School Details

Cheshire High School

525 South Main St, Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 250-2511

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1549 students 15 students/teacher (CT avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cheshire School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cheshire High School is a public high school in Cheshire. 1,549 students attend Cheshire High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 7% of the 1,549 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cheshire High School is 15:1. Humiston School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 85%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
Asian 7% %
Hispanic 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Great Guidance Department cares about students even the average student. My son was not a great student but they helped us find a decent college for him where he is now doing well studying something he really loves. Did not like the old principal at all glad he is gone. Hopefully new one can change math department which doesn't really teach. My son says he finally gets math now that it is being explained to him in college by teachers who "really teach."

  • (2 years ago)

    I think my child has a thoughtful curriculum and there are a number of non-athletic interests supported.

  • (3 years ago)

    I also agree that the math department at this school is sadly lacking. They actually behave as if they are a big joke. One math teacher my child had made discouraging remarks to his students on a regular basis. This was by way of testing their sense of humor. Math SAT scores show the details however most people in town can afford a tutor so that becomes the alternative of choice no one puts pressure on the system itself.

  • (4 years ago)

    School Sucks! If you dont have money forget about having many friends most students look down on the ones that arent rich. Teachers really dont care. All in all no ta great school

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a total joke. The administration fails to recognize the schools widespread drug and alcohol problem. It's block scheduling is so backwards beyond belief its a wonder more kids don't leave. The AP courses offered are child's play compared to other states. The school has failed to take care of its mold and asbestos problem which often made me so sick I couldn't attend classes. The School's "Yellow House" program is just a social club for druggies and skaters alike. I know their are a few great kids and even fewer fantastic teachers but this backwards school has a defected Administration that turns its head to new students from out of state and fails to maintain the school building itself. The students barely have respect for themselves or the teachers around them. Its library is plagued with archaic microfilm readers of which no one is allowed to use. The only "challenges" that anyone would have would be keeping up with how disorganized the school itself is. The few Gems of teachers are unable to really help stand out against the grayness of the rest of the teaching staff. Sad excuse for a school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our experience with Cheshire HS has been wonderful. All three of my children have been challenged academically in Cheshire and have benefitted from the wide variety of courses offered. They have enjoyed their extra curricular involvement especially the championship level marching band. My oldest child was in special ed and the care and services that CHS provided was exceptional. The kids in Cheshire are a friendly and generally happy bunch and the schools are safe.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our daughters attended CHS and went on to terrific colleges where they did very well due to the preparation received at CHS. I must agree that the math department could use help--our older daughter had to have pier tutoring to get through Algebra 2 (which raised her grade from a D to an A because the teacher was not able to explain the subject). The English Department is fabulous!

  • (6 years ago)

    Overall good school. AP program is great for kids who want to excel but the math department is awful. It is a running joke at CHS that there are very few good math teachers here. The marching band is still one of the best and athletics are strong. I've been a student here for three years and I don't have very many complaints overall.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the best school it provides and excells in education not to mention the extreme sports program. Definitly a 5 star school

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently a student at CHS. The school is great. It's well funded has friendly teachers that have a passion for what they do and the vast majority of students care about how well they succeed. The rules I have to say are very strict and the punishments are harsh. The school may be too competitive because an B+ honor roll student has a disappointing class rank. There are plenty of extracurricular activities and sports. Plus the Marching Band is nationally recognized. All and all CHS is a good school and I would highly recommend it. GO RAMS!

  • (11 years ago)

    My son is graduating from Cheshire High this year. He had a wonderful experience. Sports programs have been excellent. Classes offered and the caliber of these classes beyond reproach.

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