Greenwich High School

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Greenwich High School
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Greenwich, Connecticut
United States
School districtGreenwich Public Schools
HeadmasterRichard Piotrzkowski
Teaching staff204.70 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment2,534[1] (2015–16)
Student to teacher ratio12.38[1]
Color(s)Red, white and black

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 2,500 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, 2013, 2014, and 2015.[2]

Curriculum structure[edit]

As of the 2018-2019 schoolyear, Greenwich High School offers 28 Advanced Placement courses in AP English (Literature and Composition & Language and Composition), French Language, German Language, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Calculus (AB & BC), Computer Science, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (1, 2, & C), U.S. History, European History, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics, Comparative Government & Politics, Economics (Micro & Macro), Studio Art, 2D Design: Photography, 3D Design: Ceramics, and Music Theory, as well as 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, two credits of Foreign Language, 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.[4]

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+).[4]

All students at GHS are issued a Chromebook computer which they are required to bring to every class.[5]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Greenwich High School (GHS) has a number of student activities[6] 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 four choral ensembles, three orchestras, three concert bands and two jazz bands. The Theater Arts program mounts one contemporary, two musicals, one Shakespeare production and one compilation of student written and directed work each year. Young Democrats and Young Republicans both feature prominently, and have coordinated with numerous political campaigns, both on local and national levels.


Greenwich High School students have opportunities to participate in a variety of sports in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC). Both boys and girls teams compete in the FCIAC in the following sports (although some sports such as football are not played by any girls' teams while softball is not played by any boys' teams): football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, field hockey, track and field, cross country, swimming, golf, softball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, and lacrosse.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Greenwich High School". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ "High School Profile Page - Newsweek." Newsweek - National News, World News, Business, Health, Technology, Entertainment, and More - Newsweek. Web. 27 July 2011. <>.
  3. ^ "GHS COURSE OF STUDY GUIDE." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 13 April 2018. <>.
  4. ^ a b c "Academics." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <>.
  5. ^ "Greenwich High Info". Greenwich Schools. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Clubs." Greenwich Public Schools. Web. 27 July 2011. <>.
  7. ^ "FCIAC | Greenwich High School Athletics". Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  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. ^ Vigdor, Neil (January 15, 2014). "Mission Congress for retired Navy SEAL". Connecticut Post. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Dominitz, Nathan (June 6, 2014). "Sand Gnats' L.J. Mazzilli hits way toward big-league goal". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "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