« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
9-12
Public
Claremont, CA
Students enrolled: 2,382

Contact this school

1601 North Indian Hill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

School website
(909) 624-9053
(909) 624-2128
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Claremont High School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
December 27, 2014
CHS is a great school, but you have to be willing to work hard! I have three kids who graduated in 2012 and they all did extremely well and went to some of the top universities in the country! I have to agree with other postings that the soccer can be cliquish, but the Cross Country team is amazing! Because of the XC coach, my son because a great runner and is on his college team. I think the staff is good and deals with most situations in a timely manner. We moved to Claremont just for the high school and they did not disappoint !

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
Extremely based around cliques Teachers are either old or pushovers... Although there are a few great teacher.There is too wide of a gap between the good and bad teachers

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2014
I personally don't like this school because of so much discrimination going on, especially in sports. The don't recognize the athletes talent, they only play their favorites and they don't care about the recognition of the school, especially in soccer.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Many of the teachers are great. There are, however some teachers who will intentionally discriminate against a student that expresses views they don't agree with or like. This particular teacher allowed other students in the classroom to ridicule the disfavored student, lowered his grade, conveniently "lost" assignments turned into her, and mathematically miscalculated the final grade. The principal Brett O'connor and vice principal June Hilton, covered up the misconduct and took no action to correct the wrong doing. This administration solves problems by denying that they exist.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2012
Our daughter graduated in 2012 and we are extremely grateful for the education CHS provided. Students from 2012 were admitted in nearly every top ranked university including the Ivies and a high number to UC Berkley. CHS has had a turn around since the principal, Dr. O'Connor, and staff came on board. Staff is accessible and responsive. Our daughter was always able to resolve concerns on her own. CHS has on-line resources for every aspect of student life including attendance, homework assignments and grades. CHS now offers the IB diploma The testing in IB is heavily biased to written essay and understanding of concepts. IB requires a high homework commitment that a capable student can handle with time management skills. Our daughter often studied until midnight and on weekends, but she also participated in a myriad of extra-curricular activities. I can best summarize by describing our daughter's college transition. She placed into several advanced courses and initially protested but the other students are ridiculously smart!!! Now, she says with relief Claremont IB prepared me well, especially time management. Yale feels like a natural progression.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Our daughter has had an outstanding experience at CHS. The projects that she was completing her Freshman year were astounding. The teachers made all information (from Biology to Spanish to Literature) come to life by making the information they were teaching interesting and pertinent (and sometimes a lot of fun). She felt engaged by her teachers in some of the most difficult and potentially dry classes. She felt cared for and was challenged to become a better student. Regarding the bullying issue someone stated before: I have heard the opposite. My child didn't experience bullying at all, but we did hear a firsthand account of the principal handling a teasing/heckling situation quite handily and in a timely manner (hiding behind some bushes to catch the culprits red-handed to avoid having to involve the person that reported what they were up to). The administration is very involved in all that s going on at the school, and they really do a great job. They are at every banquet, game, performance...I'm not sure when they sleep! The sports programs were very positive as well. We have had an fantastic experience so far!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
We had to remove our child from this school this year due to the inability of the administrators and staff to recognize or address bullying on campus. It was difficult to even get an appointment to see an administrator. Your child will be seen as "1 of 2,500". If you have a choice of schools, I'd take my advice and choose a different one.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
If your child is big on any kind of instrumental music other than jazz band or guitar, this school is extremely weak. This has only been since the unfortunate hiring of a totally unsuitable music department director in 2008. He is gone, and the band and percussion ensemble are on their way back up, but the program overall has been decimated by the politics between staff and music booster parents. Here's 2 hints: Get your musical kids into Woodbridge HS (Irvine) or get them involved in CYMO/Intermezzo orchestras (Claremont) and private lessons on their instrument. As far as general education, I know of one Spanish teacher, one history/social studies teacher, and two math teachers who are great - otherwise there are a good number of duds left to tear down the kids' self-esteem.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Claremont High is a very great school for teenagers. The teachers are excellent, the principal and vice principal are very strong in leadership and very responsible. This school provides wtih very challenging academic programs as well as different kinds of non academic programs such sport clubs, music and theatory prorams, speech and debate and many other EC activities. Students will have plenty of choices based on different interestss. Plus, this is a very safe school with no voilence and drugs.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The opportunities for students to find opportunities for success

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
...rich academic environment and generally superb instructors who instilled within the student body a joyful and a tenacious love of learning....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
This school has become more of a prison then a learning environment, i really suggest not sending your student here.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
As a parent I am not happy with the school but one of the teachers at the school has kept my children in attendance. Many of the teachers care, but Mr. Johnson goes out of his way to help the kids. My child is very excited to attend Mr. Johnson's saturday AP sessions. He is so kind to give up his time for our students.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 05, 2009
This school is an ok school. Some of their classes give ridiculous assignments and a some of their teachers can be discriminative against some of the students in special ed. I know this from experience. But overall its a great school and you can learn things somewhat easily even if some of the teachers aren't good. If your kid needs help all they have to do is ask and they will find a way to help you.

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a community member
December 25, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
October 31, 2008
My son began attending this school two years ago and I find the previous reviews wholly accurate. Although the school offers a great curriculum, the range of teaching skills varies immensely. The most notable flaw in this school lies in the attitude of the parents - very cliquey and unwelcoming to newcomers. Unfortunately this rubs off onto a lot of their children and effects academic extra curricular activates and the ability of new parents and students to fully participate. Over all the range of classes offered outweighs the negatives.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
We are new to the school, our son having come from one of the 'elite' private schools of the region, so this review is preliminary. Based on early impressions, the principal is first rate. He is new here, full of fresh ideas and very student centered. The counselor with whom we have dealt is also new, open minded, and student centered. No complaints yet from our son about the teachers. A very good sign is that our son has quickly become fully engaged in the academics. No social issues of which I am aware.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
I think the school is good overall, but I also think that some of the volunteer parents could be a little nicer to the kids! Also there are a few teachers that should consider a new profession!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
September 17, 2007
There are only a handful of great teachers at Claremont High School. Possibly one in every subject. But I do recommend this high school for people who are looking to transfer. There are staff on this campus that truly care about the education of their students.

- submitted by a former student
June 23, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
June 20, 2007
This is an overly bureaucratic school that pays little attention to the students as individuals. The quality of the teachers varies enormously. Some are terrific, but too many are quite poor---and a large number are so-so.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
Claremont High School is too large, they have a one size fits all mentality. There is too much emphasis on college track learning. The older staff is burnt out and needs to retire. There is no safety net or outreach for students who need extra help. Only one out of three of my children did well there. The academic atmosphere is very stressful, even the team sports programs are over the top pushy to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
The debate and theater programs are excellent, with strong student and parental participation, and some of the teachers are gifted and committed, though others, usually new, need seasoning. The biggest problems are financial--competing with the salaries of wealthier communities and affordable housing for beginners. The other major problem, a national one, is the pressure to achieve high scores, a conspicuous record of extracurricular achievements, and other visible tokens college admissions officers at prestige institutions love to collect.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2006
I felt that this school provided a safe environment, which was my greatest concern, however, academically, the kids do well because of the families they come from, not because of 'great' teaching. The school is better than others, but better is realtive to what you are comparing to, and because the bar in California is so low, better in this case does not translate into excellence. I found that the decisions made by the principal were so poor in some instances that I truly was amazed by the lack of judgement,communication, and organization in many, many cases. Whenever I offered my help, assistance, feedback, etc., to address and resolve real problems, they were always met with stone walling by the principal and other office staff. Some teachers were great, but that was truly the exception. If this principal is fired, things might get better.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
I'm deeply grateful to Claremont High School and its personnel, starting (but by no means ending) with Principal Carrie Allen, for giving my daughter (2000-2004) a great education! She was well-prepared for college and is now attending UCLA. Many parents are affiliated with the Claremont Colleges, and they demand quality schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Great School! My kid got into Harvard because of all the programs that were available.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Great school. High achievement, great extra-curriculars and programs for the arts.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
I have a daughter in her second year at claremont high, she is a AB average child. I strongly feel that this school provides her with positive goals and assessability to the tools she needs to develop her dreams.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
High quality in some classes but some teachers just assign and do not teach. Great school for high functioning students but difficult for more average ability students. Excellent counselors especially Mrs. Maddox.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Great kids, great programs, great environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
Excellent school which is renovating now. High satisfaction with school and great teachers and staff.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2005
All four of my children attended and graduated from Claremont High School. For extra curricular activities the theater and track programs were excellent but it has been a great disappointment academically. The kids were not at all prepared in the fields of English or Science as we discovered when our kids entered college. Many new teachers have been poor. Parents' concerns are swept under the rug. Unfortunately, the Principal, administration and School Board at the district level have lacked judgment. For a strong education I do not recommend CHS, even though Claremont is a nice family community.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Parents are typically very involved.

- submitted by a former student
March 26, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
My son attended CUSD from K (Chap) through 12(CHS). He is now in his 6th yr. going for his Master's at UCI in Comp Sci. Parent participation was the one key factor that set the district aside, above and beyond all others. AP classes, the best teachers in the state, computers in homes as well as classrooms, math dept and many other things could be cited, but in the final analysis it was the encouragement and cooperation of Parent Participation. With that, you can solve all of the rest. That's not to say that there didn't arise disagreements and problems, including funding problems etc, but they were all solved with the Parent Participation factor.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
The teachers at this school are very passionate about what they teach, which contributes to the vibrant community on campus.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a community member
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 27, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Claremont High School
1601 North Indian Hill Boulevard, Claremont, CA  91711
(909) 624-9053
Last modified Claremont High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Claremont High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top