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.
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.
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.
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.