Welcome to Central High School

Home of the Trojans!

Located at the base of Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City Central High School is one of three high schools in the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) district.

Central High School offers many exciting classroom opportunities that translate into real world skills. Robotics, yearbook, school newspaper, broadcasting, marketing, and many more electives are offered to students; not to mention the countless art and music options available. With their close proximity to the local college, dual enrollment is a viable option for all students meeting the necessary requirements. Early College and Advanced Placement classes are also offered.

As a larger high school, Central High School utilizes a Small Learning Communities (SLCs) approach that transforms the school into smaller, close-knit academies where students can find their voice, experience increased personalization, and where educational standards are enhanced through teacher collaboration. Through SLCs, students develop close, personal relationships with both peers and educators alike. The SLC model allows students to pursue their interests and passions in an academic environment that establishes the interconnectedness and importance of a child’s educational experience. Learn more about SLCs and the academy structure at Central High School.

TC Central Among the Top 5% in the State!

The Washington Post has named TC Central High School  among “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”  Central High School ranked # 18 in Michigan. This ranking is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in encouraging all students to take college-level courses and tests. (External Link2017 High School Challenge Report)



U.S. News & World Report also listed Traverse City Central High School on its 2016 Best High Schools report, recognizing them among the best high schools in the nation for helping students build a strong foundation for a successful future.



Our Mission

To be a nurturing community of learners, ensuring that all young adults become responsible, productive, self-expressive individuals able to achieve their full potential through a safe, learner-centered cooperative partnership that celebrates diversity, creativity, and excellence.