School Details

Calumet High School

3900 Calhoun Street, Gary, IN 46408
(219) 838-6990

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 600 students 19 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lake Ridge Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Calumet High School is a public high school in Gary. The principal of Calumet High School is Mrs Angela Piazza. 600 students attend Calumet High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 3% of the Calumet High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 82% of the 600 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Calumet High School is 19:1. Griffith Senior High 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

  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 43% 47%
Multiracial 4% 5%
Hispanic 27% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 21%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 0.9%
Asian 0.2% 0.05%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 85%
Limited English proficiency 3% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Can't wait for the last year to be over with!!! To much unnecessary stuff going on!!

  • (2 years ago)

    It's a teachers job to teach.... It's a parent job to PARENT! Teachers should not have to discipline the children. The biggest problem with this community is the parents! The parents do not care about their kids letting them bike around town bullying and vandalizing. Calumet is a terrific facility with excellent staff that are skilled and knowledgeable. It is a pride filled school i mean the Warrior and Chief Wahoo. They have represented our school in a great way. Most of our sport facilities are better than most other schools we face. If the parents and student would take advantage of this great school it would revitalize the community and the spirit of Calumet.

  • (3 years ago)

    There is nothing good at calumet high school the teachers are rude demeaning they need to go get an education their self they cant explain high tech my daughter ask question they cant answer they tend to give a hard time to kids doing well and turn their head to the bad ones and dont do anything about theft fighting cursing by teachers staff and students state should take it plz

  • (4 years ago)

    I think this is a great school. They are moving in the New Tech Direction. The teachers are very driven and the students are trying very hard to adjust to the New Tech Model.

  • (5 years ago)

    I dislike this school so much. There is no discipline involved and even teachers dont get in trouble for saying inappropriate things.

  • (5 years ago)

    Here's the deal. Calumet is a great school. we may not have the best test scores the finest things or even the most successful sports teams but we try and that is what matters. With great teachers like Mr. Alb Mr. Wadkins Mr. Trevino Mrs. Weirzbecki and many others that put their hearts into teaching and trying to make a difference in every single one of their students' lives. The coaches here are remarkable. Just like the teachers but even more so they push you to do your best. It is a popular belief that it is the teacher's fault if a student fails or does bad in school. This is not true. A teacher can only do so much and making a child want to learn or do anything in class is rarely possible. The behavior of these kids I blame on the lack of parental support.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Calumet is an o.k. school. I mean ya we don't have all the nice things other schools have but who cares. As long as the teachers aren't rude people then the school is great. No not all the people in this school get along but other then that the people here are fine. As long as you follow the rules you will have a blast here trust me. If you get all your work done you can talk all you want as long as there isn't any other work needed to be done. I would rate this school a 7 out of 10. But i have only been here for almost 1 year so it might get even better. My favorite teacher would have to be Ms. Gabbert. She is my gym teacher and she is very nice and listens to everything you have to say.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a current senior at Calumet and I have read all of the reviews which can seem very misleading to someone who has not been around Calumet for a number of years. We have a new principal now named Mr. Freeman who puts his heart and soul into leading our school. He is a phenomenal person. Then there are our teachers at CHS who do an outstanding job of helping us to learn and not only teaching us the lessons in their subject areas but they also teach us some of the fundmentals of life; often teaching us things that our parents should be teaching. Some of these teachers have become a crutch for the students and many students find a support system withing that building. Calumet is a gold mine of knowledge and support. Anyone who speaks ill of it hasn't been paying attention...

  • (6 years ago)

    I think the School Is just Fine infact Its one of the best In the are. I have never gone into a School And when the students are asked Do you think theres a racial Problem they Laughed and no one! raised there hands I have never seen More students get along in one grouping sure there is some teasing but in all Everyone seems to be Friends. The school doesnt get much money no. Ive attended Calumet highschool For 3 Years. I have not found a a problem in our teachers or anyone. Also are principle Does not have a lack of leadership.

  • (7 years ago)

    Calumet is a 'middle of the road' school. By far not the best in area and not the worst. I have found the guidance counselors a total and utter disappointment. They not only don't respond to the students they don't respond to parents either. Some of the teachers show great commitment and interest in their students such as Ms. Wierzbicki..but far too many allow way too much goofing around & poor performance in their classrooms.

  • (7 years ago)

    I've been attending Calumet High School for two years now. I believe this school can be just as good as every other school if we just try our hardest at everything.Not just only in sports.We needed to work on learning too.I try my hardest in school not just for myself and my parents. For the whole entire school and the cheer sqaud. To show that we have people in this school trying to be all that they can be and more.I know everyone in this school can achieve their goals and dreams if they just try hard enough and never give up on themselves or others.They need to remember that we all our the school not just a few people.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a Student at Calumet I feel it has some of the best teachers that you can find. The teachers are always willing to help and devoted to teaching.Some of the teachers I feel are the best are both of the Keehn's Patack Hobart and Shimek.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son transferred to Calumet High School in 2006 and was ahead of his fellow Geometry classmates by about 1 year so what his classmates were learning in Oct 2006 he knew back from 2005. My son has adapted to his new school and would rather finish out High school at Calumet then transfer any where else. Very rarely do you hear that from a 10th grader! I rate this school a 100% score!

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers here are great; unfortunately this is a poor district and the majority of the extra-curricular activities are being cut. There is limited parental support; but if a student wants to work extra the teachers will almost always stay after to help their students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I found Calumet High School to be more challenging than college and even law school. The teachers were great and really cared about the students; however the guidance counselors were horrible. None of them ever met with me to discuss my post-secondary educational goals.

  • (10 years ago)

    Calumet High was the highlight of my high school years. I believe the quality of teaching was great. And the overall of community spirit was a wonderful experience.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former Calumet student who is entering the teaching profession this year. I am sick of hearing complaints about the teachers and administration. I attended Lake Ridge Schools my enitre life and I have witnessed firsthand that the biggest problem in the system is the lack of parental involvement. I don't think the problem is the teachers; I managed to learn enough to earn a degree from a competetive college and become a teacher myself. They must've done something right. High school teachers generally see a student for an hour (give or take a few minutes) a day. Their job is to educate students in a particular subject area. Parents have a job too and they need to start doing it. Teachers spend a great deal of time and money on training and development throughout their careers and they wouldn't be doing so if they 'didn't care.'

  • (10 years ago)

    Calumet is an average 'okay' school. The key to improving this school is more involved and in-depth parenting. The administration has grown lackluster because of repeated efforts to get parents involved who simply do not care. Children need guidance (not just from a counselor) support (not just from their coaches) and to be taught about life. Teachers and administrators can only do so much. These young people eventually grow up and move on. Enjoy them while they're here. Give them the benefit of your knowledge your experiences your insight. Calumet is diverse. This gives the kids a basic understanding of how to deal with people of different backgrounds. They learn the basics there. Teach them the rest at home!

  • (10 years ago)

    My husband and I graduated from Calumet as have 6 of our 8 children with 2 to go. Since 1973 we have been involved in our childrens' schools. There are and have been wonderful teachers and we have had in recent years great principals who really wanted to make an academic difference at Calumet. Sadly the administration some faculty and some parents did not like change and found reasons to get rid of them or encourage them to leave. Calumet is a very diverse school and sadly we have ALWAYS had a bad reputation which is wrong. Some problems yes but we have a great student body. We do not have a strong principal leadership. We also do not have very good parent involvment(There are wonderful parents and families who do get involved though). I will always defend Calumet but when my son(youngest child) graduates in three years I am done.

  • (10 years ago)

    I agree with the last person that wrote something. It is a bad school now. The teachers don't care and the counslers are mean and don't care and just try and get the kids out. They don't try and help them at all and the principal doesn't do his job very well either. He is to scared to get envolved. I think some serious changes need to be made to that school.

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