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9-12
Public district
Wyncote, PA
Students enrolled: 1,469
 

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500 Rices Mill Rd
Wyncote, PA 19095

(215) 881-6400
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September 03, 2015
The school's teaching staff is excellent! My sons have been a part of the school's music program since 9th grade. The school's music and arts programs are second to none. Broadway quality musical productions are expertly produced. Academically, there are challenges due to its diversity but the staff does their best to shrink the learning gap.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
July 15, 2015
Too many rowdy students here. I left this school after my first year and I'm glad that I made the adjustment. Too chaotic for me. Students should never try to fight teachers smh. And by the way, the "rankings" are very misleading.

- submitted by a student

May 20, 2015
Dedicated teachers offering an excellent program. High investment in arts and culture. My son just graduated college with high honors because of the training he received at CHS.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
My children had wonderful experiences in the Cheltenham School system, especially at Cheltenham High School (classes of 2015 & 2011). Full of caring and committed teachers and zillions of outstanding extra-curricular activities - ranging from theater to robotics from athletics to community service. You couldn't ask for a warmer or more accepting school environment.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2015
Lack of proper direction by both the School Board and School Administration. Numerous turnover of Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent and Business Manager positions. No proper vetting for the positions and no oversight by the school board has lead to a downward spiral within the district.

- submitted by a community member

March 19, 2015
I've been jumped twice (And once gotten robbed) and I was a student of the school as well... I've seen a lot of CRAZY stuff in that school. I DIDNT feel safe and I'm glad I graduated. The truth is if you take predominantly AP/Honors classes and stick to the kids who are truly there for their future, then no, you won't be exposed to some of the problems that this school faces in terms of discipline. You WONT see the problems that people speak of and you can say that you had an incredible high school experience. Now no...its not as bad as Gratz or King (I'd know cuz I'm originally from those parts)... But how I see it, its an okay inner city minded school that's in the suburbs. If you're not ready for honors/AP classes, then go to private school. Otherwise, fight against having your mind corrupted in the "Enriched" classes.... Sorry just had to keep it real for a moment

- submitted by a student

February 09, 2015
Ok, so I attend the school. I don't necessarily think the school is a bad environment I don't think it's a bad place at all I think that the school is a very nice go to go to. I am an African American student and I have 3 AP classes and 1 honors. the school does not segregate between races they segregate between your academic level and which a student can produce the highest scores and succeed. they actually haven't been doing that bad with all the extra curricular activities. I do alot of extracurricular activities and I think there excellent. By the way weight training was not taken away from the activities you're allowed to do in physical education. yes I mean there are kids that are bad, rowdy and don't listen to rules. but no matter what school you send them to there always going to be kids that don't want to do their work, follow the rules, and think they can do whatever they want. I went to a private school from Kindergarten to 8th and those kids were there too. however, I do not think that the AP classes are too full. they do let whoever is willing and feel like they can succeed in the class we waiver in. I did from enriched to AP and Im a straight A student.

- submitted by a student

June 12, 2014
Wonderful academics, amazing opportunities, caring and talented teachers...our son has thrived at CHS. The Arts program is incomparable as are the running/track programs. All of this while surrounded by a diverse student body in every aspect with a truly caring leader, Andrew Kuhn and a talented Superintendant. We truly love Cheltenham School District

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2014
Cheltenham School district has been great for my children. They've made great friends over the years and have grown into responsible intelligent young adults. If I had to do it all over again, I'd choose this area again to raise my children.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2014
Cheltenham High School functions like a Junior College ! They prepare students for Higher Learning and Life as a mature young adult. They value the input from students and the teaching staff is superb! As a parent I am confident that my son will be very prepared for College ...

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
This is a vibrant, diverse, challenging high school that consistently appears on nationally rankings of best high schools in the country. The leadership in the school is amazing, I have full faith in the principal who has taught at this high school, led at another school and came back. The teaching staff is dedicated and knows how to engage young adults. If you are looking for a school with the highest expectations for its students, and with a student body that reflects the world around us- racially, economically, religiously, and outlook-wise-- this is the place for your family.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
We chose to move our family back to Cheltenham and raise our children here. Our family has benefited from our school system, with great academics, amazing music and arts at every grade level, dedicated teachers, involved parents with a wonderful small town atmosphere. My children have lifelong friendships, many forged in kindergarten. This is a lovely place to live

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
The district desperately needs to work on hearing parents. I removed all of my children from Cheltenham schools and we are moving out of the township. I have nothing good to report.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
Cheltenham High School is a wonderful public school experience. The HS offers a broad range of AP classes, the Arts and Music programs are second to none, and the school leadership is impressive. CHS is named as one of the top 2,000 public high schools in the country and its' graduates go on to great success in college. As a parent, I feel so lucky that my children are receiving such a strong, broad based education.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
Cheltenham High School is considered one of the best in the country. It is consistently included in Philadelphia Magazines yearly top school districts list. Size wise it is much smaller than many the surrounding suburban districts. CHS is committed to high academic standards for all of its students. And I can't say enough about the commitment to arts and humanities in the district.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
CHS has gone down very much even in the 4 years I have been there. There has been a cut in the recycling program. All the recycling just gets thrown away instead of being put to good use. Cheltenham may have extensive AP courses, but they are offered to everyone making class sizes too large. I have AP classes sometimes with over 20 kids that makes learning difficult and makes teaching nearly impossible for educators. Due to budges cuts, CHS lost some excellent instructors and therefore classes such as weight training had to be cut from the curriculum. The culinary arts department has been suffering from faulty sinks nearly all year. We don't have hat water in most of the faucets. I'm sorry to say that the district is certainly not what it once was

- submitted by a student

November 06, 2013
This school really sucks, ever since I was enrolled into this school from being a private school I went downhill. If you want to save your kids from failure don't send them here

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Sadly the school district continues to have unjust practices in educating African American students. The problems starts in elementary school and increases through middle school into high school. By 4th grade the students are segregated in math and English classes base on a district provided test - the student who test high are placed together in faster paced classes while the other are left in what is called enrich versus more advance classes. The education exposure is different. The student class learning materials and pace is different between the 2 classes levels. Thus, often AA students are not prepared to handle the rigorous classroom curriculums. These significant gaps in academic achievement that has been documented for more than 15 years. AA parents must stay involved with PTO, school counselor, and teachers to insure a quality education for their students. This is the 2nd year with a new principal who appears is very attentive to their needs. Hopefully with his leadership, equality is coming soon. The diversity could be a wonderful experience if the education was equal.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2013
Although the stats look great for this school - don't be fooled !! Racial inequities are all too common! Segregation exists within the school, placing students who are socially economically disadvantaged in classes all limped together and overcrowded. The achievement gap is of the largest in the south east Pa region. There are 29 AP courses, enrollment of pupils equals 857, and 181 are of color. If in fact only 181 are of color, among 1500 children and 857 are white , how then will the disadvantage advance. This district keeps the underlying racial oppression a biggggg secret!! Kids notice the inequities and speak of it in the communities but not publicly for fear of retaliation

- submitted by a teacher

April 15, 2013
I was thrilled by the elementary and lower middle schools, however between Cedarbrook and Cheltenham High I have been disgusted. Elkins Park provides a well supported learning environment, however once students get to Cedarbrook and Cheltenham the focus tends to be on testing constantly rather than education. The school offers tutoring that doesn't seem to be at all effective; teachers are for the most part unwilling to remain in contact with parents and there is little sense of community. Students bully others, my child has been a victim of theft numerous times and was once beat up and robbed, reported the person who did it and no disciplinary action was taken. The school is fostering an environment of hostility among the students and is ineffective in educating. I have watched my child deteriorate over the last few years and am working to move into a better school district. Also to the person who suggested all of the illegal students were moved out: every day I watch carloads of kids from Mount Airy hop onto the bus in our neighborhood. They openly state that they live in Philly, I've reported it and nothing has been done.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2012
Far too many fools from Philadelphia are registered in our school district and nothing is done about it.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2011
I am a previous student of CHS. Being a transfer student, but the other students and faculty treated me horribly. They never returned phonecalls or e-mails from my parents, and they treated me like I was stupid (especially the head of the math department) even though I have always been an above-average student. Great if you're from one of their feeder schools, horrible if you're a transfer.

- submitted by a student

June 22, 2010
As an alumnus with a (much) younger sibling graduating this year, I have to say I am saddened at how much the school has changed since I attended. I truely believe that I received a superior education that allowed me to attend a great college and graduate school. While many of the same great teachers are still at CHS, and the extra-curriculars are wonderful, the current principal and many administrators are horrible to deal with, do not appear to care about the student as an individual, and are more concerned with running the place like a juvenile detention center than an educational institution. While opportunities for academic acheivment still exist, I would sadly send my own child to private school before CHS as it now exists.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 14, 2010
5 stars. my daughter is in 10th grade and the quality of the education she is receiving is superior and will bode well in the college of her choice.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2008
I have had the opportunity to get to know the administrators of the Cheltenham High School and worked with them very closely. They have gone out of their way to help me in any way they can. I recently enrolled my 16-year-old kid at the CHS offices and I again was very impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the Registration staff, especially B. Higgins, the secretary of the Vice Principal at that school. Thank you all, for such a great job that you provide.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 10, 2008
This is a singular place. Even if he sentiment isn't always matched by the administration, CHS students and faculty cherish the extraordinary learning that takes place within these walls, inside and beyond the classroom. CHS graduates leave equipped with exceptional emotional and intellectual maturity and a deep understanding of the larger world that makes them stand out in their post-secondary academic and vocational lives.

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2006
far too few AP courses; good extracurricular activities; 10% amazing,70% good to very good and 20% fair to awful faculty; nice but only reactive guidance staff. Best features: a few outstanding teachers, many extracurricular activities and solid, middle class diversity. Overall impression - schools are good to very good but the tax/value ratio is an on-going concern for me.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2006
Many teachers are excellent, the diversity is wonderful, and the extracurricular opportunities are abundant, but I wish the administration cared more about the individual student.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2006
Cheltenham High School's diversity is one of the best things about the school and as a former student I learned more about society and differences in cultures than I would at a different school. This and the quality education in the classroom creates a well rounded educational experience for anyone.

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 30, 2006
Cheltenham High School may have excellent record, but in dealing with them, they are definitely not focused on the Student. It's business only to them. The administration is unresponsive and does not return phone calls, it is near impossible to have a tour of the school for new students and trying to gain information regarding classes, programs available, etc. is like pulling teeth. My child is in private school DESPITE the huge taxes I already pay.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2005
This is a good school for students who receive special services, i.e., if you are on the extremes of the learning continuum. If you are average, not much is exected of you and you shouldn't expect much either.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2004
I will be graduating this year(yay '04!) there are some good and some bad things about Cheltenham. We have had the privilege to have many successful people graduate from CHS, such as the former Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. I love going to Cheltenham, it's a great school. We have fantastic extra-curricular activities, such as Best Buddies, Kiwanis Club, even a student run Drama / Improv club (EST). The teachers truly care, they ask you if you need help, they offer their free periods to help students with any problems. CHS is also a very diverse school. I know that I have many white friends, many black friends, and one from Egypt. Our principal, Mr. Rodgers is a great guy, he knows a lot of the students by name, and he even picks up trash off of the floor (which I'm pretty sure is not in his job description) to make this school a better place. Even our teachers are diverse. We have Black teachers, White teachers, Asian teachers, and Mr. Woodcock. I do believe that I will end on that note.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2003
I'm graduating from Cheltenham High School this year and I have to say this is an excellent school. The teachers, administration and parents work very closely together to make this school great. Parent involvment at this school is unbelievable. Almost all the students try their hardest to make good grades and most of the graduating class is going to college. Unlike Philadelphia schools we have very few drug, crime or gang problems. At Cheltenham we promote diversity because of the many different ethnic, income and social status of the students here. Cheltenham continues to have some of the highest test scores in the state despite pulling from some 'lower income' and 'minority' areas. I'm proud to say I'm going to graduate from this school.

- submitted by a community member

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Cheltenham High School
500 Rices Mill Rd, Wyncote, PA  19095
(215) 881-6400
Last modified Cheltenham High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cheltenham High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top