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C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
James Hillhouse High School is a public school located in New Haven, CT. It has 913 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 8% of students are at least proficient in math and 22% in reading.
About James Hillhouse High School...
Address
480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone
(475) 220-7500
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James Hillhouse High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
22%
Percent Proficient - Math
8%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
960
138 responses
Average ACT
19
21 responses
AP Enrollment
9%

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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$35,800
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,017
National
$949
Median Home Value
$149,537
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
46%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Talent show because it's funny
    37%
  • Thanksgiving football game
    26%
  • Pep Rally
    19%
  • Class
    7%
  • The talent show brings everyone together.
    7%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
913
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,321
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.2%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$20,695/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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One major problem in the school is there is a culture between all of the AP classes where the teachers do not expect most students to pass the AP exams. This means that teachers don't teach the subjects to the extent they should in order to prepare students for the exams as they've already accepted that most students won't pass. Hillhouse also cuts a lot of AP courses! There is a very small selection of AP classes to take, which really hurts student's college choices. Just this year, 3 weeks into the year, they cut every AP science course in the school! After talking to district representatives and city officials, my family was able to save one of the four AP science classes. One last problem with the school is the lack of extracurriculars. The only two clubs that are advertised in the school are the math team and the Esports club. This gives academically driven students only one club option that bolsters their college applications. The only bonus is the school’s proximity to Yale.
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I'm proud to rep HH, just graduated C/O 2018 my guidance counselor Olafemi Hunter was the absolute best before I met him I was following a fake dream to please my family he made me follow my passion and pushed me to want to go to college an HBCU at that! As far as the food I give it a 2 star I haven't been in the cafe for any meal for my entire senior year. Teachers hmm majority that I had were highly dedicated and informative, they have a slight lack of resources but make it work. We have a lot of technology to use in school, chromebook laptops, iPads, Apple computers, and Miscosoft desktops in the library so there's more than enough options for you to choose from. The clubs were nice I was on the math team and Pathways To College. So many opportunities here as well, I did an paid internship at Yale New Haven Hospital for three terms, took an Arabic class at Yale University,and got my first aid/CPR/AED certification they offer so much just look for it.
When I attended James Hillhouse High School 2011-2015, it was very different. I wasn't expecting that atmosphere at all. One thing I will suggest is that they focus less on creating athletes and more on creating career oriented students.