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Darien High School

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Posted September 13, 2013

Besides our lack of school spirit and lack of diversity, I think DHS is an amazing school. And it has a lot to do with the teachers. Yes there are some teachers that are strict and pile on the work, but most of them are really great. I can honestly say that I loved all my teachers including the ones this year that I barely know yet. I know I can go to them to talk about anything, and I think they do a terrific job at relating with the students and making classes fun and interesting. Our sports teams are unbelievable (except for maybe boys basketball- sorry guys). And we have so many different clubs that it's impossible for you not to fit in anywhere. And about the diversity thing, I know it looks really bad how 96% of our school is white, but I don't necessarily think that makes the students discriminate against other races. And in my core friend group (8 people), we have heights from 4"11' - 6"0', races from Black to Asian to Italian to German to Irish, and religions from Mormon to Catholic to Presbyterian to Atheist. My friends and I are very diverse and so I think I've personally been affected by the "Darien Bubble". I just know that I love it here :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2011

Darien High School has excellent teachers who are extremely qualified in their subject of expertise. The school helped me with all my accommodations and provided an excellent work environment for me. The school offers a wide range of courses, clubs, and activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2011

To the parent who was embarrassed about the spelling and grammar of a "student" posting... You don't suppose it was fake? It isn't the poor spelling as much as the content that arouses suspicion - "it's great, we have no good sports teams" - what student would write that about their school if they are happy about it? Just a thought...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

Great school. The teachers are enthusiastic, and while not all of the students are dedicated to their work, the strict and difficult curriculum forces them to learn and improvise.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2010

I went to DHS. I thought some of the teachers were actually mean to the students because it was obviously they assumed everyone in Darien was rich. In actuality, a lot of people here are not as wealthy as you think. There can be great teachers but it just depends on who you have. My brother and I both had teachers that were malicious and evil but then again, that's life. Also, when I went there the principal at the time had an 'affair' with one of the hot soccer moms. Go figure. Overall, I felt that they prepared me for college well and that I got a great education. I feel like I know a little something about everything and it is clear that my education was night and day compared to Los Angeles public school districts. Don't send your kid to Boarding school and you'll be ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

They must have a really "defiant" education with out capitilaZation AND run onsentence structure taught so good. ...I am embarrassed that a student posting was so poorly written. Obviously no one edited that entry, Out of the mouths of babes...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

Incredible teaching staff
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

Brand new physical plant and excellent teaching staff make Darien high School top-notch. In addition to standardized test scores that far exceed national and state averages, DHS offers about 60 AP courses, and the passage rate for those courses is an astonishing 96%. This is an excellent academic institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

even though not many of us have spirit for our school, i defiantly know that this school is better than most public schools out there. we always have someone watching over us, and there is always someone to help us when we need it. not only that but the teachers are great and extremely helpful! if you are thinking of moving to darien i defiantly recommend it rather than any other school close by. not many of our sport teams our great either but we sure have a great education and the teachers know what there doing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

Best school in state most likey- wonderful students-grat teachers!


Posted July 7, 2007

Wealthy area=strong school! I am a relative of two students at Darien high school. I live with these students and have watched them move through the Darien public school system from elementary all the way through high school. There is no doubt that Darien high school is an excellent public school and ideal in hard core academics and athletics. However, I believe that the two boys that I have known have suffered because of the lack of diversity at the school. The lack of diversity is a huge problem in that it allows for ignorant racist attitudes to flourish unacknowledged.


Posted March 2, 2006

Incredible school, many opportunities offered. Variety of classes, variety of extracurricular activies. Great intellectual challenge overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2006

Excellent school - high percentage of parent involvment - Brand new facility
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

Darien High School is a grat school to get a great education, and also to play sports with a great athletic program I do not know how you could ever lose by going here.
—Submitted by a student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Science

All Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Writing

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities87%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
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 93% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Darien, CT 06820
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