Wolcott School District
Strategic School Profile 2007-2008
December 8, 2008 1
# of Permanent General Classrooms 65
# of Portable Classrooms 0
Year of Original Construction 1959
Indicators of Educational Need
Number in % DRG % State
School % WHS High Schools High Schools
Students Eligible for 126 13.8 15.4 23.8
Free/Reduced Price Meals
Students Who Are Not 4 0.4 1.0 3.5
Fluent in English
Students Identified as 75 8.2 4.1 4.6
Gifted and/or Talented
Students with Disabilities 88 9.6 10.2 10.7
Juniors and Seniors Working 16 100 20.8 22.7 20.2
or More Hours per Week
PROGRAM and INSTRUCTION
Instructional Time WHS High Schools
Total Days per Year 184 181
Total Hours per Year 1,002 1,006
State law requires that at least 180 days of school and 900 hours of instruction be
offered to students in high school grades.
Number of Credits DRG State
Required for Graduation WHS High School High School
Class of 2007 21.0 22.6 23.1
The State requires a minimum of 20 credits for graduation.
PROGRAM and INSTRUCTION
Average Class Size WHS High School High School
Algebra I 14.9 18.2 17.9
Biology I 23.0 18.5 18.6
English, Grade 10 21.2 18.5 18.4
American History 12.3 19.6 19.5
World Languages: Instruction was offered in the following world language(s):
Chinese I, French, Latin, and Spanish.
PROGRAM and INSTRUCTION
% Juniors and Seniors Enrolled in a Course
or Courses for College Credit WHS State HS
During the 2006-07 School Year 31.0 28.7
During the 2005-06 School Year 31.4 28.3
Advanced Placement Courses WHS State HS
Number of Courses for which Students were Tested 8 9.1
% of Grade 12 Students Tested 18.0 21.0
% of Exams Scored 3 or More 70.7 71.5
PROGRAM and INSTRUCTION
% of Class of 2007 Graduates who took Higher Level State
Courses or Earned More Credits in Selected WHS High School
Subjects than Required by the State for Graduation
Algebra I or Equivalent 97.8 91.9
Chemistry 74.3 70.1
4 or more Credits in Mathematics 39.3 63.7
3 or more Credits in Science 100.0 90.0
4 or more Credits in Social Studies 69.9 54.8
Credit for Level 3 or Higher in a World Language 90.2 58.7
2 or more Credits in Vocational Education 49.7 57.8
2 or more Credits in the Arts 18.0 39.8
PROGRAM and INSTRUCTION
% in % in DRG % in State
Special Programs WHS High High
Students in Bilingual Education or Receiving English as
a Second Language Services 0.4 0.9 3.4
Gifted and/or Talented Students Who Received Services 92.0 39.3 42.2
Special Education Students Who Spent Over 79% of
Their Time with Their Non-Disabled Peers 70.5 70.4 72.0
LIBRARY AND COMPUTERS
Instructional Computers and DRG State
Library Materials WHS High School High School
# of Students Per Computer 3.6 2.7 2.7
% of Computers with Internet Access 100.0 96.3 99.5
% of Computers that are 100.0 91.3 96.8
High or Moderate Power
# of Print Volumes per Student 19.7 20.8 15.6
# of Print Periodical Subscriptions 52 40 45
Free on-line access to periodicals, newspapers, and other resources is available to
all Connecticut schools through the Connecticut Digital Library at www.iconn.org.
Full-Time Equivalent Count of School Staff
General Education: Teachers and Instructors 61.70
Paraprofessional Instructional Assistants 0.00
Special Education: Teachers and Instructors 8.00
Paraprofessional Instructional Assistants 8.00
Library/Media Specialists and Assistants 2.00
Administrators, Coordinators, and Department Chairs 4.90
Instructional Subject Area Specialists Who Support Teachers 1.00
Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists 4.30
School Nurses 1.00
Other Staff Providing Non-Instructional Services & Support 31.10
Teachers and Instructors WHS High School High School
Average Number of Years of Experience in Education 12.0 13.5 13.8
% with Master’s Degree or Above 69.4 68.5 72.2
Teacher Attendance 2006-07: 8.4 8.4 8.9
Average # of Days Absent Due to Illness or Personal Time
% Assigned to Same School the Previous Year 76.4 76.6 76.4
Home and School Communication and Support
Wolcott High School promotes and supports parental involvement.
• An overview of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Self-Study accreditation process was presented
during a televised Board of Education meeting. Items addressed included: Wolcott High School’s Mission and Student
Expectations for Learning, Critical Strengths and Needs, Standards Committee Reports, and the May 4-7, 2008
• District and Building Goals were articulated to the Parent Action Council during various meetings throughout the school
year, as well as made available on the district website.
• WHS’s Mission Statement and Student Expectations are posted in all classrooms and teachers reviewed them with their
students at the beginning of the school year. The Mission Statement is read daily during morning announcements.
• For the second year, computer generated Interim Grade reports were mailed home. A copy of the school’s newsletter was
included in each Interim Grade and Marking Period Report mailing. These newsletters were used as a vehicle to update
parents concerning school events, academic and social expectations, as well as highlight both students’ and faculty
• Our Guidance Department hosted two financial aid nights for parents of college bound students.
• Homework assistance was offered through our Instructional Center, and students received extra-help from our Spanish
and French Honor Society students.
• In an effort to attract and retain district students, the school offered its second Eighth Grade Curriculum and Activities Night
which was designed to promote our programs.
• During 2007-08 school year, our School-to-Career Program provided many authentic career experiences for students and
externship opportunities for staff.
• Students in Marketing, Psychology, Professional Foods, Anatomy & Physiology and Art earned a total of 24 Connecticut
Career Certificates. In addition, 58 students enrolled in the WHS/NVCC Articulation Program, each earned 3 transferrable
• The Parent Action Council continued its fundraising activities which included their annual Membership Drive, Pajama Day,
and Breakfast Fundraiser. As a result, PAC provided refreshments at Freshman Orientation, sponsored a CAPT
Breakfast, and contributed to the After-Prom Party and the Yearbook.
• Teacher e-mail addresses are post on the WHS website and listed in the Student Handbook.
Race/Ethnicity Number Percent
American Indian 1 0.1
Asian American 12 1.3
Black 21 2.3
Hispanic 28 3.1
White 853 93.2
Total Minority 62 6.8
Percent of Minority Professional Staff is 2.4.
3.7% of WHS students come from homes where English is not the
primary language. The number of non-English home languages is 10.
Efforts to Reduce Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Isolation
Wolcott High School faculty and students actively participated in a number of activities and programs in efforts to
reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation.
• During the 2007-08 school year, Wolcott High School hosted an exchange student from Albania, a native Mandarin-
speaking Chinese Guest Teacher, and a delegation of educators from our sister school in the Shangdong province of
• Chinese I was introduced into the curriculum, and more students elected to study French than in previous years.
• In March of 2008 the Wolcott Robotics Team (Max # 1071) placed 16th out of 62 teams at the Connecticut Regional
Competition, attended the national competition in Georgia where they participated in the finals and placed 7 th out of 84
teams in their division, and in June hosted its first robotics tournament for teams from throughout greater New England.
• Our National Honor Society worked at the town’s Senior Center teaching computer skills to the elderly and held its Annual
Christmas Party for students with special needs.
• In order to provide equal learning opportunities to students of low income families, all math classrooms have sets of
graphing calculators for students to borrow if they cannot purchase one of their own and many teachers allow students to
sign out a calculator overnight if it is an essential component for their homework.
• In Social Studies I, Social Studies II, and Contemporary Issues, students researched and discussed historical differences
between Muslims and Christians to gain a better understanding of the cultures.
• Our U.S. History and Civics courses expanded units on Civil Rights Amendments and Movement. In addition, throughout
the year, U.S. History classes focused on African Americans and guest speakers presented programs on the Holocaust
and the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.
• All 9th grade health classes discussed prejudices and how students need to accept and tolerate differences in race,
religion and economic status.
• All 11th and 12th grade health classes discussed acceptance and tolerance of people that have nontraditional
• Business and Applied Education classes conducted several field trips into Manhattan during which students were
exposed to a wide range of people and cultures. In addition, Culinary Arts classes brought to life the many 14
customs of international cuisine.
Student Enrollment on October 1, 2007: 915
Graduation and Dropout Rates WHS State HS % of Districts in State with Equal
or Less Desirable Rates
Graduation Rate, Class of 2007 98.4 92.6 78.9
Cumulative Four-Year Dropout Rate 1.5 6.2 76.7
for Class of 2007
2006-07 Annual Dropout Rate for 1.1 1.7 54.5
Activities of Graduates WHS State HS
Student Attendance WHS State HS
% Pursuing Higher 83.6 83.4
Education % Present on October 1st 96.3 94.4
% Employed, Civilian and 10.9 12.3
Connecticut Academic Performance Test State % of Schools in State with
WHS HS Equal or Lower Scores
% Grade 10 Meeting State Goal in:
Reading Across the Disciplines 54.7 45.5 65.9
Writing Across the Disciplines 71.8 57.9 71.3
Mathematics 51.2 50.1 51.4
Science 36.7 46.3 36.3
SAT I: Reasoning Test % of Schools in State with
WHS State Equal or Lower Scores
Class of 2007
Average Score: Mathematics 503 504 59.2
Critical Reading 486 502 43.6
Writing 486 503 41.9
% of Graduates Tested 80.3 77.6 N/A
The lowest possible score on each subtest is 200; the highest possible score is 800.
Number of Incidents: 2006-07
Location of Incident
Offense Category School Other Location
Violent Crimes Against Persons 3 0
Sexually Related Behavior 0 0
Personally Threatening Behavior 13 3
Theft 7 0
Physical/Verbal Confrontation 12 2
Fighting/Battery 28 1
Property Damage 4 4
Weapons 1 0
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco 14 4
School Policy Violations 193 0
Total 275 14
In the 2006-07 school year, 148 students were responsible for these incidents. This
represents 15.9% of the estimated number of students who attended at some
point during the 2006-07 school year. 18
School Improvement Plans and Activities
• During the 2007-08 school year, students, faculty, and administration fully implemented the Student Advisory Program
utilizing the Student Advisory Handbook which was developed during the summer of 2007 and includes appropriate grade
level activities. The purpose of this mentorship program is to insure that: “each student has an adult member of the school
community in addition to the school guidance counselor who personalizes each student’s educational experience, knows
the student well, and assists the student in achieving the school-wide expectations for student learning.” In this program,
all students are able to make positive connections with students and faculty members.
• A School Culture and Climate Committee worked to improve and enhance student and staff morale.
• School-wide rubrics for every major subject area, which are in direct alignment with the school’s mission and student
expectations, were refined and used throughout the school year. Furthermore, Department Head/Team Leaders met as a
Critical Friends Group to examine student work with an emphasis on the use of the School Wide Rubrics.
• Weekly CORE meetings were used to monitor student services including, but not limited to; Crisis Intervention, Scheduling
2008-2009, AP Testing, Case Conferences, Student Intervention Team, 504 Designations, Special Education, Alternative
Programs, and Seniors In Danger of Failing. Team members include: Administrative Team, Director of Student Services,
Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist and Social Worker, School Nurse, and School Resource Officer. Objectives
were to disseminate information, develop a global perspective, and provide proactive interventions in a timely manner.
• During this year, renovations of the main office were completed which resulted in a new look: old carpeting was removed,
a tile floor installed, and counters were modified to provide a more open and inviting appearance.
• A 3 year plan to refurbish the Resource Center was completed which included new paint, carpeting, tables, chairs,
computer workstations, atlas stands, dictionary stand, and a new charge-out desk.
• The girls locker room was refurbished which included new paint and new lockers.
Supplemental School Information
• During the 2007-2008 school year, Wolcott High School’s administration, faculty and staff reaffirmed their commitment to
the school’s mission: to provide a positive learning environment where students are engaged in meaningful learning that
develops the intellectual, creative, social, technological and physical skills necessary to prepare them for the next phase of
their lives. Once again, students were encouraged to give of themselves and their time in the service of others both inside
and outside of school.
• Our Advanced Placement Course Audit for all current AP courses offered at Wolcott High School included: AP Biology, AP
Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Studio Art – Drawing, AP Studio Art – 2D Design, and
AP U.S. History were electronically renewed for 2008-2009. Additional AP Course Audit Requests were submitted for new
teachers teaching AP English and AP Spanish. Additionally, a new Algebra II Level 1 and 2 textbook was introduced
which is more in line with the Connecticut Mathematics Framework recently adopted by the State of Connecticut. This
textbook aligns with the CAPT strands, enables SAT practice, and includes an on-line component where students can
access practice tests, quizzes and extra independent practice.
• Technology use included increased PowerPoint and multimedia presentations; computer lab usage for research projects;
use of portable computer labs to write papers and do internet research by multiple departments; and individual teacher’s
use of Smart Boards, LCD projectors, TV/DVD and web quests to enhance instruction. Again this year, Geometer Sketch-
pad was installed on all computers within the Mathematics Department and the mobile lab, computer room and in the
Resource Center. As a result, students now have access to the program for independent practice and homework
assignments, and teachers have incorporated the software into their lessons.