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
New Canaan High School is an elite, public school located in New Canaan, CT. It has 1,250 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
11 Farm Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
Telephone
(203) 972-4444

New Canaan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1280
348 responses
Average ACT
30
123 responses
AP Enrollment
60%
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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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    31%
  • Turkey Bowl football game on thanksgiving day
    29%
  • Senior Prom
    17%
  • Christmas Ugly Sweater Day
    7%
  • NCHS Film Festival
    5%
  • Prom Fashion Show
    5%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,250
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$22,628/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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I adored my involvement with New Canaan High School in light of the scholarly difficulties and distinctive open doors for learning. I have never felt exhausted with my classes at New Canaan High School, and I am constantly given the chance to attempt new courses. The courses are thorough, however, they generally instruct and persuade me to attempt my hardest in everything. Despite the fact that I have had an extraordinary involvement with NCHS, my school is intensely weighted into their games groups, and I do wish there was more consideration on the things like Art Clubs and Art occasions and our school paper, which I am engaged with. Despite the fact that I take an interest in three games groups, I do feel like there ought to be more consideration regarding different parts of our school and our understudy body.
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I have loved my experience at NCHS starting on day one of entering the main building. The staff and students are helpful, the teachers want you to try your hardest, so they encourage and motivate you to push yourself academically. They also love to hear about their student's outside activities/extracurriculars they are involved with. Overall, a great atmosphere surrounds NCHS!
New Canaan High School has great academic resources if you are motivated and or smart enough to take advantage of them. It gives you the platform to get into any college that you want just like a private/boarding school does. Sports here are very dominant, especially lacrosse and football, with much of the accolades being given to athletes with little focus on students' academic accomplishments. The social scene here is very cliquey and it's ostensible if you just look around the caffeteria. Cheating on assignments and tests is pretty rampant here and although some teachers will be strict on that type of behavior, most look the other way; looking to keep their high-quality college matriculation churning. You'll have your pothead burnouts, but the stereotypical people here are taking AP classes, aiming for a top-tier college, all while being all FCIAC on a sports team, while hooking up and binge drinking on the weekend in their happily complacent parents' basements.