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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 952 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
Address
100 Black Rock Tpke.
Redding, CT 06896
Telephone
(203) 938-2508
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Joel Barlow High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1260
334 responses
Average ACT
30
135 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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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
    C+
Median Household Income
$129,763
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,586
National
$949
Median Home Value
$597,500
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 56 responses
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  • Spirit week
    27%
  • Pep rally
    23%
  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Spring Fest
    11%
  • Sports events
    7%
  • Musical Performances
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
952
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.3%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
74%
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
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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My experience at Joel Barlow High School was good. The majority of teachers were amazing and incredibly helpful. They truly help you prepare for college... although that had its ups and downs. The amount of coursework at the school is overwhelming, having to complete hours and hours of homework each night. This did make the high school to college transition easier, but I could even argue that I had more work in high school than I do now! Since I've graduated, the school has had to let go of some of my favorite teachers and guidance counselors. I truly hope that the school is similar to how I remember it, despite the absence of these influential adults, because I can honestly say I had a great high school experience. There are opportunities for all students, whether that be in theater or sports.
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I think that Joel Barlow has an extremely rigorous, challenging, and excellent academics program that will prepare kids EXTREMELY well for college. A majority of the teachers are hardworking, fantastic, intelligent, and kind educators who are excited and motivated to see the kids succeed. Going to Barlow gives you an extremely big leg up especially in the college admissions process due to how rigorous the curriculum is even in the "average" classes. I think Joel Barlow is easily one of the best schools in the state academically. However, diversity is definitely not one of Barlow's strong suits due to the fact that there is not a lot of socioeconomic diversity with a majority of the school's population white and higher middle class. I would say that bullying is definitely not a prevalent issue in my opinion but if you do have an issue, there is a large number of resources as well as an administration that will act swiftly and take any complaint seriously.
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.