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Cumberland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1461 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 11, 2014

Under new leadership, Cumberland High School has soared. The teachers have high expectations for all of the students and work to help them all be successful. The teachers are very accessible any time help is needed. Every child has the opportunity to challenge themselves in honors or AP classes. School spirit is on the rise and is evident with the number of students who come out to support their sports teams, which happen to be very competitive. Recently renovated, the school is very clean and well maintained. Overall I believe CHS offers a great learning community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

Something for everyone! If your child is a high achiever there are many AP options. If your child struggles, CHS has a program in place to help them attain proficiency. Teachers are professional and very supportive. Top notch sports teams with outstanding support from the CHS students. Numerous activities for students interested in art, music, debate, math, leadership, etc truly something for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

CHS deserves an "unsung hero" award.It contributes so much to the families in this town, yet for some reason is still widely undervalued.The teachers are dedicated to the students in and out of the classrooms.They coach teams, organize and chaperone international field trips and other events in and out of school.The culture under the new leadership structure is fantastic.It promotes citizenship and pride among staff and students alike.AP course selections are plentiful and offered to students at every grade level now.Expectations are high and the administration is slowly but surely eradicating teachers who do not rise to the challenge.I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars only because I feel that there's always room for improvement, but that requires financial resources.The continued growth in achievement levels, the addition of new courses, the uptick in school pride have all been done, for the most part, with limited financial resources, which makes it all the more deserving of 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

Cumberland High School is loaded with a community of faculty, staff and administrators that honestly do care about the education of our children. They are constantly striving to improve our curriculum and increase the difficulty of courses and pathways offered. CHS has earned NEASC accreditation, been recognized by Education Commissioner Deborah Gist as a school of distinction, expanded Advanced Placement Courses, increased the school s four-year graduation rate, and jumped 30 percent, from 40 percent in 2012 to 70 percent in 2013, in the number of juniors scoring proficient in writing. The school has been lauded as an Innovation School by the New England Secondary School Consortium. We are proud to have our first child graduate in 2014 and get into all 11 colleges or universities he applied to. The school offers many different types of clubs, art and music programs, and sports teams to get involved with. GO BLUE!! Clipper pride rising....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

Cumberland High School has improved dramatically over the last few years. District itself among the top growth districts based on the Department of Education's analysis. CHS offers more than 20 AP courses and has continued to add more each year. New leadership has improved the academic program as well as the school environment. Clubs and sports are plentiful. Music/art programs are rebuilding with enormous enthusiasm and energy. Principal/ assistant prinicpals are passionate and committed to ongoing improvements. Looking forward to continued improvements so my younger children can benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

I have no reason to dislike this school other than my own experience while my kids attended CHS. For heaven's sake, protect your children and find another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2012

Horrible. Middle and elementary schools here are great but do not send your child to this high school. Principals and teachers don't care about students. Only students that do well are honors and students with behavioral or developmental disabilities because they are the only ones that get any attention. Nevermind the fact that RI schools are making it almost impossible to graduate with new portfolio system where you have to take samples of your work from each high school year and present it to a board of people to graduate. Also they have made it that a 72 is now passing and if you fail any one out of three semesters you fail for the year. Please for your kids consider any other option than Cumberland high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

By far the best public school my daughter has ever gone to. The teachers are some of the best, and they don't get enough praise
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

Perhaps this review will be considered null and void since new management will be implemented soon, but here's my review of the school in the past two years that I have spent here. The expression "You'll remember high school for the rest of your life," holds true for me. Because I'll always remember the friends and staff that wade through the sheer IDIOCY and BLANDNESS of this domicile of education. Don't get me wrong; the staff is fantastic and they always put their best foot forward to help students. But the lack of school spirit and discipline makes the place feel like a racetrack, with everybody trying to finish as fast as possible. Homecoming dance has been cancelled for a whopping five years and counting because no one thought to attend. Kids herd together at lunch in social cliques because there seems to be no other way to talk to each other. And the detention policy? An hour after school to have your teacher glare at a room full of kids and then letting them go isn't punishment. It's the extended version of, "Which one of you kids threw that piece of paper?!" Staffers, if you're reading this, please note you guys are the best, so I gave the teacher rating 5/5. School, 2/5.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2012

The Cumberland Schools aren't too bad but the high school is absolutely horrible if you are an average B student. Special attention is paid to honors students or fundamental students; average students get lost in the shuffle. This is a big high school with horrible administration. I hated being there everyday and I'm happy to be out of that school. There are some great teachers but the bad teachers are easier to find at this school. I would NEVER send my children or recommend anyone send their children to Cumberland High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2008

The teachers are great. The campus and facility is beautiful. Parent involvement is average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2007

i am a junior who jusr recentlty moved to pembroke high school in new york and in my opinion cumberland was a great school. I find that i miss it dearly and that it was tolerable and a very good school to go to. the classes, teachers, and administrators are great. The new building and changes are remarkable and i think itll look great when i visit back! Great job cumberland!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2007

The elementary schools are fine. The middle school is tolerable. The high school is completely unacccountable and lacks the necessary management and direction that it needs to provide the students top-notch educations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

As a freshman moving into my sophomore year in less than a week, I can tell you that Cumberland High has already become my second home. Education, of course, is highly valued and the teachers I had this year were exceptional, always willing to help a student after their work hours. Parents, I believe, have no right to judge teachers in a negative fashion unless they've sat in the classroom with the teacher for at least one quarter. As long as you are fair and respect the teachers at our school, they will be fair and respect you back. Also, the after-school sports and arts programs are definitely something to take pride in. They are by no means a waste of money and keep kids occupied and safe beyond school hours. Most importantly, they make school fun. The current renovations taking place are great and us students are grateful for them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2006

The problem with this school is belongs to the town. It got left behind during the technology boom. Not enough money was allocated to keep this school updated as it aged and now we are playing catch up. I still think the money we are spending now should be put towards updating equipment so the teachers can actually do their jobs. It's amazing how other schools just as old as this one in other towns are in better shape and technically up to date. High School pride starts at the town level and works it's way down to the student. When the town takes pride in it's school system, the students will too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

I am a proud graduate of Cumberland High School. I have since graduated from a 4 Year college in Nursing. I feel that although the high school isn't cosmetically perfect what is inside is far more important. I spent many hours after school with some of the best teachers I have ever had. They not only made sure I passed but that I exceled. They CARED!!The sports programs are prominent at CHS as well as academic programs, student council, etc. CHS gave me the opportunity to become the well rounded adult that I am today. Just remeber it isn't only the school dept or the government who are responsible for molding our youth into responsible young adults. This MUST start and END with parental disipline!!! Get involved and you will find more people will be there to help than you originally thought!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 14, 2005

My teachers are great. They're personable, approachable, EDUCATED people who know how to teach. In my all of my classes, I have never had a problem with a teacher. Do you know why? Because I do my homework. I don't cause trouble. I raise my hand. A good kid has no trouble at CHS. However, bad kids are not tolerated. It's not okay to cut class or be disrespectful. Don't blame teachers for you child's issues. Another thing: the building is not perfect, but it's being improved. Ceiling leaks? Gone. Tile problems? Taken care of. Bathrooms? Renovated. Auditorium? Completey redone. CHS is fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

From what I personally have been reading in all these reviews about Cumberland High School, most parent's make it seem like it's a place of chaos and malfunction. In my opinion, seeing as I myself am a junior in that school, my overall view is not something that will make the school itself look bad. The reason why the school has absolutely no fundings and money to pay for newer books and supplies is because some parents do not feel the need to pay taxes, or get involved with the school! I bet that if the parent was in their child's spot in that school they would realize how the school is. No, the school is not a waste of money or time to be in, it has excellent teachers, an awesome principal and very good staff. Some of the people around here, don't even realize how close minded they are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2005

I read all the reviews and this the conclusion i have discovered ... You parents have zero idea about what you are talking about. I would like you to find a public school that doesn't have its share of problems. Many of them need help and if they are in amazing conditions then they have only recently been fixed. I personally wrote a letter to mr.Nasif and had a few meetings with him. I pointed out what i thought needed to be fixed and within the next week, things were being done. I learned more in that school than i can explain. I am at a four-year college now studying forensic psychology. Just because your child doesn't like it, doesn't mean it isn't a good school. Maybe your child could stand some more disipline in school and they didn't like being told what to do. As parents__get involved and quit complaining!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 28, 2005

In my opinion, Cumberland High school is one of the worst schools in the state of RI and in the nation for that matter. How they find their staff is beyond me, perhaps CHS should consider COLLEGE trained professionals. The gym and athletics department is over funded where as the SCHOOL is lagging in many fields. If I could afford private school I would go there and leave CHS in the dirt...where it belongs. Perhaps when we have a new and hopefully better Superintendent, the school will make strides to becoming more of an academic field and less of a sports arena.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2014.

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students39%
Female35%
Male45%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged students30%
Not economically disadvantaged students42%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant39%

Reading

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged students73%
Not economically disadvantaged students90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant87%

Writing

All Students40%
Female45%
Male36%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged students28%
Not economically disadvantaged students43%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English41%
Not migrant40%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 64%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2600 Mendon Rd
Cumberland, RI 02864
Phone: (401) 658-2600

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