Daniel Hand High School
Phone: 203-245-6350 | Fax: 203-245-6356
Welcome to the 2023-2024 Program of Studies. This booklet has been prepared to help you choose a course of study for your high school years. Planning is an important part of a successful high school experience. We hope you find it helpful in making informed decisions.
Daniel Hand High School provides you with a high quality core curriculum in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages. In addition, a wide range of choices are available in art, business, music, and technology education. Choosing appropriate courses based on your interest, skills, and goals is important in preparing you for your future beyond high school.
It is essential that you and your parents/guardians thoroughly review this booklet and discuss your options. Prior to selecting your courses for next year, it is recommended that you work closely with your teachers and school counselors. We strongly encourage you to think carefully about your choices. These courses become the foundation for future education and training that will support your goals.
An important aspect of your high school education is to broaden your experiences beyond the classroom walls. We encourage you to become involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities in both the high school and the community. Some of the many possibilities available to you include clubs, athletics, student government, the arts, and community service endeavors. All of these provide opportunities for you to pursue interests and make new friendships.
The administration, faculty, and staff of Daniel Hand High School are here to provide you with the resources, support, and encouragement you will need to be successful.
Anthony R. Salutari, Jr.
Our primary purpose is to graduate enthusiastic life-long learners who are responsible global citizens. Daniel Hand High School students, in collaboration with educators, parents/guardians, and the community, will develop as motivated, self-reliant, creative, and ethical individuals who respect differences in others.
The Daniel Hand High School community will provide a safe, supportive, and respectful environment for students to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, and effective communication. We will cultivate a collaborative and inclusive community that values and affirms the diverse contributions, strengths, and talents of all its members. Our expectation is that students will act with respect, courtesy, and empathy. We will provide an environment for students to find learning opportunities in both success and failure and take responsibility for their words and actions. We bear a responsibility to empower all students to become contributing members of a just society. As a learning community, we value compassion, intellectual curiosity, academic and creative risk-taking, and integrity.
The school will...
- provide appropriate facilities, resources, and support services to make learning accessible to all students.
All staff will...
- encourage students to be proactive in their learning, and will challenge students to meet or exceed standards in all programs.
All students and staff will...
- reflect on success and failure in order to develop resilience, perseverance, and a growth mindset.
- benefit from collaboration and partnership with civic, business, higher education, and other community groups and resources.
- engage in emotionally and intellectually safe learning with a secure school facility.
The school community will...
- encourage student curiosity, ingenuity, and creativity, thus empowering students to pursue their own intellectual inquiries.
- foster participation in activities that promote lifelong health and wellness for all staff and students.
It is the policy of the Board of Education of Madison that no person shall be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of or, be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any educational or employment program or activity because of age, color, marital status, national origin, physical disability, race, creed, or sex. This policy includes but is not limited to course offerings, athletic programs, school counseling, and test procedures. While separation of students in certain specific activities and facilities may be warranted in the best interest of the students' physical or emotional or social well-being, and while unequal aggregate expenditure of funds for members of a particular group of students will not in and of itself constitute a violation of this policy, it is the explicit intent of the Board to provide genuinely equal opportunity for all students in all program areas. The grievance procedure, which will permit students to communicate grievances related to the Title IX Regulations, can be found in the Handbook for Students and Parents.