School Details

Guilford High School

605 New England Rd, Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-2741

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1113 students 14 students/teacher (CT avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2012
  • Guilford School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Guilford High School is a public high school in Guilford. 1,113 students attend Guilford High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the 1,113 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Guilford High School is 14:1. North Branford High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 90%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I was surprised to find this site with comments last posted in 2009. Our son graduates this year from Guilford High and I cannot say enough positive things about the quAlity of this school's academic programming teaching administrative leadership. Just look at the college placements for graduating seniors and you will get some insight into the quality of the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    GHS is a great school. There are some issues requiring attention however. The main one being that it needs expansion. This of course requires funds of which the district and voters are responsible. Without the involvement of all concerned it may take many more years to accomplish this. I also think there should be a modesty dress code. Some of the clothing I have seen the kids wear to school is horrible and distasteful.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a former student the school physically is falling apart! Classes choices are very thin without many electives. The music program is very good but the new administration has taken away many of the responsibilities high school students should be learning so that College isn't a complete culture shock. The teachers are not that bad.

  • (6 years ago)

    The new administration has made changes to the schedules but we had hoped for improvements. Unfortunately it turns out that my son's backpack is now 50% heavier the books are still filled with pictures (dumb it down) and one of the 'thought problems' in the math book refers to a 'future' event that is planned for 1998! There are too many kids in the lunch line so some kids still do without lunch - in prior years that was understood and the kids were allowed to snack in classes but no more! All-in-all for 2008 many changes but few improvements! How can this be so difficult to do?

  • (6 years ago)

    There are barely any elective classes. But the classes go at a fast pace which i love. The new schedule is confusing and hard

  • (7 years ago)

    GHS has great music programs and a new principal has much improved the appearance and cleanliness of the school. The dress code is also being enforced. The school is in dire need of a complete renovation.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are very disappointed in the Guilford HS. Very little discipline and consequently the school atmosphere is a 'free for all' Parents are discouraged from being involved. If your child is a self motivator and independent learner they will do fine but the rest and the majority are left to 'fend for themselves'. The AP offerings for a school of this supposed caliber is appalling.

  • (8 years ago)

    Guilford High School has one of the most successful academic programs in the state of Connecticut. Guilford is a very affluent area and the majority of the students are very determined and end up at great colleges. I have been to many schools in my lifetime and I have never been to a school with so much trust within the student body and so much success from the students. It is by no means easy to acheieve good grades and most of the students do atleast 3 hours of homework a night. There is a lot of pressure to do well in the school but the students that try their best will succeed at GHS. The sports are very strong along with many extraciricular activies.

  • (8 years ago)

    We love our school. We have dozens of clubs and one of the best music programs in the state.

  • (8 years ago)

    GHS is a good public school but needs improvement. The select few are treat differently. The school is really lacking dicipline and structure. That is what is exactly needs and the present administration does not instil that. It was honestly like a zoo last year. However I felt many of the teachers were great and really do care about their students. The facility does need some improvements and there needs to be more parents involved. If put you put in the effort to GHS you will reap the rewards though.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers are great in Guilford High School but the administration follows the lead of other bodies focusing on social and political indoctrination rather than academic success. Until they can stand on their own feet and the parents insists upon success it will continue downward spiral.

  • (9 years ago)

    Guilford Schools use to be considered one of the best in the state. They certainly have fallen short of this catagory in the past few years! The school district needs a new or better focus on the towns downward trend.

  • (9 years ago)

    the board of education should spend more time at ghs especially when it rains. the hallways are crowded enough with students and when it rains there are about 20 trash cans scattered around the hallways catching the leaks from the ceilings. guilford is a very affluent area and i dont see why there highschool has to be so trashy. for the most part the teachers dont care what you do and there are very few rules enforced. basicly if your looking for a school where you can get away with almost anything guilford highschool is the place to be.

  • (9 years ago)

    What good does No Child Left behind when there don't seem to be standards to assure that the students can function in the real world and be productive citizens.

  • (10 years ago)

    Guilford High School needs improvement. Some of the teachers should not be teaching. The libray and office/sac stuff need re-training. The school needs to get a grip on the important issues on hand. The way classes are taught aside from ap classes needs to be changed. The school is filled with peer preaseure exceptations harassment and bad behavior. Something needs to be done to curb these growing trends.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school is very political and sways toward the 'favored few'. There is very little challenge unless someone takes advanced placement classes. Most of the students I knew felt very harassed by the teachers and 'chosen few'. This is a very affluent area with a good amount of low income homes. The dispariety is obvious. It is an over rated school riding on the history of what the school was many years ago. Parential involvement is not encouraged by either the staff or students. What are they hiding?

  • (11 years ago)

    There is an excesive amount of verbal harassment. Alcohol and drug use is an increasing problem. The daily conversation includes the use of many foul words and noone seems to care if this is going on. The way of dress has very little stipulations and is quite lewd. There are also about 300 kids who don't get lunch each day because of scheduling difficulties. Lack of parental involvement does not help.

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