Organization of the School
The school strives to develop in each student a sense of individuality and accomplishment. The heart of this personalized approach is the House Plan. Entering students are assigned to one of the five Houses – Bella, Cantor, Clark, Folsom or Sheldon. Each House has its own House Administrator who monitors student progress, supervises House activities and handles student discipline. In addition, each House has guidance counselors, a social worker and a psychologist as well as an assistant dean who work closely with students on academic, personal and social issues.
- Academic Support Services
- Calendar and Schedules
- Methods of Communication
- Personal Support Services
- Public Health Nurse
- School Closing and Early Dismissal Times
- School Counselors
- Where to go for Help
The school provides a number of ways to help students who seek academic assistance. Individual teachers are available in assigned classrooms before and after the school day and by appointment. Reading support personnel are available to help students as referred by staff.
Learning Centers are located throughout the school. They are areas set aside for individual or small group work where students can get extra help during the school day with academics. Each house has an English/social studies learning center. The math learning center is located in Sheldon House; biology and physical science learning centers are in the science wing; ESL is located in Clark House; and foreign language is in Cantor House.
If a student earns lower than a C- or if he/she needs additional support, he or she will be assigned to Academic Support by his/her teacher or guidance counselor. Students may go to any learning center during an open block and ask for help from any teacher who is there.
For more information, please see our Student Support Services page.
The Greenwich High School and Greenwich Public Schools websites are the first places families, students, faculty and the community to get general information about the school and district. Commonly accessed information includes announcements: school delays, closings, early dismissals, School Calendars and Important Dates, Board of Education Information, Policies and Procedures, and Curriculum and Program Information.
Email: Email is a critical tool utilized by the school to communicate with both the parent population as a whole and with individual families.
- Parents can update the email address on file by contacting the House Administrative Assistant or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mass emails will typically come from the address email@example.com, while emails from faculty and staff at GHS will come will follow the firstname.lastname@example.org protocol.
Student Email: All students at Greenwich Public Schools are all issued school specific Google accounts (email@example.com).
- Students at GHS are expected to check email regularly to see both general and specific emails from the GHS Administration, individual teachers and other students. Students are required to use this email anytime they are communicating with any school personnel.
- Emails from individual teachers/counselors and administrators will follow the standard firstname.lastname@example.org protocol.
- Mass emails sent from GHS personnel will often come from email@example.com and be marked [External] in the subject line.
- Students needing assistance with their email address should visit the library media center for assistance or see the Tech Help page on the library website.
Parentlink is the electronic mass communication system used by GPS. It is used by the District and School leaders to communicate important information to parents, including emergency alerts.
The main telephone number and email address parents provide as part of the registration process are accessed for this communication resource.
Please be sure you provide up to date contact information to your child's House Administrative Assistant in order to ensure timely receipt of information.
Parentlink Newsletter: GHS sends out a bi-monthly newsletter through Parentlink to update parents and families of news and events at GHS. The most recent version of this newsletter can be found on the GHS Website.
Aspen: GPS uses Aspen as the secure Student Management Portal. The system houses important student information including academic records and grades. Both students and families have portal access.
Schoology: Schoology is the primary Learning Management Platform at GHS. All teachers should post, at minimum, assignment due dates. Schoology is one of two places teachers can post assignment and other learning materials. Both students and parents have portal access.
Google Classroom: Google Classroom is another option for teacher distribution and organization of assignments that integrates with student Google accounts. There is no parent portal for Google Classroom.
** For more information about our technology portals and platforms, see Parent Portals. Any parents having issues accessing their Aspen or Schoology accounts should email our portal help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students having access issues should stop by the library media center for help. Alternatively, parents and students may see the Tech Help page on the library website for more information.
Daily Bulletin: Updated by the Student Activities Office, this web-based newsletter includes information for GHS students, including special schedules, clubs and activities information and information about special events.
In School, students and visitors should look to the electronic message boards throughout the building for information about special schedules, school events and club information.
Clubs and Activities: Looking to get involved at GHS? Students can explore the Clubs and Activities website to search all of the current clubs at GHS.
Student Activities Website: Parents and students should explore the Student Activities Website for information about sschool portraits, student parking, Homecoming, graduation, and other events and activities.
Students and their families, as well as community members, should refer to the Athletics Website for all information regarding the sports/game schedule, team information, the Athletic Handbook/Code of Conduct, Directions to our Athletic Facilities and Athletics contact information.
Team Registration is completed through FinalForms, an online form and data management solution. All new and returning student-athletes must register with a parent/guardian through FinalForms prior to tryouts or participation.
All individual teams also have sportsYou accounts. This is the primary communication mechanism between Coaches and Athletes/Families.
Games can be watched live through HUDL TV.
College-Career Update: A weekly review of activities relating to career and college placement and college scholarships. It is posted on our website.
College and Career Video Archive: Look for past webinars done by the GHS School Counseling program about planning for the post high school experience.
GHS Profile: Provides a description of the GHS academic program, statistics and list of courses.
Social Worker – Each House has the services of a social worker. The social worker offers personal support to individuals and groups and may refer students to other helping agencies in the community.
Psychologist – A school psychologist is available for testing, consultation and career guidance upon the recommendation of the House team.
Speech and Language Therapist – A speech and language therapist is available to help students referred by the staff.
Please contact your child's school counselor if you believe your child would benefit from meeting with one of these specialists.
The Health Suite is located in the main office off the glass corridor. The nurses offer medical assistance and counsel students in health matters. Students with health problems or concerns are encouraged to see the nurses between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Students who become ill during the school day must be screened by one of the nurses who will contact a parent or guardian if the student is unable to remain in school. A student must obtain a pass from a staff member prior to going to the Health Suite. Students who are ill may not leave school without permission. As per school policy, a student may rest, receive medication, get a quick snack, or use the rest room, but should return to class within 20 minutes. At the discretion of the nurse, an injured or ill student can be excused from the block. Students with injuries requiring the use of the elevators may obtain an elevator key in the health office. Lost or unreturned keys will be treated as an outstanding obligation.
In the event of a school closing, delay or early dismissal, GPS will contact parents and students through specific communication channels. Please review the District Emergency Alerts page for detailed information. See also Safety and Security of Pupils, Personnel and School Buildings: Emergency Closings Regulation (5142R)
Parents and students should check their email and refer to the Schedules page for updated bell schedules due to closings or early releases.
Each student is assigned a school counselor for the four years at Greenwich High School. Counselors offer a variety of special and general services, including individual and group counseling, academic, career and college planning. The guidance counselor is the key school resource for helping students structure post-high school plans. Counselors are available to help students with questions and problems of both an academic and personal nature. Appointments may be made in the counselor’s appointment book with the house guidance administrative assistant.
- Athletics/Sports - Athletic Director
- Attendance - House Attendance Assistant
- Bullying - House Assistant Dean
- Buses - Student Activities Office
- Career Research - College and Career Center
- Clubs - Student Activities Office
- College Application Process - School Counselor
- Course Selection - School Counselor
- Elevator Key - Nurses' Office
- Harassment - House Assistant Dean
- Hazing - House Assistant Dean
- ID Card - Student Activities Office
- Illness or Accident - Nurse
- Job Opportunities - QuadJobs
- Lost and Found - Security
- Lunch Accounts - Cafeteria
- Lunch - Free and Reduced - Main Office
- Medical Waivers and PE Excuses - Nurse
- Parking - Student Activities Office
- Schedule - School Counselor
- Tech Help/IT Support - Library Media Center
- Theft or Lost Item - Security
- Threats - House Assistant Dean
- Transcript - School Counselor
- Tutoring or Problems with a Subject - Classroom Teacher
- Visitors - Student - House Administrative Assistant
- Working Papers - Main Office
- Emergency (Police/Fire/Ambulance) - 911
- Kids in Crisis - (203) 661-2599
- Kids in Crisis Hotline - (203) 661-HELP
- Mental Health Crisis Line - 211 or 988
- Rape & Sexual Abuse Hotline - (203) 329-2929
- Safe Rides (Friday & Saturday 10pm -2am) - (203) 869-8445
- Teen Crisis Service - (203) 323-9797
- Tip Line: Greenwich Police Department - (203) 618-8875