Class learns from Shark Tank grad

The Chagrin Falls High School e-commerce class is an elective course designed to help students explore the ideas of entrepreneurship and running their own business through a partnership with Junior Achievement. It is taught by business teacher John Bakalar.

Students in the class have focused on creating different types of pitches to entice investors so they can scale their business to meet their goals. One way students have learned this is by recently watching an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank that featured 2003 graduate Kevin Consolo and his product SneakErasers. Mr. Consolo and his partner were able to successfully pitch their product with the Sharks, Alex Rodriguez and Lori Greiner. Chagrin Falls High School Alumni Director Brian McKenna was able to connect with Mr. Consolo and provide the episode and product for the class. The course is seeking to connect with Mr. Consolo later in the semester and learn from his experience on Shark Tank and successfully managing his own business.

CFHS scores high in national ranking

Chagrin Falls High School ranks in the top 1 percent of high schools nationally, based on the 2021 rankings from the U.S. News & World Report. Chagrin Falls High School is ranked No. 2 in Cleveland, No. 8 in Ohio and No. 291 in national rankings. In addition, the school was nationally ranked No. 71 in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high schools. Nearly 18,000 schools were nationally ranked and 683 schools were ranked in Ohio.

Chagrin Falls High School has had continued improvement in these rankings through the years. The school was nationally ranked No. 539 in 2019, No. 330 in 2020 and now No. 291 in 2021.

“Academic excellence is a result of a strong partnership with all members of our school community,” said Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski. “The hard work, dedication and commitment of our students and staff has not gone unnoticed. It is evident that all members of our school community value a high quality education, and I am honored to be part of the work of this district.”

Ranking factors included college readiness, college curriculum, math and reading proficiency and performance and graduation rate. The detailed report can be found at

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