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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Cape Henlopen High School is an above average, public school located in Lewes, DE. It has 1,454 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
1250 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
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Cape Henlopen High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1140
344 responses
Average ACT
26
36 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$60,853
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,018
National
$949
Median Home Value
$248,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 109 responses
Report
  • Football games
    27%
  • Basketball games
    12%
  • PBS Incentives
    10%
  • Singing grams
    8%
  • Pep Rallies
    7%
  • Lacrosse Games
    6%
  • College Tour
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,454
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,061
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$20,967/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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Cape Henlopen High School Reviews

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Cape Henlopen High School is exactly what you would expect from a white majority, high end high school. Very few teachers and staff have actual concern for students’ well being, and mental health issues are consistently swept under the rug. The only things prioritized are SAT scores, percentage of graduates attending college, and sports excellence. If your child attends Cape, just know they WILL run into problems with the attendance policy, discipline policy, or mental health accommodations at some point during their time there. All Cape Henlopen High School is worried about is how they look on the outside, because that is what furthers funding for technology and sports, both of which are still mediocre. The arts and music programs, student mental health counseling, and college preparedness (in a financial sense, the kind that matters THE MOST yet is constantly ignored) are the last things they care about.
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CHHS is one of the top-rated schools in Sussex County and the general Delaware region. It has good opportunities for academic and extracurricular betterment. It has a party culture, which can be both good and bad, those who do not get invited can feel excluded. Honors and AP aren't very heavily pushed to be something to strive for to everyday students, but those who are in the programs often excel. There is often some conflict between the administration, teachers, and students as the former try to implement flawed or useless programs that cause stress between the two latter.
As a two-year student of Cape Henlopen High School, I have really enjoyed my time at the school and feel really confident about transitioning into a collegiate atmosphere. The academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and college readiness programs at the school have allowed for many opportunities for all students with a slight lack of transparency in the district being one of the only recognizable problems.