About Us

  • Central is the oldest high school in the state of Minnesota, beginning its 150th year. Its rich traditions, including academic excellence, are widely celebrated. Families prize the high value we place on academics; the varied extra-curricular opportunities; our culture of constant innovation; and our focus on relationships as the center for learning. Central is an International Baccalaureate school and has offered the Diploma Programme since 1987, engaging students in topics that affect our community and the world. Our students also benefit from a variety of academic programs including Quest, Advanced Placement, College in the Schools, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), and French Immersion and German Immersion (among six world languages offered).

    College readiness opportunities include Upward Bound, College Possible, AVID, and the African American Male Initiative. Recently recognized as one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report, Central Senior High School offers opportunities for all.

    Many Traditions, One School

    Central is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City, which is home to 287,000 people. Central has the largest enrollment of the seven Saint Paul public high schools. Students in Saint Paul can attend any one of the seven.