Shelton High School
Shelton High School serves 1,444 students in grades 9-12.
Shelton High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Connecticut for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 51% (which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 71% (which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 58%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the Connecticut state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Connecticut state average of 46% (majority Hispanic).
Shelton High School's student population of 1,444 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 111 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
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Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
View the Shelton High School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:
Last Day of School [Shelton High School] [Public calendar]
June 23, 2022 (Thursday)
Shelton High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 957 schools in Connecticut (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Shelton High School is 0.46, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (CT)
Overall Testing Rank
#392 out of 957 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CT Dept. of Education
Shelton High does have a few good things about it. There are a wide variety of courses to explore, such as marine biology, herpetology, forensic psychology, statistics, current events, and more. It exposes you to all kinds of subjects, so you can discover what really interests you. However, many students in these classes are only there to fulfill credits, and don't care about the subject itself. But if you're there because you want to learn, it can be highly beneficial. Additionally, Shelton High takes college searching seriously and is very helpful in this aspect. Though I give the school credit where credit is due, I feel as though the negative aspects outweigh the good. Teachers can be a hit or miss. Some genuinely love their job and engage with students, whereas others are not. Many staff members are also biased against students, especially when it comes to dress code. Finding genuinely good friends is difficult. If you're not an outgoing, talkative person, people won't usually pay attention to you. Acceptance of minorities and the LGBT+ community is mixed. There are clubs and events dedicated to making people more educated and open-minded (i.e.: Gay-Straight alliance club, acknowledgment of black history month, etc), but there are students who are prejudiced against, or at least ignorant about, these groups. There's little support for students with disabilities and mental illnesses. I rarely feel safe at school. SHS is a rather large school in downtown Shelton, yet there are no metal detectors and only a few security guards. There are fights almost every week, and though most of them don't escalate, it can be very scary. There is little to no appreciation of the arts. A lot of funding is aimed towards athletics, but when it's time for budget cuts, art is the first thing to go. The sanitary conditions at Shelton are borderline unacceptable. The building is poorly constructed there are barely any windows, and almost no ventilation. The bathrooms reek of weed. I've seen garbage in the hallways and pieces of food on the ground (outside the cafeteria). Academic wise, Shelton is mediocre. If you work hard, you'll do just fine. I don't feel challenged most of the time, but it's not as if going to school here is a breeze. The difficulty mostly depends on whether you do your work. Like mentioned early, sometimes teachers are good, sometimes they aren't. You have to hope you get lucky. Though this has been my personal experience with Shelton, it's important to stay open minded attending school. If you go to Shelton High, or are going to attend Shelton High, I hope you have a positive experience with the school, even though I have not.
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