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Central High School

135 Fletcher Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Main Office Phone: (516) 561-4400


Principal: Dr. Joseph Pompilio
Assistant Principals: Robert Milani, Mathew Pearson

A Message from Central's Principal - Dr. Joseph Pompilio

Valley Stream Central High School welcomes you to a world encompassing tradition, pride, and achievement. Our diverse student population in grades 10 to 12, experiences the routines of high school on a daily basis. Out of these routines come dreams, goals, and success.

The academic program at Central ranges from an array of Advanced Placement Courses to supporting instructional resources. Students are challenged by dedicated teachers on a daily basis creating a rigorous academic environment. Personalized academic experiences exists at Central where student achievement is realized in and out of the classroom, and each student receives comprehensive support from every staff member in the building. Our strong parent involvement is essential for sustaining our successful school.

In my diverse educational experience, responsibility and discipline remain instrumental in establishing a serious academic environment. Students must demonstrate responsibility in all facets of high school life and must be accountable for their actions. Students should realize that school is a dignified place and dress and behavior must be appropriate. As educators, we prepare your son or daughter for future education and employment and therefore every class, every interaction with a teacher, and every challenge is relevant to the future.

While clearly defining student expectations, Central High School is committed to providing our students with nothing less than exceptional educational opportunities. Our Performing Arts program allows students to pursue a rigorous academic program while being immersed in the arts. Our culinary, cosmetology, and business programs are comparable to professional school programs. Central’s extracurricular activities and athletic programs are numerous, diverse, and engaging.

I could continue this introduction of Central High School by listing statistics, columns of information and academic course descriptions. Despite the importance of specific information, a paramount requirement for understanding Central is to be exposed, even for one day, to the students and teachers who demonstrate the ideals of high school existence.


Central HS Celebrates Black History Month

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Valley Stream Central High School honored Black History Month with several events and activities in February. Motivational guests and students alike sparked positive, moving conversations while sharing important knowledge and advice. 

Author Troy Lewis spent Feb. 6 at Central, where he addressed English and social studies classes in the library. He spoke about the importance of voting, segregation and integration and discussed important messages from his book, “Gas Money.” Lewis’s concept of Gas Money represents people who supported him and subsequently helped him reach his destination.

On Feb. 12, highly respected author, speaker and educational advocate Geoffrey Canada stood before students, staff, administrators and members of the Board of Education in the auditorium for a presentation and question and answer session. A Valley Stream resident, he described his background, greatest influences and strategies for success. Canada established the Harlem Children’s Zone, a network of programs that strives to help children in areas of poverty achieve success through support and services inside and outside of school, is chairman of the Children's Defense Fund's board of directors and published two books that focus on poverty and violence. 

Canada emphasized the points that students should take grades seriously and keep their goals set high. 

“Grades do matter, but they shouldn’t define who you are,” he said. “You should always believe that you can get that top grade if you work hard.” 
The tributes and observations continued on Feb. 13 with an annual event held in the library. Students spoke about impactful Black Americans who have contributed to the world as leaders, civil rights activists, artists, writers, athletes and more.  Under the direction of Lisa DiChiara, Library Media Specialist, students from English and African American History classes shared information about their featured individuals and explained how they have inspired them. 

These are just some of the many inspiring ways that Valley Stream schools have honored Black History Month. 
Saturday, March 28, 2020