Cleveland High school has been a really awesome experience until this last year of my daughters education. The drama department, voice and science departments have been particularly amazing. Voice, led by Diane R. has won stste championships year after year and has been a great encouragement for the students. The science teachers and classes have given my daughter a great head start to her college career and have prepared her very well. The drama department, once dominated by Jane Ferguson (exceptional teacher of the milenium) is now occupied by a "teacher" from another school. If your child is into drama, I would suggest another school but if voice or science is their thing, GO TO CLEVELAND!
This is probably one of the best school in the state. There is plenty of selections in classes, and everything else. Students are VERY NICE HERE AND THERE ARE NO GANGS. The drug and alcohol lovers steer clear of campus most of the time, and fighting is strictly prohibited. I came from one of PPS's worst schools, Grant, and found that Cleveland is so different and so much better. Many of the problems of being cussed at by upper class men, being called out in front of the class, and the administration doing nothing do not happen here. Unless you love shop or art (as we have few art classes and no vocational classes) you will be at home here. If your student is bright, this is the school-it has a full IB program!
ever since my son has enrolled here i feel that all these opportunities have opened up for him. he seems so much more enthusiastic about going to school now than ever before. the school is so culturally diverse and the teachers are amazing an inspiring which create a great learning environment. there are no problems with gangs and drugs at this school which make it wonderful. its a shame that it is a 9 out of 10 because it should BE A 10 out of 10.
My son is a freshman here and after going to Back to school night I wished that I had gone to school here! The teachers are amazing and they care about their students. They have so many activities and sports to get involved in. My son has not ever been a big fan of school and he still (of course) complains about homework... but he loves this school. I am so thankful for everything Cleveland has and is doing for my son.
Cleveland is a gem. We have been amazed at the quality and dedication of the teachers and staff. Cleveland has teachers who care about their students and want them to succeed. With an IB program Cleveland shines for motivated students. It is also friendly and accepting of a wide range of students. There is leadership on acceptance and openness.
Cleveland has great staff, is welcoming to everyone, offers rigorous courses, thinks on deep levels, is involved in the community, graduates a high percentage of students, and so much more.
The students are motivated to both learn and teach. The staff and faculty work so hard to create a safe and nurturing environment not only the students but for the community members as well! CHS is great and getting better everyday!
The students and community are energetic, passionate about others and get involved to help other people.
I went to a school in a different city for my first year of high school, and was very adament about getting into Cleveland for my Sophmore year. I found that (dispite the below review) I did connect with my teachers, and the learning experience was a positive one that made me interested in subjects I hadn't been interested in before. Based on test scores and diversity, Cleveland recieved an 'A' in government reviews, getting one of the only two 'A's given to Portland Public Schools.
cleveland is not diverse and is to shallow and money oreinted. also you dont get to have apersonal connection with the teachers, thats all they are is teachers, not people you want to talk too. Im upset i wasted my freshman year there and wish i had done what my gut told me to do
We enrolled our daughter at Cleveland with high hopes, especially because of its International Baccalaureate program. Perhaps our expectations were too high because of our prior experiences with excellent magnet schools in grades K-8, but our curious, enthusiastic learner was desperately unhappy at Cleveland, despite her 4.0 GPA, and we pulled her out a couple months into her sophomore year. The classes were just too uninspired to hold her interest, and crossing our fingers that they would get better when she could avail herself of the IB classes in junior year was not a sufficiently viable plan. If your child is creative and not into sports, she might complain. Listen to her.
My son graduated from Cleveland in 2004. He received a fantastic education (mostly IB classes)and participated in a sport every season for 4 years. He got into a great college with a very low acceptance rate - something that some parents think you need a private school to do. He really appreciated the diversity at CHS - not just ethnic, but socioeconomic and levels of ability.
Cleveland was such an awesome place to exerience high school. It was such a close community that was very friendly and welcoming. The staff is always willing to lend any extra help to get the students to live up to their full potential. The International Bacculaureate program is special to Cleveland because it is the only school on the east side with this challenging curriculm. The IB classes are excellerated, like AP classes, and provide students the ability to learn from classes that are at an international standard. It's an amazing opportunity for children who want to be challenged. The spots programs at Cleveland are definetly not the worst in the PIL. Our baseball team won PIL championship last year! The coaches a Cleveland are wha makes sports there great. The coaches are all so encourging. The students at Cleveland are also awesome. There are no cliques. I loved Cleveland!
I think that this school is really good for all kinds of children. They have great staff and a great educational experience. They have a doctors office right there at the school, so if any child is injured they get the help right away.
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