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Eric Hawks

Cedarcrest High School10

Duvall, WA | King County


August 20, 2014

As I mentioned in my review of CVE, it frustrates me when people think the schools in Riverview School District are somewhat lesser quality and not quite up to the standards of the "prestigious" Northshore District it borders. I've had my children in 3 of the schools in Riverview and we couldn't be happier! Our oldest just graduated from CHS and she had a wonderful experience. CHS isn't as big as some of the other high schools on the eastside, but that was a plus for our family moving here from small town USA. We were impressed with the available classes as well as the number of clubs, activities and sports. I loved the fact that the district provides a "rooter bus" for the students to take to support their Redwolves at away sporting events. Parents can volunteer through PTA, however, it is high school. Do they really want us more involved than that? :) The students seem to have a lot of respect for principal Mr Lavarias and the one and only time we had a slight issue with a substitute teacher was handled very effectively by assistant principal, Mr LaBate. I definitely wouldn't overlook CHS or the Riverview School District just because it isn't Northshore.

Submitted by a parent

December 2, 2013

My daughter attended. She has learning challenges, the teachers were very reluctent to accomadate her needs. Some were even reluctent to talk about how to give her the best chance of success. Very inflexable and nonresponsive. If you have the choice go somewhere else.

Submitted by a parent

April 28, 2013

I went to cedarcrest for 4 years and while it isn't awful it isn't great either. Some of the teachers are super nice but when I think about it there are only about 5 I enjoyed having a class with. other teachers are awful! like a reviewer said before they should not be around children and are very unprofessional, same goes for many of the higher-ups in the school. The school is quite small but I liked that part about it. food is really bad, don't even think about enrolling your kid if they have any extreme food allergies, I did and the school did not care at all about cross contamination. I was out of school sick often because of this. The football games are fun because all of the funds for the school goes straight to football while other sports have to fundraiser to afford a bus to go to their own games. There is the average amount of bullying I see in other high schools but it really depends on the kids. If you can avoid it, don't bring your kids here

Submitted by a student

November 18, 2011

I'd been going to this school for going on three years, I recently switched to the CLIP alternative school. This school is a joke, the adminastration are rediculious, the teachers are unprofessional, and really shouldn't be around children. You'd be lucky to have 1 teacher a year that actually cared about you. I went through a tough time and my councilor tried to force me out of my school every chance he got, into clip, which is not the education I wanted for myself. The students are cruel, there's drama left and right. Just an all around bad environment for anyone. Don't send your children here. Please.

Submitted by a student

October 3, 2009

Cedarcrest is a small high school with a big heart. The teachers are dedicated and the staff is awesome. The kids are a pretty tight bunch and really care about each other. We live 2 blocks away and love hearing the band practice, the football games and not having to drive our kids to school.

Submitted by a parent

November 1, 2008

I am currently a student at CHS and the teachers there are willing to do what they need to do to get you to where you want to go. While offering only the classes that would be needed in the 'real' world, they make them incredibly fun and interesting. The teachers know how to put the fun in a class while still teaching you EVERYTHING you need to know. Although the hallways are crowded, that doesn't affect my school life at all, we just don't have the money to expand them. The teachers also show how tough real life can be and make it as realistic as life will be when we get out. Cedarcrest is a safe environment and is a great place to learn and have fun.

Submitted by a student

October 17, 2008

i just moved to this school and i absolutely hate it. there isn't enough room for the students to walk in the classes and it takes about three minutes just to walk down the hallway!

Submitted by a student

January 8, 2008

I went to this school for 4 years and if I could go back I would...The teachers are amazing and their level of commitment is impressive. They totally care about how well the students do during class, I am an example of this. I had trouble through every math class I took, but each of my teachers were perfectly willing to help me find the proper answers. Without that there is no way I could have passed any of my math classes. And most of the teachers there have great attitudes towards the students and love to keep it friendly as long as everyone is still willing to do the work. The only people I can think of that ever suffered while going to this school were the people who did not try in class, and those who made a reputation for themselves of being 'bad'.

Submitted by a student

December 3, 2004

I attended and graduated from CHS. It is not just school pride that causes me to proclaim that Cedarcrest is the best High school I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. I have now taught in two states, which has given me the opportunity to see it from both sides of the fence. The faculty and staff at Cedarcrest care, however, they are not going to baby the students as they are preparing them for the 'real' world, or college. They will not coddle the students through school, if your child is struggling, they are always more than happy to help, however, do not expect them to give your child an easy A. The basis for education is learning.If graduating were easy the US gov. could just issue a certificate to everyone and save the tax payers a lot $. Take advantage of CHS's opportunities for your student.

Submitted by a former student

September 10, 2004

My son has been at CHS for three years. Each year seems to get better. As a parent, I find the staff & the teachers to be great to work with. They keep us very informed about the progress of our child. I feel they go the extra mile. The leadership at CHS is fantastic. The principal & vice principal are very approachable and very interested in what is best for the students. They put in a lot of time and energy and they too go the extra mile. I have a great deal of repect for these men. The environment at CHS is very friendly as well as very safe.

Submitted by a parent

August 31, 2004

Cedarcrest has wonderful teachers, administrators and coaches that care about each student as unique individuals. I have been a parent here at Cedarcrest since 1996 and I look forward to being here until 2008. It is sad to hear that parents have pulled their children out of the school and put the sole blame on a few uncaring students and busy faculty members. Much of the frustration, I am sure, has to do with the individuals and their own personal needs and attitudes towards life's daily battles. There are many different programs offered in our district and outside our bounderies that can help each student excel at their own pace and achieve success. It is obvious to me that those who choose to devote their time and energy to 'be the best they can be' will succeed. I applaud the efforts of the students and the faculty at Cedarcrest HS!

Submitted by a parent

June 3, 2004

I teach the graphics program. We have a very strong vocational program. Students have access to excellent software in the engineering and graphics fields. Student interest is very strong. Many students go into graphics related careers after high school. Overall I think the school has quite a bit to commend it. Our students are great and we have many fine teachers.

Submitted by a teacher

May 12, 2004

I totally agree with the first posting on this site. My daughter has had a terrible struggle at this school and alot of it has had to do with the terrible treatment by the seniors towards the freshman. I have brought it to the attention of the principal and counselor and they both deny that any abuse/bullying occurs. And the teachers attitudes towards the students is hardly anything that promotes a desire to be in school. After this year there is no way I will have my daughter in the Riverview school district.

Submitted by a parent

April 23, 2004

Cedarcrest is a safe caring environment for our youth. The small town appeal of Duvall extends to Cedarcrest where everyone feels the warmth of our community.

Submitted by a parent

March 30, 2004

Take it from someone who went to this school day in and day out for 4 years: It is awesome! I found the teachers were very helpful and would work with students until they understood. In reply to the comment before, there are always students who want to give up and you can find that at any school. The smaller school made the teacher/student relationship far stronger than those in larger schools. I loved attending CHS and if I could go back, I would do it again!

Submitted by a former student

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