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About This School

Pickerington High School Central is a public high school in Pickerington. The principal of Pickerington High School Central is Mr. Zachary B. Howard and can be contacted at 1,670 children attend Pickerington High School Central and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 14% of the 1,670 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 20% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pickerington High School Central is 17:1. Pickerington High School North is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 65%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 18%
Economically disadvantaged 14% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My son absolutely loves his school! We are so impressed with how helpful the teachers and staff are. They really care about the kids education & work hard to make school a fun filled learning environment. There are so many options for courses to choose from that my son is never bored. Many different races cultures & backgrounds but none of that matters! Everyone is welcomed here!!!! My family absolutely loves this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    As the parent of a freshman at Central I am very impressed with this school. The staff and principal are great--they have fun with the kids (even making a dance video of a popular song during spirit week). My child is in honors classes and will be taking AP college level credit classes by his junior year. We not seen any problems (fights lockdowns etc.) since we have been there. The music program is outstanding and the support for athletics is strong. Pickerington Schools have strong community support and parent involvement. All in all a great school in a school district that is Excellent With Disctinction! Pickerington is a great place to live and raise a family!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son graduated in 2011 from Central and he was very prepared for college. In fact he was accepted to OSU Main Campus for his freshman year. He also was considered a sophomore after his first quarter at OSU due to all of the college credits he earned and classes he tested out of as a direct result from being a student at Central. Additionally Central didn't have as many cliques as North did. Students are more accepted at Central.

  • (3 years ago)

    I had a grandson graduate from Central in 2009 and another will graduate in 2012. They are both more than prepared accademically for their college experience thanks to the hard working and concerned teachers which helped both of them maintain over a 4.00 grade average. The administration at this high school operates a good program and seems to have effective control of the student body. School spirit is high and students are enjoying their experience opportunities at Central.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've been a student at PHSC for over three years now we have great teachers that continue to challenge everyone. We have great sports programs and the students are very supportive of our football team. Also our music department is wonderful. We have an AA Marching Band that has been to the Rose Bowl and Macy's Day Parade several time and has achieved a 1 at states 21 out of 22 years. We have a great well rounded school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Staff & parents create a fantastic atmosphere for the kids !!

  • (3 years ago)

    Despite a recent school split and several admin. changes Pickerington Central continues to provide the best of everything for its students and is only getting better.

  • (4 years ago)

    The people in the area are great BUT the school district is definitely BELOW average. Those that give good ratings to this district have not been in or around other local schools (Dublin Arlington Grove City Hilliard and Gahanna) just local families THINK that their school is great when in fact if they ventured around town they could find many better with less drama

  • (5 years ago)

    I am an upcoming sophomore at PHSC fights break out occasionaly and some students act out what schools doesnt have those problems? This is a great school for education the teachers really are into helping the students learn to their ability and even beyond that. I used to not want to go to school before high school but now i hop right up in the morning and I'm upset when the bell rings to leave 9th period because I love school. PHSC is a fantastic school with great academics and an amazing football team.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can't say that PHSC is any different than the rest of the schools in Pickerington and around the country. As a parent who has volunteered for the last 8 years I can honesty say that out of control kids are everywhere. When parents stop parenting make excuses for their childs bad behavior and tie the hands of the school district when it comes to discipline there's not much you can do. The PHSC staff are doing the best that they can considering that not only do many students disrespect them but also the parents. I'm very proud to be a Tiger Mom. My son a freshman is receiving a wonderful education and is an A student. I support PLSD and will continue to do so as they have a fabulous record when it comes to education.

  • (5 years ago)

    The leaders of this school have an absolute tolerance policy. They allow children to walk in and out of classes without penalty. Classrooms are so loud noisy and uncontrolled that the office workers can not even call into the classroom - they must utilize office workers to run notes to teachers. Fights break out daily - no one ever hears of students being penalized - oh I'm sorry - they serve 'In School Suspension' - which means they get to complete all assignments in a separate room from the norm! Where's the penalty in this? If a child acts up they get sent home! This doesn't happen in Pickerington! Wish I had an accurate review of the schools before moving here!

  • (5 years ago)

    I go here everyday and eventhough i dont particularly like alot of the normalhigh school drama i can say from experience this school is friggin awesome it forces students to challenge themselves and to the parent talking about students coming in and starting fights most fight are from kids who have been here for years lol its funny to hear parents bashing others for their childs mistakes this school rocks and I love it

  • (5 years ago)

    As a recent graduate of PHSC I can safely tell you that the school is not going down the drain. I am currently an education major and I know the quality of schools in comparison to PHSC. It has great extracurricular activities and after school programs. Yes it is getting more racially diverse but that does not mean it will have an 'education and discipline crisis.' Many schools face discipline problems and PHSC has a new principal that needs to settle in and understand his student body before he can fix the major problems. Students do not move into the district just to create fights and lower the test scores. The schools has wonderful teachers and administrators that provide a wonderful learning environment for all levels of students. The past few years has been quite rough but it is still by far a great school in comparison to others in Ohio.

  • (7 years ago)

    Pickerington High school Central is getting worse every single year. Year after year more and more students who have no interest in education and just want to socialize and get into fights move to the district and make the school's test scores lower and lower. There are many extracurricular activities but fewer students are joining every year. If this path continues Pickerington Central will be in an education and discipline crisis.

  • (7 years ago)

    A spirited school that has a lot to offer to students. Academics porvide a challenge for the students and they demand a lot out of the older teens. Preparing them for the best. Music arts and drama are exceptionally fantastic. We have a award winning Choral group and a outgoing drama department. Art is provided at a amazing level and the teachers work with students to prepare them for art college if they choose. I wouldnt call this a parent orientented school. for the most part the students play the most involvment in what happens in terms of school activities but thats not a negative. It teaches them a lot.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school was 'okay'. I was not impressed. Respect seemed to be lacking.

  • (8 years ago)

    Pickerington schools offer academic excellance while provide extracurricular activities. Every student is given the opportunity for college. The downside of this school system are the taxes! Also overcrowding in this particular school was a problem

  • (9 years ago)

    Pickerington central is becoming out of control. The generations of students are becoming less encouraged to go through school and lack the power to behave in school. There are kids that are immature in 10th and 11th grade. Making our teachers break down and feel powerless. You dont kow the quality of Pickerington Central unless you are a currently a student their.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quite possibly the best high school in the central Ohio area. No other school in the area can quite match up especially in the arts music and drama departments. Athletic education and social acceptance are top notch and you can really tell that the teachers focus personally on the students' needs.

  • (10 years ago)

    Overall a great school! A graduate myself and with two children in the school right now I am thoroughly satisfied. Only complaint is that many teachers are not open to alternative viewpoints... but you'll have that at every school.

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