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Kate D Smith Dar High School

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Posted September 12, 2013

My older 2 children graduated from DAR and being a military family where we had transferred many times t was nice to have a great school they called home. This is a small town school and everyone knows everyone where by the kids don't get away with bad behavior cause someone's gonna tell. (Takes a village to raise a child) . I love that. I guess if I had anything I was disappointed in with this school is the acceptance of people from the outside. Meaning you weren't born and raised on that mountain you struggle to get any acceptance in the community. This includes the kids and the families. My son graduated in 2008 my daughter in 2010 I currently have a son in 8th grade. The teaching staff and the principals of both the middle school and the high school are beyond reproach. They are very committed to the best the children can become and really work hard to insure they meet their goals in all areas. How many parents can say you let our 7th grade son go to a school football game and try to call him on his cell phone which he has left lying on the ground somewhere and the High School principal answers the phone addresses you by name and locates your middle school child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

My son has attended DAR Elementary School for the past three years. I have been very impressed with the quality of education he has received and I view DAR as one of the top schools in Marshall County, if not in all of Alabama. DAR offers a small town charm with all of the scholastic benefits of a larger school. The school receives additional funding from the members of the DAR, which allows it to be the only county school to have a nurse on staff full-time and continued art programs. I cannot say enough good things about DAR; it has been a positive and rewarding experience for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

I don't think that it is fair that the students have to pay a fee for this and that. Especially, I don't think it is right for you all to tell them they can't graduate if they don't pay the fee. What happen to free education. That's a laugh. We pay our taxes for our schools. The school system should do something. There are people whom live pay check to pay check and cannot afford such luxury's. So the ones whom can, make the others feel be little. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2004

In the past my youngest daughter absolutely hated school, it was an act of congress to get her to go to school everyday. Since starting school at DAR she has missed only one day for being sick and she didn't want to miss that day. I have never been so happy to say that my daughter really loves attending school at DAR. She doesn't even want to be out of school for breaks. She counts the days until she can go back to school.
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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 79% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

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Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

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Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

2009

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
79%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

104 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
91%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education89%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students79%
Female83%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special education33%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty88%

Math

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special education39%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education39%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty89%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Female77%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education44%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty76%
Non-poverty86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education86%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students90%
Female96%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students91%
Female98%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty93%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female94%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 97% 58%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Black 1% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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