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9-12
Public district
New Britain, CT
Students enrolled: 2,517
 

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110 Mill St
New Britain, CT 06051

(860) 225-6351
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July 21, 2013
I was a student at NBHS class of "02" and now a parent. I was pushed by my guidance counselor to "withdraw" myself when i was of age to do so...some kind of guidance i was told to drop out just because of slipping grades? I was also told that i would never get into college! I was young and ignorant and at that time my parents where going through a divorce so i had no support so i decided to "withdraw" and completed my diploma through adult ED. This is when i met the best teacher i ever had! Mr. Bartlewski who is now retired. He was my english teacher and like my counselor! He gave so much encouragement. He told me not to give up and believed in the ones who had potential. I wish our school system could have more teachers like him! If every teacher could take something from Mr. Bartlewski and learn from it we could have more kids graduating!! My kids wont be attending high school in this town!! I have a brother and sister who also attended and had the same experience i had! There's no money in this town and they keep cutting budgets! Get out while you can and good luck!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
I attended NBHS from 04-08. It is not a bad school in my opinion and my time there was plenty enjoyable since the teachers I had were committed to helping their students. I had graduated on time and with a B average and hung around with the "good crowd". The overpopulation is a HUGE issue, since it is the only public high school in the city. (I wont count E.C Goodwin) Really, there does need to be more parent/teacher cooperation and involvement to keep the students motivated and more importantly TO STAY IN THE BUILDING.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2012
I wish I could give NBHS 0 stars... I attended there for 4 years. I was at the top of my class (ranked 2nd out of 600 students who graduated). I played sports, was involved in many different clubs and activities, took all AP and Honors classes (with the exception of my language class, which was the only non-honors or non-AP class I ever took). The teachers were HORRIBLE. I had teachers specifically tell me that they didn't read our papers. I had a teacher who based her entire curriculum off of spark notes. Luckily, I was able to take several online classes (all AP's). I thought the most interesting thing about that was that I did four times as much work in the online classes as the SAME AP classes that my friends were taking at NBHS. I also passed AP tests that my friends didn't without even studying for the exams because I didn't take the classes at NBHS. I love it when I hear people talk about how great NBHS is and how you can get the same education as another school. That is entirely not true. I took classes online from non-NBHS teachers as well as at a boarding school. It is a TERRIBLE school. If I had a kid I would NEVER subject them so such LOW QUALITY of education.

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February 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2009
My daughter left. She refused to go. Now she is in college. I feel awful because I could not control her high school experience. I find NB gives lip service to parental involvement, but they hate us and don't want to be bothered. I saw her guidance counselor for help on several ocassions and she was incompetent, and couldn't remember me. The teachers and staff are indifferent to students, there was no toilet paper in the bathrooms, the cafeteria is overcrowded so some kids don't get to eat, and it is generally a negative and foreboding experience. We should be ashamed of ourselves!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
I'm going to be a sophomore, and I say this school is generally a very good one, although they couldn't do worse by entering assignments into the internet based progress tracker before students get home...a day after the assignment is given.

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August 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 03, 2009
I think NBHS is a great school. I am a sophomore. Maybe its a bit overcrowded but i enjoy it more than any other schools i have been to. its not what people talk on the street a lot of fight and bad thigns. I only saw two fights my freshman year n nothing else thats bad.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
I go to this school and i think NBHS prepares you for real life. Counselors do meet students, and you can check your progress online as well. Extracurricular is amazing in this school, providing clubs of all need. Security is better than ever, and in a school so big, you do need that much security. there are so many nationalities under one roof, the diversities provide you with opportunities. I participate in the marching band, aspira, FBLA, Madrigals/show choir, concert choir. There are parent association to join such as the PMA. in band parents help, and we call them the band mom's and dads. NBHS prepares you for life out of high school because believe or not parents your students college professor wont always tell them what they need to do, neither will their boss, they have to learn how to do things themselves. NBHS is awesome! and so are teachers.

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December 23, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2008
The teachers at New Britain High School work really hard in ensuring that each student recieves the best education possible. The principals leadership is excellent, and the extracurricular activities are amazing. The only thing wrong with this school is the lack of parent involvement and that it is overcrowded.

- submitted by a teacher
January 05, 2008
Unorganized, very overcrowded. Stressful environment.

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December 22, 2007
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October 06, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2007
NBHS is a horrible school. I am a junior there, and for the two completed years I have been there, there has not been one pleasant experience. The hallways are always overcrowded, but teachers still continuously hand out detentions. It's not our fault theres too many kids, and we cant make it to class in time because of the hallways!

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May 22, 2007
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March 05, 2007
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December 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
New Britain High School is definately a good school but I believe they go about everything all wrong. For one thing its more like a prison than a school. They always say that they want us to act like adults but for some reason they do nothing but treat us like kids. Grantid half the kids in that school have no respect for anything, I can see the need for all the security. In a way it makes you feel safe, but at the same time most of the teachers never listen to anything you have to say. They deal with so many troublemakers that they don't take the time to see the good in anyone else and I feel that this is the schools biggest flaw. Other than that I have definately enjoyed my 4 years there, and i know that i've learned more about the real world there.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
I like NBHS, but there are some ridiculous policies in place, and they change at random. I think that having an ID is annoying, and none of the teachers check them. When you are caught without one, you get a 2-hour detension. Then there is the 'Red and Gold House' system. I have never heard of anything more ridiculous. 'Two schools within one' does not help with anything. We're just as over-crowded, and even more confused. This leads me to the over-crowding. In the beginng of this year, we had a student added to my history class, and there weren't enough desks! Then there was the midterm schedule. It was clear they had no idea what they were doing. Since I'm a Sophmore, I'm still observing this entire.... disaster... rather closely. It's sort of like rubber-necking-- Who doesn't want to see the car accident on the side of the road?

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
I agree with a parent that commented on a student. I strongly agree that if a child is brought up in family and moral values at home and is involved with activities inside and outside of school and is An A and B student in the freshman year that child will do excellent at NBHS. I believe it all comes from the support of the parents from home. A child needs consistentency in life. NBHS is a great school. The diversty in the school will help a child develop great respect for the real world when they graduate. The teachers, staff and the principal are the students mentors. They are doing the best they can.I feel they are doing a great job. Keep up the good work. thanks (freshmen parent.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
Is this a Military School? Strict policies on students suspension which does not resolve the root cause. My son got suspended for 5 days and got suspended again for another 5 days on his birthday with an issue of making a comment about a teacher to a classsmate. Thanks to Assistant Superintendent of NB Schools who personally accompany me to the school to after I lodge a complain to him. Their disciplinary policies needs review. Misuse of Power. This need to be changed.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The best advice I can give to a parents who's feeling some anxiety about their child attending NBHS is this. If your child up until 9th grade has been an A-B student, studies hard and has the ability to independently motivate themselves, is involved in many extra activities, has the ability to be their own person and not consider other strong negative influences as a factor in their behavior and decision making. They will be fine at NBHS. However this is a tough age and most kids may find it difficult to adapt. If your child had ANY previous problems with learning, behavior, following less than desirable peer groups, completing homework. Think twice! NBHS has so many kids they just don't have time and are less motivated even at the highest levels to accommodate any child with any issue. They're answer to any issue is Suspend first ask questions later.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
As my son looks forward to graduation, I also feel like I am graduating from New Britain High School. I have spent enough time at the school monitoring his progress and ensuring his future. Sadly, my presence was frequently frowned upon by teachers and administration. Although the student handbook has always stated that parent involvement is necessary, my 'hands-on' parenting was not always welcomed. My best advice to incoming parents is to stand by your child. A child's education begins at home, continues with his parents'involvement, and eventually reaches a unique level as the successful student reflects upon his parents' support. Many thanks to those few teachers who have praised my efforts!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
I think that New Britain High School is a school where students are out numbering the teachers. it is over populated and thats what I hate about it.Besides the over population its a farly good school. the Education is extremely well(as long as u are in level 1 and higher).If u are into sports and music, it is also a good school. We have one of the top football teams and we have a great band. As well as the choirs.i believe this is one of the better schools in Ct.

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April 05, 2005
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March 29, 2005
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March 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 01, 2005
I also graduated from NBHS this past June. I believe I have turned into the person I am today thanks to that school. My class (2004) was extremely close and genuinely cared for one another. The teachers are outstanding, the music program is probably the best in the state ( I was proudly part of it), the football team is unbelieveable and the students themselves are so much more down to earth here. I have friends who go to surrounding town high schools such as Newingtown and Southington High and they always talk about how divided and full of cliques their schools are. NBHS is the total opposite and I will remember and treasure the times I spend there for the rest of my life. It is diverse and produces so many different learning experiences for the students that go there. Mallory Howard

- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2005
I am currently a sophomore at NBHS, and after reading some of the other reviews written by parents, I think that they shouldn't talk if they don't actually know what is going on in our school. Everyone knows that there are about 3200 students in our school, but that is the reason why there are so many problems. Students cant learn in a class with 27 students. And plus the school can't get enough funding for books. I think instead if critisizing what we have now, we should really look to buliding a new high school in the city of New Britain. I believe that is the only way to solve the problems in our school.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2004
I've have three kids in NBHS and such over croweded school has one of the biggest challenge to educate appropiately each individual attending. New figures are averaging 3800 students@about 38 per class. Disciplinary action is the key here to keep the concentration in the work. This seems to be the main focus at this school - and like my kids experienced it - very proffesional is carry out. Safety in these days is nothing to kid around with, neither does NBHS. With students from NY and other places like it, I feel safe with mine attending. Teachers are very understanding and patient. In general, I come to the school almost every week for some reason or other just keep a watch on my kids and I HAVE NOT bump into anybody that is impolite, unkind, or otherwise. NBHS is still a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2004
I think the Red and Gold Houses should be done away with and let the students go back to being students without feeling like they are crossing the line, literally. The students don't like this new procedure and neither do the teachers. I don't think it was thought out very well before being implemented. More thought should have gone into how it would affect both parties. New ideas don't always work the first time around. A serious compromise should be considered for next years classes. Students need interaction with all of the students, not just a selected few from their own 'House'. Bring NBHS back to the way it was and let their be 'One Voice' heard instead of 'Two Separate Voices'. Kittkat645@aol.com - Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
As recent as two years ago, the school looked as though it was starting to improve. But this new principal has made many changes, most negative. He is very unpopular by students and teachers by the ID issue and extra time. Even though there are more kids this year, there is less passing time resulting in traffic jams in the hallways.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
The new principal will spend money for new i.d. cards every three years even though the school has leaks and we don't have enough books for everyone. He is more concerned with disciplinary actions than the large class sizes. He doesn't let anyone have input into his 'great ideas' to make the school better,which aren't working.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2004
I'm the 3rd child to go through the New Britain School System. I must say that I'm proud to say I live in New Britain, and attend their schools. I find it beneficial that the school is large. When will you know everyone around you in the real world? As for the prinicipal, he replaced the retired one who worked as prinicpal for almost 10 years. Yes, the prinicpal has views that we dont all agree with, but the students and teachers at NBHS are wonderful and diverse. I would consider sending my kids here when that time comes. NBHS is a wonderful school to learn and grow in, and I wouldn't change it for anything. There are many extracurricular activities, and because we're considered 'inner city', we get many of these programs for free, when surrounding towns need to pay large sums for the same programs.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2004
I graduated from New Britain High this past June. I attended a private school up until the 6th grade and I enjoyed New Britain's school system more. Yes, New Britain High does have its problems. The new principal has instituted some ridiculous, and to some extent, problem causing rules rather than problem reducing rules. There are the occasional fights but that is normal with immature freshman. I was a part of the marching band throughout my four years and I loved the school. My best friends to this day are people from high school and the band. I'm sorry your experience at NBHS wasn't as good as mine, but I know our size never stopped anyone from finding an activity to participate in. I would recommend NBHS to anyone who asked. I got a great education, and it helped me get into Boston College.

- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2004
I have attended three high shchools in three years,(Due to my father being in the Army) and this is by far the worst high school I have attended. The school probably averages about two fights everyday, and those are the ones I see. The school is way too crowded. No student is allowed to wear shorts until June. One amazing thing is that teachers, security guards, and other faculty members allow students to smoke near the school building. Everyday after school students are right outside of their buses smoking. That has to be illegal right? The transportation system is horrible. Buses are notoriously late alot. Alot of students who would like to participate in school activities can't because the school has way too many students. I hope somebody could read this and help reporting these problems to a higher authority.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2004
When my daughter graduated from New Britain High it was a school to be proud of. Today, except for the music program the school is a nightmare. In the past four years the school has had two princpals and has grown to about 3000 students. Our new principal has instituted so many punishments for infractions that the students feel that they are in prison rather than school. For example, it can take 8 to 10 min to get from the gym to the third floor if a student is one minute late he gets a 10 min detention. Students are given 5 min to change classes. Because of the 'unplanned' overcrowding there are not enough books for all students. One of my sons is learning disabled and needs a book for every subject. He doesn't have one. In my opinion New Britain High is one of the State's worst schools

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August 22, 2003
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August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 22, 2003
I had three girls in NBHS one of them already graduated, a lot of people said that, New Britain High School is not a good school, but is not true. I'm very proud of NBHS and very proud to say that my daughters go there. They have the best Band in the whole state, the best football team and beside that the have the best kids. No one is perfect and nothing is but NBHS is the best.

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August 10, 2003
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New Britain High School
110 Mill St, New Britain, CT  06051
(860) 225-6351
Last modified New Britain High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Britain High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top