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.|
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, 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 four 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 a student takes an after school course or is 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 performing in a parade, competition, or other such activity). These activities are considered extracurricular and do not count towards school credits.
The school has also partnered with Mesa State College to offer college level courses for student who are excelling at the high school level.
Central publishes a school newspaper titled The Warrior, which highlights school issues.