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2600 Mendon Rd
Cumberland, RI 02864

(401) 658-2600
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3 stars
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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February 06, 2009
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January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
The teachers are great. The campus and facility is beautiful. Parent involvement is average.

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April 09, 2008
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November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 08, 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
November 01, 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.

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September 19, 2007
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January 05, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
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.

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March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a student
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
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
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
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
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
January 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
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
January 23, 2005
I think the parent ratings above are absurd, rating teachers poor along with the security of the school. This shows me that parents just like to complain about things. I don't see to many parents getting involved with their child s education. If they were, they would be helping the school make positive changes however, most just want to sit back and complain. This is just sad, considering SAT scores and Standardize test scores. Teachers must be doing a good job considering the serious lack of resources they have to work with.

- submitted by a teacher
December 02, 2004
I agree, the school is rundown and in desparate need of repair, but it's being worked on. One thing the school isn't missing, however, is a great principal. Mr. Steven Driscoll is an amazing administrator and takes time to get to know many of the students. There are also many fine educators, although not all. A lot of the students that complain about teachers, however, are those that are unwilling to cooperate. A student-teacher relationship is not a one-sided affair. It's something both sides need to work at in order to achieve the kind of education one expects. Cumberland High School is a decent public school with room for improvement, but what school doesn't have room for improvement? I'm not saying it's the greatest school there is, but I'm willing to bet that there are far worse educational institutions then this one. -A former student and proud graduate.

- submitted by a former student
December 02, 2004
Our school isn't about our leaky roofs or our mirrors being broken but the school pride and education is what really matters. If your daughter can't see herself in the mirror then thats ok it is not a beauty school. So there are a few bumps but the new principal is making drastic changes. Our school is getting redone as I am writing this and the cracked tiles are no more there and the renovations they are doing are really changing the overall appearence of the school for the best. You need a little confidence and time. It took one new person to create big changes if more people would help out then more changes could be made quicker. I am proud to go there and I am proud to say it The education is good and the people are friendly and thats enough for me. -A Student of CHS.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2004
I believe that the people that live in Cumberland do not give the school enough credit. Every school has its problems, and if people believe that this school is any different then they are wrong. Cumberland High School does not discriminate against people of different races or ethnicities in any way, for one. Second, you have poor teachers at every school, and are not giving enough credit to the many amazing teachers at CHS. Third, yes, the school could use some improvements, but things cannot happen overnight. And the parents that complain about the poor state of Cumberland High are the same people who are not willing to pay higher taxes so that the school district will have more money. So when reading these statements, consider the source. Cumberland High a good school that the town needs to be more proud of. - a PROUD student of CHS

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2004
The first moment my child stepped into the school auditorium he got rained on. The place had no roof. How can you expect children to learn when their test papers desintegrate when it rains...The school is broken, along with their bubblas, floor tiles, children's minds, books, and bathroom mirrors...My child wants to see herself the mirror but there aren't any...It's a major problem...Yes it is! ugh what a disgrace.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2004
I have been in the cumberland school system since kindergarten. The education i received throughout those thirteen years (k-12) provided me with knowledge that i feel has better prepared me for college. I am now continuing my education at a four year college and i hope to become an elementary school teacher. Though the cumberland school system is very underfunded, i believe that all in all cumberland high and the cumberland school system are very good.

- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2004
my daughter went to this highschool for 2 years. she had a terrible time there. the teachers are horrible. They only care about what time they get to leave and how much longer until the day ends. They think that all students are horrible creatures. some even call the students stupid and fail them because of how they feel towards them. there are good teachers but they are the young ones. get rid of the old ones that dont no how to teach and are just grouchy. being a parent and going to the meetings I see what my daughter is saying about them. and I only have to talk to them for 10 minutes.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
Good teachers, poor budget, needs new windows, and some school pride! When students are active and responsible, the school provides an acceptable place to earn credits, and offers a variety of classes for college bound, though it is short on forgein languages (cut out Latin recently) Way too much emphasis on sports!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
I would like to commend the new principal, he is a blessing to this school. He went above and beyond his duties to assist not one, but both of my children last year, with things as menial as schedule changes the guidance department was unable to help with. My daughter will be a senior this year, my son a sophmore, but I feel confident about this school due to the dedication and interest in students of Mr Driscoll.

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August 12, 2004
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2004
This school should be examined for the quality of their teachers.God bless the teachers but you need to actually teach.My son had such a hard time with this school system to the point that he would not have graduated he would have quit,he thought he was stupid.He now is a B student and he will receive his high school diploma.Teachers need to understand that not all children are disrespectful nor do they want to cause problems.I am sick of these teachers saying stuff like 'kids like him'. That makes my stomach turn.One more thing if you continue to hand out detention like it is homework there will never be any respect,as a parent I would laugh at the reason for the detention.Back when I went to school it was never a good thing to have detention,now it's a joke.Things need to be fixed because they are broken.Take a long hard look.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2004
This school is fine as long as your child doesnt need special help or he is black. Because then it might be a problem. My son has had such a bad time there and he has to return there next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
This school is horrible. The building is falling apart. The teachers are awful. There is no school pride. Cumberland needs help.

- submitted by a student
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Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  02864
(401) 658-2600
Last modified Cumberland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cumberland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top