Palm Beach Central High School

Public 9-12

 8499 Forest Hill Blvd
       Wellington, FL  33411-6550


(561) 304-1000

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
252nd of 792 Florida High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,466 Help


Feeder schools for Palm Beach Central High School:

Elementary:    Cholee Lake Elementary School
    Elbridge Gale Elementary School
    Equestrian Trails Elementary
    Everglades Elementary
Middle:    Emerald Cove Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  21.3 Help
Number of students:  2,980

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
42.2%
White:
29.9%
African American:
20.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  39.6% Help


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Compare Details Palm Beach Central High School ranks better than 68.2% of high schools in Florida. It also ranks 13th among 42 ranked high schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.3. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Palm Beach Central High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Palm Beach Central High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (42.2%), White (29.9%), African American (20%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 39.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palm Beach Central High School is 21.3. 35 high schools in the Palm Beach School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Palm Beach Central High School employs 139.8 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palm Beach Central High School is $10,466. 34 high schools in the Palm Beach School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Palm Beach Central High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach Central High School 252nd of 792 Florida public high schools. (See Palm Beach Central High School in the ranking list.)

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 45th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palm Beach Central High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 61.86 187th 484 61.4%
2005 74.19 112th 487 77.0%
2006 71.26 121st 477 74.6%
2007 73.73 128th 563 77.3%
2008 75.05 129th 577 77.6%
2009 68.61 167th 587 71.6%
2010 78.75 116th 620 81.3%
2011 75.93 138th 622 77.8%
2012 56.58 182nd 606 70.0%
2013 62.67 178th 648 72.5%
2014 63.29 203rd 687 70.5%
2016 57.24 204th 693 70.6%
2017 57.80 202nd 714 71.7%
2018 57.52 212th 716 70.4%
2019 60.81 189th 734 74.3%
2021 53.38 240th 746 67.8%
2022 56.85 214th 774 72.4%
2023 53.30 251st 792 68.3%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Palm Beach Central High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 1047 505 52 565 14 n/a n/a 0 2183
2005 1414 571 74 774 16 n/a n/a 0 2849
2006 1322 363 82 646 11 n/a n/a 0 2424
2007 1356 374 70 704 11 n/a n/a 80 2595
2008 1388 414 76 712 6 n/a n/a 86 2682
2009 1390 496 93 773 12 n/a n/a 114 2878
2010 1379 457 94 905 21 n/a n/a 70 2926
2011 1345 472 81 855 22 10 83 0 2868
2012 1281 506 92 872 22 4 86 0 2863
2013 1267 499 89 918 20 3 100 0 2896
2014 1194 521 94 926 18 1 99 0 2853
2015 1151 560 95 1026 21 4 96 0 2953
2016 1160 582 109 1047 22 4 86 0 3010
2017 1075 587 128 1064 25 4 85 0 2968
2018 1094 586 121 1127 16 5 84 0 3033
2019 1099 570 132 1159 16 2 87 0 3065
2020 1023 592 111 1145 14 3 78 0 2966
2021 961 580 115 1149 11 4 75 0 2895
2022 883 574 129 1151 17 8 69 0 2831
2023 892 596 129 1257 16 6 84 0 2980

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palm Beach Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 2183 97.0 22.5 21
2005 2849 147.0 19.4 19.6
2006 2424 132.0 18.4 18.2
2007 2595 136.0 19.1 17.5
2008 2682 148.0 18.1 17.6
2009 2878 183.8 18.2 22.1
2010 2926 149.0 19.6 23.7
2011 2868 147.0 19.5 25.8
2012 2863 148.0 19.3 28.4
2013 2896 149.0 19.4 29.7
2014 2853 150.0 19.0 37.2
2015 2953 151.0 19.5 39.3
2016 3010 156.0 19.2 43.2
2017 2968 154.0 19.2 43.7
2018 3033 153.0 19.8 45.1
2019 3065 147.0 20.8 43.8
2020 2966 148.0 20.0 46.1
2021 2895 150.0 19.3 55.4
2022 2831 148.0 19.1 56.2
2023 2980 139.8 21.3 39.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palm Beach Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 2183 97.0 22.5 21
2005 2849 147.0 19.4 19.6
2006 2424 132.0 18.4 18.2
2007 2595 136.0 19.1 17.5
2008 2682 148.0 18.1 17.6
2009 2878 183.8 18.2 22.1
2010 2926 149.0 19.6 23.7
2011 2868 147.0 19.5 25.8
2012 2863 148.0 19.3 28.4
2013 2896 149.0 19.4 29.7
2014 2853 150.0 19.0 37.2
2015 2953 151.0 19.5 39.3
2016 3010 156.0 19.2 43.2
2017 2968 154.0 19.2 43.7
2018 3033 153.0 19.8 45.1
2019 3065 147.0 20.8 43.8
2020 2966 148.0 20.0 46.1
2021 2895 150.0 19.3 55.4
2022 2831 148.0 19.1 56.2
2023 2980 139.8 21.3 39.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palm Beach Central High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $420 (5.6%) $7,014 (94.4%) $7,434
2019 $451 (5.9%) $7,256 (94.1%) $7,707
2020 $349 (4.0%) $8,400 (96.0%) $8,750
2021 $571 (6.2%) $8,643 (93.8%) $9,215
2022 $1,117 (11.2%) $8,885 (88.9%) $10,000
2023 $978 (9.3%) $9,488 (90.7%) $10,466

Data source: Florida Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palm Beach Central High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 189th of 734 High schoolsRanks 251st of 792 High schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach Central High School)6057
 3%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5654
 2%
   9th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5551
 4%
10th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach Central High School)6151
 10%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5452
 2%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5349
 4%
End of Course Biology 1 (Palm Beach Central High School)7871
 7%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Palm Beach)6963
 6%
   End of Course Biology 1 (Florida)6763
 4%
End of Course US History (Palm Beach Central High School)7770
 7%
   End of Course US History (Palm Beach)6962
 7%
   End of Course US History (Florida)7063
 7%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Palm Beach Central High School)5139
 12%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Palm Beach)6554
 11%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Palm Beach Central High School)6256
 6%
   End of Course Geometry (Palm Beach)6153
 8%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students30652980
 2.8%
African American570596
 4.6%
American Indian1616
Asian132129
 2.3%
Hispanic11591257
 8.5%
Pacific Islander26
 200%
White1099892
 18.8%
Two or More Races8784
 3.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43.8%39.6%
 4.2%


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Palm Beach Central High School ranks 252nd of 792 Florida high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,980 students attended Palm Beach Central High School.

Students at Palm Beach Central High School are 42% Hispanic, 30% White, 20% African American, 4% Asian, 3% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education. Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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