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