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19131 Darden Road
South Bend, IN 46637

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(574) 243-7000
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December 14, 2014
I graduated from Clay and I think it is the best school in South Bend. Some of the policies are ridiculous, but they are there for a reason. When Mr. Eid became principal it was a night and day difference. They got rid of homeroom to have more class time, we has ECA study times at the end of certain classes to help prepare us. The teachers are so caring and committed to the students. I had teachers who would go above and beyond just to make sure the students were taken care of and learned the material. Granted, there were a few bad apples in the bunch, but that is in every profession. I loved my time at Clay. I think it all depends on who you involve yourself with. It you are there for an education and not just to fool around, you will see it isn't bad.

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August 05, 2009
I go to Clay high school and I love it. All of my teachers have been nothing but supportive and intensely intersted in my academic career. I even had a teacher call my house to make sure I was ok when he thought I wasn't myself in class that day. When looking at SAT scores Clay has the highest in the area, because if you are willing to learn this school has educators more than willing to nurture your talents. What few problems Clay has I feel are a direct result of the parenting and culture of these students. Even if a student does not have passing ISTEP scores, it is apparent that she is a compassionate person through activities such as helping hands, the canned food drive, and kindness shown to the students with disabilities. I would suggest anyone going to Clay enter the AP program for the best academics.

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January 22, 2009
I have two children that are juniors at Clay and I would recommend this school to any parent. All schools have their issues if you look. Their are a couple teachers that are there to just do a job but most of the teachers and staff really care and will go the extra mile to help any student that needs it. With that being said it's not the schools job to be the kids parents. If the parents don't get involved and help the school and their child then what do you expect to happen. I don't agree with every policy the school has but I do understand they are doing one of the hardest jobs on the planet with little resources. The acedemics and after school programs are there if the parents and kids what to use them.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2007
Hi, I currently attend clay high school and I must admit that Clay has its problems, but I know that if I went to a school with no problems, I would be completetly unprepared for my life ahead. As far as people switching their kids to different schools because of disiplinary problems, obviously the parents should be a little more conncerned about how to handle their kids themselves, let alone send them somewhere for someone else to handle them. And if your strong enough to hang out with the right people and not let yourself fall into pressure, you will learn many valuable lessons at clay.

- submitted by a student

July 31, 2007
I loved going to this school cause i got the most help i needed here then at any other high school most people say this school is a bad school but like any other school a school year is what you our your Student make it. The academic programs here are cool, the arts and sports for the extracurricular activities are nice to football was and still is my favorite extracurricular activities. All i have to say is you make you high school exasperates what you make it jest cause other people are being studied don t mean you have to be, and just cause people are being studied don t make the school its self bad

- submitted by a student

April 15, 2007
I do not recommend sending your child to this school! My son just graduated from clay and we were not at all impressed. Very unorganized. Teachers didnot communicate with parents. My son would tell me of several fights a week. tried to talk to counselers but would always be put on hold for 40minutes. Not too many academic programs. We had to move out of the district to send our other children elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2007
Clay High School is a GREAT place. I attend this high school and it is not as bad as some other South Bend community schools. I think it is one of the better schools to go to. I have not had a single problem out of the school system. Yes, Clay has some problems, but what school doesn't? The students here are very helpful and the staff is very resourceful. I back Clay 100%. I would recommend Clay above any other South Bend School.

- submitted by a student

December 15, 2006
Even though the school doesn't have a very good repuation, i go here and i love it. I know the school has a lot of problems with fights and behavior but i mind my own business and am able to go along the day without all that bothering me.

- submitted by a student

June 21, 2006
I think Clay High School was a good school, from personal experience. I, myself graduated there 2 years ago. I think that the staff can only do so much, but the students are getting crazier and crazier every year, and it has alot to do with the parenting also. The school is trying to adjust to the needs of security and the students. My teachers were great and they did the best they could. I was living on my own and managed to get up and go everyday and stay interested. Alot of the discipline depends on the student themselves and their home life. I am currently doing a military tour and i wanted to look back and thank everybody at Clay High School for making me who I am. I personally believe in public schools, it prepares you for the real world.

- submitted by a student

June 08, 2006
I would not recommend Clay High School to another parent. Clay is very unsafe, a lot of drug deals, smoking, and illegal activity go on there every day.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2006
I have been happy with the quality of the education, the opportunities (anything you are interested in you can just sign up and do) and the spirit of the school. The canned food drive is a wonderful experience and just one example of the spririt of the kids.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2005
I think CHS is a very safe enviroment, they currently have 8 security gaurds and a police officer.

- submitted by a student

July 15, 2005
On the contrary, I have found Mrs. Warren to be one of the very strictest principals in the South Bend system. She and Mr. Ross keep a tight lid on the school. My children have thrived at Clay and have recently found it to be 'too strict' by their own accord. Sometimes the parents with the difficult children are the ones who are most critical. Think about it!

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2005
I think that Clay High School is not a safe environment for my child. Therefore, they will not be returning for their Sophomore year. More security and discipline are needed, including the Principal is not efficient.

- submitted by a parent
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Clay High School
19131 Darden Road, South Bend, IN  46637
(574) 243-7000
Last modified Clay High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clay High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top