Award Year: 2015

Central High School

1147 Susan Avenue
Woodstock, VA, 22664-1043

(540) 459-2161

Ms. Melissa D. Hensley, Principal at time of Nomination

Shenandoah County Public Schools

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Central High School is committed to a tradition of academic excellence, a culture of collaboration, and a vision of global impact.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %


Central High School opened its doors in 1959 when the tone was set for what would forever be the underlying foundation to a tradition of academic excellence. This foundation is characterized by a team effort of dedicated and inspired students, teachers, staff, parents, and interested citizens working cooperatively to establish for our school a set of values destined to make Central and our graduates great for years to come. The school offers a variety of courses ranging from Advanced Placement courses to Honors courses to dual enrollment courses. The school also offers specialized programming for students of all academic levels. These programs include: a post graduate program for students with intellectual disabilities, i.e. Learning Independence for Everyday (LIFE); BioMedical Program; JROTC program; and a preschool program. Teachers and staff utilize research-based instructional strategies including: flipped classroom model, blended learning model, project based learning, competent learner model, and STEM. Academic programming is enhanced through internships designed to provide students the opportunity to explore career options before graduation. The desire to constantly improve is illustrated through the faculty lead One School, One Goal and Instructional Collaborators initiatives which are designed to continuously examine and improve the teaching and learning process. The strong sense of Falcon Pride is characterized by the same "esprit' de corps" that holds the quest for academic excellence at the forefront and challenges the Falcon community to continuously excel academically, while lighting a path for all students to be career ready upon graduation.