School Details

Central High School

70 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 456-9111

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1161 students 13 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Providence School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central High School is a public high school in Providence. 1,161 students attend Central High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 80% of the 1,161 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Central High School is 13:1. Providence Career and Technical School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Asian 9% %
Hispanic 67% 60%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 12%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 87%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    horrible school...don't send your kids to this school is wasting time.. no improvement.... i went to this school last year and it was a mess kids bulling other students all the time..

  • (2 years ago)

    Central high has come a long way. As a graduated Senior i believe this school has given me all the tools i needed to have a successful experience when applying to college. The administration and teachers have been working no stop to improve curriculum in our classes. The success in our sports have created also created an amazing student environment full of possitive experiences and school spirit. This school has come a long way!

  • (3 years ago)

    this school has improved so much duriong the past few years. as a student i am proud of my school and i know that with the hard work of the students and teachers it will only get better. the entire building was red-done a while back but it still feels brand new both students and faculty have maintained the building as beautiful as its looks. i just love the environment and the relationships and respect between teachers and students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Central is a great educational environment I'm a new freshmen and I heard alot of awful rumors about Central. Rumors aren't true! I am proud to be a student here! our newspaper is great! we have awesome classes and programs. we have new books and the schools out look alone looks better than classical! The immediate reaction of teachers and the principals to inappropriate behavior is amazing! I love Central High

  • (6 years ago)

    The standard of the the school is above average but the students tend to be unserious.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attends Central high school and it is a great enviornment. There's never any fights and any trouble going on there which makes it easier for students to learn instead of having to deal with drama and gossip. The whole school is being remodeled and no nonsence is being tolerated at this school. When my son was a freshmen there were gangmembers running around the school looking for fights. He is now a senior and he hasn't even heard people argue loudly since then. The students there are determined and will be proud to know they graduated from Central high school.

  • (7 years ago)

    this school is getting way better believe me i was there from freshman year and now im a junior.

  • (10 years ago)

    I was 1 of the many students the graduated June/2004. This school is slowly moving in an upward position just like most of the other providence schools. The only difference being that my peers and the rest of the population at Central High school are determined to get those scores up. The Administrators Teachers Guidance personnel and the rest of the staff only care about giving their students the best to their ability. It's gone a long way since 4 years ago where there were fights and gangs running around the grounds everyday. Now that the environment has changed with the introduction of Principal Decarlo repairs to the building and expelling of all that hurt the social climate so have the test scores. The students there are determined and proud to know they graduated from Central.

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