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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
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
New Canaan High School is a top rated, public school located in New Canaan, CT. It has 1,284 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

New Canaan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1300
499 responses
Average ACT
30
168 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$192,428
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,081
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,420,000
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
77%
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 46 responses
  • Spirit Week
    28%
  • Turkey Bowl football game on thanksgiving day
    28%
  • Senior Prom
    17%
  • Christmas Ugly Sweater Day
    7%
  • Prom Fashion Show
    7%
  • NCHS Film Festival
    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
1,284
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,717
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.7%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 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
$28,443/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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I really like New Canaan High School because of its positive learning environment, variety of options for courses, and dedicated teachers. The students are relaxed and pleasant, making going to school both fun and educational. There are multiple different levels of difficulty for almost all courses (such as Honors and AP classes), and there are many different choices for electives, spanning from woodworking to fashion merchandizing. Finally, the teachers are all very dedicated to their work, focused on improving the educational environment of their students, and widening knowledge of their respective topics. Overall, New Canaan High School is a great place to learn.
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New Canaan High School is an excellent high school in the safe and supportive town of New Canaan, Connecticut. The administrators and staff are always committed to helping students and supporting them to the best of their efforts. NCHS provides students with a wealth of resources and extracurricular opportunities and graduates classes well-prepared for college and future endeavors. As a school community, the culture at NCHS is addictive. Whether through pep rallies, school-wide assemblies, or large sporting events, one can always find members of the staff and student body supporting athletes and coaches on and off the fields. In addition, the arts are encouraged and appreciated through art shows and displays throughout the school. While NCHS is somewhat secluded and limited in its diversity within its student population, students are inclusive and kind to all. Ultimately, New Canaan High School is an excellent place that supports all students and faculty and all are treated well.
The past four years at New Canaan High School have been really great. I have taken a multitude of classes that I've loved being challenged by the rigorous load. I have had so many great teachers who've made themselves available in times when I've needed extra help or needed to talk about an issue. I was fortunate enough to have so many resources at my fingertips. As Editor in Chief of my schools' yearbook, my school had a whole computer room of mac computers loaded with the adobe suites package. Overall I would say that there is a lack of diversity at my school. And there is a lot of pressure to succeed and to go off to a great college which at times is overwhelming but I think that to an extent the pressure makes students work harder to be at their best.