Award Year: 2022

Valley Stream Central High School

135 Fletcher Avenue
Valley Stream, NY, 11580-4052

(516) 561-4410

Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal at time of Nomination

Valley Steam Central High School District

School Website


Valley Stream Central High School is dedicated to educating students to develop desired moral, ethical, and cultural values, to stimulate and expand a continual learning process and to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, which will enable them to function effectively as independent individuals in a democratic society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 40%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 29%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Students demonstrate school spirit at the 2021 Pep Rally

Students demonstrate school spirit at the 2021 Pep Rally

Valley Stream Central High School welcomes you to a world encompassing tradition, pride, and achievement. Our diverse student population in grades 10 to 12 experience the routines of high school daily. 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 daily by dedicated teachers creating a rigorous academic environment. Personalized academic experiences exist 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.

At Central, 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; dress and behavior must be appropriate. As educators, we prepare students 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, nursing assistant, and automotive technology programs are comparable to professional school programs. Central's extracurricular activities and athletic programs are numerous, diverse, and engaging.

A true understanding of Central is to be exposed, even for one day, to the students and teachers who demonstrate the ideals of high school existence.