School Profile

Central Park East High School (CPEHS)

Central Park East High School is a 9-12 public high school located in the heart of East Harlem. CPEHS was founded over thirty years ago as one of the first small and innovative high schools in New York City. We pride ourselves on offering the academic and extracurricular choices and opportunities of a large school in our intimate, small school environment. We prepare students for college by offering a multitude of rigorous accelerated classes as well as access to many high quality programs through partnerships with community based college access programs.  


Demographic Information

CPEHS serves 506 students, 113 of whom are members of the Senior Class of 2019. Within the student body, 81.5% are eligible for Federal Free/Reduced Lunch. Approximately 57.3% of the students identify as Hispanic, 24.9% as Black or African American, 9% as Asian, 6.5% as White, and 2.3% as Other. 


Higher Education

The total graduation rate for the CPEHS class of 2019 was 100%. Of the 113 graduates from the CPEHS Class of 2019, 100% applied to college and 96% are expected to matriculate for the Fall 2019 Semester. 73.6% of the Class of 2019 will attend 4-year schools, 24.4% will attend 2-year schools, and less than 2% will pursue alternative pathways.


Class of 2019 Academic Profile:

Average GPA: 82.74%

Average SAT (out of 1600): 1092

Avg. SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 538

Average SAT Math: 554


The Mission

Central Park East High School understands that each student has the potential for greatness. We also understand that our students’ academic and overall success starts with their engagement and transformation in our classrooms. Here at CPEHS, we nurture their development through authentic collaboration between teachers, parents and the community to inspire and establish lifelong learning in all our students.



CPEHS is ranked as the 14th highest demand high school programs out of over 450 in the NYC DOE. Students are accepted based on middle school grade point average and attendance as well as demonstrated interest in our program. While we are required to consider State English and Math scores as part of our admissions process, we are the only high demand screened program in New York City that does not use test scores as a primary admissions criteria. Last year, the school received over 5,400 applications for the incoming class of 137 students.

Graduation Requirements

Students can earn one of three diplomas: Local, Regents, and Advanced Regents. Students must receive a score of 65 or higher on NYS Regent Exams and earn 44 credits within the following distribution:


8 English

8 Social Studies

6 Mathematics

6 Lab Science

4 Physical Education

2 Foreign Language or mastery of third year level

1 Health 

2 Arts

7 Elective Courses


Local Diploma*: 44 credits plus Regents in English Language Arts, Integrated Algebra, Science, Global History, and United States History 

*Only students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are eligible to receive this type of diploma. 


Regents Diploma: 44 credits PLUS Regents in English Language Arts, 1 Math, 1 Science, Global History, and United States History


Advanced Regents Diploma: Regents Diploma requirements PLUS Regents in 3 Math 2, Science, and LOTE (including 6 foreign language credits)

Students that have passed all of their regents with a score of 85 or higher will receive a Diploma with Distinction. 

Class of 2019 Diploma Distribution

Local Diploma  – 9%

Regents Diploma  – 54%

Regents Diploma with Honors – 11%

Advanced Regents Diploma – 25%

Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors – 1%

School Curriculum

CPEHS offers students a rigorous curriculum, including a 5-year math sequence culminating with AP Calculus AB, a 5-year science sequence culminating with Physics, as well as a multitude of Honors, Advanced Placement and CUNY College Now courses. 


Honors: CPEHS offers 6 honors courses including Physics, Chemistry, English, Earth Science and Global History. Students from 9th to 12th grade are placed into honors courses based on their academic performance.


Advanced Placement Courses: CPEHS offers 7 AP courses including Calculus, English Composition, English Literature, US History, Statistics, Environmental Science and AP Computer Science Principals. Students are registered for an AP course if approved by a rigorous selection process (assessment of overall GPA, attendance, and teacher recommendation).  


CUNY College Now: CPEHS partners with Baruch College, John Jay and Borough of Manhattan Community College to allow students to take college level courses.  To be considered for the program, students must be in the 11th or 12th grade and must have a minimum score of 75 on their English Regents and 80 on a Math Regents.

Grading Scale and Weighting System

Beginning in 9th grade, all core subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the cumulative GPA computation. Grades are recorded on the transcript in February and June. Students receive grades based on the traditional 100 point scale:


100-95 = A

94-90 = A-

89-85 = B

84-80 = B-

79-75 = C

74-70 = C-

69-66 = D

Less than 65 = F


GPAs are weighted for students who take honors courses by a factor of 1.05 and Advanced Placement (AP) or College Now courses by a factor of 1.10. 


The following guidelines are used for CPEHS Honor Roll:

  • Honor Roll: 85% average in all classes and pass all classes with nothing below an 80%

  • Principal’s Honor Roll: 95% average in all classes and pass all classes with nothing below a 90%



Beyond the Classroom

CPEHS offers students a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs including:


  • National Honors Society

  • Achievement Mentoring

  • Student Council

  • Peer Tutoring

  • Community Service Club

  • Class of Consciousness

  • K-Pop Club

  • Travel Club

  • Green Club

  • Senior  Internship Program

  • Peer Group Connections Peer Leadership Program

  • CARA Youth Leader Program

  • LBGTQ Club

  • 17 PSAL sport teams 


Community Partners

CPEHS is affiliated with a number of community partners and enrichment programs including: 


  • New Visions for Public Schools

  • CollegeBound Initiative (CBI)

  • College Access: Research and Action (CARA)

  • College Now

  • CUNY Think College Now

  • Heckscher Foundation for Children

  • Brotherhood-Sister Sol

  • East Harlem Tutorial Program

  • Girls Inc.

  • Minds Matter

  • Opportunity Network

  • Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO)

  • Search and Care Community Service


CPEHS College Acceptance History


Adelphi University

Albertus Magnus 


Alfred University

Allegheny College

American University

Assumption College

Babson College

Bard College

Barnard College
Barry University

Bentley University

Bethune-Cookman University

Binghamton University

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brooklyn College

Brown University

Caldwell University

Canisius College 

Carnegie Mellon University

Cazenovia College

City College of New York

Clark Atlanta University

Clarkson University

Columbia University

College of Mount Saint Vincent

College of Mt. St. Mary

College of Saint Rose

College of Staten Island

Connecticut College

Cornell University

CUNY Baruch

CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY City College of New York

CUNY New York City College of Tech.

CUNY Hunter College

CUNY John Jay College

CUNY Lehman College

CUNY Medgar Evers

CUNY Queens College

CUNY College of Staten Island

CUNY York College

Daemen College

DePauw University

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Dominican College

Drexel University

Fairfield University

Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College

Georgetown University

George Mason University

Georgia State University

Gettysburg College

Hartwick College

Hofstra University 

Howard University

Hamilton College

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John Hopkins University

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Le Moyne College

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Middlebury College

Molloy College

Morgan State University

Monroe College
Morehouse College

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Newberry College

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New School

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