High School College Success Award

High School College Success Award
Posted on 01/29/2020
Old Saybrook High School Earns College Success Award for 2019.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Old Saybrook High School was among 41 high schools in Connecticut to have won the 2019 College Success Award by GreatSchools, a national nonprofit organization that provides information on educational opportunities to parents. The award recognizes 1,722 schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year. Based on their findings, GreatSchool reports that 85% of Old Saybrook High School students graduate and pursue either college or a vocational program. This is significantly higher than the Connecticut state average of 72%. Additionally, 92% of Old Saybrook students return to their college or vocational program for a second year. Again, this is higher than the Connecticut average of 86%.

Speaking to the significance of this award, Old Saybrook High School Principal Sheila Riffle stated, “Since the beginning of our District’s current strategic plan in 2016, we have been working to build the profile of an Old Saybrook graduate, which is when our students leave us they know themselves, welcome new challenges, and apply what they have learned. This award validates the work that we are doing to make sure that our students are ready and excited to meet the challenges they face after high school.”

GreatSchools.org uses a variety of factors to determine their ratings, including standardized test scores, graduation rates, and advanced placement course participation. The site also breaks down how the District’s minority populations score against the state average, as well, with 100% of Old Saybrook’s Hispanic population graduating from school and a higher percentage of those students participating in advanced coursework against the state average. Additionally, GreatSchools.org profiles the high school’s teachers, showing an average class size of students to one certified teacher and 98% of the District’s teachers boasting three or more years of experience in the profession.

To learn more about the College Success Award, please visit www.greatschools.org.