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Middletown High School

Public | 9-12 | 1275 students

Comprehensive Curriculum and wide variety of clubs and sports

 

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Posted May 2, 2013

this school is bad. there are a lot of fights and drama. the teachers are young and don't really have experience. They try so hard on no tolerance they punish the wrong people sometimes. Its hard to learn and im not geting the help i need. The only thing good about this school is the sports. You have people running around egging things on and peer pressure. i wouldnt have went to this school if i knew this before. you wont know unless you have went to this school and went through things, so parents dont have the full affect. - 2013
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

This is the best school that I have ever been to highly recomend this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2007

School is making significant strides. It is a good school, but one with greater potential. Its grads go to good colleges and its strength is is advanced level courses and extra-curricular programs. Lots of teachers give a lot of extra time to kids. Sometimes kids get nailed by silly rules, but that's a curse of schools everywhere. Great diversity in the school. As tolerant a place as schools go for gay/lesbian kids, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

My son is a bright capable young man who loved school. Friendly and popular, he is one kid who should have graduated. He has an extreme case of sleep apnea, and missed days or would be late on occasion, but was a good student regardless. He repeated grades twice because of credit withdrawal despite the fact that he was doing well in school. Middletown Adult Ed is packed because of Middletown High's credit withdrawal. I come from a family of educators and no one can believe how easily they throw away good students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

As a student of MHS, I would have to say that I think it is a wonderful school. The amount of things that a student can do, from chosing their classes, to extracurricular activities; it's phenomenal. I feel that the people who usually do speak about this school have no idea what actually goes on in it, because they're parents. So attention parents: Just because your only child may not like MHS, does not mean it is a bad school. Did you ever think that your child's complaints could be false allegations and spoken just because they were angry? I believe parents should look into their problems more thoroughly, rather than complaining on a website for everyone to see, because if you did look into MHS, all you would see is success. Our students and faculty (including security guards, so please don't say we're not safe) are of the highest quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

No, im not a parent. I was a student until about last week. It seems to me that those who write on here haven't really been involved in the school. Yes, we had our problems but the teachers are truely amazing (for the most part) and i really am going to miss them. I think every child has options at this school. If you are smart, take the upper level classes. If you lack the knowledge, well go to the lower classes. They honestly want every kid to learn and work at their full potential. I think people should look beyond the problems because every school has them. I also think that because it is a very diverse school people look at it differently. Hey, i love the diversity. You see differnet sides of the spectrum on a daily basis. I will miss being there so much. ~AT class of 2006!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 9, 2004

This school isn't as bad as people say it is. Everyone in the school knows someone who knows someone and everyone knows everyone even if you don't know them personally you know them through friends. The best part about the school is that most of the teachers are closer to the students age, and it helps because then the student and teacher are able to talk on a closer level and the teacher is able to relate to how the student feels, and what they are going through. The best class to take for anyone interested is the Vo-Ag course. It is entirly a hands on class, although there are notes that are taken but it also has contests to participate in and there is the state and national conference every year that some of the students that participate in the class attend. Take it from a student who goes there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2004

Two words: horrible school. I wouldn't reccomend this school to anyone who has a desire to succeed later in life. The teachers are not only young and inexperienced- they lack the nurturing and friendly qualities that make the classroom atmosphere enjoyable. Middletown High sure seems to have a knack for hiring inadequate, dull teachers. I moved here from a safe and involved neighborhood and I became sick with the lack of discipline and crappy lessons the students are forced to. From the vice-principle's windows being vandalized to the petty hallway fights that occur frequently, one can easily recognize the lack of quality and safety in this school (if you can call it that). If you want your children wasting away their potentials here, please don't let me stop you, but if you truly want a refreshing change, move! Your child is the future and sacrifices and compromises should be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

As with all schools, I believe high school is what you make it. I don't think Middletown High is a bad school, it certainly has it's fair share of problems but they are certainly open to suggestions and feedback. Unfortunately in some instances, it's the students' word against the teacher/administrator and in my opinion, the student isn't always allowed to defend their position. I would also like to see more intervention with students who are struggling. I would like to see a progam in all schools that help the child find their learning style and understand their strengths and weaknesses so that high school is a positive learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

they have a discipline problem
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Black60%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%

Reading

All Students76%
Female84%
Male66%
Black70%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students76%
Female79%
Male71%
Black67%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male80%
Black85%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 55% 61%
Black 24% 13%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 2% 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 41%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Woodrow Wilson Middle School
TEMS
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 35% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Connecticut State School
Middlesex Community College
UCONN
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Behavioral health specialist
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Polish and Turkish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AP Honor Roll (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish and Turkish
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 3:15 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Colleen Weiner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Behavioral health specialist
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish and Turkish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • DECA
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Boosters and Project Graduation
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Connecticut State School
Middlesex Community College
UCONN
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 35%
4 year college - 50%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 3%
Workforce - 10%
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200 LaRosa lane
Middletown, CT 06457
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Phone: (860) 704-4500

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