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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
    A-
Newtown High School is a highly rated, public school located in Sandy Hook, CT. It has 1,679 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
12 Berkshire Rd.
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Telephone
(203) 426-7646

Newtown High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1230
398 responses
Average ACT
28
160 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$110,036
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,366
National
$949
Median Home Value
$402,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • Prom
    28%
  • Spirit Week
    21%
  • Senior Night
    18%
  • Sport Events
    16%
  • Spring Musical
    14%
  • Homecoming
    2%
  • Poetry Out Loud
    1%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,679
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.44 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,694
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.9%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.65 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,444/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
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I had a great time at Newtown High School. I am a current alum and sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. The academics were excellent and I had very good relationships with my teachers. My math and computer science teacher was a big influence on me to continue my education in computer science and specialize in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The only shortcomings were some bad experiences with sports coaches/ how the teams were run and a change in the administration after a principal, that the entire student body greatly admired and respected, left the district and Newtown received a new principal.
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The academics were excellent. For the most part, all my teachers were very knowledgeable and helpful. The counseling department did a very good job guiding me through the college process, and I feel confident in the education I received. I always brought lunch from home, so this didn't really affect me, but I know that the cafeteria food was awful all around. Few lunches went by without someone complaining at least once. Newtown was always very good with sports, and students were always enthusiastic about home football games. I think it was harder than it needed to be to start a club, and there were a few to many restrictions on them.
The school isn't very diverse and the students are very cliquey. The food in the cafe is overpriced and not very good. Sometimes they don't even have food by the time third wave rolls around because they are afraid of making too much. The teachers are very kind and understanding and do well in preparing students for college. And because of our location, we are very safe; there is always a security guard present. Basically, to sum it up, the students aren't very good but the education aspect is better than average.