"Cleveland is a great school, despite its negative points. I had problems with math in the beginning of the year but Cleveland offers tutoring during the afternoon and it's really helpful, now I have only straight As. My next year is my senior year and my counselor already set up everything and we talked about my graduation plan as well; Cleveland has a great team of teachers and staff, obviously there are a few exceptions. What bothers me a lot is the magnet program, where kids are taught they are awesome and extremely superior just for the fact of being there. Consequently, a great part of these magnet kids are arrogant, so if you are not part of any learning community this will bother your classes a lot. Other than that, Cleveland has a good infrastructure, good teachers, good programs and teams."
"Half the teachers don't even teach or know how to teach, they just fail the students over things they have not taught. Also the students there are all terrible and trying to fight everyone, especially the girls! No classy people at this school I can assure you. This is all coming from a straight A student so if you want your child to succeed I recon another school, much bullies here as well. Everyone even teachers are rude. People got arrested this year (2015) for bringing a gun to school. This school is not safe either."
"The magnet program is academically strong and the teachers in the program are very good. The school administration, however, is extremely unresponsive. If and when you can get through to someone, they will be rude and dishonest. Don't believe anything they tell you about non-magnet class availability."
"I graduated from the Humanities program in '91. Even back then the curriculum was very rigorous. But the teachers made it fun for students to think, to get challenged. What I remember the most about my high school experience there is that there was a lot of work but I enjoyed being there. I still miss my teachers and many fellow students."
"As a parent of a student who attends Cleveland's Humanities Magnet (also known as CORE), I would like to reiterate this school's wonderful qualities and address some of the concerns brought up in the previous reviews. First of all, this is indeed a rather large urban school with a population of 3200. That being said, the CORE community--made up of about 900 students--is incredibly close-knit, which makes for a nice blend of the small-town and big-city experience. Furthermore, though it is true that budget cuts have crippled many programs at Cleveland, the same can be said for most other public schools in LAUSD and across the country. In fact, thanks to the dedication of CORE teachers, parents, and students, the economic difficulties have had no detrimental effect on the education that my child and her peers receive. Finally, I would like to point out that Cleveland's CORE program was one of 28 schools all across America to win the National Magnet Schools of America Award of Excellence. Sending my child to Cleveland is the best decision I could have made for her. She is incredibly happy, which is not something most people can say about their high school experiences."