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High Horizons Magnet School

Public | K-8 | 432 students

 

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Posted April 6, 2014

I'm currently a student in High Horizons. I am in seventh grade and have been here since kindergarden. I absolutely love it here. All the staff actually care about you and help out whenever you need help. Last year, some kids with mental issues came and everyone is nice to them, made friends and this year they are graduating! This school is very challenging but if you need help the teachers will take their own time to help you out. Everyone knows each other so it is a very welcoming and loving place. I recommend this school to all parents looking for a good school for their children.


Posted October 12, 2010

The teachers are awesome. No child fails at HHMS, every effort is made to make sure every child is simply the best by doing their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

High Horizons Magnet School, is such a well challenging school. i love it here. the teaches push you to do well. everyone is very intelligent. if i were you, i would put my child in this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2010

My daughter has been going to high horizons since kinder-garden and i absolutely love this school and so does my daughter the principle and the teachers are wonderful, concerned, and fair they love all there children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

I'm an eighth grader at High Horizons and I love it! The teachers are frim but fair, and they even let you make corrections to tests. They dont mind if you need extra help during lunch or at school, they actually care about us. The principal believes in us and want us to succeed. We have lost a lot of activites but gained a lot such as Japanese, Honor Choir, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Peer Tutoring. I am going to miss HHMS when i graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2009

My children graduated from High Horizons Magnet School. Its extraordinary faculty and mission of excellence are second to none-public or private! 2008 Blue Ribbon Award winner from NCLB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

I feel High Horizons Magnet School is wonderful and I'm delighted to have my children there. My daughter has gone to High Horizons since Kindergarten and now she is in sixth grade. My son started Kindergarten and now he is in first grade and with the help of the staff you can't go wrong. All of the teachers there are because they have a passion to teach and a dedication to all these children .. They have a promise to themselves don't give up on these children in need..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

High Horizons Magnet is a terrific school. Our three children graduated from HHMS and have gone on to great success in high school and prominent colleges. The foundation for future success was laid at High Horizons. The principals, faculty and staff were always helpful. The school IS for average and ABOVE average children. There are strong demands for self-discipline and academic performance. If you want the best for your child, High Horizons Magnet is the proper choice. Over the years, I noticed that the children who had problems were the ones who did not DO the work, not the one who struggled with it. Sometimes a parent might not realize that this school is not like the other Bpt. schools. At High Horizons Magnet, children must work to the best of their ability. What a wonderful school for the parent and child who are willing to accept the challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2006

I am absolutely thrilled with the way my daughter is being taught at High Horizons. She is exceptionally happy and thoroughly enjoys the whole learning experience. She came here for kindergarten and now has just completed first grade. I have another daughter who is two years older attending a private school and I can't help comparing their results and curriculum casually. My High Horizons student is learning the same things that my third grader just did!! She can also read really well, as well as her older sister. I am constantly amazed by her progress and the love she has developed for learning. I couldn't be happier with the school as a whole. Top Notch all around. We moved to Bridgeport almost 3 years ago knowing full well that the public schools were not really recommended. It is so well worth applying to one of the three Magnet Schools in Brigeport.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

I am very happy with the school administration and teaching staff. My child has flourished here, and the expectations of the teachers for her high performance have always pushed her to learn more and perform better. My disappointment comes in lack of parent involvement. If parents can't read to younger children, how are they expected to learn to read? If parents can't encourage work and show that it is a priority for the child, how is a child to learn that lesson only at school? We had a reading program in the kindergarden class where, during an entire school year, most parents reported reading fewer than 50 books to the child -- in 180 DAYS OF SCHOOL! Many children only reported books in the single digits. How can a child's mind flourish under that level of parental involvement?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

Before deciding to put your child in this school, be prepared to help him or her with homework daily. Once they hit seventh grade, its sink or swim. It becomes just like college courses. They recieve sylabus and homework in every subject every night. There is no extra help for your child,unless you demand it. The children have no chidhood if they are average children. If they are above average they may get by. But be prepared to see your child struggle and to be stressed out,unless they have help. But I rather have my child challenged and in this school than to be in other public schools in Bridgepot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

My child attended kindergarten at this school in 2003. I absolutely hated it! The principal Mrs. Dunlap, teachers, teacher's assistants, nurses; everyone treat these children like they a 'have no better chance' My child was a happy, loving, well behaved child, whom loved school: only to dislike school after a short couple of months into the school year. These people lack any sense of encouragement or sensibility towards the children involved in their school. I could only go on and on with the bad stories: parents beware! Complain and you'll see what I'm talking about. My child still remembers about how bad H.H. WAS!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 29, 2004

If you are thinking of sending your child to this school I hope your child has no special needs. I had a child who had some mental disabilities and this school only made them worse. The teachers are great with the average child but anyone who may need alittle more understanding and patienc is not wanted. They tried for 3 years to get my child out of their school. I finally had hime removed when he was refusing to attend school. My child loved school and then he hated to go. The principal was always calling to come and pick him up from school. He would call at least 3 times a week and that caused me to lose my job. This school has a no tolerance policy when you have mental health special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

This school encourages students to become creative and effective writers. There are many specials, including french classes starting in fourth grade, performing arts, cooking and tech ed. Teachers focus on problem solving skills, and the social worker is excellent at attending to the special needs of students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students38%
Female33%
Malen/a
Black31%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%

Reading

All Students38%
Female37%
Malen/a
Black38%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%

Writing

All Students47%
Female53%
Malen/a
Black41%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Black69%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
Black55%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%

Writing

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black66%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female48%
Male74%
Black64%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male63%
Black64%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students50%
Female39%
Male59%
Black48%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%

Writing

All Students76%
Female78%
Male73%
Black75%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female72%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students90%
Female100%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Writing

All Students82%
Female88%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
Black71%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Reading

All Students89%
Female96%
Male81%
Black92%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Writing

All Students69%
Female83%
Male52%
Black67%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Reading

All Students82%
Female78%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students71%
Female74%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 43% 13%
Hispanic 40% 19%
White 13% 62%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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700 Palisade Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Phone: (203) 576-7807

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