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Mark T. Sheehan High School

Public | 9-12 | 952 students

 
 

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Posted April 16, 2013

This school did a wonderful job of preparing my child for college. The teachers were engaged, the class sizes were small, and the majority of my students friends were very well equipped to move forward with their education. There were many extracurricular activities and the campus is lovely. Beyond that, the administration went out of their way with my daughter, who grew up abroad since I was working overseas. The helped foster her confidence in taking courses in English for the first time in her life. I am very grateful to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

This school is really good in general. Although you may not mess with all the teachers you get, you will learn a lot from them. They use new, and creative approaches to give you the information you need to move on and be successful in your life. There are varying classes so that everyone can find something they love to do, on top of all the extracurriculars. There are also differing sports that are available for play at Sheehan. The students are reletivly kind, and everyone always pulls together when needed, such as with the recent budget cuts. Don't forget the powderpuff game either! As seniors all girls are able to play in a flag football game against Lyman Hall, the school's rival. It was originated here, and now is one of the biggest town events offered. It really demonstrates how close everyone is during the year at school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2009

Mark T. Sheehan is a really good school. It has a close community and 100% comfortable. Teachers very with personality but they are young and bright. Theres a lot of school activities, clubs, and sports. Rumors get around fast, they get around anywhere fast, but if you do good you have nothing to worry about. The guidence department is so helpful, and are authority has 0 tolerence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

Apart from an outstanding academic curriculum, Sheehan High School offers a plethora of extracurricular for students to participate in. Sheehan offers something for everyone, from a broad array of clubs (spanish, german, etc.) to competitive athletic teams (Sheehan's ice hockey team made it to the state semi-finals this past season: http://www.sheehanhockey.com )


Posted July 4, 2008

I have learned the following from my education at Sheehan, and Wallingford schools in general: My reading level was that of a 12th grade student when I was in third grade. I was able to to take CLEP examinations with minimal studying (just to refresh) and achieved almost near perfect scores in English and History; after attending 4 years of Spanish in this school, I am bilingual. Sheehan teachers are talented and superb. Please don't ever make the mistake that since Sheehan is public, why aren't the teachers at Choate? They could be, and some have been offered these chances, however, teachers are welcome to accept a better pay scale and better benefits. The majoity of teachers I had, received their masters as well, and have travelled in order to participate in sabbaticals. Please review the background of this school at their consistent high test scores. I was able to attend Smith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

This school is above average for a public school. The reason why this school doesn't get 5 stars is because it is full of people (as with any high school) that think they are 'rebels without a cause' Many student however grow out of this. Sheehan High is like this, doors of oppturnities are opened for you but it is your job to go through those doors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2007

Granted, I'm not a parent; however, I am a former student, and I believe this therefore qualifies me to evaluate the school's strengths and weaknesses. This school is not terrible. And there are teachers who can teach and who try their best to showcase their ability every class. But it could be better. And there could be more diversity and attempts to diversify. But that is more the fault of the town than the school itself, and for that I will simply stick to my initial opinion of 'this school is not terrible.' However, I do think that this is really all that can be said of Sheehan.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 28, 2006

As a former student I'd like to say that MTS prepared me emensly for college. I tested out of both Freshman English and all my math courses for college. The teaches are there for the students who need them and the new teachers blend right in .
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 12, 2006

This is a middle class school with potential. Their theatre arts program is wonderful. The teaching is somewhere in the middle as there are committed teachers as well as burned out teachers. I would like to see more teacher-parent involvement. It is in a quiet location with nice amenities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

This is a good middle class school. There are not alot of students per teacher which keeps the class size down. They have nice amenities such as a pool and planeterium which alot of others school do not.
—Submitted by a former 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.

218 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

224 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students45%
Female38%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%

Reading

All Students60%
Female67%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students47%
Female38%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Writing

All Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
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%
Hispanic 9% 19%
Asian 4% 4%
Black 3% 13%
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 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Wallingford, CT 06492
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