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9-12
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Danbury, CT
Students enrolled: 2,889

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43 Clapboard Ridge Rd
Danbury, CT 06811

(203) 797-4808
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December 06, 2014
This school is a nightmare! I think the school rating of 3 out of 10 is far too generous. I have nothing against non-English speakers, but when you go into the school and hear every language EXCEPT English, it is bound to effect the education. my child has classes with students who do not speak English, but 3 or 4 other languages, which the teacher does not speak. they are obviously learning nothing, and my child is lost with 100% of the time being spent trying (unsuccessfully) to help the students who do not speak a word of English. I can honestly say every moment my child spends at DHS is a complete waste of time-and don't even get me started on the gangs, fights, constant violence and drug everywhere. it is an unsafe, unproductive waste of time.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
Your experience here will vary... I'm entering my fourth year at DHS and throughout my time here, a lot has changed, generally for the better. As far as teachers go, I have yet to find a teacher that I felt assigned too much work, or that didn't offer students help either during or after school. However, I did feel that a couple of my teachers weren't qualified enough to be teaching the class perfectly, but still did their best and prepared students decently. The school is very crowded, and unfortunately, this will likely only get worse. The school also needs and update with their technology and its use in the classroom. Lunch is borderline bad, but expected with most public school food. Last year especially, I noticed an overall increase in the pride, and determination students had in succeeding, as noted by increasing test scores. Generally, better performing students will have a better experience (Honors; AP teachers are generally better, lots of AP classes available, acknowledgement of success). In general, the school has a lot of everything, and success and overall experience will vary depending on who students network with, determination, and a bit of luck with teachers.

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2014
It's the worst school in the history of the world, I'm only a sophomore and I couldn't hate it more, on all the field trips they don't tell you about them until the field trip is over, no help your on your own, much shorter summer, it's too hard, it's super boring, it's all free labour, they never consider the students, the teachers are very mean, it's way over crowded, too much homework, way to much summer work, we're not even learning we're just working and a high school diploma is definitely not worth staying in thus prison for four years, do NOT let your children go to this school and never go to it.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2013
My daughter has transfered from another High school in NY last year and we were very dissapointed. It maby has many programs for students who want to get involoved, but you are pretty much on your own. There clearly is no gudiance, minimum communication, filth and yes fights on daily bases, unsupevised students during concert behaving unpropietly, and the list goed on and on. Quite frankly I am not sure what the guidance counselor is getting paid for. Who in the world would place students that belong in honor math into ESL math. The school is too big for its own sake and even though it has some good and dedicated teachers it is all about crowd controll than anything else. Lock of parental involovement is partially at fault here. My daughter had great grades without much effort but as much trouble I had getting her enrolled here, I am trying even harder to get het into better learning environment. Home shchooling looks much more atractive to us at this point. I just wish this town had vouchers, so finacially challenged families wouldn't feel that they have no better option for their children besides moving out of town.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
Danbury High School is HORRIBLE for Transfer Students I am a Senior and My Credits From SOPHOMORE YEAR have Still Not been recorded in The System. and Staff isnt Great at all. They Can sometimes be disrespectful towards students who are not only respectful to them but also quiet and the type to stay out of trouble I would recommend ACE or another school danbury High School has Destroyed my Senior Year.

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2012
I concur with the 2 previous posters. The ratings and scores don't tell the story about DHS. It is an amazing school with wonderfully dedicated teachers. I'll never forget how I got a call the summer before my daughters Freshman year. Two of her core teachers wanted to come visit . In 2 teacher pairs they were visiting all the incoming Freshman assigned to their academy group before school started. Wow - what dedication! We have not faced the all too common clique or "meanness" factor. She has wonderful friends with high standards and values. She has loved the school and most of her teachers. I am confident she is getting a great education and DHS offers so many great opportunities in sports, clubs, music and the arts. If you haven't attended a play or orchestra event at the school you are missing out. Sadly we are moving due to a job relocation. I only hope her next school is as wonderful as DHS.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
A few years agoMy son switched schools from a town right outside of Danbury right my youngest went to high school.Because of a divorce. Over the years he was bullied and nothing was done. So we decided to use my ex husbands address to let him attend Danbury. and he loves it and I was so prejudice about Danbury. He does theatre and is accepted just because he isn't tough. All parents should send their kids to Danbury High. Don't be afraid about all the rumors about gangs it is amazing experience ]. He has a 4.0 GPA. He rose from C's to A's because of the teachers dedication and helpfulness towards the students education! Now he is attending Yale in the fall, Remember make the change

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Diverse student population, lots and lots of different classes available. Helps prepare students for the world more than most schools in the area, mainly in part to the large cultural diversity.

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2011
We just moved back to Danbury a month ago, my son attends Danbury High School and he loves it, the administration is great helpful and caring. The teachers are fantastic.. I just wish we moved back home years ago so my kids could have had a better education then what they received from their former schools in Thomaston. I'm a very happy parent. Thank you Danbury High School

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
Danbury High School and Bethel School District have had a partnership with Western CT. State University for several years with a "Building Bridges" program to aid students who have graduated from DHS and Bethel suceed, aclimate, and be able to do standard required college work. Over the years, several graduates have stated that they were rather behind academically when they entered their respective universities and colleges.

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
DHS is a great school, but like many things in life, the more you put in, the more you will take out. There are excellent teachers and classes and caring administrators, but you need to be involved in your own education. Both of my children graduated from DHS and are doing really well. One has a PhD and the other is a 4.0 student in science at a prestigious university. Test scores don't tell a complete story. I would guess that the top students at DHS would do just fine when competing against the top students from any area high school and the diversity is a wonderful bonus.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
Danbury High School is a fantastic place to learn. The teachers and administrators are great to work with. There's much more to say, but I have to write an English paper! DHS rocks!

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2008
I am a former student of Danbury High School! I am very proud to say that I made it through Danbury High School not because I made it through without falling through the cracls and because I never got in trouble but because DHS is one of the most amazing high school in CT! It's size and diversity can be overwhelming at first but from day one I knew that DHS is where I belonged and I felt very welcoming by upperclassman, teachers, and staff. Many people say that DHS is not a safe place but I assure you that if you don't look for trouble, trouble will never find you! Also, many paople say that the curriculum is not very challenging. I believe tht the curriculum is very challenging and it just depends on the drive the student. I would recommend DHS to anyone looking good change in their education.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 29, 2008
I'm a senior at DHS and I have always felt safe here. To parents worried about there being 'fights everyday' your child would have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time ALL THE TIME. I would be lying if I claimed I'd never seen a fight there, but certainly not everyday, at least not physical ones. The school itself is very well kept considering there are well over 3000 people in it on a daily basis between 7am and 7pm when most sports practices and games are over. My teachers have never left my e-mails unanswered so chances are if your not getting a response you've entered the wrong e-mail address. It is crowded and may seem chaotic but if you've stepped inside for 10 minutes+ I doubt you've felt unwelcome or nervous. Its diversity makes it great and its unlikely you wont find someone similar to you.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 08, 2008
Parents that academically don't find their children challenged either have a genius on hand or a student who is not taking the higher level classes they should be. Another complaint I read dealt with the cleanliness of the school. I'm not quite sure if we attend the same school; the DHS I walk through on a daily basis is remarkably clean for the amount of students passing through its halls. I've never had an issue with any of my teachers; they ve all been very helpful when I needed assistance. Academically, you will find an expected disparity in teaching methods. Some teachers will hold your hand through the class, others will leave it up to you. Overall, it works and the teaching is effective if you're open to it and interested in learning. With that said, I firmly recommend Danbury High School to anyone considering it for his or her child.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2008
I am a sophmore at dhs. I think that this school is not what everybody think it is... I dont think this school is dirty or poor.They do their best at cleaning it. And i think that the teachers do a very good job at teaching =]

- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2007
My daugher goes to Danbury High School and she is in many honor and advnce classes. The school has an excelletn curriculum and the parents that complain are the parents with students that didn't sign up for the right classes (accroding to their intellectual abilities.) It has a great athletic program and you can count on diversity.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
We were only at DHS for 1 semester and the best choice we ever made was moving out of Danbury. My child reported seeing fights everyday while attending this school. Emails I sent to teachers were not returned. Rules are not enforced and because of this I felt a sense of chaos upon entering and being in the school. Academically I didn not find my child challenged and upon starting a new school we found that the new school was ahead in just about every subject. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2006
Danbury High School is an overall great school. From the beginning of my freshmen year I felt like I belonged there. The academic programs are great, they give more opportunities than other schools. The classes I need to succeed in college are provided at Danbury High. There are many extracurricular activities there. Also if someone wants to start a new club they can, as long as it doesn't interfere with safety or racial issues. Danbury High is one of the best school in the state. I wouldn't want to spend my four years of high school anywhere else.It has everything a high school needs. They have the safety, the academic programs, extracurricular activities, and many teachers take there time out of there daily lives to help students who need to help with a particular subject.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2006
The range of classes offered is countless from computers, business, art, science, history, etc, however DHS lacks the concentration needed to propel students for college. A good number of the classes are meant to diversify, but do not effectively instruct the student for related majors later on in college. Overall, the school is diverse, in nationality and classes, and the quality of the student's education there depends on taking the right course for him/her. There is potential for greatness here, but potential to greatly slack off as well.

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 18, 2006
Great school. All levels of support available from gifted/talented to remedial students. No one was left behind in the mix.

- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2006
I am a sophomore at Danbury High and I absolutely hate it. I am a pretty intelligent kid and everyday I walk through that school feeling as if my intelligence is being insulted. The school is very poor and very dirty. The extra-curriculars are great as well as the sports. The music department will be great in a few years due to a new band director. The drama department puts on some of the greatest plays in the state. The list of AP programs is very extensive, but the teachers are not so great. If I had a choice, I would have gone into private schooling as a freshman.

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2005
Danbury High School is an excellent school. Towns around have little to no diversity, and DHS is somethign to be proud of. A melting pot of culture, it truley prepares its students for the real world.It's classes and extra curriciular activities are tremendous. The support of the coaches and upperclassmen helps to welcome new students. Everyone is open to befriend other ethnicities. If you want your child to look back at high school and remebember it as some of the best years of their lives, Danbury High is the place to send them.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 05, 2005
Danbury High School is the smartest choice of a school for any parent to send their child to. It is diverse, with classes ranging from average to Advanced Placement (AP) and college credit course (UCONN) and there is a vast extracurricular range of activities including all sports, and every after school club imaginable. I personally am proud of DHS and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of attending.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 03, 2004
Danbury High school is an excellent place for learning. The school is diverse ethnically and is more like the real world that our children will enter than the suburban schools. It offers such a wide range of course study that almost anything a student wishes to pursue a career in can be studied and much course work is college level. Classes range from core courses to aviation, child rearing, culinary arts, architechture design, among many others. I have always found the teachers to be very helpful and full of suggestions. If parents are involved in their children's learning, there is no way for your student to slip through the cracks. Tremendous school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
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- submitted by a administrator
September 14, 2003
A terrific school, however, sports seen to take precedence over other activities and it is hard for students to be truly well-rounded and pursue several activities. For those who are not 'super-jocks', there is less opportunity to just play for fun. We have had three children in the school and have found classes to be challenging, teachers available and all have been well-prepared for college course work with no remediation classes necessary.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
We moved to Danbury halfway through my daughter's junior year. I found it lacking in just about every area and as a result, my son will go to a private high school in Danbury

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
Danbury High is the best place to go to high school. It was so fun and always full of activities. There were so many after-school activities and events and such a variety of classes to choose from with terrific teachers!

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
DHS has to be the best school around. The students are all friendly and helpful. The staff is extraordinary. It's safe, pleasant, and it's full of opportunities. There are many classes and levels to meet your needs and a huge selection of electives. DHS is diverse and encourages cultural sensitivity. It's easy to make friends no matter what your personality is, there are many after school clubs and sports... DHS is truly a school to be proud of!

- submitted by a former student
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Danbury High School
43 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT  06811
(203) 797-4808
Last modified Danbury High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Danbury High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top