"Your experience here will vary... I'm entering my fourth year at DHS and throughout my time here, a lot has changed, generally for the better. As far as teachers go, I have yet to find a teacher that I felt assigned too much work, or that didn't offer students help either during or after school. However, I did feel that a couple of my teachers weren't qualified enough to be teaching the class perfectly, but still did their best and prepared students decently. The school is very crowded, and unfortunately, this will likely only get worse. The school also needs and update with their technology and its use in the classroom. Lunch is borderline bad, but expected with most public school food. Last year especially, I noticed an overall increase in the pride, and determination students had in succeeding, as noted by increasing test scores. Generally, better performing students will have a better experience (Honors; AP teachers are generally better, lots of AP classes available, acknowledgement of success). In general, the school has a lot of everything, and success and overall experience will vary depending on who students network with, determination, and a bit of luck with teachers."
"It's the worst school in the history of the world, I'm only a sophomore and I couldn't hate it more, on all the field trips they don't tell you about them until the field trip is over, no help your on your own, much shorter summer, it's too hard, it's super boring, it's all free labour, they never consider the students, the teachers are very mean, it's way over crowded, too much homework, way to much summer work, we're not even learning we're just working and a high school diploma is definitely not worth staying in thus prison for four years, do NOT let your children go to this school and never go to it."
"My daughter has transfered from another High school in NY last year and we were very dissapointed. It maby has many programs for students who want to get involoved, but you are pretty much on your own. There clearly is no gudiance, minimum communication, filth and yes fights on daily bases, unsupevised students during concert behaving unpropietly, and the list goed on and on. Quite frankly I am not sure what the guidance counselor is getting paid for. Who in the world would place students that belong in honor math into ESL math. The school is too big for its own sake and even though it has some good and dedicated teachers it is all about crowd controll than anything else. Lock of parental involovement is partially at fault here. My daughter had great grades without much effort but as much trouble I had getting her enrolled here, I am trying even harder to get het into better learning environment. Home shchooling looks much more atractive to us at this point. I just wish this town had vouchers, so finacially challenged families wouldn't feel that they have no better option for their children besides moving out of town."
"Danbury High School is HORRIBLE for Transfer Students I am a Senior and My Credits From SOPHOMORE YEAR have Still Not been recorded in The System. and Staff isnt Great at all. They Can sometimes be disrespectful towards students who are not only respectful to them but also quiet and the type to stay out of trouble I would recommend ACE or another school danbury High School has Destroyed my Senior Year."
"I concur with the 2 previous posters. The ratings and scores don't tell the story about DHS. It is an amazing school with wonderfully dedicated teachers. I'll never forget how I got a call the summer before my daughters Freshman year. Two of her core teachers wanted to come visit . In 2 teacher pairs they were visiting all the incoming Freshman assigned to their academy group before school started. Wow - what dedication! We have not faced the all too common clique or "meanness" factor. She has wonderful friends with high standards and values. She has loved the school and most of her teachers. I am confident she is getting a great education and DHS offers so many great opportunities in sports, clubs, music and the arts. If you haven't attended a play or orchestra event at the school you are missing out. Sadly we are moving due to a job relocation. I only hope her next school is as wonderful as DHS."