Congratulations to the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies in Danbury. The school has been ranked number 58 out of 560 elementary schools in Connecticut for their proficiency scores, according to research completed by US News & World Report.

72% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and an impressive 77% achieved at or above that level for reading. Minority students make up 52% of enrollment, and economically disadvantaged students make up 37% of total enrollment.

Danbury's Great Plain School, serving pre-K through 5th grade, also showed excellent proficiency scores and is ranked number 70 out of 560 schools in Connecticut. In addition, GPS has also earned a number 2 ranking among elementary schools in Danbury.

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Reading and math performance was described as "Well Above Expectations." A school's ranking is based on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

Top 3 High Schools in Connecticut:

  1. Darien High School
  2. Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern
  3. Weston High School

Top 3 Middle Schools in Connecticut:

  1. House of Arts Letters and Science(Hals) Academy - New Britain
  2. Saxe Middle School - New Canaan
  3. Eastern Middle School - Riverside

Top 3 Elementary Schools in Connecticut:

  1. Boothe Free School - Roxbury
  2. South School - New Canaan
  3. Stamford Charter School for Excellence - Stamford

Speaking as a 1969 high school graduate from Fairport, New York let me say this, "Back in my day, there was no such thing as school rankings, proficiency tests, percentages, and which school was the best in the land." Many of us turned out just fine even though we lived through the psychedelic 60s.

When we were kids, we came home from school, did our homework and then went outside and rode our bikes, and played baseball. It was a simpler time when people and kids could walk the streets without being shot.

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