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Danbury High School

Public | 9-12 | 2889 students


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Posted August 1, 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted October 2, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted June 8, 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

Posted June 6, 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

Posted December 2, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

595 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

635 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

619 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education


All Students69%
Asian American76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English77%


All Students72%
Asian American78%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English78%


All Students72%
Asian American77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners1%
Proficient in English82%


All Students80%
Asian American83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT 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.

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
White 47% 61%
Hispanic 33% 20%
Black 11% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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43 Clapboard Ridge Rd
Danbury, CT 06811
Phone: (203) 797-4808


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