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New Canaan High School - An Exceptional Education

The heart of our scholars’ academic experience, New Canaan High School (NCHS) consistently ranks among the top public high schools nationwide, with graduates attending some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

In addition to exceptional academics, NCHS is known for its highly supportive faculty and abundant extracurricular activities, including championship-winning team sports, fine and performing arts, and technology and media clubs. The school’s 46-acre campus is equipped with new turf fields and athletic facilities, a state-of-the-art performance venue and library, and newly restored planetarium.

NCHS At A Glance

  • Ranked #2 best public high school in the state and best college prep public high school by Niche
  • Ranked #320 (out of 24,000) best public schools in the U.S.
  • Rated A+ for academics, teachers, and college prep by Niche
  • In the top 1% of public schools for STEM in the nation
  • Winner of National Library Program of the Year
  • $28,443 spending per student
  • 11:1 student-teacher ratio, with 1,286 students in grades 9-12

Curriculum Highlights

28 Advanced Placement courses offered across all subject areas

College-credit courses offered through UConn Early College Experience

World language offered through 5 levels of French, Spanish, Latin and Mandarin

Electives across all academics, visual and performing arts, and career education


NCHS offers over 80 co-curricular clubs and organizations that provide all students opportunities to pursue their interests, express their creativity, or try something new, including:

  • Model UN
  • Debate Club
  • Theater
  • TV Broadcasting
  • Photography
  • Robotics
  • Orchestra/Band
  • Vocals
  • SLOBs (Service League of Boys)


In 2023-24, NCHS will have 59 athletic teams in 18 different sports, offering numerous opportunities for students at all levels. Our Varsity teams have won state championships in football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, track and field, and cross country, producing numerous NCAA college and professional athletes.

Boys’ Sports
Fall: Football, Soccer, and Cross Country
Winter: Basketball, Wrestling, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming/Diving, Skiing, and Squash
Spring: Baseball, Track, Golf, Tennis, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and Crew

Welcoming Faculty

NCHS boasts exceptional teachers and administration who wholeheartedly support our program and scholars. One of ABC New Canaan’s board members sits on the faculty at NCHS and is available to the scholars at school to ensure their academic success and well-being — providing an additional layer of support.

Guidance and College Preparedness

The counseling office provides services to all students in academic guidance, college preparation, and social and emotional development. Starting freshman year, experienced guidance counselors work one-on-one with students to plan a robust college-preparatory curriculum, including a four-year academic plan to develop their highest academic potential and prepare them for college. Seniors participate in a six-week internship program to gain real work experience in their chosen field.

New Canaan High School’s partnership with A Better Chance has transformed not only the lives of our scholars but also the fabric of our entire school community. The remarkable contributions and achievements of these scholars are a testament to the power of providing opportunities to students from different backgrounds. Together, we are building a brighter future for all. All of our ABC graduates go on to competitive four year colleges.

William Egan
Principal, New Canaan High School

New Canaan - Our Town!

New Canaan is a vibrant, picturesque town with a welcoming personality. One of the few “walking towns” in Fairfield County, New Canaan has a population of 22,000 and a strong sense of town pride. It is located an hour outside NYC and is easily accessible by train. New Canaan is one of the safest towns in the state and an idyllic place to go to high school.

New Canaan’s charming downtown has a wide variety of restaurants, bakeries, shops, and much more. Best of all, everything is located just outside of ABC House’s doors. New Canaan also boasts nature preserves, parks, sports fields galore, churches of all denominations, art centers, ice skating, a 60,000 sq. foot YMCA (all ABC New Canaan scholars have memberships), and a brand new state-of-the-art library. There are endless activities and community-wide festivals, including the famous holiday stroll, block parties, and the annual May Fair Carnival.

For nearly 50 years, the town of New Canaan has championed the mission of ABC New Canaan and supported its scholars. Our program is funded 100% by the generosity of local residents, volunteers, foundations, businesses, New Canaan High School, and The Board of Education.