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The Grade is Out: How Do Branford Schools Compare?

Branford’s four-year graduation rate second best among area schools.

According to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s 2010 statistics released yesterday, “Connecticut's graduation rate showed a slight improvement in 2010, but nearly 1 in 5 students still failed to complete high school in four years.”

Among area schools, comes in with a solid 89.9 percent four-year graduation rate, slightly behind Guilford who has a rate of 95.1 percent.

Branford's students eligible for lunch assistance had a graduation rate of 73 percent. Branford's graduation rate is slightly higher than Guilford and North Branford in this category but behind East Haven who has 83 percent graduation rate for those students receiving lunch assistance.

Branford's hispanic population had the lowest rate among all demographics with 66.7 percent graduating in four years, compared to 91.7 percent of whites who graduated in four years.  

District Name Category 4-Year Graduation Rate Still Enrolled Non-Completers (Certificate Of Attendance) Other Branford School District All Students 89.9 4.1 0.0 6.0   Hispanic 66.7 11.1 0.0 22.2   Non-Hispanic 90.6 3.9 0.0 5.5   Indian * 0.0 0.0 0.0   Asian 79.0 5.3 0.0 15.8   Black 80.0 0.0 0.0 20.0   White 91.7 4.0 0.0 4.3   Male 90.7 4.7 0.0 4.7   Female 89.2 3.6 0.0 7.2   ELL * 0.0 0.0 33.3   Non-ELL 90.1 4.1 0.0 5.7   Eligible For Lunch 73.0 8.1 0.0 18.9   Not Eligible For Lunch 92.1 3.6 0.0 4.3   Special Education 75.8 21.2 0.0 3.0   Non-Special Education 91.6 2.1 0.0 6.3 District Name Category 4-Year Graduation Rate Still Enrolled Non-Completers (Certificate Of Attendance) Other Guilford School District All Students 95.1 2.8 0.0 2.1   Hispanic 71.4 28.5 0.0 0.0   Non-Hispanic 95.7 2.2 0.0 2.2   Asian 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0   Black * 0.0 0.0 0.0   White 95.4 2.3 0.0 2.3   Male 95.0 2.8 0.0 2.1   Female 95.1 2.8 0.0 2.1   Non-ELL 95.1 2.8 0.0 2.1   Eligible For Lunch 71.4 28.5 0.0 0.0   Not Eligible For Lunch 95.7 2.2 0.0 2.2   Special Education 79.4 20.5 0.0 0.0   Non-Special Education 97.2 0.4 0.0 2.4   Hispanic 76.6 6.3 0.0 17.2 District Name Category 4-Year Graduation Rate Still Enrolled Non-Completers (Certificate Of Attendance) Other  North Branford School District All Students 84.9 4.1 0.0 11.0   Hispanic * 0.0 0.0 0.0   Non-Hispanic 84.5 4.2 0.0 11.3   Indian * 0.0 0.0 0.0   Asian * 0.0 0.0 0.0   Black * 20.0 0.0 0.0   White 85.1 3.7 0.0 11.2   Male 82.6 5.4 0.0 12.0   Female 87.5 2.5 0.0 10.0   ELL * 0.0 0.0 0.0   Non-ELL 84.8 4.1 0.0 11.1   Eligible For Lunch 71.4 4.8 0.0 23.8   Not Eligible For Lunch 86.8 4.0 0.0 9.3   Special Education 53.3 26.6 0.0 20.0   Non-Special Education 87.9 1.9 0.0 10.2 District Name Category 4-Year Graduation Rate Still Enrolled Non-Completers (Certificate Of Attendance) Other East Haven School District All Students 87.3 6.6 0.0 6.2   Hispanic 77.3 4.6 0.0 18.2   Non-Hispanic 88.2 6.8 0.0 5.1   Asian 90.0 0.0 0.0 10.0   Black 75.0 25.0 0.0 0.0   White 88.6 6.4 0.0 5.0   Male 82.8 9.4 0.0 7.8   Female 91.6 3.8 0.0 4.6   ELL 77.8 11.1 0.0 11.1   Non-ELL 87.6 6.4 0.0 6.0   Eligible For Lunch 83.0 5.7 0.0 11.3   Not Eligible For Lunch 88.4 6.8 0.0 4.9   Special Education 63.3 26.6 0.0 10.0   Non-Special Education 90.4 3.9 0.0 5.7

For details on four-year graduation rates by district and school, please visit the following sites:

District: http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/GraduationRates/byDistrict.xls

School: http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/GraduationRates/BySchool.xls

Rosemary Booth December 30, 2011 at 01:32 PM
The curriculum at BHS leaves a lot to be desired. Little attention seems to be paid to the overall curriculum for each student over the 4 year period resulting in some huge educational gaps. Whatever happened to history, geography and grammar? Some of the graduates seem almost illiterate.
victoria verderame December 30, 2011 at 02:03 PM
I tend to disagree with you, Rosemary. I graduated from BHS in '08. When I entered into college that fall I found that I was way ahead of others in my freshmen class at Salve. I worked really hard at BHS, and still believe I did more work in high school than I am asked to do now. I was well prepared for college thanks to BHS and will graduate from an honors program with a cumulative average of 3.93 in May. Also, I know many kids who graduated from surrounding area schools by just taking art classes and getting out at noon their senior year. This was not the trend at BHS nor was it accepted. I know kids who went to private schools and were not as well prepared for college as students from BHS. My brother also said the same thing, and he attended Bryant. As with any public school, some students are not motivated and don't advantage of what the school has to offer. This happens for a variety of reasons, however programs exist that help these students to graduate from High School. I am proud of my BHS diploma and do not appreciate anyone who devalues it.
Rosemary Booth December 30, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Congratulations!
Justin Campos January 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Though Rosemary is exaggerating a little at the type of education received at BHS, BHS has changed a lot since 2008 and not for the better. Some serious reforms are necessary in order to restore BHS back to its former glory. On another note, congratulations on all you've accomplished since BHS(hopefully future graduates can achieve similar success).

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