School Details

Joel Barlow High School

100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT 06896
(203) 938-2508

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 968 students 13 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.
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  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Joel Barlow High School is a public high school in Redding. 968 children attend Joel Barlow High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 2% of the 968 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Joel Barlow High School is 13:1. Bethel High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% 94%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 0.8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Joel Barlow is a wonderful HS that has a spectrum of classes to offer. The kids are nice and come from mostly affluent backgrounds. Most students are college bound. There are several sports offered. Perhaps the biggest need would be more spirit in the school. The cheerleaders are good and getting much better with their competitive cheer programs. Barlow needs a marching band program to further boost morale at pep rallies and games. This HS prepares kids well for college.

  • (4 years ago)

    disgrace of a school. fallen off the charts in recent years.

  • (5 years ago)

    Joel Barlow hosts an advanced and broad curriculum that can really accommodate every student. Academics are relatively rigorous in comparison to nearby schools but not unmanageable. The sport program is a bit lacking due to low school spirit but still has great coaches and moderate competitive success. Less a few kids are generally pretty nice. Disagreeing with former reviews the teachers range from mediocre to superb and communication is easy so long as you are proactive.

  • (5 years ago)

    An amazing school. Barlow prepared my children wonderfully for college in a safe and caring environment. The increase in AP courses in recent years hs beefed up academics considerably.

  • (6 years ago)

    wide variety of interesting classes freedom to personalize schedule impressive collection of advanced computers and teacher aids lacking in technical classes (vast majority of the student body is college-bound) building is ugly and dangerous not to mention the smell some wonderful teachers some terrible ones like any other school guidance department needs work great art program

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is horrible it made me so uprepared for college theteachers are highly disrespectful

  • (7 years ago)

    In this school there are a good handful of helpful and quite competent teachers. There are many that are not. Many of the teachers are overly subjective about their grading. There is no communication between students and faculty - the root of the problem. Kids are always getting in trouble. Staff is stubborn

  • (7 years ago)

    Academics are sound here particularly for the student invested in learning. Administration extols rules over logic and times and guidance could use help moving into the 21st Century. A good education if not a good experience of education...

  • (7 years ago)

    The academics at JBHS are simply not up to par with those of area schools. The school ignores the academically needy and fails to serve the academically gifted. The teaching staff ranges from outstanding to miserable (with most of the staff falling in the miserable range).

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful school free from riff-raff. Teacher's don't have to waste their time disciplining anyone in these classes. Lockers do not need locks. There is a music program however it is a bit lacking. I do believe they are working to improve this however. Excellent teachers. Recently updated building and school grounds set in the middle of a lovely town. School grounds are enormous and immaculate.

  • (9 years ago)

    Joel Barlow HS was the perfect environment for our daughter. Barlow provides wonderful challenges in curriculum and a rich variety of extra curricular and club opportunities. Teachers and administrators are involved supportive and available. Building addition almost completed and provides for expanded language math science and writing labs. Parental involvement lacking through no fault of the school. Looking forward to sending my son to Barlow next year.

  • (10 years ago)

    Good academics though some teachers are a bit iffy. Compared to other schools in the area there are not as many sports offered to students. Construction and budget woes are of concern. Guidence department is not as involved as they should be. Excellent principle though he is now going on to be superintendent.

  • (10 years ago)

    Rich curriculum opportunities healthy sports and extracurricular programs involved and availabe staff. Wouldn't send my children anywhere else!

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