A+
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
Darien High School is an elite, public school located in Darien, CT. It has 1,356 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
80 High School Ln.
Darien, CT 06820
Telephone
(203) 655-3981

Darien High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1300
387 responses
Average ACT
30
138 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Turkey Bowl
    53%
  • Home cominng
    16%
  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • Pep rallies
    5%
  • Senior Watergun Fight in the Courtyard
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,356
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$20,891/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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Very homogeneous but it's not impossible to be yourself. Ridiculously good at sports- there are no places for kids who just want to play a sport for fun or haven't been in the junior leagues since at least elementary school. Everyone goes to college, so you have plenty of people involved in the process and can lean on your friends. No swimming pool! (This upset the community during it's construction in 2005 and led to accusations of YMCA conspiracies.) The teachers are great but not all of them are easy to talk to after hours.
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Darien offered me the best of clubs, courses, and teachers. My mathematical modeling club, my Mu Alpha Theta (math club), Physics Club (Jets), and Spanish course all earning national recognition and some placing top 10 nationwide in competitions. The school offered me a sophomore college class, Multivariable Calculus, as well as two years of AP Physics, which is uncommon in most schools. I have to say I would like to see more people able to take these top courses than the select twelve of us in both our second year AP physics class and Multivariable (due to restrictions). However, the education provided was top notch.
Teachers, counselors, and administrators are all very invested in the well being and futures of all students. There are a great number of student resources and opportunities to get involved. VERY little diversity but overall an invaluable educational experience. I feel very well prepared for college.