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72 Strobel Rd
Trumbull, CT 06611

(203) 452-4555
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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 25, 2015
In the honors and AP classes, they are fine. In lower classes, not so much. The math department seems to have a plethora of bad teachers. I haven't met a single parent who has been happy with the child's math teacher.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Agree
June 25, 2015
You have to fight through the system, so the student has to be very determined if they want to succeed.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2015
In some ways THS is a reasonable large public high school. I am impressed with the guidance counselor that I have found to be very wise and helpful. AP courses definitely have the best teachers and my kids have enjoyed them. The math department is inadequate, however, and I have also had the experience of a teacher promising a particular class depending on grades and then going back on the promise. None of my kids have had excellent, or even good, math teachers. In one of the classes this year 75% of the class failed the final. When I called the school they said that wasn't true, despite the fact that the class had been berated by the administration already. There are four HUGE problems, apart from academics, in the school-the first: discipline. For the teachers to report someone, it is very unwieldy, so teachers don't report, either cheating, lying or vaping with e-cigarettes. Vaping is rampant in school, in front of teachers. In classes, this means that the teachers don't reprimand students even if they are being disruptive. No one gets sent out of classes as far as I can tell. Second: diversity, as people below said, is very problematic. There are no training programs; no one seems to mind who says what to whom and the atmosphere can be quite toxic. Three: the band. The school invests a lot of time, money and energy into the band at the expense of other things. Band kids get favored and are let off assignments when they are too busy. If they spent more time on training the math teachers and less on band, I think it would be very useful. Talking of money-we haven't had a full time district coordinator of curriculum for a while. The town spent $90,000 on someone to oversee the parks and golf course, however! This is the wrong emphasis. The Board of Education does not solicit feedback from the parents and neither does the school. Four: the school is very crowded and claustrophobic when classes transition. My daughter is constantly getting shoved and pulled with her backpack.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2014
Trumbull HIgh is a very large school that offers an amazing number of activities; drama, athletics, marching band and clubs. It's a perfect school for those who are confident and assertive. It will be a LONELY 4 years if you go in with few friends and are shy and don't make yourself participate in after school activities. Participating is the only way of making close friends since the school is so large. Academically i have no complaints. My daughter is in honors and AP classes and has great teachers. She had an issues in a couple of classes and my emails were answered immediately. Her guidance counselor was also very responsive. A rating of 5 would be in order if you are basing it only on test scores.. I rate it a 3 since this school is definitely not for everyone and there is a certain lack of that community feel due to its size.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2014
honestly id give this school 0 stars..i was there for 4 years and hated every minute from the second i walked in to the day of graduation. horrible school and teachers dont care and favortism and racisum is a big problem in this school i cant say I liked anything because i jus didnt...i wouldent rcommend anyone to go to this school. WORST SCHOOL EVER, IT RUINED MY HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE!

- submitted by a community member

April 22, 2014
My son graduated from Trumbull High, Trumbull High had him well prepared for college and becuase of that he has done well

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2014
Trumbull High is a 5 star school. I had three kids graduate from there - each went on to a successful collegiate experience and, the two that have already graduated have succeeded in acquiring exceptional employment. All three of my children said the same thing to me, "My senior year at Trumbull High was the best year of my life." Of course, since then, they've had many wonderful years and I'm delighted that they started in Trumbull.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2013
This school is terrible. My son was in Algebra I math class last year. He was told by his teacher, if he got an A average in the class and nothing less than an A- on each of the tests, then he would be in the honors Algebra II class. He did his part, he worked very hard, studied and got the A's. He had checked back in with the head of the math department half way through the year, and they confirmed he would be in the honors Algebra II class if he kept up his grades through year end. The school broke their promise. They told him the honors class was full after he got his final grade of an A (and all A- or above on tests throughout the year). My son worked hard, getting A's all through the year. Trumbull High School math department has an obligation to put him in the Honors Algebra II, but they made excuses. instead they then told him he would have to take yet ANOTHER test, and if he got an A on that..... This also effected his honors chemistry class he was registered in, his science teacher put him in honors chemistry, but the Trumbull school pulled him saying he had to be registered in honors Algebra II. THIS SCHOOL IS TERRIBLE.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2013
I can't tell you how much i love trumbull high. Every single school is going to have it's flaws, and we're blessed that the flaws we do have are so minor.

- submitted by a student

April 08, 2012
The school is rated "Great" according to its CAPT scores! That explains why the administration of the High School as well as the Board of Education do their best to ignore the myriad of serious issues the school faces. Anyone who has not sipped the Kool Aid knows that THS is mediocre at best for anyone other than the top 30 or so students per grade. The curriculum is not available to the public--why?, the faculty is inconsistent (except for those teaching the AP courses) in their overall quality and their professionalism, the facilities are poor given the amount of taxes the town collects, the sports programs are pay-to-play and the funds are so unevenly distributed as to discourage a critical-thinking student's participation, and the town politics regarding education are embarrassing to any of those people who are "life-long learners" or "critical thinkers", which THS purports to create. Recommendation: All new THS administration (and BOE for that matter) replace about 1/2 of the teachers, and write a curriculum that reaches beyond the meager goals of high CAPT scores and a handful of highly-ranked college/university acceptances per year. THS earns, at best, a C-.

- submitted by a teacher
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March 07, 2010
I am the parent of two boys at trumbull high. I am thrilled with the education, courses available and the sports program.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2009
I am currently a senior at the school and although the school has many flaws, i wouldn't be the person i am without haveing atteneded this school.

- submitted by a student

January 11, 2009
I graduated last year and honestly it's a great school for academics. like ANY OTHER high school it's not perfect and teachers in any high school will play favoritism, if you pay attention and go to class you will learn a lot and there are some fantastic teachers at THS as well. And to the freshman student, you still have three years left things will change A LOT..trust me on that.

- submitted by a student

March 25, 2008
While the physicality of the school might not be up to date like Staples or other public schools, Trumbull High School has great teachers. I feel as if I was challenged more in high school than I am in college. Yes I'm being challenged more in college in terms of knowledge but my teachers in high school gave me the knowledge I needed plus real life advice and in particular cases, added wisdom to life.

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2008
This school is a horrible school and I encourage all of those wanting to go to this school to reconsider. I am a Freshman student at THS and scored a 1200 on my SATs this year. This school has done nothing to encourage me academically and discouraged me from succeeding. I am in all honors classes and I can personally say that the teachers are horrible. The play favorites too often and the tests are designed for one not to succeed. They also do not caare about the individual only how high the group can score on the CAPT test.

- submitted by a student

November 01, 2007
Trumbull High is a good school academically, however, as a student from THS, that is the only thing that is good about the school. The students don't even have school spirit. We had to cancel our homecoming dance because we couldn't get enough people to go. Most of the students smoke, in or out of school. When it rains the ceilings often leak, and janitors have to wheel trashcans into the middle of the hallway to catch the raindrops. Once I saw a piece of the ceiling that actually came apart and fell down.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2007
Trumbull High School is a good school. The music program is one of the best in the country. My daughter was in the band for her first two years. Violence is at a minimum, but culture acceptance as you can see first hand, from one of the previous parents is not. Trumbull needs to move forward and start accepting diversity. This is indeed a huge problem that needs to be recognized. And again, it comes from parents like that. Jersey should have done their research before they invested in a measley $11,000 a year. They should move to Darien, where I moved from. The taxes will be a heck of a lot more, but you won't have issues with lower level students being bussed from other towns. (as they stated) I'm sure that they received a better education from Joysee. Perhaps Trenton??

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2006
THS, like any school has strong and weak points; however, for students who seek academic excellence, it is available. Trumbull HS has an excellent selection of AP and Honors classes for those who are willing to put in the work. Like all schools, there are many excellent teachers and some who are less than excellent. Extracurricular activities include numerous sports, clubs, music, etc. Students, however, must take initiative in order to take advantage of the opportunities. Some of the outstanding opportunities at THS include working on the THS nationally-recognized yearbook, participation in the nationally-recognized 'We the People' team, participation in the excellent choir (two years in a row at Carnegie Hall) and marching band (award winning), a wonderful selection of sports teams, and other activities, too numerous to mention. Students who don't take advantage of at least some of these opportunities have truly missed out in maximizing their high school experience.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2005
I hate to say but Im also very disappointed. Having moved to CT from NJ I expected alot more.Im considering pulling my children out and sending them to private schools.They are miserable there.Its too crowded due to children being bussed in from towns of lower means,which I find very disturbing since I pay over 11,000.00 a year in property taxes one would think the town would have a better high school. It cant compare by far to the school they went to in NJ where EVERY student had their own laptop.(yes a public school ,and I paid lower taxes)Here they cant even keep mouses on the computers without them getting stolen.Im very dissapointed and wished I had moved elsewhere in Fairfield county. I have to agree with the other parent about the teachers.Ive had 2 similar experiences.

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November 08, 2004
i feel this school is much of a disappointment to me, my child puts much effort into her work and these teachers (not saying all of them) are using much favoritism on most of the work, i check my childs work each and ever day and if this is how it is id rather pay good money for teachers to help my child not humor them.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2004
This is a great school. There are a lot of activities for kids to do. They also have a very good education program.

- submitted by a student
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Trumbull High School
72 Strobel Rd, Trumbull, CT  06611
(203) 452-4555
Last modified Trumbull High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Trumbull High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top