By any measure, Simsbury High School is one of the most successful comprehensive high schools in the state of Connecticut...and well beyond. As a school community, we have undertaken a process to outline our core values and beliefs about educating students at Simsbury High. This foundational document was adopted by the faculty in the spring of 2014 and serves to unite our school around our primary goals for students. Brought down to its simplest form, the Core Values and Beliefs statement is captured below.
Preparation—First and foremost, a school must be focused on the academic preparation that it provides for its students. At Simsbury High School, we are incredibly proud of our long-standing success on academic achievement markers (AP scores, SAT, college acceptance rates, etc.), and we take delight when our graduates return to Simsbury to tell us about their successes in college, the military, and the workplace. The rigor of the academic program at Simsbury High School would compare favorably to that offered at any other secondary school – public or private.
Passion—An absolutely essential attribute of Simsbury High School’s culture is the incredible array of learning experiences that we offer to our students as they develop their unique talents and interests. We can stack up our elective course offerings and extra-curricular activities against any other high school, and the comparison will show you that SHS goes to amazing lengths to help students find something about which they are passionate. However, it is important to note that SHS does not rest on offering many courses and activities; we work tirelessly to protect the quality of our elective strands, athletic teams, music and performing arts opportunities, and other clubs and student organizations. At Simsbury High School, students can always find a place where they can pursue something they love with like-minded peers, and they can know that they will be pushed in that endeavor.
Personal Growth—The time that students spend in high school (roughly from 14 to 18 years of age) is marked by increasing independence as students get ready to face the challenges of the “real world.” At Simsbury High School, we recognize and embrace the growth that needs to happen in students during this crucial period of development. As such, we emphasize character development through the Trojan Code program, which celebrates respect, honor, and responsibility within the school community. We believe it is important to teach students to work collaboratively and to develop their potential as leaders. In general, we see a primary goal of public education as the development of informed and active citizens.
As principal of Simsbury High School, I am fortunate to work side-by-side with teachers and students who care deeply about education. In the final analysis, close personal relationships make this a truly great school—one that values its traditions at the same time that it responds to the needs of a changing world.
Neil Sullivan, Principal