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East Hartford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1734 students


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Posted May 30, 2014

East Hartford High School is an abysmal failure. The 2012 CAPT scores for the 10th grade class revealed: 83% of the students failed to meet the reading standard; 31% below the state average. 84% of the students failed to meet the math standard; 33% below the state average. 83% of the students failed to meet the science standard; 30% below the state average. 67% of the students failed to meet the writing standard; 30% below the state average. I have read reports that the students are disruptive and curse the teachers. This is a failure of the administration (not the teachers) to promote a learning environment. Those students that are disruptive should be removed from the school and their parents should be required to pay for their education at some other learning institution or to home school their children. It is not fair to make the rest of the children suffer life long educational shortcomings due to some students disrupting the education process. Let those that are disruptive suffer the consequences of their actions and spare those that are there to learn and are well behaved.

Posted March 23, 2014

Pretty good school with a great teaching staff and a host of after-school activities.But many kids are bad mannered and have bad behavior.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 5, 2011

I really do not understand why people say "it's a diverse school" what does that even mean. The world is diverse. It's a given stop saying that. That it's even noted or said is the problem. We live in diversity every single minute of our lives. Stop removing my opinion. i had two generations there I have a right to voice our experience. Denial is not the avenue for success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

I love the fact that my daughter is excited to go to school each day. That is a tribute to the teachers she is always talking about.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2007

I am a junior at ehhs and its been a good three years. It's been fun. The teachers there are great. The school may have bad name but it is a good school as long as you keep your studies up and participate in sports.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 20, 2006

East Hartford High School is definitely a great school and I'm proud to say that I have gone there. The teachers were wonderful, most find new ways to teach and interact with the kids. They also relate to the kids. Activities were definitely prevalent here. Everything from basketball, to band, to breakdance club. And it was one of the most diverse schools in the country when I went. If I still lived in East Hartford, I would definitely send my kids there.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 8, 2006

In my opinion, the teachers at EHHS are there to get students in and out as soon as possible, rather than send them off at their highest levels. East Hartford High School has a lot of activities and programs for students of every age, race, and gender, but that doesn't quite make up for everything else it's lacking. The envorinment is awful, with the exception of honors classes. I was a student who in my senior year, decided not to take AP classes, and I suffered a huge loss academically. The general classes are sheer MAYHEM. Very little gets done in the appointment time, and the teachers really seem to care less. I think East Hartford High School is a mediocre place to send your students, but it is the only place, aside from a magnet school to go that does not cost a large tuition.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 21, 2005

Yes, I agree that this school is diverse, which would be great if the teachers were able to get the kids to not swear at them and do thier work. I was put in the general program, and did not fit in. All the kids did was disrupt class and cheat off me. The teachers did nothing what so ever to make sure that quality of education I was recieving was at an acceptable level. Instead they just gave me A+ 's in all of my classes and let me suffer through the torment from the other children. The best things in that school were the after achool activities. Volleyball and orchestra saved me.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 14, 2004

'Don't judge a book by it's cover', this school may not appear to be the prime place to send you son or daughter, but the teachers here fantastic. I just graduated in 2004 and can imagine having gone somewhere else. The diversity makes this school and town special and fun. We have a good principle and assistant principles, but most of all we have a caring staff and safe school with award winning programs (the student assistance center). This school is the reason that I made it to college and turned my middle school C and D grades into A's and occasional B's to graduate 18th in a class of 420. There may be a lot of students here but there is always personal attention in each and every class. I give nothing but the highest reccomendation for this school. Outward appearence shows nothing of what this school holds behind it's doors.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 9, 2004

I am a present student at EHHS. I am a junior at the school. I think that the school is an overall good school. The staff members there are great. There are a lot of activities and extracurricular activities for students to be involved in and stay out of trouble. Our principal, Mr.Jordan, does a great job about keeping the school all together and running smoothly. Like any other high school, the school does have some small difficulties and issues. These are things that the principal cannot do by himself, I think that students as well as parents and other staff members should get involved in. The security system is awesome. EHHS is indeed a great school and I hope it stays the same way for many years to come!
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 8, 2004

Although East Hartford High School is one of the most diverse schools out there (which is very rare especially in Connecticut)and offers a great variety in extracurricular activities, it is not in its best conditions. It seems to us students that most of the money is going into unnecessary things and less money is being put into what is necessary for our education. This isn't going only for East Hartford High School, it seems like it goes for every single public school in the town of East Hartford. As a student currently attending East Hartford High School, I am not dissapointed with the teacher quality for our teachers are very professional. In this school, anybody can learn no matter who you are, what you are, or where you come from but it makes it really hard for everyone if the learning environment is not at its best.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 14, 2004

As a student, although EHHS is a very diverse environment, it provides the opportunities each student needs. I believe that there is a lack of motivation however in many of the students and that is why many dont live up to their potential. What we need is to make it a better environment (meaning finishing construction) thus removing the distractions we are faced with. I think that our school, being as diverse as it is has extreme potential to be successful as soon as we can find a way to motivate those students who are lacking the sufficient motivation.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 7, 2004

East Hartford High School prepares you for the real world. After going there, nothing can take you by surprise because you've seen it all already. It is diverse not only with race, but also religion, economic status and points of view. This school really gets you ready to take on the variety of challenges life throws at you. It takes a different type of person to be able to teach at ehhs, and administration could not have provided a better staff to teach these kids.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 3, 2004

In this parents exeperience there is a significant lack of appropriate leadership at East Hartford High School. Although the teachers seem to be very committed, the Administration holds the school back from being the best it can be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2003

This School is vey diverse and has a club for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

421 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 Students49%
Asian American71%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English53%


All Students60%
Asian American76%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners26%
Proficient in English63%


All Students66%
Asian American86%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English71%


All Students88%
Asian American100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English90%
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
Hispanic 39% 20%
Black 34% 13%
White 20% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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East Hartford, CT 06118
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