East Lyme High School – East Lyme, CT

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

East Lyme High School

30 Chesterfield Rd Box 21
East Lyme, CT, 06333-1244

(860) 739-6946

Mr. Michael Susi, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr Michael Susi, Current Principal

East Lyme School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 14%


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Community pulling together to help students and families fighting cancer.

Community pulling together to help students and families fighting cancer.


To visit East Lyme High School is to see our mission in action. Students are offered a wide array of challenging courses, including AP, UConn Early College Experience, and Virtual High School. Students choose from a variety of electives, in all areas of the curriculum, that promote real-world experiences and push them to strengthen their talents. Students produce a newspaper, conduct anthropological digs, run a print business, create musical scores, produce short films, write proposal papers, design and race cardboard boats, sew clothing, clean beaches, conduct experiments, and read, write, and speak in one of four different languages. They exhibit their work at expos, test models they make, participate in self and peer evaluations, present and seek support for bills they write, perform in concerts, and participate in competitions at school and in surrounding communities.

ELHS benefits from an "open campus" that promotes a culture of respect and responsibility. Students self-manage their lunch and study halls when they have both social and academic options. Clubs and organizations meet during an extended lunch period, and students have access to the library and support during their open study hall.

ELHS is committed to the social/emotional success of all students. Over 85% of students participate in athletics, clubs, or organizations that are dedicated to promoting school spirit, a positive climate, community service, and civic engagement. Our Advisory program and support services staff ensure that all students have a place to turn when in need.

ELHS: Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow