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2125 South 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304

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(219) 983-3730
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February 20, 2013
Our school could be improved in many ways. The Athletes are favored by the teachers and have rules that don't seem to apply to them. The Choir director loves the show choirs and treats the other choirs like second class citizens. There are some good teachers, but most seem uninterested and are reluctant to help students. Fighting has gotten out of hand lately, making it an unsafe environment.

- submitted by a student

May 24, 2012
I am Currently a senior at Chesterton and I have been in private school and also in the Portage school system. Chesterton is by far the best you can get in NWI. All of my teachers were on the top of everything at all times. Also I wish people would quit complaining about how the "jocks" get away with more than the "normal" students. Life's not fair, it never was and never will be.

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2011
I have had three children go through the duneland schools. One is now in college and one is in High School and CHS. Due to my child having a medical condition they have an IEP. I wasnt sure if CHS would be a help or not. I can tell you that they have wonderful teachers who really care, and once they understand what they are faced with they really do try and help. My child is on the honor roll and with the help of Ms. Corso she is excelling.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
principals and administrators are absolutely horrible. My son got threatened with expulsion for playing "hackysack" with a few of his friends after they got out of vocational. The principal (Mr. Goetz) even told the boys before, "you can play hackysack outside, just not inside the building." The next time principal saw them playing outside, he brought them inside and told them they could not go home, and were forced to sit in the cafeteria after they were out of school for the day. There were other occasions where unnecessary punishment was used over really ridiculous things. They're supposed to be there to help the students. How is this helping them? It's just making them want to rebel against authoritative figures like Mr. Goats and Kevin Zeck.

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September 16, 2009
What a safe, educational environment. Love the new college courses for freshmen and sophomores.

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April 29, 2009
I am a graduate of Chesterton High School and have had three children graduate from CHS.. CHS is not the same school that I attended but lets look at the reason why. When I was in school the parents supported the school, and the expectation was that you attended school to get an education. This is not the case anymore. Too many parents are critical of the schools because they are afraid to admit their own shortcomings as parents. CHS offers programs for every child. If your child cannot find his niche at CHS it is because he/she isn't looking and or they are not encouraged to do so by their parents. Oh, my oldest graduated from college recently and is now teaching. He will tell you that he was more prepared for college than 90% of his classmates in college. The same is true of my two other children in college. Great job CHS!

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2008
Could not have been better for my children.

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no rating
January 17, 2008
Chesterton has one of the bext curriculums, not to mention a staff that is second to none.

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January 06, 2008
This school is one of the best I've seen. At least architecturally. It's wide and diverse and it holds some of the best extracurriculars. Their Debate team is one of the best in the state and they seem to be very dedicated to it.

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2007
This school is horrible. I came from an inter-city school in a big city and had better teachers and administrators than this school or district. Discipline is inconsistent. There are a few wonderful teachers but most want nothing to do with helping students. This school really needs a wake up call and a push into the real world!

- submitted by a student

July 02, 2007
I do believe the School is above average. I was happy with most of the Teachers. I believe the Principal is an upstanding person. Having just has two seniors in a row graduate... I have seen it from the child with a learning problem... and had the best person on his side, Dana. And a child who never had to study to get good grades.. Probably should have been pushed by the councelling staff more. Plus more help with college applications etc.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2007
The quality of teaching at CHS is so inconsistent. Our son has had some truly great teachers and, unfortunately, truly bad ones. I guess what was most heart breaking this year was the letter sent home at the end of the year telling us of all the teachers retiring. It seems like the best ones, the ones my son was looking forward to, are leaving. In the three years my son has been at CHS we have seen the quality of teaching and leadership fall.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2007
We have had two children attend CHS. Our daughter was a Merit Scholar several years ago (she finished 3rd in her class) and our son attended last year and was in the GT (Gifted and Talented) track. Her experience was good, not great. But our son s experience was quite disappointing. We have found that the academic quality at Chesterton has deteriorated much since our first daughter attended (i.e. graduation rates and ISTEP scores). English is taught better in 7th and 8th grades at CMS and was a step down for our son at CHS. We are so concerned about both academics and safety at CHS that we are sending our third child [elsewhere] as an out-of-district student and will pay the $2700 tuition. We have since taken our son out of CHS and sent him to a College Prep school with a much more rigorous and teacher involved environment.

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January 24, 2007
I have had two children graduate from this H.S. I am really disappointed with the imbalance of punishment here, the athletes are the untouchables, while the average kids seem to have all rules enforced.Some teachers are wonderful, while others, most should have retired years ago,or are there only for a job. they do NOT WANT TO TAKE THE EXTRA TIME to help kids after school or during 'prep' time or SRT time. Additionally, the idea of 'Alternative school' is in my opinion is stupid, just another point that many teachers do not want to do their jobs (yes the kids are to blame also, but they need to be motivated also). CHS is not the same HS it once was when I went here 25+ yrs ago, and it's really sad, because Chesterton in general is a wonderful community and it should have a wonderful HS to show for it.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
I think there is a lot of improvement that could be done when it comes to Duneland Schools! I love living in Chesterton, but I think that the teachers and the rest of the faculity are just trying to 'push' the kids through! My son was in Freshman Academy last year and did 'ok', but I think that the classes are too big and the education the kids are getting is not up to par! My daughter hates it and most of the teachers, she said they dont help and are just mean! Way to go CHS, make it so our kids dont want to further their education by putting a sour taste in their mouths. It is not just my kids that say these things either. I have heard plenty of stories from several kids, they all say the same thing.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2006
Overall I'm quite disappointed with the HS. It's like a tale of two teachers. It's the best of teachers, it's the worst of teachers. Our child unfortunately got several of the worst and his experience was terrible. Principal is unresponsive to calls and concerns. Our son was on the GT track but the courses, especially Math and Science, were not very challenging. Policies are inconsistantly enforced, i.e. no cell phones but teachers can use theirs' and some students seem to get away with using theirs'. Little or no homework is assigned and what is, is usually done during class. Extracurricular activities seem to be the focus rather than academics.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2005
Excellent school, wonderful performing arts programs. All sports available, most parents involved. Wouold rate as a 10 !

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March 20, 2005
I have had many parents that have moved to this small town area tell me thier kids are doing terrible since they moved here. Many of these same parents feel there is a small group of educators here that are making sure the outsiders kids don't do well & make sure thier hometown kids do better & get all the scholarships & awards. The parents have noticed many of the kids that have moved here get the teachers like the one mentioned above. Kids are losing interest fast.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2004
My son is in the honors progam and has nothing but good to say about the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2003
Several teachers are known, and admit, to belittle students in honors classes. not professional!

- submitted by a community member
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Chesterton Senior High School
2125 South 11th Street, Chesterton, IN  46304
(219) 983-3730
Last modified Chesterton Senior 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.
Chesterton Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top