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
Address
80 High School Lane
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
342 responses
Average ACT
30
115 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Turkey Bowl
    56%
  • Home cominng
    19%
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • Senior Watergun Fight in the Courtyard
    6%
  • Homecoming
    0%
  • Pep rallies
    0%
  • Spirit Week
    0%

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,365
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 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
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Darien High School Reviews

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The school is the best school to go to for four years if you are white, Christian, rich, straight and really into sports. Most of the minority populations could probably, and sadly, fit into a single class room. It is an overall safe place, in the sense that there are no fights in the hallways. There is the creation of an alternative high school program that will be located at the local library. Two of my most favorite high school teachers are heading the program and I couldn't be more proud. Two years ago in health, my favorite gym teacher said no one else thought we were old enough to watch the movie HAZE. It's about binge drinking and Greek Life in college leading to death. But, just the other day, admin had the entire senior class watch it in the auditorium. We are changing for the better.
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It is a pleasure attending this school so far! The classes are engaging and interesting, even in a stressful enviroment such as DHS. I have learned so much in my first year and am excited to learn so much more!
Disheartening when super skilled teachers are on staff, but due to internal politics, are relegated to beginner classes vs AP level. The new superintendent of schools has had a good start here, but there is more work to be done. There are certainly very caring teachers, unfortunately, when push comes to shove, while they care for students, they bow mostly to administrative/internal demands. They talk the "student-centered" talk, but could do more, when push comes to shove, to demonstrate this to their students/families.