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Fort Hill High School

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Posted November 22, 2013

Fort Hill is either about sports or the band and if you aren't in either than you are considered a nobody in the school. Which was a reason why I left after 10th grade and went to a different school. The school itself has the worst reputation in the county and if you say you go there, you are looked down upon by people in the county. I'm so glad I left that school behind to find some where else to continue my education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 14, 2012

This school has two things that receive all of the attention. Football and band. If the rest of the school received as much attention, this school would be a 10 on a 5 scale. There is a lot of local politics and it is a who-you-know and who-are-you school and town. Outsiders aren't welcomed by the locals. But, at the same time, they are always complaining about the town losing population and the school getting smaller. They're their own worst enemies. I have to say that the school itself is much better than the town or the town people. The school would probably rate a 3 in any other town. If you have to move to this area, you might be better off moving to the WV side of the river.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2009

my grandson is in special ed. and does so well there due to the teachers who truly care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 5, 2009

Fort Hill was an awsome experience for me, and I wish I could just go back. I loved it there. When in school I made great friends, but not only with other students, but with the teachers as well. The teachers really try to make sure that everyone is learning and gets the help they need. This school provides an awsome creative atmosphere as well, the art programs are great, and it's well worth taking an art class if you atend this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 12, 2008

Fort Hill... This school offers an excellent education, but only if you put forth the effort to do so. I'd have to admit that it's easy to get side-tracked from your studies. Though the greatest thing about the place ,I'd have to say, is the football, being on the team myself. The band is awesome, the other extracurricular activities are awesome, but the focus on education... not so much. Which is why I gave this place 4 stars.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 27, 2007

The athletics department is one of the good things about Fort Hill besides the studies. Each sport is acells in what they do. You can't go anywhere in Cumberland without knowing something about Forthill Football,Basketball,Volleyball, Soccer, or tennis.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 7, 2007

The best part about Fort Hill is the sense of community. Students will feel as though they are part of something bigger than themselves, which has a positive effect on how they act, in accordance with how they feel they represent the school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 17, 2005

I would recommend Fort Hill High School because they have caring teachers who will try and help your child if they are having trouble. They also have great activities for the kids. There are many clubs for the parents to get involved with.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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 91% 42%
Black 7% 35%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Greenway Ave
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (301) 777-2570


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