This school is very strong academically for the state. There are many diverse classes and some great teachers. Although AP classes are not available until junior year, Essex has a strong AP and honors program. That said, there are plenty of bad teachers to go around. Essex is strong in its athletic program as well. All classrooms and labs are modern and IT is good at fixing problems. The janitors are helpful and always keep the school clean.
The school's wifi policy may be one of its greater faults as no students are allowed to use the wifi. The food at the school is average with a slightly better option available in the Rink Cafe a short walk away in the tech center. Overall, Essex is a strong school but must be docked for the teachers that shouldn't have any job in this high school.