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New Fairfield High School

Public | 9-12 | 976 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 28, 2014

I graduated with a 4.0. I had a lot of academic support and did very well in college. But I was so miserable in high school I ended up in therapy and on various psychiatric medications. And you know what the administration told me? "You'd be surprised how many of our students are in similar situations.." So you're telling me that many of the students here are miserable? But all you do is make it worse and worse. Now they've made it even more academically challenging. That wasn't what they needed to do. The kids need more than 24 minutes for lunch. And not to be yelled at if it takes them 4 minutes instead of 3 to travel all the way from the pool to the corner classroom in the basement. And if they forget to sign into study hall but a teacher can vouch for them that they were there do they seriously deserve detention? That's what happens. All the school cares about is image. Nobody takes a moment to consider how this is affecting the students in the long term. I do not recommend sending your students to this school. It is filled with drama and is a corrupt system that is only seen after it is too late.


Posted July 23, 2013

This school lacks diversity in the worst way. The administration is very good at coverup. There priorities are not the children, only their image. I wish i would have known that before i enrolled my child. I hope this posting helps another family... We are moving
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

New Fairfield Schools. My Wife and I sent 4 Children through this school system. Three of them were inducted into the National Honor Society. All four of them graduated from college with at least a 4 year degree and one with a Masters degree. I think it is really amusing that most of the negative reviews about this school system were written by former students, most of whom were probably looking to blame someone for their own ineptitude. A good education starts with the correct values instilled. This enables a student to commit to the rigors of educating one's self because it is really not up to anyone else to do this for YOU. With all that being said, I am quite sure that there are individuals who may have some valid reasons for feeling negative about the system, and about themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I have two children in this school system and not only are they both happy kids but also on the honor roll as well. My oldest was behind in reading and with the extra help they received they are now top of their class. I find it comical that students are commenting. Considering they do not have the maturity to know the difference between this school and others. I did not grow up here nor did my spouse and we agree that this is a great school with a great community atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

I highly recommend not sending your child here. As I went through my education there i found many of the bad reviews here to be quite true. Much to my dismay i found teaching myself was more efficient, and if your not disabled or a genius there is no support or programs for you, your either dumb or smart... black or white. there is no diversity, teachers don't care with the exception of two in particular. Teachers choose favourites, drugs are rampant with no effort to stop that, if your not in a sport then your nothing, and there are next to no real extra curricular activities. The technology is sub par as is their history/global studies program. in the end your student will graduate with the ability to ace every test you hand them.. except the one we all face in life.. real life outside school, all your child will be able to do is what the administration wants them to.. and that's make a school look good
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2010

NFHS is a great school. Strong, caring principal/leadership, excellent teachers and challenging programs for college-prep students. Better than many expensive, private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I am 14 years old. I recently moved from CT and I went to NFMS. Fantastic school. Really nice teachers. Great Spanish Program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

My two children have just graduated from NFHS. Great teachers, great staff, great athletic facilities and programs, great parent involvement, and relaxed SAFE atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

We've moved here recently from an upscale Westester County community with great school system and were delighted to find the New Fairfield HS to be just as good if not better especially with their fantastic facilities, faculty and sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

I attend this school, sadly. For our junior year we have the option of taking 2 AP's , AP United States History, and AP Language and Composition. You would think that we would have the option of taking one or another, but we don't, which shows clearly, how messed up the school is. For those who didn't take AP European History last year (decent teacher- hard class) it's incredibly difficult many of my friends are unable to stay afloat, and ask 'How do you do it', and I respond, I already had AP's. This is unfair to the average student who merely wants to push themselves. NFHS has done nothing for me, if my mother hadn't decided to move to the 'country' out of the city then I would currently be attending a private school, which would prepare me more for college. But nonetheless, I am stuck here learning nothing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

Recently, a student lost a phone in my Word Processing class because she had left it out on her desk. She complained to the assistant principal and the entire class was called down during our next period class and we were put in a room. The assistant principals then left the room, telling whoever had taken it to leave it in the room and no one was going to be punished. Clearly, no one was going to admit to stealing the phone and nothing happened. What my main concern is, why did I miss a half hour of my AP Spanish class because a student left something they aren't allowed to even have in school out on a desk? This event convinced me that the new administration have no idea what they are doing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2007

If you have a choice, do not send your children to this school. The administration is only trying to make itself look good, headed by one of the worst, self-involved and oblivious principles to grace the education system. Granted that most schools are under pressure to have standardized test scores that meet system requirements, which she manages splendidly, but if you talk to the majority of the students, they will know little to nothing beyond the boundaries of their little town. Students are encouraged to take AP classes just for the sake of it, and there is little offered in between.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2005

I think it is rediculous that this school should have such a low rating. NFHS is a terrifuc school. The faculty cares a great deal about the well-being of the students, and they put a lot of effort into making sure students are actually learning and are prepared for their future. Having gone there myself, I saw no problems with the school, and any student with the privilege to attend there should consider themselves lucky to have such an opportunity presented to them. There are some horrible schools in CT, and NFHS is not one of them. The administration deals well with conflicts, rule-breaking, and they all make attempts to relate to students and help them in any way they can. This school has an excellent teaching staff that helped me immensely during my time there, and I find it disgusting that anyone would not appreciate how good NFHS really is.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 13, 2005

In 1988 the school won a national award for excelence in education, and the town has cut the education budget almost every year since. Teachers are paid below average salaries for the region. Most well-off families in this town send their children to private school. Those who go to this public high school deal with an institution which has had its accreditation threatened and frankly does not perform its function.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2005

I hated New Fairfield High School so much that after my freshman year there (1996) I paid tuition to attend Danbury's public high school for the next three years. It was worth every cent. NFHS had no diversity, apathetic teachers Their arts program (if you could call it that) was severely lacking as well.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 92% 61%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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54 Gillotti Rd
New Fairfield, CT 06812
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Phone: (203) 312-5800

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