BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL - PROFILE 2009/10
Superintendent of Schools School Counselors
Mr. Paul K. Smith Mrs. Debra Huntington
Mrs. Eileen Melody
Mrs. Karen E. Adamson Director of Curriculum
Mrs. Claudia Danna
Bolton High School
72 Brandy Street
(860) 643-2768 Fax (860) 645-8374
School Code: 070038
Bolton High School believes in the development of capable, ethical, thoughtful, and responsible citizens and is
committed to providing a secure educational environment in which all students can discover and work toward achieving
their maximum potential.
Bolton High School strives to foster the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and positive attitudes required for life long
learning. The cornerstone of this process is high quality instruction, which encourages critical thinking, problem solving,
and the application of learned skills and knowledge.
Bolton High School is a four-year, comprehensive public high school with an enrollment of 296 students in grades 9-
12. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. There are 67 students in the
Class of 2009 and the average class size is fifteen. Students are encouraged to pursue courses with academic rigor and
intellectual challenge. The faculty consists of thirty-two full-time and nine part-time instructors with 95% holding at least
a Master’s degree. Bolton High School prides itself on a personalized educational experience with individualized
Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2010
Bolton High School graduation requirements are among the most rigorous in the state of Connecticut. In addition to academic
requirements, each student is required to complete 30 hours of community service and a Senior Demonstration.
Credit Distribution Academic Performance Product Based Performance
Expectations Expectations Expectations
English 4 credits Response to Literature* Education/Career Portfolio
Social Studies 3 credits Persuasive Writing* Community Service
(1 credit in U.S. History required Jr. year) Numeric Problem Solving* (minimum - 30 hours)
(1/2 credit in Civics required Sr. year)
Mathematics 3 credits Scientific Problem Solving* Senior Demonstration
Science 3 credits Oral Communication Health/Physical Education
Vocational or Fine Arts 1 credit Technology/Information Portfolio
Phys. Ed. / Health 1 ¾ credits Literacy
Electives 6 ¼ credits Arts/Aesthetic Literacy
TOTAL 22 credits * Corresponds to Connecticut Academic
Performance Test (CAPT) Sections
Advanced Placement Scores Curriculum
In 2009, 33% of the Senior Class and 26% of the Junior Class sat Bolton High School offers an extensive array of curricular and co-
curricular courses and programs to challenge its diverse student
for a total of 54 tests, representing 8 different Advanced
population. Students can choose from academic and fine arts classes,
Placement Exams. vocational and technical experiences, internships, and cooperative
- 80% scored 3 or better. work experience. Courses are divided into four levels of study and are
- 46% scored 4 or better. designed to meet the individual student’s needs. In addition to
- 27% scored 5 or better. Advanced Placement, University of Connecticut ECE courses, and
Manchester Community College “Career Pathway” courses,
In the last five years, 26 BHS students have been recognized as opportunities exist for students to take accelerated courses at area
AP Scholars by the College Board. Seven students have been magnet schools, including the Greater Hartford Academy for
recognized as AP Scholars with Honor or AP Scholars with Math/Science and the Arts.
Students who pass all of the Bolton High School graduation
requirements having achieved the highest rating in each of the scoring
AP EXAMINATIONS— MAY 2009
rubrics and earn a minimum of 50 hours of community service, receive
Class of 2009 and 2010 the diploma “With Distinction.” Twenty-six members of the Class of
Score Distribution 5 4 3 2 1 2008 received this honor.
Calculus AB 1 3 1 2 -
English Literature 1 3 3 - -
European History 5 - - - - Course Offerings – AP & UCONN ECE Levels
French 1 - - - -
Music Theory 1 - - - - Advanced Placement University of Connecticut
Spanish 1 1 - 1 2 English Literature Early College Experience
United States History UConn ECE/AP European History
Studio Art 2D - - 2 1 1 UConn ECE Environmental Science
US History 5 3 10 1 - Spanish V UConn ECE/AP Biology
Physics Students have access to
Calculus AB additional AP courses through
Virtual High School www.govhs.org
Studio Art 2D
SAT Mean Scores Studio Art 3D
SAT Mean Scores: 2007 2008 2009
Verbal (Reading) 544 525 547
Mathematics 538 511 557 Course Offerings – Honors Level
Writing 543 546 549
Freshman English French IV
Course Levels Spanish IV
Junior English Latin IV
Advanced Placement (AP) & UCONN Early College Experience Science 9
(ECE) - The most competitive college preparatory classes British Literature
Honors - Very competitive college preparatory classes Algebra II Chemistry
College Preparatory - Preparation for college and other educational Pre-Calculus Physics
opportunities College Math Topics World History & Cultures I
General - Moderately difficult courses Concert Band World History & Cultures II
Independent Study in Art
Class of 2009 – GPA Academic Expectations
The Bolton High School graduate…
4.300-5.000 reads actively, critically, and competently for a variety
of purposes and communicates literal, interpretive, and
critical understandings in clear expository, narrative, and
4.000-4.299 descriptive writing.
writes effective persuasive essays by taking a clear
3.300-3.999 position, supporting that position with accurate and
relevant information, organizing ideas logically and
effectively, and expressing ideas with clarity and
understands important mathematical concepts and
2.000-2.499 procedures and engages in complex mathematical tasks
and methods to solve problems.
has a knowledge base in the biological, earth, and
1.000-1.999 physical sciences, understanding unifying themes in the
sciences, and applies the scientific principles and
0 5 10 15 20 25 methods through research investigations and inquiry-
Number of Students based activities.
speaks clearly and concisely, communicating effectively
and accurately in meaningful conversation, so as to
Bolton High School Point Value Table defend a position and exchange information.
has a fundamental knowledge of a language other than
Course Level English and understands and respects the diversity of
Grade AP Honors College Prep General languages and cultures.
uses libraries, as well as information and
A+/A 93-100 5.00 4.75 4.25 3.75 communications technology, to retrieve, synthesize, and
A- 90-92 4.75 4.50 4.00 3.50 communicate information.
displays skillful and creative expression in the arts and
B+ 87-89 4.50 4.25 3.75 3.25
evaluates artistic character and aesthetic qualities in art
B 83-86 4.25 4.00 3.50 3.00 forms.
B- 80-82 4.00 3.75 3.25 2.75
C+ 77-79 3.75 3.50 3.00 2.50 Social Expectations
C 73-76 3.50 3.25 2.75 2.25 The Bolton High School graduate…
C- 70-72 3.25 3.00 2.50 2.00 meets the demands of the employment market by
D+ 67-69 3.00 2.75 2.25 1.75 demonstrating skills and the knowledge necessary for
D 63-66 2.75 2.50 2.00 1.50 career opportunities and options.
is aware of his/her post-secondary educational options.
D- 60-62 2.50 2.25 1.75 1.25
understands that each individual is instrumental in
F 0-59 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 improving the quality of life for all members of the
demonstrates critical, creative, and innovative thinking,
Connecticut Academic Performance Test
while identifying and solving real-world problems.
understands the need and accepts the responsibility for
The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) is a state
autonomous learning and self-direction.
mandated program that tests all tenth grade students. Bolton High
demonstrates and recognizes the principles of wellness
School 2009 percentages are indicated below.
and physical fitness.
NCLB Proficient Level State Goal Level Advanced Level
Math 94.4 69.4 29.2 Civic Expectations
Science 94.5 63.0 27.4
Reading 97.2 69.4 45.8 The Bolton High School graduate…
Writing 98.6 82.2 47.9 understands and values the responsibilities and the rights
Goal Writing Score: #1 in CT District Reference Group C of United States citizenship and knowledgably
Goal Reading Score: #5 in CT District Reference Group C participates in the democratic process.
understands and respects the need for standards of self-
Goal Science Score: #5 in CT District Reference Group C discipline, accountability, integrity, and ethics in a civil
Advanced Level Reading Score: #3 in CT District Reference Group C society.
demonstrates collaboration skills as a member of a team,
Advanced Level Writing Score: #2 in CT District Reference Group C is able to teach others new skills, and exercises
NCLB “Proficient” Reading Score: #1 in CT District Reference Group C leadership qualities and negotiation skills.
demonstrates the ability to work with and show respect
NCLB “Proficient” Writing Score: #1 in CT District Reference Group C
for diverse groups of people and recognizes the need for
Scores on all 4 tests lie within in the top 25% of all CT districts. social responsibility and global awareness.
Grade Distribution and Class Rank Community
Grade point average, based upon a 4+ point scale, is determined by Located approximately 14 miles east of Hartford, Bolton has a
averaging the student’s weighted grades. The first class ranking is population of about 5,000. It is a suburban community with rural
determined at the end of the fifth semester (during the junior year). Class character and a close proximity to the University of Connecticut and
rank is updated at the end of the junior year and at the end of the seventh Manchester Community College. A socio-economically diverse
semester (during the senior year). community, much of the working population is engaged in technical,
professional, managerial, and sales occupations. Bolton has two
schools, Bolton Center School, serving grades K-8, and Bolton High
Post Graduate Plans School, serving grades 9-12. The total district population is 883
Adelphi University Fisher College St Joseph College, CT*
American International Florida International Univ Salve Regina University*
College Fordham University Savannah College of Art*
Amherst College Full Sail University Smith College* Bolton High School, with approximately 290 students, fosters a
personalized education and boasts a comprehensive course selection
Arizona State University* Furman University Southern CT State University*
and programs for all academic levels, as well as extensive offerings in
Assumption College * George Washington Univ Springfield College*
the arts, athletics, and activities.
Babson College Georgetown University* Suffolk University
BHS students have access to online courses through Virtual High
Baran Institute of Tech Hobart & Wm Smith College Temple University School (VHS), which offers over 200 full semester courses in Arts,
Becker College Hofstra University Tulane University Business, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Life Skills,
Bentley College * Hunter College-CUNY U.S. Coast Guard Academy* Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. In addition, VHS
Boston University Ithaca College University of Connecticut* offers 15 Advanced Placement (AP) full year courses and 11 Pre-
Advanced Placement courses.
Bowdoin College Johnson & Wales University* University of Hartford
Brandeis University Johnson State College* University of Maine
Independent Study courses fostering special interests or advanced
work are available to all BHS students under the direction of a faculty
Bridgewater State College Keene State College * University of Maryland
Brigham Young University* Long Island - .C.W.Post* University of MaryWashington
Specialized programs at BHS include the Learning Through
Brooklyn College-CUNY Lyndon State college Univ. of Mass. Amherst* Internship program, Teen Leadership program, and CPR/AED
Bryant University Manchester Comm. College * University of New England Certification beginning with the Class of 2012.
Central CT State University* Manhattan College University of New Hampshire Students at BHS are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of
Clark University Manhattanville College University of Hartford* community service at BHS in order to graduate. Students have gone
CT Aero Tech Marist College University of New Haven*
well above and beyond that amount. During the 2008-09 school year,
the BHS student body accrued 14,424 documented hours of
College of Wm & Mary Marymount Manhattan College University of Pennsylvania
Connecticut College New York University* University of Pittsburgh
In the last four years over 36 students have been honored with the
Cornell University Newbury College University of Rhode Island* Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Dean College* Philadelphia University* University of Richmond* Student interest in service projects has resulted in a BHS chapter of
Drexel University Pikes Peak Comm College University of South Florida Amnesty International, fundraisers for Darfur and Partners in Health.
Eastern CT State University* Plymouth State University University of Tampa * Student service has resulted in awards for BHS clubs by the State
Elon University* Pueblo Community College University of West Florida Dept. of Education and for the National Honor Society by the
Emerson College Quinnipiac University Western New England
American Red Cross in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Emmanuel College* Rensselaer Polytech Institute* Worcester Polytech Institute
BHS Athletic Teams have been recognized with several Michael’s
Achievement Cups and teams are represented annually in the CIAC
Endicott College* Roger Williams University
state tournament. BHS boasts several All-State and All-New England
Members of the Class of 2009 were accepted at the schools and colleges athletes. In each of the last three years, BHS has had a Connecticut
listed above. An asterisk indicates at least one student is currently finalist in the National Heisman Awards program.
attending the college or university. The BHS Music Department has competed in nationally recognized
festivals in: Washington, DC - Toronto, Canada - Richmond and
Virginia Beach, Virginia and Orlando, Florida. Musicians from BHS
Bolton High School annually represent the school at the Connecticut All State Festival and
the New England Music Festival.
Bolton High School regularly hosts summer reading authors. Visiting
authors have included Louise Murphy (The True Story of Hansel and
Gretel), Reyna Grande (Across A Hundred Mountains), Richard
Glaubman (Life Is So Good),and Da Chen (Colors of the Mountains)
Bolton High School has presented at the New England Association of
Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and The Center for Secondary School
Redesign “Showcase of Model Programs” at Bentley College in
Waltham, MA in 2007 and 2008
World Language classes have traveled to Spain, Italy, and France.
Science classes have toured Costa Rica and participated in “Space
Camp.” The Science Department is planning a trip to Hawaii for the
In the Spring of 2008, Bolton High School established a “Sister
School” in the Shandong Province of China. Students can study
Mandarin Chinese through Virtual High School and will have the
opportunity to travel to China in April 2010.