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Hamden High School

Public | 9-12 | 1934 students


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Posted November 3, 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!

Posted November 1, 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

Posted 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

Posted September 7, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted October 3, 2009

my daughter and I gratuated from here and its a great school and have great programs .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted September 16, 2009

This school is in need of computers and classroom materials.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted July 2, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted January 4, 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

Posted 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

Posted July 1, 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

Posted 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

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

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The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

441 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

454 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

461 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

451 students were tested at this school in 2012.








Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests

In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education


All Students38%
Asian American54%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%


All Students34%
Asian American46%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English35%


All Students31%
Asian American46%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%


All Students48%
Asian American68%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests

In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 46% 62%
Black 34% 13%
Hispanic 13% 19%
Asian 5% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2040 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514
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