Shelton High School serves 1,275 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 30%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 46% (which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 39%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 69% (which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 51%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the Connecticut state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Connecticut state average of 51% (majority Hispanic).
- Grades: 9-12
- Enrollment: 1,275 students
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
- Minority Enrollment: 36%
- Graduation Rate: 91% (Btm 50% in CT)
- Overall Testing Rank: Top 50%
- Math Proficiency: 46% (Top 50%)
- Reading Proficiency: 69% (Top 30%)
- Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CT Dept. of Education
Shelton High School's student population of 1,275 students has declined by 13% over five school years.
The teacher population of 100 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
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Total Classroom Teachers
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Shelton High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 940 schools in Connecticut (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Shelton High School is 0.55, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
State Level (CT)
Overall Testing Rank
#302 out of 940 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: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CT Dept. of Education
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Shelton High School's ranking?
Shelton High School is ranked #302 out of 940 schools, which ranks it among the top 50% of public schools in Connecticut.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
46% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 39% CT state average), while 69% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 51% CT state average).
What is the graduation rate of Shelton High School?
The graduation rate of Shelton High School is 91%, which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 90%.
How many students attend Shelton High School?
1,275 students attend Shelton High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
64% of Shelton High School students are White, 19% of students are Hispanic, 6% of students are Asian, 6% of students are Black, and 5% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Shelton High School?
Shelton High School has a student ration of 13:1, which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 12:1.
What grades does Shelton High School offer ?
Shelton High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).
What school district is Shelton High School part of?
Shelton High School is part of Shelton School District.
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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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