Central High School (Grand Junction, Colorado)
|Central High School|
|Grand Junction, Colorado
|Type||Public secondary school|
|School district||Mesa County Valley School District 51|
|Color(s)||red and white|
|Athletics||Varsity Boys and Girls sports|
|School hours||7:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.|
Central High School is a public secondary school for grades 9-12 located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Its enrollment is 1522, and it is operated by Mesa County Valley School District No. 51. Central High offers many extracurricular organizations, sports, and clubs. A small sample of these would be football, baseball, tennis, soccer, Chess club, marching band, and Knowledge Bowl. The school also hosts the local JROTC classes. Students from around the Grand Valley are welcome to participate and can arrange their schedules through the district accordingly. Central publishes a school newspaper titled, "The Warrior," which highlights the most current school issues. In August 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama led a televised "town hall meeting" on healthcare reform at Central High School.
Central High offers a wide variety of classes, from basic computing to Advanced Placement Statistics and Calculus. To graduate from Central High, a student must have 25 "credits", obtained by completing classes. The schedule (as of 2006; this may change in 2007) is divided into four "block" classes in the day and four quarters in the year. It is possible to earn 0.5 credit per quarter per block. Set up this way, a student could earn 8 credits during one school year and 32 credits during 4 years of high school. This allows for students to retake failed classes and improve their grades without delaying their graduation. The exception to the 8 credits per year is if you take an after school course or are involved in a zero hour class. Zero hour classes take place 90 minutes (one standard block class length) before school and count for the standard amount of credits. After school courses include marching band and jazz band. These also count for the regular 0.5 credit per class earning. However, after school classes tend to entail activities outside of school (perhaps going to perform in a parade, competition, or other such activity). These activities are considered extracurricular and do not count towards school credits.
This school has also partnered with Mesa State College to offer college level courses if the student is excelling at high school level.