I am a college student who attended CCHS for all four year of high school and frankly I have to say that I am quite surprised by some of the negative comments on here. Sure, it was far from perfect and I could nitpick all day if I wanted to. However, the quality of the education and the fantastic faculty here has provided me with an extremely solid foundation on which to continue building on now that I am in college. I have even found that I already knew a good amount of the material for a number of freshman college classes that I took. Results matter and CCHS provides if you are willing to work for it.
The teachers are extremely responsive to the needs of the students and to parent requests. The students are engaged academically and socially through their coursework and extracurricular activities. Like most high schools of its size, CCHS provides outstanding opportunities for competition in sports, from XC running and wrestling to football and soccer; however, it also provides opportunities for political involvement in the Student Senate, Model UN, and Junior State, and provides opportunities for artistic expression in its raft of musical groups, radio station, and visual arts clubs.
All in all I like CCHS, the only problem I have had so far is how difficult it is to deal with some of the faculty. The education is wonderful, but when I tried to switch out of an english class into another one that met at the same time it was way too much trouble.
Both my daughter and I graduated from Concord-Carlisle, and the small town, insulated mentality of many key personnel, coupled with a parent population that frequently believes that their children are not entitled but can do no wrong, makes for a very parochial, homogeneously static, and troubling environment. Academics, higher order, critical thinking skills, and truly inclusive sociocultural attitudes and practices were in greater evidence at this institution 30 years ago.
In spite of the CC administration's insistence that it's providing a great education for its students, I don't really see all that much evidence of this. Although the math and science programs are both pretty good, the English education they offer is totally lacking. Not only are there no levels in the humanities classes (as compared to 5 levels in math, and 3 in science) but the teachers are all so consumed with being politically correct they don't actually spend any time on their subject. Also the school could definitely use some integration and outside influences--I moved from a city and the most noticeable thing upopn arriving here was the total absence of diversity and originality among the student body.
Our daughter graduated from CCHS and it has a lot of great attributes including dedicated teachers, bright and talented students, and a tradition of excellence. However, there is a sense of affluent suburban entitlement that really sticks out to a family that moved from an urban environment, and which keeps students (and parents) from reaching out and engaging the world outside Concord. The town has done barely more than level-funding in the last few years and the school has had to charge fees for some activities that were provided until recently, and drop others. Overall, though CCHS is a great school. Our daughter made some great friends there and was well prepared for college and life.
Our three children attended Concord Carlisle High School. All three pursued music, art, drama activities. Two were B+ students and went on to excellent colleges where they were on the Deans List all four years. The third was a C+ student and went on to excel college. All three have felt their collegiate success was directly related to their solid academic foundation, the development of excellent work habits demanded by their teachers and extra curricular activities they thoroughly enjoyed all four years enabling them to develop social ease and grace.