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Greenwich High School

Public | 9-12 | 2656 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted April 21, 2014

Too many students in this school, many of whom do not respect their teachers. Bullying is out of control and the teachers and administration do nothing to stop it. The school is very good at sweeping student issues under the rug. Very disappointed and cannot wait to get my child out of the district at the end of this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2013

This school is a amazing place, and my daughter really enjoys it. She always get 100% quality education every day.


Posted December 17, 2013

I am rating the school 4 stars. IF your child is a self-starter and socially adept, they will find a pre-collegiate experience here. Open periods allow for study groups or goofing off, whichever is the behavior pattern of your child. Strong academics, charitable organizations, civic groups, etc... However the school counselors are very young and lethargic. Don't expect to find the help you need in navigating social or academic challenges. You are on your own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Avoid this school. They don't care if your child is bullied. They will do NOTHING except collect their paycheck and ignore the children. If you love your daughter or son, avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

It is a large school, but they wisely divide the population into 5 "Houses" so it is like five schools under one roof, allowing for more academic offerings and exploration of interests, teams and clubs, and more and better facilities. Students are eased in gently, expectations are laid out, then everyone is up and running. Guidance, leadership, and academics are excellent. Socioeconomic diversity prepares students well for the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

GHS is a good school if you take advantage of everything that it has to offer in terms of academics, arts, sports and clubs. It has a wide variety of classes, and is good for students wanting to take Honors/AP classes as well as those students who are really struggling. However, if you're somewhere in the middle, it is easy to fall through the cracks because the school is so big. The Honors/AP classes should be harder, but unfortunately, the school is influenced by the parents, so there are a lot of kids in the Honors/AP classes who shouldn't be there. The classes are quite big, which is good for louder, more confident kids, but again it's harder for some kids to shine in the classes. GHS was okay, but I wouldn't go back if I could help it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2011

Once again I am disappointed by Greenwich High School. As the only public High School in my catchment area, I literally have NO OTHER CHOICE unless I want to pay a small fortune in private school fees. This school may have a very broad course offering that spans AP, Honors and basic courses. However, this is completely undermined by the administration of the sports programs - where selection processes are not fair, open or transparent - and truly harmful health & education classes. The principal seems like a good guy with good intentions but I don't think that he is close enough to the detail of what goes on in his name. Given that I have no other choice in the public sector and looking at the size of my property taxes, disappointed doesn't even get there. If you live in Greenwich, my best advice is to start saving NOW.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

The academic program l for top-notch students is really lacking in most areas besides mathematics. I attended GHS and have gone on to an Ivy, and I found that GHS was completely inadequate preparation for what I faced in college. Teachers are so terrified of over-aggressive parents and so frustrated with apathetic kids that they give anyone with a basic grasp of English mechanics an A. I never had a teacher actually challenge me beyond requiring a basic knowledge of the facts (besides in AP US History). Once GHS switched to open-enrollment APs, hyper-active parents who were convinced their kids had to go to Ivies started pushing those kids into APs whether the kids wanted to or were capable of taking them or not. The environment is catty and cutthroat beyond 'natural competition.' Students start obsessing about college from day 1, and that gets in the way of actual learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2010

Absolutely the best school around. I have friends who have considered sending their kids to amazing private schools (from boarding schools to local prep), but decided not to. You need a really good reason to not attend this school; you can't beat what this public school offers. Look at the statistics: Price per pupil. # of APs offered. Diversity. Guidance Counselors who call you at home to discuss colleges. Many colleges don't offer what your kid can get here. And it's as big as some colleges, yet with the "house" system, your kid does not feel lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

The worst four years of my life happened at GHS. If your child is very (and I mean very) independent and ready to work hard they'll be fine. But, if they are the kind of person (which I was) who needs some extra attention from teachers. There's maybe 1 or 2 that I can think of that ever even gave me a shot and having gone to a totally different environment for university, I must say - this school missed out on someone who had a lot of potential because they were too busy trying to figure out who their richest students were.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2010

Impersonal and hard to navigate. Teachers were hard to find and unhelpful. There are a few great teachers, but the majority is in a constant bad mood and hates their job. Many of the kids are into drinking and/or drugs, and there are drug deals happening all the time. Poor school, and did not prepare me for college. My little sister went for 9th grade, though it was overrated and despised it and switched to Sacred Heart. She loves it there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2009

All 4 of my children went to GHS. They all went onto top universities, thanks to GHS. t beats out all the local private schools with its diversity, and really prepared ones children for the future, as schools like GA do not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I don't know much about GHS, and I'm sure it's a great school, however, I disagree with the 2nd comment about private schools carrying the kids. That is absolutely false! In fact, it is just the opposite. They give tons of homework, and no one is excused no matter what the case. If you are in a show, are sick, you better have the homework done, and the grades are never curved. Some of the teachers are not qualified to teach, i.e. math in middle school, and sometimes kids should be in honors when they aren't placed there, but I have seen no favoritism when it comes to grades. The teachers do differ in how they grade, and I don't think that is fair at all. Some kids are in honors and get no homework, while kids in regular science, for example, have 2 hours of homework. It all varies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I had some of my best years at GHS, and the teachers were fantastic
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

Our kids transferred from local private schooling to GHS because of its superior education. It deserves 5 stars in each category. The great leadership and teachers lead the way. The size (2900 students at present) naturally prepares them for college; parents feel it is like a nice local university. It offers more diversity than Darien and New Canaan economically, intellectually, ethnically, etc. It is a superior opportunity environment where kids aren't 'carried' as in the private schools; that is given grades to get them into good schools and at times allowing their family legacies at Ivies to kick in. The natural competition at GHS is great training for the real world while it helps prevent private school favoritism that can be seen given to offspring of big donors, faculty or administration, and Ivy or similar parents. Go GHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

I go to GHS, and I love it! There are so many different classes and it's so fun! Many people say that because the school has many students, it's unsafe. This isn't necessarily true. Sure, there are some incidents, but that happens to every school! The number of students makes it an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. I've met so many great people at GHS. The sports teams are awesome as well, although some lack adequate organization sometimes. This can easily be dealt with, though, so it does not pose a big problem. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this school, and it's only my first year!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2008

I go there and love it. Good people, nice teachers and just a friendly enviornment!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2006

I am a student at Highschool.It is an great school that provides so many opportunities for students. This includes an expansive music and drama departments and an extensive tech. department. However, because of the large number of students (about 2500) the school fails to keep the under control. Most of the time however, this does not interrupt the learning of most students. Theft however, has become an ever larger problem. However, the school truly adheres to its motto - 'freedom with responsibility.' meaning that the safety, and learning of every student is up them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2006

GHS provided me with a top notch, well round educational experiance that prepared me for higher education. The teachers were very caring and always went the extra mile to help students succeed. The school itself has a very diverse student body, despite the steriotype that the rest of the state has of the Town of Greenwich. The academics are very strong and challenging. Many of my friends transfered to GHS from private school because the academic program at GHS was stronger than what any, even strong, private schools could provide.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 17, 2006

Greenwich High School is an excellent environment for children to learn, be challenged and get excited about life. It offers a wide variety of courses and fantastic electives. It is beautifully diverse, with enough room for different ways of thinking. There are many after school clubs that address all sorts of interests and issues. The staff is supportive and encourages independent thinkers. I find it a positive atmosphere for my child who spent her entire pre-high school life in a very small provincial environment. I think this school prepares children for real life issues that adults navigate on a daily basis. The guidance counselors are extremely competent and provide good insight as to how the students can make the most of their strengths and interests. I couldn't think of a better place for my child to be going to school. Many electives to choose from - its like a college!
—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.

643 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

638 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

648 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

649 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English93%

Reading

All Students95%
Female99%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American93%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English96%

Science

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian American91%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English95%

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian American93%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learners84%
Proficient in English97%
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 73% 61%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 3% 13%
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 13%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10 Hillside Rd
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone: (203) 625-8000

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