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Staples High School

Public | 9-12 | 1279 students

 

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 79% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

456 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities95%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Science

All Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities86%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities94%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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 90% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Connecticut High School of the Year, by Ct. Magazine (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30am
School end time
  • 2:15pm
School Leader's name
  • John M. Dodig

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Very active pta
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  • Our one and only school goal for the past four years has been "critical thinking". We are determined that critical thinking is taught in every class of every course.
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Westport, CT 06880
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