Students enrolled 1350
Hours no info
School leader Sheila D. Rollins
Transportation options Yes
District Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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5100 Biddulph Ave
Cleveland, OH 44144

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3 stars
Based on 36 ratings

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July 31, 2013
in this school it's just all about the who u hang out with and who dateing who adn drugs ,gangs and so many other bad thigs tht i can relate too .

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2012
My daughter,(a special needs student), has received great help from the teachers and staff at Rhodes. She really loves going there, and is doing quite well.(Honor roll) Everyone is very patient and kind with her, and she is able to blossom. Her father and I appreciate the good job the faculty has provided, even in tough times.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
As a student entering my 3rd year at Ohio State after graduating from Rhodes, I must say that the school was not awesome. A lot of teachers tried hard, and some didnt. I would have to say that I entered college unprepared. The best thing about the entire experience was the access to High Tech Academy where I was able to earn enough credits to be a Junior by the end of my 1st year at OSU. Just keep your head on straight, and you will be fine at Rhodes.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2011
JFR was a joke; It was ruined by forced busing. Im glad I spent my days cutting class and putting grafitti on any wall or desk I could find. I was class of 89 but dropped out; best choice I ever made. And to top it off there was only a handful of hot chicks that went there. My fave metal bands were VENOM and DRI. Ah, memories...

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
Im a 10th grader in JFR.I love that school Im in the program calld Twilight and is helping me very much..The only thing that I dint like was that I went to this school because they had the nursing program but wen iI went they dint have it,.I only hope they can put it again for the 2011 year..The principal Ms.Rollins is the best principal in all the high schools.....Goooooooooo Rams!!!

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2010
I am a freshman at JFR and I absolutely LOOOVE IT! The administration is okay, they never really give you a chance to explain yourself. Other than that its really fun, its like your apart of a huge family. I am in the JFR drumline and it is really fun. I have made so many awesome friends there and being apart of the school like that gives me a lot of pride. This school deserves WAAAAYYY more credit than it is given, yeah there are fights but I went to catholic school and there were fights there. :)

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2010
this is an excellent school that i feeel anyone one can achieve in

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
Im a parent of a 10th grader at Rhodes High. I thought when I moved my child to this school from another failing Cleveland Public School that things would possible be different. WRONG! The staff is very unprofessional. I have seen staff/security interacting with the children as if they are the best of friends instead of professional adults. My child's grades have dropped so low that Im worried about having her here for another semester. I have tried to work with the staff to no advail. The principal is NEVER at the school, the teachers don't call me when I have asked them repeatedly to do so if my child is performing under a 'c' level. Im so frustrated with this school that Im at my wits end. I have contacted Cleveland board of education to no solution. Please keep your child out of this school. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
My grandson attends Rhodes. My husband graduated from Rhodes in 1966. According to him, nothing has changed. My husband had ADD before anyone knew what it was and my grandson has the same with difficulties in reading. In 1966 the school failed my husband miserably and in 2010 they are failing my grandson. After 2 years in the building, and teachers showing late to class and counselors not available, my grandson finds himself in a school over-crowded and more concerned with aesthetics than quality. We have paid for private tutors and, I guess, we will have to do it again. Thanks for nothing.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
My grandson attends JFR, and I am not really happy with what I have seen so far. The lack of books in the Cleveland School System is overwhelming. Overcrowded classes is bad enough, but when teachers won't (or maybe they can't) answer questions that their students ask, that is a travesty. I encourage the kids to ask. How else are you going to learn. Then the teachers tell them NOT to ask questions. Also, especially now in the cold weather, quite a few students I know have no lockers. Too much favoritism where the dress code is concerned. They really need to get their ducks in a row - soon!

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2009
I rate this school 5 out of 5 because its a good school.Im a freshman here and i love the teachers and other staff.Also their's lots of activities here such as JROTC.The principal here is the best!

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2009
I rate the school below average because how it is ran, is sloppy .

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August 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 05, 2009
No Nonsense eductors present knowledge in meaningful ways to the student body!

- submitted by a teacher
May 12, 2009
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April 16, 2009
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March 21, 2009
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March 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2008
My son is senior. Rhodes is a good school. As long as you're an involved parent and watch your child, all schools are good. My other 3 children are in public schools also and are exceeding. Its not the school's sole responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2008
My daughter when to Rhodes and now she is suffering for the bad education she got at Rhodes. She is in the University and feels lost. Cleveland Public Schools needs to eliminate the bad teachers.

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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
This school is horrible , they care more about what a child wears then they grade , the new principal doesn't care about any of the students , she made that pretty clear , the school rather spend their money on nothing than buy us books , the teachers honestly don't teach , it's a horrible school .

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
I'ma student at rhodes and it's actually good. The only prOblem with it is that they have to use harper, which doesnt have lockers. the teachers are good,and the students are nice. yes every class will have a clown but over all its good schoool!

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
i go to rhodes and i love it

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June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2007
I just graduated from JFR in 2006. I have no complaints about the school. The teachers and the principals will be good to you if you are good to them. i think the with all the remodeling that they are now doing and all of the changes, it will help the other students coming in a lot. I was there for all 4 years of high school and i have nothing bad to say about it.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2007
I would like to take a moment and say Thank You to each Teacher. I graduated from Rhodes in the 80's and my son is a Senior in the Honor's program. I am very proud of him and the great and wonderful Teachers who've helped along with myself in teaching a wonderful and respectful young man. My hats off to the Staff at James Ford Rhodes.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
I think Rhodes is a ok school. The kids do act up but the teachers aren't as bad as everyone is saying.As for the principals at Rhodes they are nice if you disrespect them there not suppose to respected you.They treat you how you treat them.The school is to small and the class does have to many kids in them. Rhodes is a good school. its dirty because the students make t that way. all the parents who say its nasty must have nasty houses because I am sure their kids are helping it get that way. Rhodes is a good school. I wouldnt want to send my kid anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
I was impressed with the students at Rhodes. Although there are those few who can make the classroom a bit difficult, the good outweigh the bad. The majority of the students are curteous and make some sort of attempt at each assignment. I was pleased with my experience at Rhodes.

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April 13, 2005
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March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 07, 2005
the extracurricular activitives are pretty good but the teachers are not so good. these kids need individual attention and you can't get that with Cleveland Public schools let alone Rhodes. The kids are way out of line skipping classes and misbhaving in class. it's getting way out of hand

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2004
im am a parent but Ithink rhodes is a relly bad school. because they think by just remodleing the school that they can fit everyone in this school building. the bathrooms are very dirty and there special ed dept. my son goes there and they have him in this crosscat. and they mix behavior students with learning dis. and the kid with bad behavior the brush them off . they suspend them they dont teach them how to have good behavior and to move on in life with there anger nothing. im advoising those who have children with special ed needs dont send there child to james ford rhodes and also they dont have any classes for some of the student there crampt up in the libary and hall ways and also the whole building is dirty.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
jfr is one of wortest school cause of there hydyene and also the way they treat there students and take care of the students needs that grab and go they give you jail food our bathrooms are nasty and also the principals willams and strinka are mean to all of us in the building these four small schools are suppes to make it better it isnt we have 35-40 kids in all of classes it get real fustrating and also i shocked that rhodes does not have sbh classes.

- submitted by a former student
September 24, 2004
Im not a parent I am a student JFR was a good school but now it isn't this whole small schools thing is so stupid because the classes are supposed to be smaller but they arn't, we also have no books. Now durring this school year we have what is called a grab and go lunch. I dont think thats right were not animals or in prison. Also the restrooms on the first floor there is never any toilet paper and only 4 of the toilets are good to use. We now have cameras how is it we can have cameras but no books. This isn't right.

- submitted by a former student
April 30, 2004
I am considering Rhodes as my high school choice along with Jane Addams. The teachers are excellent, and the students are overly friendly. Rhodes is taking the 'small school' transition. There will be four smaller sized high schools inside of Rhodes thanks to Bill and Melinda Gates. I am really looking forward to graduating from Rhodes!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 12, 2004
I am a graduate of Rhodes and so was my brother. We never had any problems with the teachers or other students. We went to school to learn and graduate and moved on to college. We were not overly concerned with what designer clothes other students were wearing. Some of the teachers really cared about their jobs and students. James Ford Rhodes has good attendance and graduation rates. Keep up the great work all of the studens at Rhodes!

- submitted by a former student
December 14, 2003
I'm not a parent,I attend the school.I think it is one of the best schools in Cleveland.And the R.O.T.C program is excellent.It can really shape a student to be the best they can be.I love it!!

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2003
I have three children at this school. The teahers are great! They can and will help your child with anything.

- submitted by a parent
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James Ford Rhodes High School
5100 Biddulph Ave, Cleveland, OH  44144
(216) 459-4200
Last modified James Ford Rhodes 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.
James Ford Rhodes High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.