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70 North Ave
Westport, CT 06880

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(203) 341-1210
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April 11, 2014
Not academically rigorous, does not compare with private schools and boarding schools in CT. I was at private school all my life but I went to staples for high school, because it was supposed to be good and private school was getting expensive. I went to staples for a two years- I took a lot of AP classes and a lot of the teachers barely followed the strict "AP" curriculum, and did not prepare us at all for the AP tests. I did so well at staples in AP and honors classes simply because they were TOO EASY; and other kids do well for the same reason. It is a rich town so it does not face the troubles that other public schools in CT do (i.e. bridgeport central); so it rates high as one of the best/high funded schools in the state but it isn't necessarily the most rigorous. I went back to my old school , and I learned a much more there, from much better teachers who cared about their students, than I ever did at staples. The kids at staples were racist, homophobic, and just generally arrogant and mean. My peers from my private school were much more mature and humble, even though they came from the same wealthy backgrounds, and some wealthier, than staples kids.

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October 15, 2012
Staples High School when it comes to the facts is easily one of the top public schools in the Nation and even competes with highly regarded private schools. However when it comes to the true nature of the school, I find it not to be as perfect as its status. This school is the equivalent of Harvard in education and Alabama in football compared to other schools.: but its a public school. Believe it or not, that actually is one of Staples greatest faults. This school is built for students of the absolute utmost excelance on the sports field and in the classroom. If you are anything average, you don't really realize how special this school is because you dont get to play on the brand new turf field or take part in the incedible honors program. Here if you are a genius, an athlete or both you have everything but if not, Staples ranking in the nation isn't so easy to comprehend. I'm a 3.6 student who plays for a poorly respected Ice Hockey Team, but I love it. I just thought I'd offer the other side to a school which is almost always seen as being the best.

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December 23, 2010
Excellent school system, teachers, administrators, facilities, teamwork. Demanding academically, rich music and art program, excellent sports teams for both boys and girls.

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July 24, 2010
The School design assists students with A select atmosphere to study, the students have room to grow and have advantages of the most proper equipment in all areas of study and fitness.

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May 25, 2010
Great school if your kid is gifted. Otherwise, only so-so. School is big, so they can afford to lose a bunch of kids and still have good overall ratings. The principal said 90% of the kids at the school are successful (meaning they graduate). That leaves out 150 of the current students. That's a lot for an area as successful as Westport

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October 19, 2009
I think the school has gotten a little too big. My third child is a freshmen and my older two graduated in 2008 and 2009. Lately, it is harder to see teachers for extra help. Things can feel a little impersonal. Popular classes fill up quickly. It is very competitive because there are so many bright, athletic and talented students. There is a sense of entitlement and elitism among some of the students and parents. On the other hand, there are many great teachers and the kids come out of the high school well prepared for college.

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September 04, 2009
This school is incredible. Students are all friendly and pretty easy to approach. Variety of classes and quality of teachers and faculty are on par with most colleges. Being that it's located in one of the most successful zip codes in the U.S., there's a lot of pressure to try and do well, but what most students don't realize until after they've graduated is how well Staples rates against other high schools in the country; colleges know that Staples is much more challenging than the average high school, and that automatically gives everyone an edge over people from other schools. The one small complaint I could even think someone could make about it is that it's a bit large for a high school, but classes are capped at around 25, and you get to know your teachers really well. With a public school this good, private school isn't even worth considering.

- submitted by a student

December 16, 2008
this school is... special. no, but seriously, there's basically something for everybody. amazing sports, great theater program, and a club exists for anything you could possibly want to do (fly fishing anyone?) most teachers are good, i like all of mine. its kind of a lot of pressure, going to one of the best schools in the country and people expect a lot of you, especially in terms of college and stuff, but other than that staples = great!

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September 14, 2008
I've just started school here in staples, and it's been such an awesome experience. Teachers know what they're doing, and make class fun. They also make school..and learning enjoyable. Lots and lots Extracurricular Activities, lots of Parent Involvement and much better than other private schools. And also students are very nice and respect each other. ONE AWESOME SCHOOL. trust me.

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July 01, 2008
I am consistently impressed with the caliber of classes at Staples and the options given to the students. This town does care about education and is willing to spend the money to obtain a top notch school.

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March 30, 2008
This is simply one of the best high schools--public or private--in the United States. It's brand-new with state-of-the-art facilities, the academics are top-notch, and there are an absurd number of extracurricular opportunities.

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April 05, 2006
Completing huge expansion and renovation of the school. One of top 3 public HS's in the US for college placement - rivals most top private schools. Won football state championship 3 of last 4 years, making the Wreckers games a huge draw. Teachers are almost always top rate. Had some turnover at principal, but Dodig is doing a great job and seems stable in the job.

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Staples High School
70 North Ave, Westport, CT  06880
(203) 341-1210
Last modified Staples High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Staples High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top