Shepaug Valley School

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Shepaug Valley School
Shepaug Valley School is located in Connecticut
Shepaug Valley School
Shepaug Valley School
Shepaug Valley School is located in the United States
Shepaug Valley School
Shepaug Valley School
159 South Street
Washington, Connecticut 06793

CoordinatesCoordinates: 41°36′06″N 73°18′22″W / 41.6016°N 73.3061°W / 41.6016; -73.3061
School districtRegional School District 12
CEEB code70830
PrincipalKimberly Gallo
Faculty46 [1]
Grades6 to 12
Enrollment347 [2]
Color(s)White and Navy Blue
Athletics conferenceBerkshire League
CIAC Class S
Team nameShepaug Spartans

Shepaug Valley School (SVS) is a seven-year (grades 6-12) public, coeducational middle and high school in Washington, Connecticut.[1] Shepaug Valley School is the only public secondary school of Regional School District 12, which serves Washington, Bridgewater, and Roxbury.[2]

It was formerly two separate schools, Shepaug Valley Middle School (SVMS) and Shepaug Valley High School (SVHS). It was chosen as Connecticut's only public high school to receive the blue-ribbon school in 1998, and one of two in New England.[citation needed]


Prior to 2000 the school received block scheduling. In 2012 the superintendent of the school district, Dr. Patricia Cosentino, wanted to establish a "flexible schedule" (using elements of both block and traditional scheduling) regime for both the middle and high schools, and therefore end block scheduling for high school students. The high school parent council opposed the plan. In 2012 there were about 320 students in the high school, and the enrollment was decreasing.[3]

Ground plan[edit]

Shepaug is a one-floor building housed on an 80-acre (320,000 m2) campus. Since the space is shared with students of Shepaug Valley Middle School, who have their own wing in the building, high school students take academic courses in their own section of the building, a long hallway off of which classrooms branch.

The rest of the building is shared between middle and high school students. It consists of a cafeteria, a large, central cavity known as "the mall", a library resource center with more than 10,000 print volumes, gymnasium, planetarium, swimming pool, band and choir practice rooms, fine arts, auto, and woodworking shops, and a professionally equipped theatre.

Outdoors on campus, there is a peace pole and reflection area, a swing-set, a pond, and a memorial to former student Tam Farrow. Shepaug also hosts soccer and field hockey fields, a competitive cross country trail, and a track that was recently under renovation.


Because of its small size, Shepaug is able to provide a number of unique events and services for its students. The most defining of these features is the Senior Project, a year-long course taken during the senior year which results in the student's presentation of a project, performance, or event. Past senior projects have ranged from humanitarian work for [4] The Progeria Research Foundation to artistic endeavours such as CD production [5] and even athletic events.[6]

Other unique features of Shepaug include its drop scheduling, Holiday Bazaar, Swanson/Horrigan Memorial Slowpitch Softball game,[7] Sophomore talent show, and Junior fashion show "Mr. Shepaug."

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "SHEPAUG VALLEY SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE 2015-16." Shepaug Valley School. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2012-13 Elementary School K-6 Edition Booth Free School." Regional School District 12. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Coraggio, Jack (2012-11-14). "New Superintendent, Parents Fighting Over Change to Shepaug Class Scheduling". County Times. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
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  5. ^ CD production
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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