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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Joel Barlow High School is a top rated, public school located in Redding, CT. It has 1,008 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
100 Black Rock Tpke.
Redding, CT 06896
Telephone
(203) 938-2508

Joel Barlow High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1250
251 responses
Average ACT
30
111 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$129,643
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,475
National
$949
Median Home Value
$603,300
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    28%
  • Pep rally
    26%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Spring Fest
    11%
  • Musical Performances
    4%
  • Pep rallies
    4%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,008
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$89,919
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 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
$23,964/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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Their writing program is excellent. I feel very confident in my ability to articulate myself in most styles of writing.

The STEM department is strong. There are highly advanced classes as well as basic classes to fit the needs of the student body.

The extracurricular activities at JBHS are also very good. They range from sports to humanities activities to STEM activities.

My one criticism is that JBHS could do a much better job helping students get into colleges and universities. The writing program never addresses writing college essays. The common app is seen as a basic task, while it needs to be filled out carefully and deliberately.

Grade distributions at JBHS can be very uneven. There are some classes in which either no one or only a single person has an A' range grade. This is not reflected in the school report that admissions officers read and therefore makes the students at JBHS seem like less competitive applicants.
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I raised 2 boys through the Redding schools and our experience was wonderful through senior year at Joel Barlow HS. I have no negative comments and are thankful that my children received an amazing education while participating in sports and clubs that allowed them to flourish! My eldest was more than prepared when he went college; he commented that several of the required freshman courses were a repeat of classes he took in HS and he was not in AP.
Barlow is difficult- and intended to be so. For a public school, the standards set are intense, which means both that students are able to leave the school with more-than-ample preparation for college and beyond. The downside, however, is that many students have a rude awakening early on when it comes to adapting not only to the difficulty of the school, but the specific expectations set by each and every teacher, especially the English department as a whole. To a degree, it can feel impossible to succeed at times, yet Joel Barlow's English department does not want students to succeed- they want students to keep improving while standards become more difficult. It's a carrot on a stick, but it forces students to either be almost overqualified for some colleges or choose to fail.