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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Wilbur Cross High School is a public school located in New Haven, CT. It has 1,488 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 15% of students are at least proficient in math and 28% in reading.
About Wilbur Cross High School...
Address
181 Mitchell Dr.
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone
(475) 220-7400

Wilbur Cross High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
28%
Percent Proficient - Math
15%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1070
192 responses
Average ACT
29
17 responses
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$58,093
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,322
National
$949
Median Home Value
$354,760
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 64 responses
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  • Pep rally, football games, track meets
    30%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Volleyball games,basketball games
    16%
  • Spirit week
    13%
  • Cross Drama's Spring Play
    9%
  • Band Performance
    5%
  • Report Card Night
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,488
Free or Reduced Lunch
64%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,321
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$20,695/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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Wilbur Cross High School is a good school if you actually put the time into learning there! For example, do not wait for your teacher to explain what you have to do or what the work is but ask and grab at the opportunity to actually put as much effort you can! Even though there are some teachers that would rather sit in their chairs and assign book work but as a student you could ask them any question it is up to you if you wanted to learn. However, that is mostly in basic classes, but if you attended ap or honors classes, teachers actually take the time to teach and work you hard till you understand the topic, which is the great thing of Cross. Wilbur across is a really good school but it is you who gets to pick how your high school experience was.
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What I like about Wilbur Cross High School is how easy the transition from middle school to high school was due to the input and help from the administration and teachers. I also appreciate the numerous opportunities we have available to us. For example, I was able to take three courses at Yale University through the College Before College program in New Haven as a Junior and Senior, absolutely free of charge. This experience allowed me to interact with the students and professors and also allowed me to get a headstart in my college experience.
What I would like to see changed is the Math curriculum the teachers follow. I feel like for the past three years, I have been learning the same things over and over again which I find to be annoying and not helpful when it came time for me to take the SATs for college requirements. Each year, we should be learning new material, not relearning old material because we forgot what we learned the year prior.
As a senior at Wilbur Cross High School, I can personally say that my four years here have been wonderful. This school is full of diversity and culture, which truly provides for a wonderful experience learning different cultures. The academic rigor, classes offered, and teachers are the best in New Haven. With AP classes, honors level classes, and college classes at Yale, Sourthern, and Gateway available, Wilbur Cross offers numerous opportunities for students to get the rigor and workload they desire as well as explore their academic interests before going to college.