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6746 Carlisle Pk
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

(717) 766-0217
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November 21, 2014
CVHS has tons of opportunities for all students interested in pretty much anything. Don't have what you like? Start a club about it! Don't particularly get along with your teacher and like how they're teaching? Ask for a course swap! Overall, CVHS is a very good school. If you ignore some of the flaws, it's great.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2013
I have attended a total of 6 public schools (2 high schools) before I graduated last year, and have lived in 4 different states. From my experience, CV was by far the best. I was on the volleyball team all 3 years I attended, participated in several art classes, was part of prom committee, and was able to explore a possible future career, architecture. They have an extensive list of course choices, with amazing teachers. My guidance counselor did everything in her power to help me to adjust to the large school, and would constantly call me in to chat. The principal we currently have is one of the most passionate women I have ever known. Like ALL high schools, there are drugs. However, I have never used drugs, had a sip of alcohol, or smoked in my life. The most important thing is to be involved in the endless programs CV offers and drugs won't be a problem. When we moved my family searched endlessly to find a great school, and I think we found the absolute best. GO EAGLES!

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2013
We chose CV when relocating to the area three years ago, after an extensive search of high schools in a 15 mile radius of my employment. We were not disappointed in any facet of my daughter's education or extracurricular endeavors and would make the same choice again, without reservation. I am sure she would agree.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
My kids graduated from CV and went on to college. I am ranking the school with two stars to honor the music program, the small handful of teachers who really care and excel at their jobs, the number of course offerings/options and the opportunities to pursue AP work. Areas that needed vast improvement would have to include the math department, the business courses, foreign language and anything in the PE category. This school suffers from a good-sized contingent of teachers who suffer from anti-parent/anti-student attitudes only surpassed by an administrative group with no direction, leadership or rationale. I feel badly for the superior staffers who find themselves working alongside those that drag down the entire works. Favoritism and politicking run rampant, exacerbated if you aren't "from the island". Yes, there are some drugs...and the admins suspect everyone...but good kids are the majority, they just need adults in the system who believe in them and care enough to help them traverse their high school years. Glad to be done.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2013
CV high school has a great facility, but the student population is out of control, over 2500 students. They need to split into 2 high schools. Too many students that get lost in the crowd, unless they are a stellar athlete....but with so many kids, good luck getting on a team! And although they are trying to control drug abuse, it is all over the school and parking lot. Last year, 5 freshman overdosed together in the school! Check the facts and don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
I am very disappointed with CV HS. If your child has any special needs as far as alternative ed or anything else, they do not put him or her as a priority. My son suffered for years because he got involved in drugs at a very young age. His math is seriously at a much lower level then they will admit. They tried placing him in Geometry this year and he became discouraged very quickly. Oh and did I mention drug use...that school is working on trying to control a very large substance abuse problem. I know any school has problems but this school is so large that kids are mostly a number. Kids get lost in the shuffle. I have had teachers and counselors that their hands were tied because they can't do what they need to do for these kids. If your child needs additional support, emotional, academically or any other, this is not the school for you. They say they have a handle on it but the proof is in the bag.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I have always said that Cumberland Valley High School offers a prep school education at a public school price. Everything a student needs to prepare for the best colleges in almost any degree area is available at CVHS, including many Honors and AP classes. I found teachers that are truly caring about their students, especially if they want to learn. Both of my children were accepted and are succeeding at prestigious schools in their chosen fields of Engineering for one, Art for the other. There are no "fluffy" programs; every subject is designed around the rigorous Dept. of Ed standards. The guidance department is exceptional; my daughter received substantial support there for everything from college prep procedures to help with depression. They are 100% there for the students. There are flaws at CVHS, but academics is not one of them. It appears to be common knowledge among the students that the atheletes are mysteriously exempted from the "random" drug tests during their sport season, which I find particularly appalling, but I am most concerned with my children's academic success. I'm sure socially CVHS is no different than the average high school and good luck with that.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
I am so frustrated with the life skills department with this school. My son who has special needs is not learning much. They go on so many field trips, which all cost money, spend too much time on certain areas instead of teaching them job skills or independent living skills. If you have a special needs student, I would really urge you to consider what is best for your child.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
CV is a great school with many different courses to choose from. They have a lot of advanced courses and a great athletics program. I would say that the advanced courses are very rigorous and require a lot of homework. It's not uncommon for my daughter to work on homework from the time she gets home from practice until she goes to bed. I guess you get what you work for, but sometimes it seems a bit much.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
Most of the reviews on the school seem totally biased to the students' personal experience at CV. Every school has it's problems. Cumberland Valley has the largest program of studies in the area as well as all kinds of different teachers. There is a level for every student and when it comes to academics and ranking, no students are shown favoritism. In Academics there is a level playing field. Most students believe that the grades they receive reflect the work they put in. All extracurricular parts of C.V. are outstanding including sports, music, acting, clubs, and in-school programs. Cuts are being made to everything but sports is true, and a recent attempt to cut a music teacher that was essential to the program was strongly protested by the motivated students and parents, a protest which eventually worked. It seems that students who play sports are favored by some teachers (especially gym but that was just my experience.teachers) but many higher level teachers that teach harder classes do not show this. The school is very safe. If your student doesn't want to get involved in drugs or alcohol they won't. Your student will find friends due to the diversity here.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2011
this school has a lot of problems. it is not family community oriented. the staff needs a reality check.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
The facilities are nice, roomy, open, clean, very clean. Sports program is good. Staff and teachers gave little encouragement or assistance to parents and students. If you go to the district office, from the recepcionist to the superintendant, they do not care. They are never available and are never to value what a parent or student has to say. The cirriculum is comparatively backwards. Academics is not a priority. Only athletes are of value at CVHS.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I am a 2010 graduate of CVHS. CV worships its athletes, letting them slip by year after year with less than desirable grades and outside of school drug involvement. Athletes are catered to more than all other extracuricular clubs and high-end academic achievers combined. As far as academics go, the school offers a substantial number of courses and programs that simply aren't available at other nearby public and private schools. The technology department has become a joke, which is sad. Funding is cut every year to support sports programs. The band, choir, orchestra, and dance team are nationally renowned. Teachers are hit and miss as some take their job seriously and others don't. If you don't come from a rich family, a farming family, or if you don't do drugs; it can be hard to find your place among the student body. Social life is above average in that the student body is large; therefore, not everyone knows everything about you and what you do every day (not like a small town atmosphere). Overall, the academic programs do prepare one for college if you can get past the cliques and politics that go on every day. One more note, the attendance system is sub-par.

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2011
Excellent school with great teachers and families that help their children learn. CV schools are able to achieve excellence with low taxes and a below average cost when compared to other schools in the Commonwealth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2010
CV is a wonder school district made even better by the recent addition of a new superintendant. One elementary school recently achieved blue ribbon ranking. This district prepares one well for college and beyond. Highly recommended with an excellent gifted student program.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 15, 2009
Cumberland Valley is a top notch school district. They offer excellent academics and due to size, can offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities. Their music program is amazing. They constantly strive to meet student needs whether making advances with gifted education or providing opportunities not available in other districts through their special education curriculum. My family chose to live in this district and we have now educated our children here for 11 years and I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2009
I graduated from CV this year and as I look back on my four years at this high school, I can say that I have had a great time have learned so much. The academics are wonderful and the students are very intelligent. This enviroment helped me to achieve much more than I would have, had I attended another school. There are plenty of extracurricular activities and the students are also very active within the community. They are not afraid to speak up for what they believe is right. It helps because the teachers are very supportive and will often engage them in these conversations.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2009
This school is not as good as it thinks it is. The district is very poor at communicating with families and very unwelcoming to families moving into the area. They do a poor job with the gifted program and has nothing to brag about.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 25, 2008
This school's facilities are top knotch. The hallways are wide, the floors tiled beautifully, and the auditorium and sports fields rival those in many colleges. Cons: Academically, this school is not nearly as competitive as it would like you to think, especially for advanced students. Although there are many course offerings, any attempt to step beyond them, at least in my experience, has been highly scrutinized. I've heard that this has changed somewhat for the better, which is comforting news. However, a more endemic problem is that CV 'feels content' with the academic performance of its top students. I can speak of experience in the math and science departments mainly and say that they gave little encouragement or assistance to people attempting to go above the curriculum in research or math competitions and the like. For its size, CV sends pathetically few students to elite schools.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2008
I am graduating in 2010 from cumberland valley and have been in this district since kindergarden. The sports in my opinion are phenominal. We have some of the best athletes in the area. And as for the size, it really dosen't bother me. The numbers sound huge but you dont even notice it. All of your classes are primarily in one hallway. The teachers are great and really do care about how you are doing in the class. People act like we are such a big party school and have all of the troubled teens. When in reality , adults just pay more attention to the students, so they get cought doing things they should'nt be doing. Any other high school has just the same amount of problem kids, the adults are just oblivious to what the teens are doing behind closed doors. This really is a great school.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2008
I'm in the class of 2008 and like the previous poster I'm a military brat and I moved to CV after sophomore year. The academic programs are such a joke, and students who move to the area from other high schools will realize as much. The school and surrounding community value homogeneity (athletes) and not much else.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2008
I graduated from CV in 2004. I was moved there just after my sophomore year at another high school. It's a difficult school to assimilate into if you come from a background that has nothing to do with farming, or don't take lots of drugs. Most of the technology classes are a joke. I grew up a military brat, USAF, and I was used to being around people who were far more worldly. Bottom line, if your child has been in the district for a long time then they'll be fine. Otherwise, they may have trouble trying to fit into the comparatively backward curriculum.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2008
I graduated in 2005. I remember a lot of students getting caught up in the school politics (school board, new rules, etc.) without much being changed as a result of them making a fuss. There were a lot of different course offerings. I took programming classes, good English classes, and more advanced science classes. There was a strong emphasis on athletics, but I don't think the sports kids got any special treatment. The teachers like to get to know the students, especially the ones that were club advisors (there were a lot of clubs--it was easy to start them). The size isn't a problem. It's good for social development. Kids need a lot of experiences to know how to deal with the world. Overall, it's a great school that can prepare kids for anything college wants to throw at them.

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2007
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November 18, 2007
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September 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 07, 2007
As a parent, I find this school to cater to athletes and the remainder of the students are numbers. The attendance system is dysfunctional marking students absent when in school, losing absent notes, resulting in students being sent to the court system with no recourse available to the parents to prove that the school wrongfully charged the student with truancy. The school is all about surface appearances and does not care about all the students who fall between the cracks ending in high school dropouts. The school is overrated in my opinion and needs a serious overhaul placing emphasis on no child left behind.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 21, 2006
I think this is a wonderful school. It has basically every opportunity a student could ask for. The teachers are very supportive and don't label you the bad student or good student. The guidance counselor help more than the counselors at any other school would. They treat your children as if they were their own. I couldn't ask for a better education for myself. I would highly recommend this school and they have the best music program for choir and band and it is the school in PA and they have good sports like the football team

- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2006
I graduated in 1999 from the prestigous Cumerland Valley High School. The academics are top notch and the athletics are some of the best in the Country. When I played football their we were 9th in the Country is USA Today. Primarily middle to upper middle class and is continuing to grow rapidly. The campus looks like a small college and always has the top of the line equipment available for the students. The experience I had at CV prepared me well for the University of Tennessee and now the professional business world. I will gladly speak to the benefits of this Educational Institution to anyone and compare local high schools in the area as I chose to move back and now live in the CV school distict.

- submitted by a former student
December 27, 2005
Excellent school, very good staff, excellent opportunities for students to become involved in extracurricular activities

- submitted by a former student
December 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2005
Huge school my child got lost in the crowds. I am pulling my child out and enrolling in a private school

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September 01, 2005
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August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
The academic programs are incredible. I graduated in 2004 and I currently attend the University of Richmond. I was extremely well prepared for college. While speaking with my classmates in regards to high school experiences, I frequently find that CV offered much more and at a higher quality than the private schools that they attended. The music, art, sports, and clubs rival those of most colleges. At CV you are able to excel in whichever area(s) you wish. Parents were very involved throughout elementary and middle school, as well as high school. My parents were always familiar with my teachers and actually, several of my teachers attended my graduation party. The teachers which taught higher level classes were exceptional. Perhaps better than some of my college professors. To this day, I remain inspired by their teachings.

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June 26, 2005
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June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
A big school, but lots of committed teachers. Successfully navigated recent negotiations without much disruption to students. Fantastic opportunities in sports and other extracurriculars...water polo, rugby, lax...all for men and women. Fantastic arts, esp. orchestra and visual arts. I would send my kids here if size isn't a concern.

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April 29, 2005
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April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 17, 2004
I think this is a wonderful school. It has basically every oppertunity a student could ask for. The teachers are very supportive and don't label you the bad student or good student. The guidance counselor help more than the counselors at any other school would. They treat your children as if they were their own. I couldn't ask for a bettter education for myself. I would highly recommend this school.

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February 23, 2004
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February 05, 2004
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Cumberland Valley High School
6746 Carlisle Pk, Mechanicsburg, PA  17050
(717) 766-0217
Last modified Cumberland Valley High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cumberland Valley High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top