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Cherokee High School

CHEROKEE HIGH SCHOOL (05-2610-040)
Cherokee North Principal - Donna Charlesworth
Cherokee South Principal - Leonard Iannelli
Cherokee High School North
120 Tomlinson Mill Road
Marlton, NJ 08053-2250

Cherokee High School South
130 Tomlinson Mill Road
Marlton, NJ 08053-2250

Visit us at www.lrhsd.org
ATTENDANCE AREA: Evesham Township

From its first days through the present, Cherokee High School has been strengthened by serving a single community: the township of Evesham. Cherokee High School opened on a 71-acre site in the township in September, 1975. In the early 1990's a construction and renovation project was completed to meet the educational needs of the growing Evesham Township community. In December 1997, voters approved a referendum for the construction of Cherokee South to house students in grades 9-10 and the Lenape District Performing Arts Center. As a result, Cherokee North (the original building) became the half for students in grades 11-12. This North/South arrangement provides students in grades 9-12 with the distinct advantage of a large high school and two smaller learning communities.

Recognizing that academics, athletics, the arts, and community service are integral to success in high school and beyond, Cherokee High School offers students a wide range of programs through which they can develop their talents and interests.

Cherokee High School students excel academically as measured by assessments such as Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, SATs, High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and by graduation rates that are consistently above state and national averages and reflect our district's quality as a whole. In 2014/2015, over 78% of Cherokee's students took the SAT. Twenty-eight students score a 1400 or higher across multiple administrations. Fifteen students were named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. One student was named a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

One Cherokee student was selected (out of 39 students total statewide) to the New Jersey Scholars Program. One of four Cherokee juniors who were nominated and applied to the New Jersey Governor's School of the Sciences and Engineering and Technology was accepted into the School of Engineering and Technology. Our emphasis on encouraging students to reach their maximum academic potential increased our AP course enrollment by nearly 31% from last year's enrollment and resulted in 337 students taking a total of 367 AP exams in 19 different subjects.
Cherokee fosters a love of learning in every student by participating in innovative academic programs such as New Jersey Physics Day, Science League, Math League, the World Languages Symposium, and Brain Day. In the 2015 Olympiada of Spoken Russian, a national contest for high school students of Russian, Cherokee won 19 gold medals and 5 silver medals.

With the help of the Lockheed Martin Cooperation, Cherokee freshmen have been offered the opportunity to enroll in Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricular programs in high schools across the United States. Cherokee High School is proud to welcome the inaugural class of 24 freshmen into year 1 of the PLTW process and its application.
Our students soar not only in the classroom but also beyond in our many extra-curricular programs. In 2014/2015, Cherokee teams garnered four Olympic Conference Championships. Also, one team captured the South Jersey Group V Sectional Title. Most importantly, 107 varsity student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.

From the playing field to the performing stage Cherokee continued its tradition of excellence. Sell-out crowds cheered the Cherokee High School theatre program's performances of the spring musical Mary Poppins. Our instrumental and choral programs count among our state's finest, as our Marching Band were 2015 National Champions and Jazz Band's 3rd place state ranking attest. Our Wind Ensemble has been recognized as one of the best in South Jersey and has performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the State Gala concert held at Rutgers University. Also, and all by invitation, this past year our choral program performed at Longwood Gardens, sang the National Anthem at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and in recent years, has performed at the White House during the winter holiday season.

What makes Cherokee strong is our diversity. The school community, led by our World Languages students and teachers and our African-American, Asian, Korean Culture, and Multicultural Clubs, participated in our sixth annual Diversity Week - a celebration and appreciation of different cultures through music, cultural readings, student-led entertainment such as dancing, and food at the World Caf??. In these and other ways, our students make vital connections between what they learn in class and the world outside.

Building community within the school is a primary focus at Cherokee. From our curricular to extra-curricular activities, from our Naval JROTC program to our community-led non-profit Cherokee Foundation for Education, from cooperating with local elementary schools to providing events for our senior citizens, we are devoted to strengthening our school and connections to the community. Through an array of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that helped Cherokee become a top-ranked high school in academic achievement in Burlington County, our students also experience what it means to belong to a community.