School Details

Cumberland High School

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

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1505 students 14 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 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. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cumberland School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cumberland High School is a public high school in Cumberland. 1,505 students go to Cumberland High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 23% of the 1,505 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cumberland High School is 14:1. Lincoln Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 90%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.0% 2%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are great. The campus and facility is beautiful. Parent involvement is average.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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!

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

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