By choosing the vehicle used in this blog, we are not expressing agreement with it. We do find it most convenient and comprehensive. We also think it allows for a starting point. There are various ranking systems used; checking some of the others, we find this one to be quite specific about its methodolgy, and the classifications are clear.
Whether one agrees with the rankings listed for all types of schools in Connecticut or not, we believe it is beneficial for several reasons; among them are:
- It provides a set of standards that parents, teachers, legislators and community leaders can use to evaluate foundational education overall;
- It helps those responsible to ask relevant questions and to make informed decisions.
- The ranking list the top 100 in each category, or as many as there are if less than 100;
- Also, the national list is helpful; it provides an opportunity to look at CT versus other states.
According to the report, the rankings are based on: “statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more.”
In addition to the Best Private High Schools, there are rankings in the categories listed below:
- 2016 Best Public High Schools
- 2016 Best Charter High Schools
- 2016 Best Magnet High Schools
- 2016 Best Catholic High Schools
- 2016 Best School Districts
2016 Best Private High Schools in Connecticut
There are 58 PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS RANKED IN CT. HOPKINS (located in NH) is ranked #3; CHOATE (located in Wallingford) is ranked #1, and HOTCHKISS SCHOOL (Salisbury Town) is ranked #2. Hamden Hall Country Day School (in Hamden) is ranked #21. See more details here: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/private-high-schools/best-overall/s/connecticut/
100 TOP-RANKING PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN CT FOR 2016
Top three ranked public high schools are: Staples High (Westport), New Canaan High and Wilton High. The top ranked high school in the NHPS system is ESUMS High ranked at #20 in the top 100. Amity Regional is ranked at #10. New Haven’s Cooperative Arts High is ranked #52. North Haven High is ranked #62. NH’s Hill Regional Career is ranked #72 and Common Ground is ranked #76. No other NHPS is ranked in the top 100.
There are not enough graded Public Charter High Schools in this region to display a ranked list. There are no Connecticut Charter High Schools among the top 100 schools nationally. You may search a different region or review the Charter High Schools national ranking here.
2016: Best Magnet High Schools in Connecticut – 26 Schools Are Ranked
NHPS have done well among the state’s 26 ranked Magnet Schools
- NHPS has 3 high schools in the top 10 ranks: ESUMS is #3; Cooperative Arts is #4; Hill Regional Career High is #8.
2016: Best Charter High Schools in America
Connecticut has no Charter schools ranked in the top 100 nationwide. Ranked #1 nationally is: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology Lawrenceville Township, GA
2016: Best School Districts in Connecticut (Only Top 100 Are Ranked)
Explore the best school districts in your area based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include: state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. Hamden, New Haven and West Haven did not place in the top 100. Amity ranked #11, Branford #41 & No. Haven #48. See how this ranking was calculated.
2016: Best School Districts Ranking Methodology
The 2016 Best School Districts ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a school district. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the district. For CT school districts: Westport is ranked #1 and Vernon is ranked #100. Amity is #11, North Haven is #48 and Hamden is #81.
“At the time of calculation, our database contained records for 12,153 school districts. School districts were not included in the ranking process if they did not have sufficient data. For more details about how we compute our rankings click here.”
On March 3, 2016, CT Mirror published an article titled: State releases grades for every school: http://ctmirror.org/2016/03/03/state-releases-grades-for-every-school/
ESUMS New Haven Public Schools’ Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) has consistently been one of the highest ranking public high schools and magnet schools in Connecticut. In this ranking it is #20 among high schools, and #3 among magnet schools. We congratulate the staff, parents and students at ESUMS, and hope that their ranking will continue to climb. Below is a link to an informative video program with the principals of some of New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) unique magnet school program recorded a few years ago: https://youtu.be/dc88PGh2APY Visitors can watch the entire program on YouTube.
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