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Cheltenham High School is a public high school in Wyncote, Pennsylvaniamarker serving grades 9 through 12. Cheltenham is the Senior High School in the School District of Cheltenham Township. It is preceded by Cedarbrook Middle School, Elkins Park Middle School, and four elementary schools Cheltenham Elementary, Wyncote Elementary, Myers Elementary, and Glenside Elementary.

September 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the current Cheltenham High School (also known by the moniker "CHS"), located at 500 Rices Mill Road in Wyncote, Pennsylvaniamarker. The previous location was at High School Road and Montgomery Avenue.

The current enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year is estimated to be 1,700.

There were 405 graduates in the Class of 2009, 78 of whom earned academic achievement awards, 47 earned scholarships, seven were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 11 received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, two students were National Achievement Scholarship winners, 35 were inducted into the National Honor Society, and 46 earned athletic awards. Ninety-five percent of the 2009 graduates plan to attend an institution of higher learning, 3% will enter the work force, 1% will join the military and 1% will take a year off before attending college.

The student to teacher ratio is 15:1. Ethnicity is distributed as follows: 49% Caucasian, 40% Black, 8% Asian, and 3% Hispanic.


Cheltenham High School provides a wide range of classes for students, allowing them to customize their curriculum to their interests and future endeavors.


English is required through all four years of high school. Students learn new vocabulary, study poetry, decipher Shakespeare plays, discuss grade appropriate reading material, and are taught the correct way to write analytical essays, in preparation for college.

Social Studies

Social Studies has an assigned curriculum every year, broken down as follows. 9th grade: World Cultures; 10th grade: World History; 11th grade: American History; 12th grade: 1 semester of Applied Economics. There are also many AP courses that can be taken.


Math varies for each student depending upon which level they have tested. Typically students take Algebra I in 9th grade, Geometry in 10th grade, Algebra II in 11th grade, and Pre-Calculus in 12th grade. Some students start 9th grade at Geometry, and then finish with Calculus. Advanced students start 9th grade with Algebra II, and excel to Calculus II as a senior.


Science allows for more flexibility and options. All 9th graders are assigned Biology, 10th graders, Chemistry (which is available as AP) and 11th graders and 12th graders have many choices such as Marine Biology, Physics, Microbiology, Anatomy, and other AP level courses.

World Languages

Most colleges require 2 years of a language, and CHS offers four options. Languages are initially introduced at Cedarbrook Middle School in 7th grade. Languages offered are Spanish, French, Latin, and German. Each language has 5 levels of curriculum, and while not mandatory, some students opt to advance to the highest level, focusing on one language.

Unified Arts

Unified Arts is a collection of courses revolving around fine arts and other types of vocations. These courses include Art (I, II, III), Technical Drawing, Architectural Drawing, Building Structures, Woodworking Technology (I, II, III), Jewelry, Culinary Arts, TV Production, Graphic Arts, Pottery, and others. These courses can be taken as majors or minors.

Physical Education

CHS is said to have one of the most respected and best Physical Education programs in the Philadelphiamarker area. The teachers have a reputation for finding a balance between fun and staying in shape. Freshman are assigned gym classes all four marking periods, but 10th, 11th, and 12th graders get to select which gym activity they want to participate in. This can range from Flag Football to Handball. During the 4th marking period, students have a series of Physical Fitness Tests, to see if they qualify for the National Physical Fitness Award or the coveted Presidential Physical Fitness Award.


CHS is a member of the Suburban One American Conference, and has offers a variety of sports for its students.

Sports for Students (boys sports listed on top line, girls sports listed on bottom line)

Fall Winter Spring
Girls' Volleyball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country Girls' Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Winter Track Tennis, Baseball, Girls' Lacrosse, Track & Field, Boys' Volleyball
Cross Country, Tennis, Field Hockey Swimming, Winter Track, Basketball Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field, Soccer


  • Cheltenham High School was used as a filming site for the 1988 movie The In Crowd.

  • Fox Sitcom 'Til Death is based in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. The school where Eddie and Jeff teach is loosely based on producer Josh Goldsmith's alma mater, Cheltenham High School.

Notable alumni

  • Ronald M. Shapiro, '60 Notable Sports Agent, Corporate Attorney, New York Times Best Selling Author

  • Mark Levin, Conservative Talk Radio Host & Attorney


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