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Joel Barlow High School

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 10, 2010

disgrace of a school. fallen off the charts in recent years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 31, 2008

this school is horrible it made me so uprepared for college theteachers are highly disrespectful
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted February 2, 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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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.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
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98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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98%

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2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities87%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Reading

All Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
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 3% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
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 2%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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