Best Schools for Teachers in Connecticut
Connecticut is one of the most attractive states for high school teachers, with some of the nation’s best schools and most competitive salaries. In fact, Connecticut has the second highest teacher salaries in the nation. But once you’ve decided you want to teach in Connecticut, how do you choose among the many attractive possibilities? This list of the five best high schools for teachers will help you narrow your search to the very best of the best.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (CIBA) is not only the No. 1 high school in the state, it is the 14th best high school in the country. In 2009 Magnet Schools of America recognized it as the top secondary magnet school in America. The school has a 100 percent College Readiness Score based on IB test results, while no other school on this list breaks 60 percent. CIBA has 61 percent minority enrollment, with 33 percent economically disadvantaged, making it more diverse than other highly ranked schools in Connecticut. If you’re looking for an opportunity to work closely with bright kids in Connecticut, CIBA is the gold standard.
Conard High School is Connecticut’s second best school, according to the U.S. News rankings. Almost three-quarters of students take AP classes, indicating a very high level of college preparedness. It has a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio, with 40 percent minority students and 24 percent economically disadvantaged. Students also participate in extracurricular activities and athletics ranging from the aerospace club to swimming, offering teachers many coaching and mentor-ship possibilities.
Darien High School comes in seventh in the U.S. News ranking for Connecticut and earns the highest STEM ranking (69) among the state’s high schools. According to the school’s website, 94.4 percent of the 2011 graduating class plans to enroll in college. The school’s student to teacher ratio is 11:1, which creates the possibility to work very closely with bright students in a rigorous STEM environment. This is a particularly great school for math and science teachers.
Wilton is eighth in the U.S. News rankings, has 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio and about half of the students take AP courses. It is also worth noting that the school is located in Danbury, where high school teacher salaries average $63,700 — more than twice what teachers make in some places in the United States!
Staples High School earned the highest scores in the state on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), according to schooldigger.com. The CAPT is a state test designed to measure academic achievement in high school students. Passing is a requirement for graduation in many districts. The school has 13:1 student to teacher ratio and 99 percent graduation rate. Staples is located in Westport, where the average high school teacher salary is $69,800, according teachersalaryinfo.com.