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2040 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514

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(203) 407-2040
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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
October 20, 2015
Both of my boys went to Hamden High. They used every resource made available to them. Great sports, great clubs, great teachers and great principal Gary Highsmith. Hamden High school is a very diverse school.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2015
Both of my boys went to Hamden High, they used every resource that was available to them. Great sports program, great clubs. and great teachers. Great principal (Highsmith).

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2015
Thank you for all the hard work that you all do for our children. Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2015
Excellent teachers. A wonderful school so far! My son is very happy attending Hamden High!

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2013
It's horrible. The students are all bad, some teachers don't even teach, and don't even get me started on the food. The school logic is confusing, the school is way too big, and lots of things are inconveniently placed. Plain and simple, don't go to this school!

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2013
Teacher quality: 2/5 School has declined over the past decade. Ranges from subpar to great teachers in the building. It is like a box of chocolates. Principal/Administration: 1/5 Administration created defensive barriers and there is no dialogue or trust between staff and administration. Us vs Them mentality. Administration needs to show leadership. Unfortunately incompetence is rampant amongst some staff and most of administration. Parent Involvement: 2/5 Depends on the level of the child. Ex. 9/AP level parents during open house = no seats available. 5 and 7 level parents = 3-5 parents show up. Parent involvement is key in helping students succeed. This is sad considering it is coming form a teacher who has been here for a decade now.

- submitted by a teacher

October 21, 2013
Quality of education at this school seems to have declined during the last four years of my child's attendance, as have administration and overall teacher and parent involvement. Sadly, the town's politics may have a part to play in conditions at the school as well since funds are cut every year so programs and teachers are lost.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2013
Hamden High is too big and awful! I attended it for one year and was gland to have moved! I hated everything about it!!! Don't attend Hamdena High at all!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student

July 29, 2012
terrible school. dont send your kids here. at least im trying to give an honest review but i cant mention the things i want to because its against conduct.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2010
I graduated HHS 08', i attended for 11th & 12th grade. they have level 5, 7, 9, and some AP classes. i took a mix of these class levels. most of the teachers are good and genuinely care about the students. the biggest problem is that some of the level 5 classes dont expect much from the students and let them slide by without learning what they need to learn. not all the level 5 classes i took were like this, but some were. the other problem is that some classes are hard for students to get into, and the school doesnt utilize the space/number of rooms well. but how good the teachers were impressed me, they were better than the ones at the private school i transferred from. and socially its fine for any kind of teenager no matter where youre from or what youre used to, its very diverse.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 03, 2009
my daughter and I gratuated from here and its a great school and have great programs .

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
Teachers CARE about their students - an strive to promote an environment that is fun in order to hold the attention of their students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
This school is in need of computers and classroom materials.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2008
A somewhat decent school, it has different levels which is great, however it's hard to get into any of the programming classes due to lack of interest or too much interest, and then the other classes can sometimes be hard to get into, depending on what subject it is, although if you bug the guidance counselors enough (if you can get an appointment) you can usually get in. Teachers in the 9 levels care, teachers in the 7 levels are so-so, anad the teachers in the 5 levels know their kids don't care so neither do they. All in all an okay school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 31, 2008
i've been a student since 2005.... this school is alright...they just have to stop letting people come in from new haven

- submitted by a student

January 26, 2008
school's good. A little too big, but you can get any classes if you really want to.

- submitted by a student

December 19, 2007
Too big. Too boring. Teacher quality not that greate. Hard to get any tecnical classes because of number of students. Electronics class i was able to take was the best, but limited by # of hours, and equipment. Most of the stuff was outdated or brokend and we didn't have enougf books for all the students. I now atted Platt Tech, a Vanguard School, and i love it there.

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 02, 2007
Hamden High is a good school with many excellent teachers who are great at what they do. The classes at this school are excellent, and since there are different levels for every class, everyone can learn at their own pace. This is great for all stusdents and helps everyone out.

- submitted by a student

March 25, 2007
Hamden High School is a large school, and therefore, can be a challenge to patrol and ensure the safety of all children... Good teachers, and a dedicated principle. (new one...Mr. Highsmith)

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2006
Hamden High has a boot camp mentality. If your child has any special needs this is not the school to be attending. The administration is not flexible and will not accomodate someone with special needs.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2005
Hamden High School is a great school!! The students are great and my classes rock!! I am involved in sports and activities after school including the drum line, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution Club), Rock Climbing, ect. The security guards are wonderful and the rules fair. I only have on complaint about the school.... teacher one-on-one attention. i dont know about other students but for one of my classes i need extra help. I take Italain, a foreign language course, and its complicated, some people can just pick it up, but i cant. Some of my teacher dont understand that because they've been speaking the language for years and they are fluent. Other than that the school is awsome! If you go to the school or have passed though it already, you know that you will never be bored and you will love it.

- submitted by a student

December 29, 2004
Hamden High is a great school. They have different levels in which children can apply themselfs to. Levels in which some classes go slower than others. This way the kids can learn at there speed. This school has plenty of extracirricular activities and for the most part the students are friendly. The staff can play some favoritism and can be rather unfair however with a big school like Hamden High everyone can not get there way. This is a wonderful school and I would love to go back anyday!

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2004
Hamden High School on the whole is a good school when it comes to academics, there are levels for all classes that a student takes in all subjects based on the childs abilities strongpoints/weekpoints. Discipline is marginal with 4 principals governing their own group of kids all from alphabetical order. Staff I would give a C+ because many have so many students, that if there are problems a parent must intervene to get anything done. Plenty of extracurricular activities. If you hear things about faculty, good or bad, it is almost always true. It is a huge school with over 2500 students and can be chaotic at times.

- submitted by a student

June 14, 2004
'Hamden High School is an absoloutely wonderful school. HHS has a wonderful academic program for students of all learning levels. HHS also has the best sports program in all of Connecticut.'

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2003
When I went to this school, which was about less than a year ago. I discovered that there was no sense of control. People were always in the halls including me. I also discovered that the rules were not always enforced on every student. That was one of my issues when I attended this school. I did not learn much and it was hard to focuse. It wasn't so much for the students why I wasn't learning,but the teachers also. So I did what any student would do if he/she felt like they weren't learning, I started skipping classes and losing my credit. My opinion about this school states the same' The teacher's need to teach classes a little more interesting and give the students more one-on-one attention.

- submitted by a community member

August 28, 2003
The teachers need to make the subjects more interesting, and handle their classes better. Other than that, I had a wonderful high school experience with Hamden High, that I wouldn't trade for anything else.

- submitted by a student
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Hamden High School
2040 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT  06514
(203) 407-2040
Last modified Hamden High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hamden High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top