Cornwall Central High School Overview10 Dragon Drive, New Windsor, NY 12553 , Tel: +1 (845) 534-8009 Cornwall Central School District
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It was fine. I contemplated leaving back in Freshman/Sophomore year to go to this boarding school that I really loved but the one thing that kept me from leaving was the music program and my friends. I've been apart of the program since 4th and even after graduating I still have not stopped. If I had a bad experience with friends I would have most definitely left the school. Nothing special about the school, even if there are a lot of Ivy league students from here and we rank in a lot of money in scholarships ect each year for colleges. The school itself is eh and basically got worse after the principal we had in 2012 and years before left, and others took over throughout administration. Also within the last year a lot of staff as left and retired. But I do know some just left for other jobs.
Excellent experience at CCHS. No idea where some of these reviews get their negative viewpoints - this school district is really great with tons of opportunities. Kids headed to Ivies, national award winners, caring faculty and staff... everything a great HS needs!
My daughter is a CCHS graduate. She was bullied throughout high school. It is full of cliques who can be actually cruel to students who don't fit the Cornwall white bread cheerleader mold. While white and bright my child was constantly bullied due to neurological problems resulting from premature birth. School focus is on kids in sports,drama and top students. I agree that memorization to pass tests was major learning focus. I don't blame the teachers as the pressure on them is intense from parents, school board and administration. My daughter had some excellent teachers and a bigger share of duds. Her guidance counselor was excellent but others poor. Principal and vice principal very helpful. "Old time" district parents have an undo influence. I cannot recommend this school district especially to a family moving in from other areas. My daughter attends a top SUNY university. Many students start at local community colleges and transfer to four year state schools. My daughter had to skip lunch in order to be in the chorus as it is a graded subject. Overall recommendation is not to move into the CCSD.
My older son is going to CCHS and my younger one is in CCMS. They studies well in their school. Their teachers are very helpful to them. And also CCHS Guidance Counselor always helps to my older son to achieve his goal. As a mom, I am really happy with this schools.
I went to CCHS for all of high school (graduated 2012). It's thoroughly mediocre - pretty standard for a public school of its size. It generally just lacks opportunities - opportunities that tend to really make a difference for college. There were only a few AP classes, and I felt that electives were sort of lacking, especially for the underclassmen. More clubs would have been nice too, and a lot of the clubs that DID exist met sporadically and weren't really publicized. I think this stems from the issue of CCHS being a "sports school". If academics & the arts were given as much priority (and funding, presumably) as the athletics programs, I have no doubt that the school could be much better. I also found that too many teachers just didn't care. Most stuff was taught by memorization and not many students fully understood it. I think more essays & projects, especially ones that allow some freedom (as opposed to tests & quizzes) would have been better for learning. This probably stems from the issue of learning ONLY for standardized tests, but that isn't the school's fault. I don't blame the teachers for their indifference either - teachers are generally undervalued & underpaid.
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