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WP Davidson High School

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Posted November 3, 2012

Davidson is really three schools. There are the mainstream students, then there are the students who apply to and are accepted into the International Baccelaureate Program (IB) or the Engineering Pathways Integred Curriculum (EPIC). In my opinion if your child is preparing for college classes there are only three public high schools worth attending in Mobile- Phillips, Murphy, and Davidson (The elite public school is the Alabama Academy of Math & Science, but it is a boarding school with highly competitive slots). IT DOESN"T MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. I know parents who drive their children in from surrounding rural communities. However, all the slots in the IB and EPIC programs are competitive. Once accepted if you can't maintain a 60% average and show self disciplne, you're out- and there are three students waiting to take your place. My boys have had no problem meeting these requirements. My youngest scored 100% on his state math exam and is already tapped by Duke University's TIP program. I am a strong believer in Mobile's Magnet School Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Awful awful awful is all I can say! Everyone in the office was helpful when enrolling but after that they are just rude! 12 phone calls to principal that were NEVER returned. Two lunch hours spent in office trying to talk to someone, wasted! Trying to get answers is a total waste of time. The best decision I can possibly make is to remove my child asap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

My daughter has had the BEST experience here. I know she's going to cry at graduation, which isn't something she does too often. Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

I love this school. Davidson High School has challenged me academically, introduced me to a diverse variety of culture, and caused me to grow over all as an individual. I could not have gone to a better high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2011

As a senior, I can say that this school has helped me a lot. It has sufficiently prepared me for college. They offer Honors, A.P. and I.B. courses. Don't take regular classes unless you like being around hooligans, but that is the same at all public high schools. In Mobile County, Davidson is one of two high schools to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The other school is Murphy. However, if your child is interested in taking I.B. classes, then they should go to Davidson because of the smaller class sizes and therefore better one-on-one help. Murphy's I.B. class is much larger than Davidson. As of 2011, there are 7 senior I.B. seniors at Davidson as compared to 30 something at Murphy. The A.P. classes are excellent as well. However, if your child is interseted in taking Honors Classes, then they won't be challenged at all. Davidson's EPIC Program is good if your child wants to know what an engineer does.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2011

Come experience the Davidson Difference. Our school has an energized and caring faculty that will push students to be better communicators and thinkers each year. The International Baccalaureate (IB), Pre-Engineering (EPIC), and Advanced Placement (AP) programs are the best in the area with outstanding test results and successful graduates. Come check us out and you will see the Davidson Difference!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2010

This school is fantastic I graduated there and my Uncle works at the school 2 i'm homebound A teacher comes 2 my house and teaches me all the books came from Davidson it's A wonderful school!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2010

Excellent! Both my sons are students in the EPIC program. Great AP and honors classes. Discipline seems to be kept under control especially in the advanced classes. They have received an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

My son is loving his first year of high school. He is in the EPIC program and enjoys it. He loves marching band and now they are getting into symphonic band. The parents and teachers I have met are great. I am pleased as punch I chose this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

W.P.Davidson has many amazing academic programs. They are strict, but fair, and is on of the best schools in America. They are true, just, and care for their students. All they want is what's best for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2009

Administration knows the students. They work very hard to keep discipline a priority in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

The EPIC (Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculm) has been perfect for my son this year (9th grade). The teachers he has had have been great! The staff is great. I highly recommend this school and I am not an easy person to persuade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

Davidson has been one of the best kept secrets in Mobile, but the word is getting out. Our Engineering program serves as the model for high school engineering programs across the state. We serve a wide variety of students in terms of ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Whether a students are simply looking for a high school diploma to start work or the military or they want a first rate preparation for college, Davidson is the place to come.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 5, 2008

Super school that has allowed our child to be an Honor Student, Robotics Team National champion, and so much more. The Principal deserves six stars. The key to this school is participation, parents, teachers, principal and students. Everyone's child should deserve the opportunities provided. .W. p.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

I love DHS. The atmosphere is pleasant and the teachers are among the best in the nation. The student body is unique in that you can find kids from around the world all working towards academic excellence. Like any school there are students who are not there for self-improvement, but somehow the teachers motivate most of them. My son has received the best education that my tax dollars have already paid for. Even given the choice of other public and private schools in the county, we chose DHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

I went to Davidson for my junior year. Moving from a totally different environment I thought that I could be accepted easily. I was wrong. The teachers seemed as if they were tired of the students. The uniform policy was bogus. The only good thing about the school was lunch and the sports (football). Other than that, I am happy that I do not attend there anymore.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

WP Davidson High School is very diversities in all races of students and extracurricular activities as we have soccer team, basketball team, football team, Nation Guard, VE team, Band cheer leaders, art and musical drama department. There is also a lot of different clubs that students can be involved it at Davidison High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

Two of my two sons graduated from Davidson in the last five years. Davidson provided a great mix of academic and extracurricular activities for both of them. One son has gone on to medical school and the other will graduate from a fine engineering program next year. I believe the experiences that my sons had at Davidson truly influenced their later academic experiences in a very positive way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2005

I went to Davidson in 2003 all i learned how to do is tuck my shirt in thats all the teacher are to worried bout u being in uniform i seen teachers refuse to let students in there class room beacuse of their uniform.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 30, 2005

I graduated from Davidson in 2003, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The teachers of the AP and Honors classes inspired me everyday, and now I am a sophomore in college working toward a double degree in Secondary Science Education and Biology. My future in education is mostly credited to the teachers at Davidson, and if I could choose a school at which to work, Davidson would be at the top of my list.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

290 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

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96%

2010

 
 
93%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

295 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

293 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

296 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

217 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
82%
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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

310 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

241 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
93%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligible95%
Special education68%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty97%

Language

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education57%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty71%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible90%
Special education69%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education45%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty94%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education44%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty60%
Non-poverty93%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education95%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education80%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty98%

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education70%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education55%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education80%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty96%
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
Black 65% 34%
White 24% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 63%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Lewis Copeland
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (251) 221-3083

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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