Centennial High School Profile 2011-2012 Accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education 4300 Centennial Lane • Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 • 410-313-2856 • centennialeagles.org • ETS Code: 210509 Principal All Howard County public high schools are consistently ranked among the region’s Dr. Carl S. Perkins and the country’s best high schools by the Washington Post and Newsweek. Assistant Principals Kevin Dorsey Joelle Miller Community Pamela West Centennial High School is located in a rapidly developing county with great diversity in socio- Counseling Office economic and ethnic groups. Its proximity to Baltimore and Washington provides a multitude of 410-313-2857 educational, social and cultural opportunities. Centennial High School, which opened in FAX: 410-313-2534 September, 1977, has enjoyed a history of outstanding student performance in academic, athletic and the visual and performing arts. Academic achievement measures rank Centennial High School Instructional Team Leader Jennifer McKechnie Howe as one of the top public high schools in the state of Maryland. The present enrollment of 1,440 email@example.com students in grades nine through twelve is drawn from Ellicott City. Centennial High School’s mission is to: Counselors • provide opportunities for all students to grow academically, artistically, and athletically; Jae Hi Hebler firstname.lastname@example.org • exhibit creative thinking, an excitement for learning, and a spirit of inquiry; • maintain a safe and emotionally supportive environment; Todd Kriner • cultivate skills for success in a diverse and changing world; email@example.com • foster mutual respect and individual integrity. Christian Sanders firstname.lastname@example.org Centennial High School is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. Ellen Mauser email@example.com Highlights Psychologist Centennial High School has maintained an enviable reputation as one of the premier high schools Susan Garner in the state of Maryland. In 2008, Centennial was recognized nationally by U.S. News and World firstname.lastname@example.org Report as a Silver Award Winner, America’s Best High Schools. Registrars Cathy Aballo Centennial was named one of the top 1600 schools nationally by Newsweek Magazine in 2010 and email@example.com ranked 238 of that 1600. This ranking was based on the advanced placement challenge index for the year. In recent years, the many stakeholders at CHS have worked very hard to diversify our Amy Francis firstname.lastname@example.org learning opportunities in order to meet student needs and interests. Humanities, Photography, Chinese Language, African-American Literature and History, Advanced Composition, and Career Data Clerk Academies are a few of the many unique course offerings that help Centennial maintain the Linda Thompson “Commitment to Excellence.” email@example.com Secretary Anne Drnec Instructional Program firstname.lastname@example.org Centennial has a comprehensive program which recognizes the differences in students’ abilities, It is the policy of the Howard County needs and goals. The curriculum is designed to provide all students the opportunity to achieve their Public School System not to greatest potential. Offerings are available in the area of college preparation, career connections, disclose a student’s discipline and special needs programs. [Courses are listed by Review, Regular, Honors (Hon), Gifted and record. This statement should not Talented (GT), and Advanced Placement (AP).] be construed to imply that this applicant has any disciplinary record. The Humanities Gifted and Talented Program (two credits, two periods) is a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching English Language Arts and sequential Social Studies. It incorporates the cultural arts through the use of auxiliary staff. Specifically, the Humanities program includes the following: Humanities I (Grade 9) English 9 (GT), World History (GT) Humanities II (Grade 10) English 10 (GT), Government & Politics (AP) Humanities III (Grade 11) English 11 (GT), U.S. History (AP) Humanities IV (Grade 12) English 12 (AP/GT), 20th Century History Enrollment Ethnicity Total enrollment: 1440 White 53.9% Senior Class: 334 African American 7.2% High School Credit Requirements Asian 30.1% 4 credits - English Class of 2011 Decisions Hispanic 4.2% 3 credits - Mathematics Four Year College: 78.0% Native American 0.2% Two Year College: 18.0% Two or More Races 4.4% one in Algebra/Data Analysis Students Receiving Special Services 2011 one in Geometry Class of 2011 Statistics: Limited English Proficient 2.2% SAT: Critical Reading:580/Math:611/Writing:583 Free/Reduced Lunch 8.2% 3 credits - Science ACT: 28 Special Education 5.7% one in Biology National Merit Finalists: 9 two that must include laboratory Grading System experience in any or all of the A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 E = 50-59 & below following areas: earth science, life N = Greater than 20% absence – no credit awarded science, physical science Z = Exam not taken – no credit awarded 3 credits - Social Studies W = Withdrawn from course one in U.S. History X = Late enrollment in class; no credit awarded one in Modern World History The Howard County Public School System has adapted a tri-level Certificate of Merit program one in American Government that recognizes students who have an un-weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1 credit - Fine Arts at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have earned a minimum of 12 credits in merit courses. The l/2 credit - Physical Education levels of recognition vary with the student's GPA and the number of advanced courses taken. l/2 credit - Health Education Class Rank and GPA 1 credit - Technology Education The Howard County Public School System computes both a weighted and un-weighted Class a number of designated courses Rank/GPA for each senior. Both are determined at the beginning of the senior year and will fulfill this requirement include all courses completed through junior year. The un-weighted rank/GPA is computed by counting all courses equally on a 4.0 scale The weighted rank/GPA is computed by weighting 2-4 credits - Program Choice: Advanced Placement (AP), Gifted and Talented (GT), and Honors courses in which a Two credits in World Language or student earns an A, B or C. In AP and GT courses, students will earn the weighted American Sign Language designation of 1.0 additional quality points. In Honors courses, students will earn the or weighted designation of .5 quality points. Weighted and non-weighted Class Rank and GPA two credits in an approved Advanced both appear on the high school transcript. Technology Program Advanced Placement Courses or four credits in a Career Academy Art III, IV Calculus C United States History (state-approved Career and Computer Science III, IV Biology European History Technology Education Completer English 12 Environmental Science Microeconomics/Macroeconomics program). French V Chemistry Psychology 1-3 credits - Electives Spanish V Physics Total: 21 Statistics Government & Politics Calculus AB Students must also: Complete the Career Preparation Where our graduates are: requirement American Univ., Bowie State Univ., Boston Univ., BrighamYoung Univ., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Complete 75 hours of Student Christopher Newport Univ., Coastal Carolina Univ., College of New Jersey, College of William and Service Learning. Mary, Cornell Univ., Dickinson College, Drexel Univ., Duke Univ., Duquesne Univ., East Carolina Univ., Elizabethtown College, Elon Univ., Emory Univ., Florida State Univ., Fordham Univ., Franklin Pass the High School Assessments and Marshall Univ., Frostburg State Univ., George Mason Univ., George Washington Univ., (HSA's) for algebra/data analysis, Georgetown Univ., Georgia Tech., Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Harvard Univ., High Point biology, and English 10, or meet Univ., Hofstra Univ., Howard Comm. College, Immaculata Univ., Indiana Univ., Hood College, other criteria established by the Ithaca College, James Madison Univ., Johns Hopkins Univ., Lehigh Univ., Lynchburg College, Maryland Department of Education Marshall Univ., McDaniel College, Md. Inst. Col. Of Art, Michigan State Univ., Mt. St. Mary’s Univ., to receive a Maryland diploma. Northeastern Univ., Ohio State Univ., Penn State Univ., Princeton Univ., Randolph Macon College, Roanoke College, Rutgers Univ., Salisbury Univ., St. Joseph’s Univ., Shenandoah Univ., Shepherd Univ., Shippensburg Univ., Stevenson Univ., Swarthmore College, St. Mary’s College of Md., Stevenson Univ., Syracuse Univ., Temple Univ., Towson Univ., Tufts Univ., Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Md. Baltimore County(UMBC), Univ. of Md. College Park(UMCP), Univ. of Chicago., Univ. of Conn., Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Ill. Champaign-Urbana, Univ. of Mass., Univ. of Michigan, Univ., of Notre Dame, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Richmond, Univ. of South Carolina, Univ. of Southern Calif., Univ., of Virginia, Vanderbilt Univ., Vassar College, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest Univ., Washington College, Wash. Univ. in St. Louis, West Virginia Wesleyan Univ., West Virginia Univ., Widener Univ., Xavier College, York College.
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