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Chart your own course




Chart your own course


Learning Expectations


Cumberland High School offers students a well-rounded education with strong academic programs, diverse athletic, artistic, and social opportunities, and a supportive environment that prepares them to continue their academic studies or enter the workforce upon graduation.

Cumberland High School Students:

Dear parents and families,

Our teachers and administrative team work to promote the development of a culture in which students are respectful, responsible, and ready to succeed. We prepare students to become lifelong learners and informed, productive citizens.

Here, you can chart your own course.

• Have the opportunity to choose from 28 Advanced Placement courses, including Studio Arts, Macro and Micro Economics, Comparative Government and Politics, and Environmental Science

Cumberland High School is more than an educational institution - it’s a family, and a community dedicated to educating and guiding students through these pivotal years of their lives. We believe in all students and their ability to be innovative problem solvers, creative and in-depth thinkers, and take risks in their learning.

• Develop leadership skills by participating in a range of extracurricular activities ranging from Student Government to the Art Society and Special Olympics • Learn in a wireless environment where the use of technology is fully integrated into daily learning • Can participate in more than 20 Division I sports, including football, soccer, swimming, track, and hockey • Express themselves creatively through the fine and performing arts groups including Marching Band, Clef Singers, Drama Club and classes in Ceramics, Digital Photography, and Graphic Design • Develop critical thinking and technology skills required by employers and higher learning institutions • Act with respect, tolerance, courtesy, and compassion

Adolfo Costa CHS Principal DID YOU KNOW? Cumberland High School is a member of the New England Secondary School Consortium’s “League of Innovative Schools.”

We are committed to ensuring each student is able to make the most of their high school experience while preparing for their futures, which is why we’ve added several Rhode Island Department of Education-approved Career and Technical Education programs that give students a head start in career readiness, including Law & Public Safety, Biomedical Science, Information Technology, and Robotics and Pre-engineering. We are passionate about offering as many opportunities to students as possible, and

continue to expand Advanced Placement options, provide classes through the Advanced Course Network that yield college credits, foster work-based learning, and support extracurricular activities and athletics. We invest in our facilities and building improvements to provide students an environment conducive to a true 21stcentury education. CHS students prove these efforts mean results - like increased academic achievements, heightened graduation rates, and admissions to prestigious colleges and universities. Here, students follow their own compass. CHS Clippers chart their own course, because at Cumberland High, learning is personal. It is empowering. It is diverse. Welcome to the Cumberland High School family, we’re happy you are here. Sincerely, Principal Adolfo Costa


The value of a CHS diploma

THE ACADEMIC PLAN A Cumberland High School diploma represents the successful completion of all required coursework and a demonstration of the knowledge and skills needed to meet our rigorous standards. Required credits include four academic credits of English Language Arts, four academic credits of mathematics, three academic credits of science and three academic credits of history/social studies. By the time they graduate, CHS students will have completed their graduation portfolio presentation, a community service learning activity, and a post-secondary application to a college, technical school or armed forces.

Where do CHS graduates go? Anywhere they want.

CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL Alfred University Arizona State University Assumption College Auburn University Becker College Belmont University Bentley University Boston University Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Brown University Bryant University Bucknell University Castleton University Cazenovia College Clark University Clarkson University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University

Colby-Sawyer College Colgate University College of Charleston College of the Holy Cross Community College of Rhode Island Curry College DePaul University Doane University Drew University Drexel University Eastern Carolina University Eastern Connecticut State University Eastern Nazarene College Elizabethtown College Elon University Emmanuel College Endicott College Fairfield University Fitchburg State University Florida Atlantic University Florida State University Fordham University Framingham State University Franklin Pierce University Full Sail University Furman University Georgia State University Gonzaga University


Chart your own course Hampshire College High Point University Hofstra University Howard University Immaculata University Indiana University at Bloomington Iona College James Madison University Johnson & Wales University Kean University Keene State College Kent State University Lasell College Long Island University Brooklyn Loyola University New Orleans Maine Maritime Academy Manhattan College Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Merrimack College Miami University Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Molloy College Montclair State University Mount Ida College

MotoRing Technical Training Institute Nazareth College New England College New England Institute of Technology Newberry College Nichols College Northeastern University Pace University Plymouth State University Providence College Quinnipiac University Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island College Rivier University Roanoke College Rob Roy Academy Rochester Institute of Technology Roger Williams University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sacred Heart University Saint Anselm College Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Saint Leo University Saint Michael’s College Salem State University

Salve Regina University Southern New Hampshire University Springfield College St. John’s University Stetson University Stonehill College Stony Brook University Suffolk University Syracuse University Temple University Tiffin University The College of Saint Rose The Ohio State University The Sage Colleges Thomas College Unity College University at Buffalo University of Alabama University of Arizona University of Colorado Boulder University of Connecticut University of Delaware University of Hartford University of Louisville University of Maine University of Maryland University of Massachusetts at Amherst University of Massachusetts

at Boston University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth University of Miami University of Michigan University of New England University of New Hampshire University of New Haven University of North Carolina University of Northern Colorado University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of Rhode Island University of South Carolina University of Tampa University of Tennessee University of Vermont University of Virginia Wentworth Institute of Technology Western New England University Wheaton College Massachusetts Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester State University Xavier University


THE WELL-ROUNDED STUDENT Extracurricular activities are an important part of a student’s high school experience. Not only do these activities broaden the educational and social depth of CHS students, but they foster teamwork and develop leadership skills that help students succeed in college and beyond.

CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL Academic Decathlon Archeology Club Art Society Pep Band Marching Band Jazz Band Best Buddies International Class Officers Clef Singers Coding Club Dance Team Debate Team Diversity Coalition Drama Club Drone Racing Team Ecology Club Future Business Leaders of America Freshmen Mentoring Gaming Club Helping Hands Homework Help Center Impact Club Linguistics Club Literary Magazine Math Team

Metal Detector Club Mock Trial National Honor Society Rhode Island Honor Society World Language Honor Society Art Honor Society Ping Pong Political Animals Portuguese Club Recycling Team Robotics Club Students Against Destructive Decisions Above the Influence Club Ski Club Spanish Club Student Government Ukulele Club Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse Variety Show Writing Center Yearbook


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DID YOU KNOW? You can customize your experience at Cumberland High School!

CHS allows students to create new extracurricular activities of their choice provided there is enough demand for the club, sport, or activity.



A RIGOROUS CURRICULUM TAILORED TO THE INDIVIDUAL At Cumberland High School, students choose from three rigorous curriculum programs: College Prep, CHS Honors, and Advanced Placement.

The CHS College Preparatory Program The College Preparatory Program prepares students for post-secondary education. This curriculum provides students multiple opportunities to meet state standards, as well as national content standards in English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, health/physical education, and fine/applied/technical arts. Achievement is measured using a variety of traditional and performance-based assessments.

The CHS Honors Program The CHS Honors Program curriculum requires extensive independent and supplementary work outside the classroom. It is taught at an accelerated pace and at an increased depth and breadth of subject content than the College Prep curriculum. In addition, Pre-AP classes prepare students for a successive AP course.


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The CHS Advanced Placement Program

Open Enrollment

Psychology, Macroeconomics, and Environmental Science are just a few of the 28 first-year college level courses offered at CHS. In cooperation with the College Board, and following college curricula guidelines, the CHS AP Program enables students to earn college credits upon successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination. AP courses address broad content at a deep level and faster pace than required by the Rhode Island high school curriculum standards. Students taking an AP course should expect to spend significant time on independent reading, projects, and papers.

Did you know that CHS has an open enrollment policy for all courses? Colleges and universities expect students to take challenging courses in high school, and we strongly encourage students to enroll in individual honors, dual enrollment, and/or AP courses throughout their high school career.

Number of AP courses offered by RI public high schools in 2018 1. Cumberland 2. Classical 3. Barrington 4. Portsmouth 5. North Kingstown

28 24 18 17 17

DID YOU KNOW? Most private or independent schools offer 12 AP courses. CHS offers 28!


THE CHS FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE Personalized learning, clear expectations, data-based decision making, and collaboration Transitioning from middle school to high school can be challenging for some incoming freshmen due to the increased expectations for academic independence and the social progression toward adulthood. To help students successfully begin their high school career, the CHS freshman experience was developed. Using a combination of clear instructional expectations, a personalized learning environment, a data system that monitors behavior and academic progress, and close collaboration between students, families, and staff, the experience helps build the foundation for a successful high school experience. The Freshman Mentor Program connects specially trained upperclassmen with incoming freshmen. Mentors meet with their freshmen on a weekly basis to further assist with their transition to CHS.

Clear Expectations The freshman experience provides a consistent set of expectations around instruction. By posting a “Do Now” activity, lesson targets, and a closure “takeaway” in each classroom, students experience continuity of basic course

CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL structure throughout the school day. This helps students to feel safe and secure and promotes positive behavior.

Data-Based Decision Making

Freshmen are monitored socially and academically using a variety of tools including meetings with teachers to discuss each individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, one-toone meetings between teacher and student, and meetings between advisors and individual students on a weekly basis. This data is regularly shared by team teachers. Students showing signs of difficulty in any area are quickly identified. The resources necessary to address their challenges – academic or social – are put in place to help them.

Collaboration Meetings between parents, students, and teachers take place at the beginning of the school year. This helps to foster productive communication between home and school so that concerns can be readily addressed. In addition, daily email updates are sent to parents recapping important school events. We also send out a very popular “Sunday Night Clipper Pride” board highlighting the upcoming and previous week at CHS. Parents and guardians have online access to student records using the Aspen Family Portal. The CHS website and Twitter accounts run by teachers also provide current school information.

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Cumberland High, and gives students first-hand experience that puts them steps ahead the rest. Students present a portfolio of work to a panel of Roger Williams University professors to earn up to six transferable college credits.

CTE PATHWAYS Pathways to success At Cumberland High School, we encourage students to chart their own course. CTE pathways at CHS help students do just that, navigating them closer to their dreams and aspirations. Whether students are passionate about law and public safety, technology, science, or robotics, we have a pathway tailored to them. Our CTE programs, certified by the Rhode Island Department of Education, give students a head start through workforce experience and college-level courses and credits. We help mold the future leaders of our world to be creative thinkers, innovative designers, and independent individuals long after they leave the Cumberland High campus. Start mapping out your future today.

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Robotics and Pre-Engineering Law and Public Safety Students looking to serve their communities by ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its people have a home within the CHS Law and Public Safety CTE pathway. This pathway, offered in conjunction with Roger Williams University, allows students to receive certificates relevant to the criminal justice, police, fire, and pre-law fields, as well as National Incident Management System training. Eighty hours of work-based learning, ranging from internships, service learning work, school-based enterprise to industry projects prepare students for work and life beyond the walls of

What does a certificate of completion of the Robotics and Pre-Engineering pathway show? It represents several things: Proficiency in building, programming, designing, and creating, expertise in working with a team and independently, as well as the ability and drive - to invent. Our students are masterminds with coding. They sharpen their entrepreneurship skills, while


Chart your own course learning what makes a distinguished professional. By working with industry partners in hands-on projects, receiving meaningful certifications, learning by doing, and earning four credits through New England Institute of Technology, our students are on their way to become the next wave of experts sculpting the engineering world as we know it.

software, navigate through technological troubleshooting, and administer networks. We prepare students with the necessary skills and experience through work-based learning and certifications to be successful contributors to the information technology world. Plus, they can earn up to four college credits through The University of Rhode Island.

Information Technology The future is here. Students in the Information Technology pathway at CHS know the importance of working their way around computer contents and programming, and the development and improvement of computer systems. Whether students aim to pursue careers in IT management, database administration, or information security analyzation, they’re well prepared for a future in the technology field, where they’ll find these jobs in high-demand. Today’s job market requires individuals who are alert and clever problem-solvers that can think outside the box to create

Lead the Way Biomedical Science pathway, where students receive eight transferable college credits, meaningful certifications, relevant work-based learning opportunities, and an education they can apply to real-world scenarios. The rigorous content we teach in this pathway invigorates students to dig deeper into their education as they explore diagnoses, preventions, and treatments of diseases. Students become investigators while examining fictitious “death scenes” to analyze body systems, work together to develop solutions for health issues, and hold enriching conversations about health challenges humans face.

Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Whether it’s examining genetics, public health, the human body, or medicine, students looking to get a jump-start in the life sciences fields need look no further than our Project

14 Dual Enrollment (early college enrollment) enables students to begin their college career before graduating from CHS. Students complete their senior year of high school while enrolled as a college freshmen. Students are eligible for dual enrollment once 18.5 credits required for graduation from CHS are complete and they have received permission from the principal. Early Credit High School Program (ECHSP) is offered in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island. Students may take Writing 104, a college course offered at CHS by the University of Rhode Island. This course fulfills a general education requirement for English Communications and focuses on writing as the sharing of information. Early Enrollment Program (EEP) courses are offered in cooperation with Rhode Island College. These courses are taught at CHS and enable students to earn college credit while obtaining their high school diploma. EEP courses are taught at either the Honors level or as an AP course. Upon successful completion of coursework, students may use these college credits as they enter RIC or transfer them to one of the many colleges or universities that accept RIC credits. Extended Learning Opportunities combines both traditional classroom instruction with alternative methods of learning such as after-school opportunities to work with mentors and local businesses. Local businesses will be involved with and consulted about the creation and sponsorship of these panels.



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Accreditation Statement Cumberland High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Inc., a non-governmental, nationally-recognized organization. Accreditation by the NEASC indicates that the high school meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

CONTACT US Principal Asst. Principal for Pathways Asst. Principal Asst. Principal Dean of Students Dean of Students School Psychologist Student Assistance Counselor Student Resource Officer Athletic Director Social Worker

Adolfo Costa Heather Delfino Kate McMorrow Patrick Sullivan Scott Carpenter Christopher Skurka Kristin Grimm Christine Bandoni William Saltzman Matthew Campanelli Lisa Sparks

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Hannah Ballou

CHS Class of 2018, now at Clark University

“You may have to take some unconventional paths, but don’t be afraid to show what you are made of. You deserve to be true to yourself. And, no matter what, there are people at CHS who will be there to listen, to care, and to guide you.”

Josef Madour

Jany Gonzalez

“The teachers I’ve met at this school are extraordinary, and I owe my success to all of them.”

“Cumberland High School is a vast ocean of opportunity, do not be afraid to dive in.”

Fatima Gassama

Matthew Remavich

“High school students are nothing like they are in the movies. The students at CHS take pride in and ownership of their education, and all us are responsible for our own learning.”

“Every morning, I look forward to seeing my teachers and friends because I know there are a lot of people in the building who are truly great people.”

CHS Class of 2018, now at Brown University

CHS Class of 2018, now at University of Rhode Island

CHS Class of 2018, now at College of the Holy Cross

CHS Class of 2018, now at University of New England

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