Award Year: 2018

Haddam-Killingworth High School

95 Little City Road
Higganum, CT, 06441-4323

(860) 345-8541

Ms. Donna L Hayward, Principal at time of Nomination

Regional School District 17

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Every member of our community is valued. We nurture intellectual curiosity, global responsibility, personal integrity. Our graduates possess knowledge and skills essential to happy lives.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 10%
Class of 2018 poses on the football field

Class of 2018 poses on the football field

Haddam Killingworth High School provides extensive opportunities to students while nurturing and supporting them within a familial learning environment. We offer 27 courses for college credit, with most students completing a post-secondary endeavor before they graduate. We are proud of a variety of instructional arrangements including traditional, online, internship, independent study, and a new blended learning initiative. We personalize the student experience and supports across both the academic and social-emotional domains.

Student voice is developed and honored - in the classroom, through direct advisory relationships with school leaders, and through student involvement in larger community and global issues. We mindfully support students in balancing achievement in the classroom, on the athletic field, and beyond with self-care and restoration. Midway through our day, there is a structured pause in our academic schedule with a clear message: it is important for all of us to eat, to rest, to breathe, and to take time for conversation and friendship. We uphold this principle during other stressful times as well. For example, after a long morning of standardized testing, students choose from a variety of stress-breaking activities to enjoy; activities range from guided meditation to yoga to basketball tournaments to nature walks. This past year, we suffered the devastating loss of two beloved teachers and coaches. The way the faculty, staff, and students supported one another was remarkable and exemplifies how we function as a supportive community. We grieved, processed, and began healing together. At HK, we are a family and our family thrives.