July 15, 2015
I moved to New Canaan right before my sophomore year of high school. We chose New Canaan due to all of the wonderful things we heard about the school's academics. However, had we known what we know now, we would not have moved to New Canaan. Perhaps my experience would have been the same at another school, but as New Canaan is so highly spoken of and the faculty receives a higher salary than is usual for public school staff, expected much more. As it was my first year in New Canaan, I expected more from the school to integrate me into the system better, and at least explain things to me, like the login methods for computers and how PowerSchool worked to see my grades. However, I had no account to log in to school computers until a teacher took a class to the library and I used a classmate's computer to search for books, and I didn't have a locker until two weeks into school after my mom had to request one. My experience with my guidance counsellor was perhaps the most frustrating. When I did not know about the login for PowerSchool, she raised her voice at me and acted as if I were stupid. But for the entire first semester of sophomore year, no one had informed me of this, and as a student not moving from another school with an American system, there was no way for me to know that I would have my own login if I had not been told about one. This sort of voice raising had continued through the entire year, and by junior year, I did not want to visit the guidance office at all. I took French for the 3 years I was there. We found the the two women who subbed that year and my junior year are much more prepared to prep students for the AP exam. The French average exam grade much lower than the Spanish one. My brother is a freshman now, and he's had a concussion for the entire year. The school is responsible for finding an alternative if they are unable to keep him in their system. One alternative they came up with is located in Milford, which is a 40 minute drive. They said that the good news was the school would provide transport. The bad news is, he can't go on long drives without resting for a while after. Also, in the beginning of the year my mom emailed the nurse and all of his teachers, to tell them about the concussion. The nurse said she’d also emailed about it. On open house night, my mom found that the science teacher had no idea he had a concussion.
- submitted by a community member