Lenape Regional High School District (05-2610-040)

Cherokee High School

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 Evesham 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. Then 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) houses grades 11-12. This North/South arrangement provides students in grades 9-12 with the distinct advantage of a large high school with 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 to develop their talents and interests.

Cherokee High School students excel academically as demonstrated by scores on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, SATs, and by graduation rates consistently above state and national averages reflecting our district’s quality as a whole. In 2015/2016, over 78% of Cherokee’s students took the SAT. Twenty-three students scored a 1400 or higher across multiple administrations. Fifteen students were recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholars.
Four Cherokee students were chosen to attend Boys’ State and one Cherokee student was chosen to attend Girls’ State. Two Cherokee students were selected to the New Jersey Scholars Program. Our emphasis on encouraging students to reach their maximum academic potential can be seen in our increase of AP numbers across the board. Our AP enrollment increased to 214 students, with these students taking a total of 414 AP exams in 22 different subjects.
Cherokee fosters a love of learning in every student by offering opportunities to participate in innovative academic programs such as New Jersey Physics Day, Science League, Math League, the World Languages Symposium, and Brain Day. In the 2016 Olympiada of Spoken Russian, a national contest for high school students of Russian, Cherokee won nine gold medals, eight silver medals, and five bronze medals.

In its second year of implementation, Cherokee expanded the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program to include a sophomore Digital Electronics course, in addition to Engineering Design for freshmen. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricular programs in high schools across the United States.

Our students soar in and out of the classroom through their participation in our varied extracurricular programs. In 2015/2016, Cherokee teams garnered four Olympic Conference Championships. In that same time frame, 106 varsity student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.

In addition to our athletic achievements, our music program excelled as well. Sell-out crowds cheered the spring musical, High School Musical. Our instrumental (Wind/Orchestra) and choral programs count among our state’s finest, as Marching Band and Jazz Band place as one of the top programs in the state. 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, this past year our choral program performed at Longwood Gardens, sang the Canadian National Anthem at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and performed at numerous community events. In the last few years, they have even 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 seventh 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 Café. In these and other ways, our students make vital connections between what they learn in class and the world outside.

Active involvement in our community is an important focus at Cherokee. Community driven activities from curricular to extracurricular activities include our Naval JROTC program, our community-led non-profit Cherokee Foundation for Education, as well as cooperating with local elementary schools to providing events for our senior citizens. We are devoted to strengthening the connections between our school and community. Cherokee, a top-ranked high school in Burlington County, has focuses on academic excellence and community involvement through academic and extracurricular activities to help our students prepare for life after their graduation.