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Enfield High School

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Posted May 25, 2013

I have attended this school for 4 years and it is truly a horrible school! I would like to actually be prepared for college next year, but EHS doesn't do much to prepare their students. Classes are a joke (I'm not saying this because I'm lazy or unmotivated). I barely get homework and teachers do not teach as much as they should. Staff members are OK. The guidance department is filled with very friendly counselors, but can be a real hassle when trying to get things done (college stuff, course changes, etc.). Extra curriculars are a joke. AP courses are a joke (only AP calc seems helpful in prepping for college-level courses at this school). EHS is overall a joke. It is a waste of time because you won't get anything out of EHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2012

I moved to this town for the excellence of education and academic standards. A few of the previous reviews from a few years ago alluded to the deterioration of EHS if it could not keep up with curriculum standards and new technology. Yes, it used to be one of the top schools a couple years ago, but who knew things would get so bad so quickly? Facilities are a joke and are in dire need of expansion and renovations. My son says that the science labs are virtually useless. Passed that teachers are great, but more enrichment programs are needed. Snob factor is high, especially in a community where kids are handed everything from expensive cell phones to cars. The term "preppy" comes to mind. Due to no budget increases, curriculum and programs are cut. We need high school consolidation: academic benefits and high reimbursement rates with renovate-to-new facilities. If it does not pass the Nov 2012 referendum, I'm cutting my losses and moving out of town. It's really gotten that bad. Overall, mediocre at best. Teachers need more passion and direction from the administration. Investment is needed for more educational benefits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

Decent school that's lost its steam. Back when I came to EHS around 2008 and 2009, there were some real superstars that went on to do great things. Now, in 2012, most of us don't have any motivation. The curriculum has been cut like crazy and our facilities are just downright embarassing: Old labs, small auditorium/stage (now with no music program), outdated library (that's "new"), odd sized classrooms with no tech), small gym and disgusting locker rooms (visiting schools laugh at us), the wierdest floorplan (where you have to cross a long potholed filled parking lot outside to get to class on time), and a ventilation system that makes it freezing in the winter and extremely hot in the spring/summer. The only reason why I'm giving this review two stars instead of none is because of the teachers. They really prepare you well to be a good citizen and leader. Our strong points are our English, history, and arts depts, but we really need to work on business, math, and science. The teachers don't teach to the "test". If we did, then our SAT and CAPT scores would be a lot higher. I'm graduating this year, probably on a side field where we have to bring out own chairs. Changes are needed
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2011

This high school consistently doles out students who are really the cream of the crop. It is no surprise that some of our students gain admission to some of the best schools in the nation. The teachers are nurturing and genuinely care about their students. Our academic program is supurb and the school offers a wide variety of extra-curriculars. The only problem with the school is that the school's facilities are in POOR condition. Our classrooms are small and are ill-equipped, the music and auditorium are in bad shape, and the science labs haven't been updated since the school was built in 1960! The ENTIRE school is in need of a TOTAL gut and renovation. Our quality of education is already good, but can be improved with more amenities that other newer schools are built for education in the 21st century. All in all, Enfield High School is a great school for high-achievers and is located on a beautiful campus. Home prices are on the rise as the education in this town is consistently improving. If it were ten years ago, I would have sent my kids to private schools, but now what EHS offers is comparatively better. Bravo to the leadership, administration, and the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

Enfield High School is known to be a very good school. There are courses for different types of students. Teachers are ever-caring and go way beyond my expectations to make sure students are well instructed. Environment is very competitive. Sports and activities are available and highly encouraged. However, due to hard budget times and declining enrollment, we are slowly losing programs that encourage high performance: AP classes, music programs, art classes, world languages. Fermi and Enfield High need to be combined in order for resources to be more centralized and available for the entire student population in the town of Enfield. There is NO need for two high schools. I can only think of good improvements coming from a high school where programs and resources are more available than struggling with two HUGE high school budgets. Enfield High is good now, but in a couple of years, it'll be gone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

The only thing I have to complain about the school is the snob-factor. There seems to be a wide influence and pressure on what to wear, what cellphones to have, whose house is bigger. We aren't rich, but we did move into affluent northwestern CT communities like Enfield in order for my kids to get a top-rate education. Enfield High is a wonderful school that is comparably the best in the area. Numerous AP/ Honors courses. School prepares heavily for SATs and CAPT. It seems like the town has a huge separation of poor vs. well-off, which does bring in cultures of poverty. Well, at least the schools are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Enfield High is honestly a school that is an honor and a privilege to attend. The teachers are caring, my peers are all sophisticated in their own sense, the honors classes are fun. I'm involved in a whole bunch of extracurriculars. I may or may not be going against the grain here, but I really do look forward to going to school every morning. Is that crazy? It's EHS and I'm so glad that I have the support that you can't get anywhere else in any other town.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2010

Our schools ratings should be a lot higher, like an 8 or a 9. Our teachers do a great job preparing us for college and life. It's the Hartford kids that bring our scores down thanks to the Open Choice program. Our school probably accepts the most students from there in our area. They bring their drugs and viiolence and bad manners. Meanwhile, the administrators are using them to promote diversity and how great it is that our school now has a 'diverse' student body. Yeah... I don't buy into that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2010

I graduated from here a few years ago and the town is a bit snobby. Don't get me wrong. The school has an incredible faculty and is an excellent academic institution with a demanding curriculum. If you don't wear Banana Republic, Armani Exchange, Hollister, or an A&F shirt, and pop your collar, then you probably won't fit in. If you're a girl, be prepared to join the Field Hockey team and wear sweaters tied around your necks and UGG boots. This is thanks to all the new mansions and wealthy neighborhoods being built in town within the last decade This can be a good thing and a bad thing, but I wish it didn't come at the sacrifice of the cultural values of our school. Anyway, Enfield High School is a great high school, but it isn't without its flaws.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

Enfield High rocks! I transferred to this school from Windsor a few years ago. The teachers are wonderful here! They really cater to your needs and help you perform effectively in ways I've never thought I could! The administration is strong and disciplinary, which is something which lacked in my old school. The guidance counselors go out of their way to help you socially and academically. The academic environment is competitive and students seek to excel to their highest ability. Just look at our test scores! Now if we only combined the two high schools and updated our facilities, then our school would really be working at our highest potential. This is really a great school which I would say one which rivals that of a private school education. The environment at EHS is one that caters to learners and leaders.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2010

Enfield High School is fosters a sophisticated community of students and teachers who work together for the sole benefit of education. I am very happy with Enfield High School's community involvement, which is more than I've seen out of any school district I have ever seen. The teachers are caring and the students make good use of what they have, given that the school lacks a new and updated facilities. Their performance in state tests and SAT scores show that you don't need a new high school or a private-school eduation to prove that you can still succeed academically. It's truly an amazing community of scholars and leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

I graduated from EHS a few years back, and the time I spent in that school might be some of best days in my past. Sure it might have needed a face lift, but the teachers were calm, patient, and there for you when you needed them. That's what makes a school, not walls, floors, and windows.


Posted September 20, 2007

My son attends EHS and the teachers their are very professional and I feel they are doing a wonderful job. My son is a honor student and is doing very well academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

I am courently attending Enfield High School and I dis agree with basically all of you Enfield High School is a great school. All my life I have been picked on but, when I moved to enfield that changed I made great friends at this school and I love it here. Enfield High School is the BEST!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2007

I went to EHS when I moved from Massachusetts. I found it to be extremely 'rich' and a bit 'snobby'. There were lots of cliques and definite classifications of people (i.e. 'skaters', 'preppy', etc) and I really disliked my experiences there. From personal experience, I do not recommend EHS to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2005

First of all i would like to say that the student ethnicity pie graph is wrong. The school is a lot more diverse than it shows. I would say that the number of students who are black is more like 15-20% and there are about 6-10% hispanics. The school is very diverse with great athletic programs and for the most part good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2004

I have had two children graduate from EHS and have one currently enrolled. We as a family have not had one negative experience with this school over the past 6 years. The sports fields are in need of work and now that the construction is winding down the school is looking pretty good BUT that's not what makes a school. The teacher's are there for the kids and the principal is outstanding as far as his support of the students. We see him at every function. My children have all participated in the band program. Excellent experience is all I can say about the EHS Band. My two boys have graduated and gone on to college. The education they received at EHS was a great benefit to their acceptance into a quality university. I strongly recommend EHS to any parent and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I think the Enfield high school is one of the best high schools in CT. It is much better than Fermi. The construction is almost over but they should be fixing the sports fields, not adding to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2003

School is working on a tight budget. Cut backs have been made. Applaud the music program. School is under construction and appears to be far from its target date of completion. Noise during the day can hamper attentiveness from the students. In need of a total renovation.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students86%
Female82%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Writing

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 82% 61%
Black 8% 13%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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 33%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Enfield, CT 06082
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