Greenwich High School

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Greenwich High School
Greenwich High School.jpg
Location
Greenwich, CT, United States
Information
Type Public
School district Greenwich Public Schools
Headmaster Christopher Winters
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,687 [1]
Color(s) Red, white and black
Mascot Cardinal
Website

Greenwich High School is a four-year public high school in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States. The school is part of the Greenwich Public Schools system and serves roughly 2,700 students.

It offers over 295 courses and a wide variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Greenwich High School was ranked by Newsweek among the 100 top U.S. high schools in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.[2]

Curriculum structure[edit]

Greenwich High School offers 23 Advanced Placement courses (US History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Environmental Science, European History, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, US Government, Comparative Government, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics) and a variety of Honors courses and electives.[3] Students are required to complete four credits or years of English/Language Arts courses, three credits each of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, one-and-a-half credits of art or business, one credit of physical education, one-half credit of wellness, and six credits of electives (a total of 22 credits).[4] In the school course guide, additional requirements include the following:

  1. The social studies requirements include a full year of American History, and semester courses in Civics and Contemporary America.
  2. The science requirements must include one credit in a biological science and one credit in a physical science (chemistry or physics).
  3. The arts requirements must include one and one half credits in any of the following areas: visual art, business, family and consumer sciences, human development, media, music, technology education, and theater arts.
  4. To be eligible for a Greenwich High School diploma, a student must have attended Greenwich High School for at least one full semester immediately prior to graduation."[5]

Students are allowed to take general elective courses (e.g. art, music, business, et cetera) all four years at GHS, but are only allowed to take certain subject electives (e.g. English) in Junior and Senior years.

Students' grade point averages are calculated on a weighted scale. For non-honors classes, the maximum mark a student can receive is a 4.33 (A+); in Advanced Placement or Honors level courses students can receive up to a 5.33 (A+).[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

GHS has a number of student activities[7] designed to promote a broad spectrum of interests. The school's student newspaper is The Beak. The yearbook is The Compass. Greenwitch is the school's student literary magazine. Student activities include student government, as well as academic, music, drama, international, language, service, sports, and special-interest clubs. The Music Department features five choral ensembles, two orchestras, three concert bands and two jazz bands. The Theater Arts program mounts two dramas, one musical and one compilation of student written and directed work each year.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "High School Profile Page - Newsweek." Newsweek - National News, World News, Business, Health, Technology, Entertainment, and More - Newsweek. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2010/americas-best-high-schools/profile.html?key=agVfWUR_hxcqAsxF8wiM8rOl0Ag>.
  3. ^ "Academics." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=123>.
  4. ^ "Academics." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=123>.
  5. ^ "Academics." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=123>.
  6. ^ "Academics." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=123>.
  7. ^ "Clubs." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=3977>.
  8. ^ Hagey, Keach, "A familiar face to speak at Greenwich High graduation", article in The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, p A3, Stamford edition, June 8, 2007
  9. ^ "Ex-Greenwich resident wins Nobel Prize in economics". Connecticut Post. 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 41°02′28″N 73°36′47″W / 41.0411°N 73.6131°W / 41.0411; -73.6131