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Posted September 23, 2013

Great school. Class of 2013 and there are many opportunities available for students and every year it gets better.

Posted February 25, 2011

I graduated in 1978 from MHS. It was indeed a different world back then. I am glad that the students are blessed to have stable, tenured teachers and class and extracirricular offerings that surpass the imagination. Having lived in California for the last 28 years, NONE of those factors are guaranteed! Out here, our teachers have contracts that are not renewed, classes which MHS required have been cut, such as Phys. Ed. No art, no music. You guys don't know how lucky you are to have what MHS offers! When I went there, I was very unhappy and did not participate as a result. Indeed, like most things, you get out of something what you put in. If I were back there now, going to school, I would be ever so grateful to have available to me what MHS offers. I just didn't know what was available to me back all those years ago. My advise is, kids, please make the most out of this place! You will NEVER have an experience like this ever again in life. PLEASE ENJOY NOW while you have MHS's opportunities.

Posted September 16, 2009

Manchester provided a great education for my sons, preparing them well for the most competitive colleges.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2008

I graduated from Manchester High School in 2004 and for me, it was a wonderful experience. It was certainly crowded and sometimes difficult to get through the crowded halls, but the large enrollment allows the school to offer a wide variety of AP and honors level classes. I was able to participate in a variety of activities, from the swim team to drama and music, to math and science academic teams. In recent years, the high school has had students, including my friends, accepted to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including MIT and Harvard.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 31, 2008

Manchester High School is highly overcrowded. Internally the school has numerous violent crimes, gangs (from in and out of town), and poor attendance records. Think twice before sending a child here.

Posted March 27, 2007

My son has ADD/OCD and has a processing learning disability. He, of course, is a Special Ed. kid. He has been prematurely mainstreamed and most teachers are either unable to handle a child with these challenges, or just don't have the time because their classes are overcrowded. My child has just started Manchester High and so far it has been a scarring experience. It started with a child who maintained honor roll status throughout most of Middle School. His teachers recommended that he be placed in college prep classes -- please remember that this is a special ed kid -- with the previously-stated challenges. I think the intentions are good, but they are so overcrowded that they can't deal with every situation properly. If your kid has no challenges, I'm sure it's a great high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2006

Manchesters quality of academic programs is excellent! Although a bit overcrowded their Music, Art, and Computer science departments are high class! It amazing what they can do!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 10, 2006

MHS is a school with incredible social diversity and I believe that to be one of its greatest traits. Staff and students can benefit greatly by learning to interact effectively with each other. The diversity presents great challenges to the school community. In my opinion, these challenges result in lower average test scores, therefore MHS doesn't get a fair rank in test score comparisons. I believe the staff and students at MHS do a wonderful job, and the benefits of being part of the MHS community go beyond just learning Math and Science.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 21, 2005

As a recent graduate of MHS I feel that the school is very good at teaching students life skills. Teachers keep students very involved and there is a class for everyone. Extracuricular activies are amazing and if you want to do something you can find it or start it yourself. The athletic teams are very competitive and do well every season.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 10, 2004

Over my last four years as a student at Manchester High, I have always found it to be a safe environment. Our toughest issue is overcrowding, because we do not have funding for another high school in town. However, the school offers a great variety of extracurriculars, from Bible Study to the Breakdance Club. Also, there is an elective class for everyone: fine arts, ceramics, languages, architecture, yearbook...I feel that the large size of our school is an advantage because of the sheer number of opportunities offered.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 21, 2004

I'm a student at Manchester High School, and I find it to be a very well managed school. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, we, as students, do find a decreasing amount of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, Manchester High has not been spared of the common over-crowding issues among Connecticut high schools. Although our security has been much increased, I don't feel it to be a very violence-safe community.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 9, 2003

I found Manchester High to be a pretty good overall school. Most schools don't have the extracurricular activitie due to shortages of money, but at manchester high they have not only the sports but the language clubs, study groups and more. It's also hard to find a school with the performing arts, Manchester has all the performing arts and more.

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

373 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 Students66%
Asian American79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%


All Students75%
Asian American85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%


All Students74%
Asian American82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%


All Students87%
Asian American96%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 50% 61%
Black 22% 13%
Hispanic 21% 20%
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

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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134 East Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: (860) 647-3530


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