Staples high School


Staples High School is among the best public high schools in the country and is ranked 8th in Connecticut by US News & World Report and 1st by ConnCan Research Group. Staples graduates are consistently accepted to the most competitive colleges in the country. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Staples High School is 62 percent. 

In 2006, Staples High School was renovated and expanded in order to enhance teaching and learning. With a wireless environment and the latest in technology, students and teachers can now find information from whatever source is appropriate for their task. Staples High School is also known for its exceptional curriculum, broad range of extracurricular activities and outstanding program of professional development for teachers and administrators.

“The Mission of the Westport Public Schools is to prepare all students to reach their potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.”



  • 2008: Connecticut Magazine – Top Public High School in Connecticut

  • 2010: Bloomberg-BusinessWeek – Best Overall Academic Performance in Connecticut

  • 2011: ConnCan Research Group (Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) – Ranked the #1 High School in Connecticut

  • 2012: GreatSchools – Staples is among the few public high schools in Connecticut to receive a distinguished Rating of 10 out of 10

  • 2006 – 2010: US News – America’s Best High Schools, Silver Medalist

  • 2011 - 2015: US News – America’s Best High Schools, Gold Medalist

  • 2006 - 2013: Newsweek – America’s Best High Schools

  • 2013: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has recognized Staples High School, in Westport as a National Blue Ribbon School

  • 2015: ranks Staples High School as the 23rd best public high school in the United States

Curriculum Highlights

  • 27 AP courses

  • Math sequence through multivariable calculus (AB, BC)

  • Sciences: Aerospace, Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine Biology, Meteorology, Environmental Science

  • World Languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

  • The Arts: Music, Theatre, Studio Art, Television Production, Culinary Arts

  • Computer Lab, Language Lab, Science Lab, Library, Auditorium/Stage

Student Achievments

  • Inklings News - High School Newspaper Silver Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

  • Staples Players - Countless awards and international acclaim for their dramas, musicals, one-act plays, classics and original shows. Under the direction of David Roth, 4-time winners of the New England Theatre Conference Moss Hart Award.

  • 10 National Merit Scholar Finalists, 1 National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, 29 National Merit commended Students

  • Athletics Program - Numerous Championships

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student Clubs: Amnesty International, Art Club, Chess Club, Debate Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Gay/Straight Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, Photography Club, Staples Players, Student Assembly, Yearbook, Language Clubs and many more

  • Sports Teams: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ski Team, Indoor Track, Wrestling, Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field

  • Radio Station, WWPT-FM (90.3 FM)