Student Scholars

3 Students Learning in Unit 4 Schools

A legacy of excellence

  • Over the past three years, four students have achieved a score of 36—a perfect score—on the ACT.
  • More than 250 students have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT over the past three years.
  • More than $4.9 million in scholarships were awarded to the class of 2012 (up from $4.6 million in 2011).
  • Placement into some of the nation’s top colleges, including:

Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Northwestern University, Washington University, Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Claremont McKenna College, University of Illinois

  • National Honor Society : 284 members in the class of 2012
  • 5 National Merit Semifinalists for 2012-2013.
  • Established alumni network across the nation.

A future brighter than ever

  • Top-notch course offerings, including 13 AP Courses offered at Central and 15 offered at Centennial.
  • World-class faculty in the heart of Champaign, with more than 50% holding Master's degrees or higher.
  • Dual Credit offerings through Parkland College help students get a head start at select colleges.
  • Brand-new College and Career Centers at Central and Centennial High Schools.
  • Proximity to University of Illinois and the Research Park, offering hands-on research opportunities and internships.
  • Competitive athletics programs at each high school.
  • Award-winning band, orchestra, vocal music, visual arts, performing arts, and speech programs.

Two High Schools, Two Legacies

Central High School

  • Established in 1870
  • 610 W. University Avenue, Champaign, IL
  • Mascot:  Maroons
  • # of Students:  1,307
  • Average Class Size:  16.6

Centennial High School

  • Established in 1966
  • 913 S. Crescent Drive, Champaign, IL
  • Mascot:  Chargers
  • # of Students:  1,459
  • Average Class Size: 24.6

Tools for success from the very start

  • Magnet themes at three elementary schools, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at the Booker T. Washington STEM Academy.
  • International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme at Garden Hills Elementary.
  • Leadership in MicroSociety at Stratton Elementary.
  • Gifted Classrooms for grades 2-5 in four elementary schools.
  • Honors level courses in language arts and mathematics at the middle school level.
  • Junior Honor Society at each middle school.
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