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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
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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New Canaan High School is a top rated, public school located in New Canaan, CT. It has 1,266 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
Address
11 Farm Rd
New Canaan, CT 06840
Telephone
(203) 594-4600
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New Canaan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1290
449 responses
Average ACT
30
145 responses
AP Enrollment
31%

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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
$174,677
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,001
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,439,600
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
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  • 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
1,266
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
$87,731
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
$24,061/ 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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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.
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Had a great experience at the high school. There are talented faculty committed to helping students develop their abilities in a variety of different subject areas. The curriculum at the high school allows students to find their preferred course schedule, providing an adequate amount of rigor. The high school has a strong school spirit and culture that bonds the student body together, in addition to the staff. The guidance department is also very knowledgable and approachable.
The academics are excellent. The affluent town tries to acquire the best resources, teachers and administrators. There is competition with other county towns for the same. The elementary and middle schools follow suit - an expansion of the middle school was just completed. Sports are an important part of the experience with many students intending to play sports in college.