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-
Joel Barlow High School is an elite, 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, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% 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
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1250
241 responses
Average ACT
30
111 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
85%
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 35 responses
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  • Spirit week
    34%
  • Pep rally
    26%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Spring Fest
    11%
  • Musical Performances
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

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%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 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
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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Joel Barlow High School Reviews

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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.
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Joel Barlow High School is a great school for those hoping to attend college. The academics are slightly limited but taught by very qualified teachers, some even with doctorates or degrees from Ivy League colleges. Diversity is low because the high school is mainly attended by the wealthier, primarily white, residents of Redding and Easton CT. But some benefits of the wealthy, "small town" vibe are the amount of parent involvement and safety. Both of which, are high.
Barlow is part of a loving community that really prepares you for the real world! I have heard that If you take the AP classes, you will be all set for college. There is always help at Barlow! I have made so many new relationships that will last forever!