become of New Jersey's leading highs schools. I think the students are great and the staff is incredible.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that central hight school is a great school overall..We have great staff and students..We work as one and come together as a body and work towards success!

  • (8 years ago)

    I personally think that Central is a great learning experience for my son.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a recent graduate of Central High School. The school is great it has a real family like feel to it. The staff is excellent. Just like any other school it has it's share of problems but overall I was very satisfied with the education I recieved at Central High School.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student of CHS. I miss the school very much. I believe the teachers in this school are the best that I have ever met. Years from now Central High can be in a good place if they try hard to be the best.

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(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

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