The repuation that Shaker Heights has "excellent" schools is clearly a myth.The high school and middle school are prime examples of the failure of this school system. The small minority of good kids who want to succeed have to navigate daily fights and violence, crude and disrespecful behavior. Standards for behavior are very low. The teachers and administrators seem to be very unhappy and overwhelmed and are rarely helpful. Their advice to the parents is "stay involved" which is their way of saying "we can't really handle everything that's going on in this school, beware". When you try to get involved as a parent you are met with resistance every time. Homework is everything that they don't cover in class, so be prepared for at least 4-7 hours of homework (everynight) and to be a part time teacher. For a school system that receives approximately 80 percent of the highest city tax revenues in the state of Ohio, this should be an outstanding school. Residents are basically paying private school tuition for 3rd rate inner city education. One has to question the financial integrity of this school system. Poor school quality is the number one reason for people moving OUT of Shaker.
I really like the high school. I feel like I fit in since everyone can fit in depending on what they do (music, theatre, sports, etc...) The teachers seem like they care (most). I think the work can be a lot but I know they're just preparing us for college. There are fights sometimes and it's a little obvious that there needs to be renovation but it's pretty good.
This school offers a wide range of opportunities! Languages! Clubs! Classes! There is no school like it! The school loves to see students challenging themselves. The guidance department is also very strong. The teachers are almost always there after school and even if a student is struggling in a class, they're very open to helping them through. They also have the tutoring center and study circles open if you're teacher has to leave. It is a great school.
Shaker Heights High School has more AP classes (23) and foreign languages (6) than any other public school in Cuyahoga county. In addition, the school is the only public school in the county with the rigorous International Baccalaureate Programme.
this school sucks. i just moved here from out of state and was exited to go here because everyone was telling me how amazing the school is, but it;s not. most teachers (or at least the ones i have) don't care they ether yell wt you because the class isn't doing very well or just give up. the students are ether in lower level classes and don't seem to care or in AP classes and are overwhelmed with everything they have to do (4hr of home work plus 5 hr of extracurricular activities) and think there life will end if they don't get at least a 4.0 and there is not much mixing of the two. they pride themselves on the variety of classes but it is not that good. at my old school i was exited to go to school but here i hate it. so don't make the same mistake i did and think this school is awesome; because if you have ever lived outside the are you will see just how bad it is.
We love this school. It offers a wide variety of courses at many levels. The music department is like none other. The student body reflects the real world with so much diversity. You won't find too many schools like this. It serves everyone.
I really love the Extracurricular activities at this school. Some teachers though seem to care about the students while others don't. A lot of teachers are nice teachers but don't always teach well. I really like the Theatre Program is amazing! I don't really enjoy the student body. I've been to other schools and have seen better students.
They care about the students and their education while providing all the avenues for success, all the student has to do is show up and do their part toward gaining a great education. There has been many famous successful people who are Shaker graduates and I am proud that my child is a part of the Shaker Heights School System.
What's not to like ? Dedicated, experienced, award winning teachers, who are responsive to individual learning styles, individualized curriculum, 6+ foreign languages, 25 or so AP/IB classes (that the majority of students actually do take), nationally recognized fine arts programs, sports and clubs galore, leading National Merit/Achievement and Ivy League placement in the state (public or private), and a widely diverse and multifaceted student body. It's amazing, and a source of great pride for the community.
My three children have gotten an excellent education at this school. Sure, taxes are high but in our minds there is no place like Shaker. It prepares students for the real world with all types of pressures, situations and people. The administration is aware of problems. But what school doesn't have them? Keep doing what your doing, Shaker. We are pleased!