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Central Academy of Excellence is committed to a culture of continuous improvement in which everyone is working to improve teaching and learning throughout the organization.  We are committed to studying research and best practices, in order to provide a strong instructional program. 

Dr. Larry Gray - Principal

Bell Times: 7:20 am - 2:35 pm

School Advisory Committee: Danita Saffold, Parent Liaison
Special Programs: A+, Pylons
Organizations: College for Every Student, Parks and Rec, YMCA on site, Student Leadership, Peer Mediation, ROTC, Foster Grandparents, AllStars
Athletics: Basketball, Cheerleading, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country Football
Transportation: 418-8825

College for Every Student - CFES 

Central High School is proud to be one of the 150 schools that is home to "College for Every Student" (CFES). CFES is a nonprofit organization that is committed to raising the academic aspirations and performances of students, as they prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. The core practices of CFES are Pathway's to College, Mentoring and Leadership through Service. CHS has over 35 students who are currently a part of this program as they continue their education at Central.

Central Readers are Leaders Book Clubs

Central book clubs 7th - 8th grades and 9-12th grades are having a great time this year gathering and talking about books. We are fortunate that Ms. Mary Thompson of the Kansas City Public Library-Bluford Branch comes and joins the activities. The book clubs have read a total of eight books and are looking forward to beginning a new semester of reading. The partnership with the Kansas City Public Library system offers our students library cards, and encourages students to attend events at their local library branch.

ING Grant 

Over 15 students have signed on to participate in the ING Grant program "Segregation Denied". The students will be visiting three historical sites to understand how desegregation has affected the current educational climate. After the students take their field trips, they will interview graduates from the Central High School class of 1959, who are members of the first fully integrated class after the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision in 1954, Come back to view the updates on the website as the students create a documentary of their journey into the past in order to reshape the future.

Positive Behavior Support Intervention

Beginning second semester, the 7th and 8th grade team will be introducing the Positive Behavior Support Intervention system to the Central High School middle school grade students. We will be working on four major areas for the students: "Be Respectful", "Be Responsible," "Be Productive" and "Be Safe", By working with the staff, students and parents we will continue to focus on raising student achievement in a positive way.

Pave The Way

Afterschool program for ages 16 through 18 (on-site)

Swope Parkway Health

Social Workers and Counseling Team  (on-site)

Ad Hoc Group Against Crime

 School/Neighborhood conflict resolution and mediation (on call)

Aim 4 Peace  

School/Neighborhood conflict resolution and mediation (on call)