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100 Black Rock Turnpike
Redding, CT 06896

(203) 938-2508
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April 02, 2015
In response to the parent on Feb. 6th 2015, I strongly disagree. We are taught from the moment we enter that education is the most important value in everything. We quickly become a part of the high school atmosphere in Freshman year. The administration do a great job as well, and there is actually a zero tolerance for bullying which is actually followed through. However, the security guards never seem to be at their desk to let people in the front door. Other than that it is a great school.

- submitted by a student

February 07, 2015
With the quality of the teachers and the small class size, I feel like my son is going to a private school. He loves going to school.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2015
Agree with other 2014 review. This school is the worst because of the administration from the superintendent through the principal, special ed director, assistant principals, and all administrators in between. Money is only spent on AP students and not a cent on struggling students. In fact, the unwritten policy I'd to make life miserable for struggling students until they leave. Children learn in this school to give up on learning. Those with money don't sue, just leave. Those who can't afford that stay too long, not believing adults trusted with kids could behave so dishonestly and reprehensibly. By then it's too late. The police rarely called for thefts, drugs paraphanalia, bullying...As a result these things continue rampant. Kids are high and drunk in school regularly. Security gards follow kids around and search them constantly. The administration fails to get trouble kids a real federally mandated education that is appropriate. This is the kind of behavior and philosophy that ends in real life tragedy.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2014
I agree with the former student. This school is a disgrace. The principal is completely out of touch with the student base, although he will tell you he's right on top of things. Don't even think of sending your child here unless they are AP level - they just don't care about the other kids; only their ratings and standings.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2014
I am a parent of three JBHS students and we have a vibrant, engaged learning community, teachers and administrators who care and places where all students can achieve.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
Joel Barlow is a wonderful HS that has a spectrum of classes to offer. The kids are nice and come from mostly affluent backgrounds. Most students are college bound. There are several sports offered. Perhaps the biggest need would be more spirit in the school. The cheerleaders are good and getting much better with their competitive cheer programs. Barlow needs a marching band program to further boost morale at pep rallies and games. This HS prepares kids well for college.

- submitted by a student

April 10, 2010
disgrace of a school. fallen off the charts in recent years.

- submitted by a student

August 07, 2009
Joel Barlow hosts an advanced and broad curriculum that can really accommodate every student. Academics are relatively rigorous in comparison to nearby schools but not unmanageable. The sport program is a bit lacking due to low school spirit but still has great coaches and moderate competitive success. Less a few, kids are generally pretty nice. Disagreeing with former reviews, the teachers range from mediocre to superb and communication is easy so long as you are proactive.

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 05, 2009
An amazing school. Barlow prepared my children wonderfully for college in a safe and caring environment. The increase in AP courses in recent years hs beefed up academics considerably.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2008
wide variety of interesting classes, freedom to personalize schedule, impressive collection of advanced computers and teacher aids, lacking in technical classes (vast majority of the student body is college-bound) building is ugly and dangerous, not to mention the smell some wonderful teachers, some terrible ones, like any other school guidance department needs work great art program

- submitted by a student

October 31, 2008
this school is horrible it made me so uprepared for college theteachers are highly disrespectful

- submitted by a student

November 27, 2007
In this school there are a good handful of helpful and quite competent teachers. There are many that are not. Many of the teachers are overly subjective about their grading. There is no communication between students and faculty - the root of the problem. Kids are always getting in trouble. Staff is stubborn

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2007
Academics are sound here, particularly for the student invested in learning. Administration extols rules over logic and times, and guidance could use help moving into the 21st Century. A good education if not a good experience of education...

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2007
The academics at JBHS are simply not up to par with those of area schools. The school ignores the academically needy and fails to serve the academically gifted. The teaching staff ranges from outstanding to miserable (with most of the staff falling in the miserable range).

- submitted by a student

February 02, 2006
Wonderful school, free from riff-raff. Teacher's don't have to waste their time disciplining anyone in these classes. Lockers do not need locks. There is a music program, however it is a bit lacking. I do believe they are working to improve this however. Excellent teachers. Recently updated building and school grounds set in the middle of a lovely town. School grounds are enormous and immaculate.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2005
Joel Barlow HS was the perfect environment for our daughter. Barlow provides wonderful challenges in curriculum and a rich variety of extra curricular and club opportunities. Teachers and administrators are involved, supportive and available. Building addition almost completed and provides for expanded language, math, science and writing labs. Parental involvement lacking through no fault of the school. Looking forward to sending my son to Barlow next year.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2004
Good academics, though some teachers are a bit iffy. Compared to other schools in the area, there are not as many sports offered to students. Construction and budget woes are of concern. Guidence department is not as involved as they should be. Excellent principle, though he is now going on to be superintendent.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
Rich curriculum opportunities, healthy sports and extracurricular programs, involved and availabe staff. Wouldn't send my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
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Joel Barlow High School
100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT  06896
(203) 938-2508
Last modified Joel Barlow High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joel Barlow High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top