#4 High School in CT and #4 in Fairfield County

Darien High School

80 High School Ln, Darien, CT 06820

How Good is Darien High School?

Report Card

A+ Academic Results
A- Learning Enviroment
A+ School Safety
A+ Overall Grade

Darien High School is a high school located in Darien, Connecticut. It has 1354 students and 119 teachers and serves grades 9-12.

When compared to other schools in Connecticut it is significantly above average and has received and a grade of A+ from The School Review. Of high schools, Darien High School ranks 4 in the state and 4 for its county.

To calculate school grades, The School Review uses data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. We take this information and compare dozens of data points to assign every school a grade for academics, safety and learning environment. These scores are combined to determine the overall grade. You can read a more detailed description of our grading system on our methodology page.


For high schools, a number of factors, including standardized test scores, SAT participation and AP/IB enrollment are used to determine a school’s academics score. Darien High School earned a grade of A+ for academics. For this measure, this school is significantly above average when compared to other high schools in Connecticut.

Source: CT Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A+
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Very Good
SAT/ACT Participation Fair

Learning Enviroment

We use factors such as chronic absenteeism, teacher experience, teacher certifications among others to get a sense of the learning environment of a school. Darien High School received a grade of A- for learning environment. For this measure, this school is above average when compared to other high schools in Connecticut.

Students : Teacher
CT Avg. 13
Uncertified Teachers
CT Avg. 1%
New Teachers
CT Avg. 10%
Learning Enviroment Grade A-
Student–Teacher Ratio Excellent
Student Absenteeism Fair
Teacher Absenteeism Very Good
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Very Good


School safety is evaluated by comparing factors such as suspension and physical altercation rate at a school. For safety, Darien High School performs significantly above average when compared to other high schools in Connecticut and received the grade of A+ for this measure.

Safety Grade A+
In-School Suspensions Very Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Excellent
Physical Altercations Excellent


An overview of the student body of Darien High School is included below. The demographics of a school are not used as a factor when determining its performance.

Students w/ Disablities
CT Avg. 12%
Free Lunch
CT Avg. 27%
Econ. Disadvantaged
CT Avg. 32%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 1,354
Minority Students 148
Diversity Index 13
Students with Disablities 140
Economically Disadvantaged 2%
Limited English Proficiency 0%
Gifted Students 5%


A+ School - Only the top 5% of schools are awarded the distinction of being an A+ School. Schools that receive this grade excel in academics and cultivate a safe and effectual environment for learning. They represent the top schools in the nation and are eligible to display our award badge on their homepage. You can download your award here.

Compare Nearby Schools

In the table below, schools nearby to Darien High School are included. Scores for the schools are listed in the table. To find a complete list of local schools, visit the Darien, Connecticut schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Stamford High School B- C+ B+ B-
2 The Academy of Information Technology A- B+ A- A
3 Brien Mcmahon High School B- C+ A B-
4 Stamford Academy C- D A+ N/A
5 Center for Global Studies A A N/A N/A

Darien High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students attend Darien High School? The school reported 1354 enrolled students to the U.S Dept of Education.
  • How good of a school is Darien High School? The school received an overall grade of A+, which means it is significantly above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Darien High School in? The school is located in Fairfield County.
  • How can I contact Darien High School? The school's number is (203) 655-3981. You can visit their website at http://www.darienps.org/dhs/.
  • Where is Darien High School? 80 High School Ln, Darien, Connecticut 06820

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Stamford High School
55 Strawberry Hill Ave Stamford, CT 06902
The Academy of Information Technology
411 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06905
Brien Mcmahon High School
300 Highland Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854
Stamford Academy
229 North St Stamford, CT 06901
Center for Global Studies
300 Highland Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854