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General

    There are three main advantages:

    • Strong academic course offerings both on and off campus.
    • Variety of extracurricular activities, athletics and arts programming.
    • Exposure to a student body that represents many backgrounds and life situations.

    Our goal at Heights High School is to have students graduate with the confidence they can achieve anything they put their minds to. We focus on making sure each student feels they have an opportunity to develop their skills and individual passions, in both academic and extracurricular settings.

    It is our belief the best schools are those which foster a climate of support and respect and instill a sense of community among its students, families and staff.

    There is a grade level office for each of the four classes of students--9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Each grade-level office includes an assistant principal, a guidance counselor, a social worker, and an administrative assistant.

    The school social workers meet individually with students and also lead several student support groups to encourage, model and guide healthy relationships in each student’s life.

    The nurses partner with school social workers and often refer students and families to community support services if needed.

    The guidance counselors meet with each class to discuss options after high school, including college attendance.

    In the junior and senior year, the number of meetings is increased to include information about the college application process and financial aid.

    Many colleges visit the school to host College Conferences that students can attend to learn more about a specific school.

    The school uses Naviance, a web-based data management tool for college applications.

    Guidance counselors also host evening meetings for parents about the college going process, applications and scholarships.

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is our district’s commitment to encourage good behavior through prevention, rather than an exclusive reliance on punishment.

    Students learn about what behavior is appropriate, just like they learn math or science. Students are taught social skills, including how to act in different settings, such as the classroom, on the bus or with friends.

    Heights High parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which organizes and hosts various events and gatherings throughout the year.

    Additionally, many clubs and extracurricular programs have their own parent groups which work to support each individual program.


Academic Offerings

    The Heights High School curriculum and course offerings are diverse and varied across multiple disciplines, allowing each student to take classes that are both academically rigorous and personally engaging. The curriculum focuses on helping students master four core subject areas: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

    The high school also offers World Language curriculum in Chinese, French, Spanish and American Sign Language. Interesting and engaging electives are offered, including Lessons of the Holocaust, African American Literature and Political Philosophy.

    Heights High offers 19 AP courses:

    • Biology
    • Calculus AB
    • Calculus BC
    • Chemistry
    • Comparative Government & Politics
    • English Language & Composition
    • English Literature & Composition
    • Environmental Science
    • French Language
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Music Theory
    • Psychology
    • Physics C: Mechanics
    • Spanish Language
    • Statistics
    • Studio Art: Drawing
    • United States History
    • U.S. Government & Politics

    Students can earn college credit while staying on the Heights High School campus by taking dual enrollment courses offered at the high school, including College Composition I and II, Introduction to American Studies and African American Studies.

    The courses are taught by Heights High teachers in partnership with local colleges. There is no cost to families for the CCP program or courses. The College Credit Plus program also invites students to attend classes at local colleges and universities for both college and high school credit.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers a strong academic and technical education to prepare students for both college and career. The courses are offered through the Tri-Heights Career Prep Consortium, which includes Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and Warrensville Heights high schools.

    The mission of the Tri-Heights Career Prep Consortium is to prepare students for the ever-changing workforce by developing requisite knowledge and skills for employment and post-secondary education.

    Students have the opportunity to earn professional certifications, industry-recognized credentials and college credit in all 14 unique pathways:

    • Audio Engineering
    • Automotive Technology
    • Business Management Technology
    • Clinical Health Careers
    • Computer Networking Technology
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Digital Video Production
    • Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
    • Family and Consumer Science
    • Firefighting/EMT
    • Graphic Imaging Technology
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Marketing Management

    The Options Program is an alternative high school, located in the Delisle Center building, which provides choices and self-paced learning opportunities for Heights High students. The Options staff places a premium on maintaining an environment that supports and encourages students to grow academically and socially.

    Heights High also offers alternative programming to students through Career Based Intervention (CBI), a work study program designed to give students the opportunity to complete their education while experiencing the responsibilities of the world of work.

    The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District offers a full continuum of services to students with special needs. This continuum includes, but is not limited to, specially-designed instruction and related services, full inclusion, consultation, co-teaching, resource classrooms, specialized classrooms and transition services.

    Art Department courses at Heights High include Introduction to Art, Photography, Ceramics and Crafts, Studio Art, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. The Art Department welcomes novice art students and also prepares advanced students for entrance into art institutes and universities.

    Music is an important part of life at Heights High. Students of all skill levels thrive in the instrumental and vocal music programs at the high school.

    Academic courses in the instrumental and vocal music departments include Choir, Guitar, African American Music, Jazz, Chamber Music, Band, Orchestra and Advanced Placement Music Theory. Opportunities in the Vocal Music Department include performing in groups such as the A Cappella Choir, Heights Singers, Barbershoppers and Men’s and Women’s Chorus. Many pieces performed by the groups include movement and dance routines in addition to singing.

    Instrumental Music students can play in entry level bands and symphony or audition for the more skilled groups, including the Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble. Other groups include Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band, each of which is open to all students.


Extracurricular Activies

    Heights High School is renowned for the variety and quality of its extracurricular activities, in which an overwhelming majority of students participate every year. These help students learn leadership skills, broaden their friend network and experience the joy of contributing to a shared mission.

    Extracurricular activities at Heights High include:

    • AFS Intercultural Programs
    • Audio Engineering
    • Chess Club
    • Dance Team
    • Drama/Theater Club
    • Drill Team
    • Educators Rising (Future Educators)
    • Fashion Club
    • Future Leading Youth
    • Gay Student Alliance
    • Gospel Choir
    • Hall of Fame Image Makers
    • Japanese/Asian Culture
    • Jewish Student Union
    • Leading Ladies
    • Marching Band
    • Model United Nations
    • Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)
    • National Honor Society
    • National Technical Honor Society
    • Newspaper
    • Project Support
    • Robotics Club
    • SADD
    • Science Olympiad
    • Ski & Snowboard Club
    • Student Ambassadors
    • Student Council
    • Superintendent’s Cadre
    • Swim Cadets (Synchronized Swimming)
    • TV Production Club
    • Tri-M
    • Yearbook

    Heights High School fields 26 athletic programs for boys and girls. Student-athletes learn important social and emotional skills like how to work for the greater good, how to lead and follow, organizational skills and the self-confidence gained from setting goals, working hard and seeing measurable improvement.

    We embrace the true meaning of the student-athlete, emphasizing the importance of academic achievement. Our Learning Center provides tutoring for all Heights High student-athletes.

    Many of our student-athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level, earning scholarships to NCAA, NAIA and Junior College institutions.

    Fall Sports:

    • Cheerleading
    • Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
    • Field Hockey
    • Football
    • Golf (Boys & Girls)
    • Soccer (Boys & Girls)
    • Tennis (Girls)
    • Volleyball

    Winter Sports:

    • Basketball (Boys & Girls)
    • Bowling
    • Cheerleading
    • Ice Hockey
    • Swimming and Diving (Boys & Girls)
    • Wrestling

    Spring Sports:

    • Baseball
    • Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)
    • Softball
    • Tennis (Boys)
    • Track & Field (Boys & Girls)