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James Ford Rhodes High School

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Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

James Ford Rhodes High School is a public high school in Cleveland. The principal of James Ford Rhodes High School is Sheila D. Rollins, whose e-mail is 1,350 students attend James Ford Rhodes High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 67% of the 1,350 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 95% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at James Ford Rhodes High School is 17:1. Brooklyn High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 15%
Hispanic 34% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%
Asian 0.3% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 95%
Economically disadvantaged 67% 84%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    in this school it's just all about the who u hang out with and who dateing who adn drugs gangs and so many other bad thigs tht i can relate too .

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter (a special needs student) has received great help from the teachers and staff at Rhodes. She really loves going there and is doing quite well.(Honor roll) Everyone is very patient and kind with her and she is able to blossom. Her father and I appreciate the good job the faculty has provided even in tough times.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a student entering my 3rd year at Ohio State after graduating from Rhodes I must say that the school was not awesome. A lot of teachers tried hard and some didnt. I would have to say that I entered college unprepared. The best thing about the entire experience was the access to High Tech Academy where I was able to earn enough credits to be a Junior by the end of my 1st year at OSU. Just keep your head on straight and you will be fine at Rhodes.

  • (3 years ago)

    JFR was a joke; It was ruined by forced busing. Im glad I spent my days cutting class and putting grafitti on any wall or desk I could find. I was class of 89 but dropped out; best choice I ever made. And to top it off there was only a handful of hot chicks that went there. My fave metal bands were VENOM and DRI. Ah memories...

  • (4 years ago)

    Im a 10th grader in JFR.I love that school Im in the program calld Twilight and is helping me very much..The only thing that I dint like was that I went to this school because they had the nursing program but wen iI went they dint have it .I only hope they can put it again for the 2011 year..The principal Ms.Rollins is the best principal in all the high schools.....Goooooooooo Rams!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a freshman at JFR and I absolutely LOOOVE IT! The administration is okay they never really give you a chance to explain yourself. Other than that its really fun its like your apart of a huge family. I am in the JFR drumline and it is really fun. I have made so many awesome friends there and being apart of the school like that gives me a lot of pride. This school deserves WAAAAYYY more credit than it is given yeah there are fights but I went to catholic school and there were fights there. )

  • (4 years ago)

    this is an excellent school that i feeel anyone one can achieve in

  • (4 years ago)

    Im a parent of a 10th grader at Rhodes High. I thought when I moved my child to this school from another failing Cleveland Public School that things would possible be different. WRONG! The staff is very unprofessional. I have seen staff/security interacting with the children as if they are the best of friends instead of professional adults. My child's grades have dropped so low that Im worried about having her here for another semester. I have tried to work with the staff to no advail. The principal is NEVER at the school the teachers don't call me when I have asked them repeatedly to do so if my child is performing under a 'c' level. Im so frustrated with this school that Im at my wits end. I have contacted Cleveland board of education to no solution. Please keep your child out of this school. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

  • (4 years ago)

    My grandson attends Rhodes. My husband graduated from Rhodes in 1966. According to him nothing has changed. My husband had ADD before anyone knew what it was and my grandson has the same with difficulties in reading. In 1966 the school failed my husband miserably and in 2010 they are failing my grandson. After 2 years in the building and teachers showing late to class and counselors not available my grandson finds himself in a school over-crowded and more concerned with aesthetics than quality. We have paid for private tutors and I guess we will have to do it again. Thanks for nothing.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandson attends JFR and I am not really happy with what I have seen so far. The lack of books in the Cleveland School System is overwhelming. Overcrowded classes is bad enough but when teachers won't (or maybe they can't) answer questions that their students ask that is a travesty. I encourage the kids to ask. How else are you going to learn. Then the teachers tell them NOT to ask questions. Also especially now in the cold weather quite a few students I know have no lockers. Too much favoritism where the dress code is concerned. They really need to get their ducks in a row - soon!

  • (5 years ago)

    I rate this school 5 out of 5 because its a good school.Im a freshman here and i love the teachers and other staff.Also their's lots of activities here such as JROTC.The principal here is the best!

  • (5 years ago)

    I rate the school below average because how it is ran is sloppy .

  • (5 years ago)

    No Nonsense eductors present knowledge in meaningful ways to the student body!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is senior. Rhodes is a good school. As long as you're an involved parent and watch your child all schools are good. My other 3 children are in public schools also and are exceeding. Its not the school's sole responsibility.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter when to Rhodes and now she is suffering for the bad education she got at Rhodes. She is in the University and feels lost. Cleveland Public Schools needs to eliminate the bad teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is horrible they care more about what a child wears then they grade the new principal doesn't care about any of the students she made that pretty clear the school rather spend their money on nothing than buy us books the teachers honestly don't teach it's a horrible school .

  • (6 years ago)

    I'ma student at rhodes and it's actually good. The only prOblem with it is that they have to use harper which doesnt have lockers. the teachers are good and the students are nice. yes every class will have a clown but over all its good schoool!

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to rhodes and i love it

  • (7 years ago)

    I just graduated from JFR in 2006. I have no complaints about the school. The teachers and the principals will be good to you if you are good to them. i think the with all the remodeling that they are now doing and all of the changes it will help the other students coming in a lot. I was there for all 4 years of high school and i have nothing bad to say about it.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would like to take a moment and say Thank You to each Teacher. I graduated from Rhodes in the 80's and my son is a Senior in the Honor's program. I am very proud of him and the great and wonderful Teachers who've helped along with myself in teaching a wonderful and respectful young man. My hats off to the Staff at James Ford Rhodes.

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