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Cheshire High School

Public | 9-12 | 1516 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 1, 2013

Great Guidance Department, cares about students, even the average student. My son was not a great student, but they helped us find a decent college for him where he is now doing well, studying something he really loves. Did not like the old principal at all, glad he is gone. Hopefully new one can change math department, which doesn't really teach. My son says he finally gets math, now that it is being explained to him in college by teachers who "really teach."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

I think my child has a thoughtful curriculum and there are a number of non-athletic interests supported.


Posted August 16, 2011

I also agree that the math department at this school is sadly lacking. They actually behave as if they are a big joke. One math teacher my child had made discouraging remarks to his students on a regular basis. This was by way of testing their sense of humor. Math SAT scores show the details, however most people in town can afford a tutor so that becomes the alternative of choice, no one puts pressure on the system itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

School Sucks! If you dont have money forget about having many friends most students look down on the ones that arent rich. Teachers really dont care. All in all no ta great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

This school is a total joke. The administration fails to recognize the schools widespread drug and alcohol problem. It's block scheduling is so backwards beyond belief, its a wonder more kids don't leave. The AP courses offered are child's play compared to other states. The school has failed to take care of its mold and asbestos problem, which often made me so sick I couldn't attend classes. The School's "Yellow House" program is just a social club for druggies and skaters alike. I know their are a few great kids, and even fewer fantastic teachers, but this backwards school has a defected Administration that turns its head to new students from out of state, and fails to maintain the school building itself. The students barely have respect for themselves, or the teachers around them. Its library is plagued with archaic microfilm readers, of which no one is allowed to use. The only "challenges" that anyone would have would be keeping up with how disorganized the school itself is. The few Gems of teachers are unable to really help stand out against the grayness of the rest of the teaching staff. Sad excuse for a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2011

Our experience with Cheshire HS has been wonderful. All three of my children have been challenged academically in Cheshire, and have benefitted from the wide variety of courses offered. They have enjoyed their extra curricular involvement, especially the championship level marching band. My oldest child was in special ed, and the care and services that CHS provided was exceptional. The kids in Cheshire are a friendly and generally happy bunch, and the schools are safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

Our daughters attended CHS and went on to terrific colleges where they did very well due to the preparation received at CHS. I must agree that the math department could use help--our older daughter had to have pier tutoring to get through Algebra 2 (which raised her grade from a D to an A because the teacher was not able to explain the subject). The English Department is fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

Overall, good school. AP program is great for kids who want to excel, but the math department is awful. It is a running joke at CHS that there are very few good math teachers here. The marching band is still one of the best and athletics are strong. I've been a student here for three years, and I don't have very many complaints overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2008

This is the best school it provides and excells in education not to mention the extreme sports program. Definitly a 5 star school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I am currently a student at CHS. The school is great. It's well funded, has friendly teachers that have a passion for what they do, and the vast majority of students care about how well they succeed. The rules, I have to say, are very strict and the punishments are harsh. The school may be too competitive because an B+ honor roll student has a disappointing class rank. There are plenty of extracurricular activities and sports. Plus the Marching Band is nationally recognized. All and all, CHS is a good school and I would highly recommend it. GO RAMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2004

My son is graduating from Cheshire High this year. He had a wonderful experience. Sports programs have been excellent. Classes offered and the caliber of these classes beyond reproach.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

372 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

373 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

376 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

380 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian American94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Reading

All Students66%
Female77%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian American83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian American87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%

Writing

All Students83%
Female92%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian American94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 62%
Asian 7% 4%
Hispanic 3% 19%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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525 South Main St
Cheshire, CT 06410
Phone: (203) 250-2511

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