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Simsbury High School

Public | 9-12 | 1582 students

 

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Posted January 20, 2011

Teachers are fantastic, but the guidance dept is enept, principal is an elitist snob, spends more time at seminars and coffee socializing than involvement with actual student needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

The school took me in - the guidance department was great in helping me set goals and pick the right colleges to apply to. The sports program was very strong and we all had a great time team building
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

I have 4 children that went through SHS. All did sports, all succeeded academically. This school is better than private schools. The curriculum prepares them for college on an outstanding level. You would quite possibly be a fool if you didn't send your kids to this school over a private institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Simsbury High School is academically strong, but relies upon the motivation of its students to carry its reputation. If your child is not motivated, don't expect SHS to do much for him. Perhaps the new principal will rectify this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

SHS is a great place to learn. 95% of teachers really love their job. Core classes have curriculum that is reviewed and perfected annually so its basically customized around the classes in the school at the time. The current ronovation will make the 30+ year old school state of the art. SHS has unique electives that give students a head start for college. Great athletics give students something to put their time and passions towards. The Music department is easily the best in the state and one of the best in the country. Passionate teachers constantly push their students to acheive nothing but excellence but still have a soft and caring touch. I would have my children no where else but SHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

I have 2 children: SHS 2008 and 2004 graduate. Population places the highest value on children. Most teachers and children are driven. CAPT scores always at or near state highs. 92.6% earn 3 or higher on AP exams. Rigorous academics are combined with high participation and success in athletics/music/art. The SHS has won state championship(s) every year since 1992, when I came to town. Hartford Symphony performs annually with SHS music students. Joyful entertainment. Average SATs 582v/583m (2002) mean bright, diligent children in the bottom half of a highly competitive, not too diverse, class. State average is 502v/503m. Being average may be frustrating. Neil Sullivan, named Principal 9/2004, 7 years Vice Principal at SHS, and extensive building additions/renovations/improvements should maintain excellent educational services and student/teacher enthusiasm. Guidance said at Freshman breakfast, 27% of 2004 graduates were admitted to first tier colleges. Efforts must continue to realize college placements our well-prepared grads deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

SHS is an excellent school with many opportunities. Adaptable to every child. Excellent teachers, very dedicated. Unusually ambitious students. That can be overwhelming at times since the students can be competetive. A truly phenomenal school for the parent who wants the best for his/her child.
—Submitted by a student


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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 49% in 2012.

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

399 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

399 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%

Reading

All Students82%
Female90%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Writing

All Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 85% 62%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 5% 19%
Black 4% 13%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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34 Farms Village Rd
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: (860) 658-0451

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