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Stamford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1812 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 8, 2013

Shs is a really good school if you take advantage of what it has to offer. The problem is, several people don't and that's why the school gets a "bad" reputation in some ways. This school has it's issues just like any other school but some of the negative publicity it gets is really blown way out of proportion. And it's funny because in my experience, a lot of the people who criticize shs and whs the most never went to either school. A lot of the teachers and very good and so are the facilities and extra curriculars. It's also not a cliquey environment because there are a lot of different kinds of people and if you choose your friends wisely you won't run into trouble. I'm in college now and I feel like this school really helped me prepare.


Posted December 2, 2011

Very unstable school, vice principals tried to overthrow he first permanent principal that had been hired in 8 years due to the inability of her to do her job properly. Teachers are overall very good, some very good, others not so much, all depends on the teacher. Guidance department is a negative for the most part with some bright spots but majority of the department, including the department head, are unsatisfactory. Large variety of student activities due to great diversity. School is very unstable and constantly changing with teachers leaving often because they do not like the environment that was created.


Posted October 4, 2009

Creative, innovative teachers, guidance counselors that care, great extra-cirricular activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers, guidance counselors, and coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I am very happy with Stamford High. Guidance Dept. is great and the teachers are excellent. The students here are very accepting of new and transfer students unlike some local private schools where the girls in particular are very, mean and do not include new students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

Why anyone would want to know this much about Stamford High School is beyond me however, as a current student, of four years, I have seen the good the bad and the ugly. Stamford High, unlike most Schools in neighboring towns, is rich in culture and diversity. Stamford high certinly has a rigorous academic program if one is willing to step up to the challenge. if not, it can become a cakewalk for the intellegent yet under motivated children. The staff is definitly wonderful and most will go beyond what is asked. Besides academics, music, art and sports as well as extracurricular activites is to the utmost importance at stamford high and develops a strong, well rounded individual that is necessary for the future. In short, Stamford High is higly critisized for being a 'bad school' but this is nothing but a fabrication, I would send my kids to Stamford high!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2005

Stamford High School is a complicated school to describe. As a former student, I feel that SHS has changed over the years as far as the academic level is concerned. The English department is spectacular. Some of the English teachers are very highly qualified, and they're teaching style is by far the best I've seen. Music and the arts are very much appreciated at SHS. With various choral and instrumental groups, as well as an art society and art shows throughout the year, music and art play a humungous role in the lives of the students. The extracirriculars include student-made clubs, i.e. Anime Club, as well as Chess Club and 4-H Club...not to mention the various community service clubs that are so available. All in all, SHS provides a great learning environment to those students willing to lean.
—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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

445 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

460 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

452 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students32%
Female26%
Male36%
Black9%
Asian American70%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English33%

Reading

All Students27%
Female32%
Male24%
Black11%
Asian American50%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English29%

Science

All Students28%
Female25%
Male31%
Black11%
Asian American35%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English30%

Writing

All Students45%
Female56%
Male35%
Black26%
Asian American70%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English48%
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 40% 62%
Black 28% 13%
Hispanic 27% 19%
Asian 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Stamford, CT 06902
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