Norwalk High School

Summary:

Norwalk High School is a public high school in Norwalk, Connecticut, serving 1,484 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Norwalk School District, which is ranked 124 out of 151 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Norwalk High School stands out for its diverse student population, with 56.67% Hispanic, 23.05% White, and 15.77% African American students. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by standardized test scores, is generally lower than the state and district averages. In 2022-2023, only 33.9% of 11th-grade students were proficient or better in SAT/English Language Arts, 21% in SAT/Math, and 25.7% in NGSS/Science. These scores are significantly lower than the nearby high-performing schools, such as Wilton High School, Darien High School, and Staples High School.

Norwalk High School also has a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, with 51.35% of students qualifying in 2022-2023. This is significantly higher than the nearby schools, which generally have lower percentages of students from low-income families. The school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with the school ranking 50th out of 63 Connecticut high schools for Hispanic students, but 52nd out of 116 for White students. However, the school ranked 1st out of 17 Connecticut high schools for English Language Learner students in 2021-2022, suggesting that the school may have specialized programs that are effective for certain student populations.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 23 Calvin Murphy Drive
       Norwalk, CT  06851-5597


(203) 838-4481

District: Norwalk School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
102nd of 143 Connecticut High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,825 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  1,484

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.7%
White:
23.0%
African American:
15.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.3% Help


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Compare Details Norwalk High School ranks worse than 71.3% of high schools in Connecticut. It also ranks last among 4 ranked high schools in the Norwalk School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 24.25. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Norwalk High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.7%), White (23%), African American (15.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Norwalk School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Norwalk High School is 13.1. 2 high schools in the Norwalk School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Norwalk High School is $20,825, which is the highest among 4 high schools in the Norwalk School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Norwalk High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Norwalk High School 102nd of 143 Connecticut public high schools. (See Norwalk High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Norwalk School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Norwalk School District 124th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Norwalk High School

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Rank History for all students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 49.06 123rd 176 30.1%
2008 48.67 115th 176 34.7%
2009 33.98 139th 176 21.0%
2010 44.58 133rd 186 28.5%
2011 43.19 133rd 189 29.6%
2012 44.14 131st 188 30.3%
2013 46.75 135th 193 30.1%
2015 36.47 134th 196 31.6%
2016 42.45 74th 132 43.9%
2017 34.30 84th 140 40.0%
2018 41.12 76th 121 37.2%
2019 38.89 78th 121 35.5%
2021 48.10 103rd 200 48.5%
2022 22.11 95th 139 31.7%
2023 24.25 102nd 142 28.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 0.00 1st 10 90.0%
2021 57.29 3rd 11 72.7%
2022 34.11 1st 17 94.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 45.80 90th 175 48.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 25.05 28th 37 24.3%
2021 52.41 67th 155 56.8%
2022 23.41 56th 63 11.1%
2023 30.38 45th 70 35.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.31 62nd 79 21.5%
2019 29.90 68th 84 19.0%
2021 36.94 109th 189 42.3%
2022 16.51 85th 106 19.8%
2023 19.71 81st 103 21.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 16.76 50th 57 12.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.81 60th 78 23.1%
2019 30.04 67th 80 16.3%
2021 54.41 90th 182 50.5%
2022 17.60 82nd 102 19.6%
2023 15.98 82nd 100 18.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.04 6th 13 53.8%
2021 71.38 15th 58 74.1%
2022 38.46 18th 25 28.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.43 2nd 18 88.9%
2021 51.07 44th 104 57.7%
2022 36.51 40th 59 32.2%
2023 26.94 50th 63 20.6%
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Rank History for White students at Norwalk High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.60 72nd 105 31.4%
2019 54.85 57th 113 49.6%
2021 58.58 67th 155 56.8%
2022 39.74 76th 117 35.0%
2023 58.48 52nd 116 55.2%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Connecticut State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Norwalk High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1133 352 50 157 0 n/a n/a 0 1692
1989 1043 327 35 157 0 n/a n/a 0 1562
1990 992 311 37 162 n/a n/a n/a 0 1502
1991 1067 300 33 173 0 n/a n/a 0 1573
1992 1018 322 47 194 0 n/a n/a 0 1581
1993 973 343 45 195 0 n/a n/a 0 1556
1994 948 345 36 195 0 n/a n/a 0 1524
1995 904 356 42 191 2 n/a n/a 0 1495
1996 904 356 42 191 2 n/a n/a 0 1495
1997 918 350 46 223 0 n/a n/a 0 1537
1998 890 346 48 216 2 n/a n/a 0 1502
1999 884 358 48 234 0 n/a n/a 0 1524
2000 879 360 52 273 2 n/a n/a 0 1566
2001 896 352 50 299 2 n/a n/a 0 1599
2002 1003 337 56 319 1 n/a n/a 0 1716
2003 1003 337 56 319 1 n/a n/a 0 1716
2004 983 322 67 316 1 n/a n/a 0 1689
2005 933 370 65 335 3 n/a n/a 0 1706
2006 708 302 47 274 3 n/a n/a 0 1334
2007 834 387 62 365 2 n/a n/a 0 1650
2008 740 359 68 387 3 n/a n/a 0 1557
2009 702 335 67 409 2 n/a n/a 0 1515
2010 683 314 55 447 3 n/a n/a 0 1502
2011 658 304 56 470 4 0 4 0 1496
2012 685 315 59 464 2 0 6 0 1531
2013 683 314 59 473 1 1 8 0 1539
2014 687 311 60 468 3 1 9 0 1539
2015 660 308 60 533 3 1 10 0 1575
2016 628 293 61 574 2 0 12 0 1570
2017 596 309 76 620 3 0 12 0 1616
2018 561 322 81 698 2 1 17 0 1682
2019 554 330 74 740 1 1 22 0 1722
2020 434 244 45 699 1 0 21 0 1444
2021 390 241 38 767 3 0 27 0 1466
2022 393 251 37 788 3 1 34 0 1507
2023 342 234 34 841 3 1 26 3 1484

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Norwalk High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1692 118.0 14.3 n/a
1989 1562 114.8 13.6 n/a
1990 1502 110.5 13.5 n/a
1991 1573 110.5 14.2 n/a
1992 1581 108.7 14.5 6.1
1993 1556 107.6 14.5 1
1994 1524 105.9 14.4 11
1995 1495 105.0 14.2 9
1996 1495 105.0 14.2 9
1997 1537 103.6 14.8 6.1
1998 1502 105.3 14.3 5.3
1999 1524 106.7 14.3 6.6
2000 1566 107.0 14.6 5.4
2001 1599 110.5 14.5 n/a
2002 1716 116.6 14.7 8.7
2003 1716 116.6 14.7 8.7
2004 1689 108.0 15.6 4.7
2005 1706 102.3 16.7 n/a
2006 1334 107.7 12.4 17.5
2007 1650 110.2 15.0 12.8
2008 1557 116.6 13.4 18.3
2009 1515 127.2 12.9 20.7
2010 1502 113.5 13.2 31.2
2011 1496 112.5 13.2 33.8
2012 1531 115.5 13.2 35.6
2013 1539 113.5 13.5 37.4
2014 1539 108.0 14.2 38
2015 1575 104.0 15.1 37
2016 1570 108.0 14.5 41.1
2017 1616 104.5 15.4 44.4
2018 1682 131.0 12.8 46.6
2019 1722 114.6 15.0 55.1
2020 1444 127.6 11.3 60.8
2021 1466 87.0 16.8 62.6
2022 1507 112.3 13.4 55.7
2023 1484 112.9 13.1 51.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Norwalk High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1692 118.0 14.3 n/a
1989 1562 114.8 13.6 n/a
1990 1502 110.5 13.5 n/a
1991 1573 110.5 14.2 n/a
1992 1581 108.7 14.5 6.1
1993 1556 107.6 14.5 1
1994 1524 105.9 14.4 11
1995 1495 105.0 14.2 9
1996 1495 105.0 14.2 9
1997 1537 103.6 14.8 6.1
1998 1502 105.3 14.3 5.3
1999 1524 106.7 14.3 6.6
2000 1566 107.0 14.6 5.4
2001 1599 110.5 14.5 n/a
2002 1716 116.6 14.7 8.7
2003 1716 116.6 14.7 8.7
2004 1689 108.0 15.6 4.7
2005 1706 102.3 16.7 n/a
2006 1334 107.7 12.4 17.5
2007 1650 110.2 15.0 12.8
2008 1557 116.6 13.4 18.3
2009 1515 127.2 12.9 20.7
2010 1502 113.5 13.2 31.2
2011 1496 112.5 13.2 33.8
2012 1531 115.5 13.2 35.6
2013 1539 113.5 13.5 37.4
2014 1539 108.0 14.2 38
2015 1575 104.0 15.1 37
2016 1570 108.0 14.5 41.1
2017 1616 104.5 15.4 44.4
2018 1682 131.0 12.8 46.6
2019 1722 114.6 15.0 55.1
2020 1444 127.6 11.3 60.8
2021 1466 87.0 16.8 62.6
2022 1507 112.3 13.4 55.7
2023 1484 112.9 13.1 51.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Norwalk High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $17,624
2019 $18,190
2020 $19,247
2021 $20,825

Data source: Connecticut Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Norwalk High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 78th of 121 High schoolsRanks 102nd of 142 High schools
 7.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Norwalk High School)51.233.9
 17.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Norwalk School District)52.641.8
 10.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)61.652.4
 9.2%
11th Grade Math (Norwalk High School)32.121
 11.1%
   11th Grade Math (Norwalk School District)32.722.4
 10.3%
   11th Grade Math (Connecticut)40.634.1
 6.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students17221484
 13.8%
African American330234
 29.1%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian7434
 54.1%
Hispanic740841
 13.6%
Pacific Islander11
White554342
 38.3%
Two or More Races2226
 18.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients55.1%51.3%
 3.8%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,484 students attended Norwalk High School.

Norwalk High School ranks 102nd of 143 Connecticut high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students at Norwalk High School are 57% Hispanic, 23% White, 16% African American, 2% Asian, 2% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Connecticut Department of Education.

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