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Posted 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

Posted July 4, 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.

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 3, 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

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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.
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Posted January 5, 2008

Unorganized, very overcrowded. Stressful environment.
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 3, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted August 4, 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

Posted 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

Posted April 9, 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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 1, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

528 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.

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All Students41%
Asian Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English46%


All Students47%
Asian Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English50%


All Students38%
Asian Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English43%


All Students63%
Asian Americann/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners39%
Proficient in English68%
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
Hispanic 55% 20%
White 25% 61%
Black 17% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 73%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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