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Decatur High School

Public | 8-12 | 1064 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 2, 2014

The school is all about football and revolves its whole student life around football. If you don't play football it is very annoying that the football students get all this special treatment such as 10 pep rallies a year that students are required to go to and bow down to the football players as if there kings. They get there own decorated lunch tables on game days, unlike any of the other sports. Female sports have no rep unless its cheer leading. The student body is very cliquish and the school is ran by the preps and the "upper" families of Decatur. There are a number of good teachers here that love their job and there are teachers that do absolutely nothing unless admin comes to observe. The Language, Gov & Econ, Engineering,Bio, and UPPER math depts. are strong. Along with the arts classes. The new principle is great and is helping the school move in the right direction. The school needs to work on catering to the entire student body ensure everyone is heard and represented equally in clubs, sports, AP/IB and so on. They also need to push students to try harder and more advanced classes. The janitorial,office, and lunch staff are exceptionally nice and enjoy their jobs.


Posted March 31, 2013

Decatur High is a very personalized school system. The teachers/staff and administratoin provide something for everyone! Whether your child excels in the math and sciences to sports to art/theatre/band/chorus - there is something for everyone. The school is small enough to have personalized attention. We could not ask for a better place to raise our three children and have them receive the education/life skills needed to excel in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

There are some amazing teachers at DHS. There are some who need to step up and teach! I want my child to excel in college and am nervous that she might not be ready. The administration needs to find a focus and get their teachers working towards the goal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Great school and community spirit and support. Prepared my kids for college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

My student is in her first year at the school. coming from the city of Chicago, so far, I am especially please with the class size and teacher to student ratio that yields more of a hands on approach. I believe my daughter is going to do very well here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

By and large, the teachers at Decatur HIgh School are dedicated professionals. They have been incredibly accessible and flexible in terms of accommodating for my son, who has high-functioning autism and Tourette's Syndrome. Mr. Ward, the principal, is practical and fair. My son has even said nice things about the custodians, the lunch staff, and the office workers. Overall, Decatur High has been a good learning environment for my son. It is not without it's faults, but the majority of the faults stem from problems caused by students whose parents have not taught them about the paradigm of school and responsibility. Keep up the good work, DHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

So far Im very happy with Decatur High School. My son has had so many issues in the past but he is so excited about school this year. The teachers seem very intrested in the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

Fairly good...used to be a lot better. The big weakness is its math department. My children were not prepared for college math. A couple of math teachers need to really teach or just quit or retire! But there are also some very good teachers here. Technology department excellent. Lots of cliques among students, actually not as bad as it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

I love Decatur High! The teachers really care about the students. I really feel like I am getting a good education here. Decatur High is special to me in too many ways to list here. It is the only high school for me.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
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Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

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Special educationn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education81%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty92%
Not poverty100%

Language

All Students75%
Female84%
Male65%
Black59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education10%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant75%
Poverty56%
Not poverty91%

Math

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education67%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty90%
Not poverty97%

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education29%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty73%
Not poverty96%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female78%
Male73%
Black57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education43%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant76%
Poverty61%
Not poverty90%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education91%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant99%
Poverty97%
Not poverty100%

Language

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White0%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education73%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty86%
Not poverty0%

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education82%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
Poverty96%
Not poverty100%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education73%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty94%
Not poverty99%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education77%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty84%
Not poverty0%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 58%
Black 34% 34%
Hispanic 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1011 Prospect Dr SE
Decatur, AL 35601
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