Hamden High School is the town's only public high school, educating more than 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12.…More The school is divided into "houses," with a principal for each house. There are three houses of upperclassmen and one house of freshmen. Advance Placement classes are open to students who qualify. There also is a wide variety of elective classes.
Educational opportunities run beyond the academic. The school has its own restaurant, nursery school, school store and automotive services run by students in vocational programs.
The former Hamden Middle School in the Newhall section of town was first known as Michael J. Whelan Jr. High School.…More In the 1980's, when the town's second middle school, Sleeping Giant Jr. High School, closed, M.J. Whelan Jr. High School because Hamden Middle School, serving all of the town's seventh- and eighth-grade students. The school closed for good in 2006 when the new Hamden Middle School opened on Dixwell Avenue just down the road from Hamden High School. The former building is now the subject of a state and federal cleanup after it was determined that the area had in the past been used as a dump by the former Eklund Corporation.
In the meantime the building is used as a town community center. The Hamden Police Department also has opened a substation in the building.
Cedarhurst School 871 Prospect St, Hamden, CT06517 Operated by Yale University, Cedarhurst School is a therapeutic school for students grades 6 through 12. Each student's…More program is tailored to their needs; some attend traditional classes while others get one-on-one attention. Parental involvement is encouraged. Students can either complete their education at Cedarhurst or transition back into their community high school, depending on their needs. The school's Prospect Street building is the former home of John Day Jackson, who for years owned the New Haven Register.
Church of the Blessed Sacrament 322 Circular Ave, Hamden, CT06514 The church was founded amid the Great Depression. Before the church building was completed in 1940, masses were held in…More the nearby Church Street School. The parish flourished, and 20 years later it purchased land across the street on Circular Avenue with plans to build a junior high school. Blessed Sacrament Jr. High opened in 1965 and was later renamed Rev. Daniel J. Barry Jr. High after the priest who spearheaded its construction. But in 1992, the Archdiocese of Hartford made the decision to close the school. Since then, the church has leased the building to the city of New Haven's Board of Education.