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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Daniel Hand High School is a top rated, public school located in Madison, CT. It has 1,153 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
286 Green Hill Rd
Madison, CT 06443
Telephone
(203) 245-6350
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Daniel Hand High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1250
466 responses
Average ACT
29
148 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$108,167
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,317
National
$949
Median Home Value
$432,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Senior Activities
    28%
  • Football games
    23%
  • Homeroom news
    23%
  • Tiger talk on fridays
    16%
  • Pep rallies
    5%
  • none
    2%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,153
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,377
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$19,445/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Daniel Hand High School Reviews

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Daniel Hand is as competitive as it comes when talking about public schools. The fantastic faculty is both engaged and qualified, most making significant connections with the students that in turn, lead to greater academic success. Athletics are highly emphasized. The students themselves are at times cutthroat and dangerously competitive, as expectations towards the college application process looms over most. Diversity cannot be found at Daniel Hand, with most students coming from caucasian backgrounds. "Madison bubble" can be used to describe the atmosphere within the school, however, the majority of students are politically and socially aware.
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I moved to Madison during my junior year of high school, going into Daniel Hand High School. The students were very friendly and open, the school is updated and new, and I was easily welcomed by teachers. Downsides would be guidance counselors, which everyone complains how unhelpful they are, and a confusion of schedule. When there are pep rallies, half days, and events happening during the school year, it is not clear as to when and what the schedule is.
My experience at Daniel Hand has been overall a good time. There is a wide variety of class options and I truly believe that anyone can find something they like here. There is also a range of difficulty levels for classes. It's very accommodating for students who struggle academically as well as those who want a rigorous course load. Not only does it offer many options for classes, but Hand also has numerous clubs that can fit anyone's interests. Whether someone has an artistic or musical talent, wants to volunteer in the community, or even just wants to make some friends in a social club, there is a club for everyone! There are lots of music groups, art clubs, and even a video game club. But if that's not enough, you can join one of the many sports teams. At Hand, students take pride in athletics and many times are successful in winning regional or even state level competitions. Clearly, Daniel Hand has something for everyone and I am glad to have spent my high school years there.