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Catonsville High School

Public | 9-12 | 1755 students

 

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Posted March 30, 2011

We can't say enough about how wonderful CHS has been for our daughter. She missed several weeks of school while hospitalized and the teachers communicated with us quite a bit. One teacher (Mrs. Wack) even volunteered to bring her homework to our house. The administration and teachers do a superb job. The many activities help the students develop their interests; the Model UN and Model Congress were highpoints in our daughter's high school career. She is now a Junior and although she looks forward to graduation at the end of next year, she will miss her teachers, friends, and the wonderful classes. Great job CHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

this school is terrible. although it is diverse, the class setup is rediculous. they have 4 classes in the beginning and 4 in the end, this is a problem because in some cases the students have a year or more apart from their next class. for example if i had algebra 1 first semester i might get algebra 2 the second semester of the next year. so 1 whole year without any math. how can you expect to remember something from a year ago? and changing classes at this school is a joke. half of the time your class cannot be changed due to over crowded classes. i would suggest that if your son or daughter is not amazing at school do not send them there. it is a set up to fail
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2009

CHS is all good in my book. Outstanding academics, athletics for all levels of participants, and an excellent music and drama department. The teachers and administrators really care about the students at CHS and it shows. One of my (now graduated) children received early acceptance and scholarship money to some of the top engineering schools in the nation. My other child has just graduated and is persuing a 4 year business degree on an academic scholarship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

CHS is an amazing school. We have incredible school spirit, in fact spirit week is the most anticipated and craziest time of the year. CHS has some of the best teachers who clearly know what they are teaching. CHS also is one of few schools that continue the Japanese language program for students who attended sudbrook Magnet Middle School. We have many choices in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities. As of last year, we changed principles. Though she is not liked personally by many students, she is fair and will hopefully improve our admins. (or administration can be a bit lazy)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

I am a freshman this year and I think the c-school is great. The teachers are great and its all around a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2006

Wow, are we ever lucky that our daughter , who is now a junior, is a student at Catonsville. She is receiving a superb education! Way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I can't say enough about this high school. It does not amaze me that it continues to be considered one of the best high schools in the nation according to Newsweek Magazine. They continue to offer an intensive quality of academic programs, including the AP program. The teachers are 2nd to none, and really push these kids to excel more than they would at another school, in my opinion. The principal is a class act, and has provided for an extremely safe environment and I think truly cares about each and every one of his students. There are many extracurricular activities, so there is no reason why a kid can't get involved in something he/she may enjoy. You will be amazed at the level of performance the music directors get out of all the band, orchestra & choral students. Parent involvement very cherished at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

My daughter was the valedictorian of the Class of 1999. The Advanced Placement courses at CHS are the best. As a young person with the disability of severe hearing loss, she was able to strive forward and achieve so much in that environment. The wonderful teachers enjoyed challenging and encouraging her to go the extra mile, to make the extra effort to achieve. Art and music programs are great at CHS: the National Arts Honors Society, the fun Edible Art Show, the orchestra and the Steel Drum band. Our daughter brought much to the school to work with -- her own determination and drive -- but CHS teachers and staff were there to work with her and guide her. Not only was she the valedictorian of her class but a National Merit finalist and winner of a full scholarship to the college of her choice. ***CHS*** 100 years of excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

Great GT progam with dedicated teachers in the majority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

I have had 3 children go through CHS and am very pleased. Teachers & sports & clubs are all excellent. Many changes since I went there 30 years ago! There is so much to offer the kids now--really something for everyone. Lots of community & parental involvement. I highly recommend Catonsville High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

I graduated from Catonsville in 2001. My high school years were the best of my life. The English department is amazing and the drama department is wonderful. I'm not very good at math and science, but the teachers made the concepts easier to understand, and they were available to help me when I needed it. The history classes were fun because the teachers there really know their material. I was truly lucky to go there. I don't know much about sports, but all of my friends that were in them loved them. Overall, this is a great school, and other schools could only hope to create such a wonderful learning environment and experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2004

I attended this school not to long ago and I had a good overall experience there. One of the better High Schools in the County. I felt safe going to school and they had some of the most highly qualified teachers there.
—Submitted by a former student


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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

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Black 29% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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421 Bloomsbury Ave
Baltimore, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 887-0808

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