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Cumberland Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 2570 students

 
 

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Posted Friday, 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


Posted November 2, 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


Posted February 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

553 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

553 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

568 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

567 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female81%
Male84%
Black54%
Asian85%
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black85%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female62%
Male68%
Black46%
Asian67%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male93%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)76%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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