Howell Cheney Technical High School Reviews
Rating 3.33 out of 5 82 reviews
Over my four year experience at Cheney Tech, I believe that I have grown exponentially. Not only have I become a better learner at Cheney but the school has taught me a lot of value and had a lot to offer for my career choice. Advice for the incoming freshman would be to pick a trade that you can see yourself making a career out of it. While at Cheney, many people were unhappy with their selection of trade because they either lose interest or they have a change of heart in what they would like to do. This can cause a student to lose focus and slowly fall into a hole they now have to fight their way out of. One other advice I would have for incoming freshmen is to GET WBL. WBL is under appreciated and is an awesome opportunity to get a head start on your career and get on the job experience. This opportunity also is great because instead of going to your trade; if your shop instructor allows it, you can go to work instead of school and get paid which is a big plus!
Its a good school that challenges you in every way. The teachers and student are all nice people. The environment is very well maintained.
My overall experience with Cheney was/is mostly positive. The instructors are generally experienced and knowledgeable in their respective curriculum, and while there are some bad apples, they are on the whole a great academic team. The atmosphere is rather welcoming, though many people can get unnecessarily upset at the rather stringent dress code and identification system. The trades are thoroughly enjoyable and are to some extent tailored to the interests of the student, with many options and much to do within each of the courses. I would highly recommend Cheney if you are looking for a more practical, less CORE based learning system.
Security is friendly. Diverse student population. Understanding teachers and administration. Is a trade school so is focused towards your trade more then academics. Academics are easier than at a public school. Strong coursework for trades.
I would like to see teachers more influential and aware of bullying. I would like the school to be a welcoming environment instead of judging one.
Cheney gave me many opportunities to do it all, being a smaller school. I played two varsity sports, and lead many school organizations. However, more college prep would be helpful!
I would like to see more student and teacher involvement in school activities. The teaching and administrative staff is not diverse, Male staff and students dominant the school. Females are interested in the construction and heavy duty trades but, because it is dominated by males they feel intimidated. I think helping the female population with trade selections would help with the decease in population between freshman and sophomore year. The counseling and secretarial staff could be more understanding when dealing with certain situations.
Cheney is not for the fainthearted. I attended the school from the 9th-12th grade. The academics are of course top notch and prepare you decently for college courses, but you should study HARD to keep up everything. Only a handful of teachers are more than accommodating and open to meeting with students during their free time. You must take the initiative to do well at Cheney, though. You can't be embarrassed to ask questions when you're confused. Sensitivity has no place in the classroom, or at Cheney in general. The school has a very competitive atmosphere- particularly when applying for colleges. That being said, students are mostly amicable. Sports are big Cheney, and we generally do ok.
I don't really like academics in school but I do really like the Diesel program at Cheney Tech! No other technical high school in the state offers Diesel. The diesel program does the bus inspections for our school other technical schools in our area and we also worked side by side with the National Guard here in CT; working on thier humvees, trucks and generators. I've learned a valuable trade and have gotten some great experience through the program. I also did work based learning where I was placed as a diesel mechanic at a local shop since I was a junior. So, I'm already working in my trade and will have a full-time job when I graduate.
Shop is great! Academics can be good, but on the most part not so much. Teachers aren't nice and understanding except for a select few. It would be nice to have teachers that remembered what it was like to be a teenager.
I like the school for the trade academics. Very good for knowledge even if you don't pursue that shop choice as a career. Teachers are very supportive
I enjoyed meeting many people of different cultural backgrounds. The school could have done a much better job with offering college resources.
Cheney Tech was a great school if you could find the trade that you liked. Overall, I was not completely dissatisfied with my high school experience but there were some things that really made me dislike the school. One thing was definitely the approach the school had with bullying. They claimed to take it seriously, but never did. To me, bullying should be stopped as soon as it starts in order to prevent worse events. Another thing was the principal. He was very cold and pretty rude. Lastly, some of the teachers were not sufficient at their jobs. They did not teach us anything.
The curriculum is a joke and the teachers have no interest in what they teach. They give you busy work and push you on your way
The population is diverse I will give it that but the community is toxic.
There are barely any available and the ones that are don't even have enough people to function properly.
I highly recommend you do NOT attend this school. The food is horrible, the teachers are abysmal, the staff are harsh and rude, and the overall environment is run-down and cheap. They also lie about being 'eco-friendly' when they are not at ALL. The eco house is a mere facade that covers up their wasteful ways. Most of the teachers don't care about what they do and just give you book work. Many teachers don't even understand what they're teaching.