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Deshler High School

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Posted October 10, 2007

I am a student of Deshler High School. Our school is okay, but we are far from having a good academic program. We're very limited in this aspect of learning as we have very little funds. We don't have a wide options of extracurricular activities. We have only one type of art class and our only real sports are Baseball, Football, Basketball. The students at the school are friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2007

Deshler is a great school and everyone is just so kind and helpful. However, the lunches need improvment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2007

I am a graduate of Deshler High School and a parent of a Deshler High School student and a Deshler Middle School student. In my personal opinion, there could not be a better more rounded school. Not only do they have excellent variety in academics, students are also introduced to technical skills such as drafting and electronics and carpentry and health fields as well and if athletics is what you are looking for, they are the only school in north west Alabama that still offers wrestling. I could send my children to another school district however I drive the extra 25 miles to see that they receive all of the possibilities they can get. School staff is wonderful and the counselors are so great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

I am a junior at Deshler High School. We have a great athletic as well as acedenic program here. So if you want your child to be very well rounded and have plenty of friends you will chose deshler because we are the best there is!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2005

I am currently a sophomore at the great Deshler High School. Deshler is one of the most caring and involved schools around. I wouldn't go anywhere else. The principal Mr. Danley is the best. He likes to joke around but yet he is a very serious and caring man. The teachers are so friendly and want to help. If you send your kids to Deshler they will feel like they have been there forever. The students are very accepting. We rarely have conflict or bullying. Deshler is a all around great school and you are crazy if you dont come find out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2005

I am currently a sophomore at Deshler and I love it. I started coming to Deshler last year and I right away love it and all the people there. They are so nice. It does feel like family there. The teachers are very nice and they teach great. You can tell that a lot of the teachers are christians as well as some students. I suppose that is the reason everyone is so nice. I love Deshler and very highly recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2004

I am currently a sophmore at the great deshler high scool, and it is the best school around here. Everyone gets along at dhs inculding the teachers and principal. We are all very close at dhs kind of like family. We have great pride and try our best to keep traditon. Thanks for considering deshler and i hope you will also see what the students at dhs see.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2004

As a current student at Deshler High School, I would just like to say that I would never go anywhere else. Sure, some teachers are not as great as others, but they must be doing something right considering how DHS was 1 out of 5 schools in the whole state to pass everything in academics.Sheffield, Colbert County, Colbert Heights, and even the great Muscle Shoals did not accomplish that. I strongly recommend DHS for your child's schooling. They will have a great time interacting with the students, but also receive the best education around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2004

I have graduated from Deshler High School this last year. It is by far one of the best High schools I can imagine going to. The people there are very accepting and friendly, there are very few conflict problems. Nearly all of the teachers are very helpful and nice, in fact, most of the teachers are friends of the students. The Principal, Mr. Danley is an outgoing and understanding person. He enforces his rules, but gets along well with the students. Whoever the person was who rated the school with only two stars obviously didn't get a very good look at the school. They were wrong in nearly every aspect of their review. I've learned more at Deshler High school (Educationally) than I have in all of my schooling before it combined.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 2, 2004

Deshler High School is the only school I would ever want to go to. The teachers are great and even though this past summer a few teachers left and one was fired for reasons I won't mention. I am a current student there. DHS is a very fun school and there are about 500 something students now, more Freshmen then there has been in a long time. DHS is one of the best school in AL when it comes to Academics. The people are great as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2004

Deshler used to be the best around, but the current Superintendent is incompetent, has no teaching experience, and is running off good teachers right and left. While a few good teachers remain, the morale of the teachers is at an all time low. Good coaches are rewarded with tenure without regard to their teaching abilities. Very sad. The principal says whatever crosses his mind without thinking and often ends up hurting students in the process. This principal also administers corporal punishment, something the Supreme Court judged to be a violation of student rights. It is very sad, as a Deshler graduate, to see politics and ignorance winning out over the passion for education this school once possessed. Send your kids to Muscle Shoals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

I'm not a parent, but I am a current student at Deshler. I could not imagine going to another school, this is by far the best high school in this area. The teachers are great and know a great deal about what they are teaching. This school is full of pride. We love our sports and can't get enough of them. Everyone is excepted for who they are. We are a family, and a very close one at that. New students are always welcomed by everyone. The teachers are close to everyone too and love to get involved to help in anyway they can. This is closest to perfect I think it can get! Thank You Deshler!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

DHS is a school with a lot of passion and pride. Students show style in all that they pursue. The teachers love to teach and go beyond the classroom to support the students and the school. The students love and respect their principal Mr. Larry Danley. He takes time to know each of the students and has a good relationship with the students and parents. Teaching pride in oneself will reflect pride in the school and community.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

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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

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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.

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

84 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

84 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
98%
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 Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students83%
Female96%
Male70%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty73%
Non-poverty91%

Math

All Students85%
Female94%
Male77%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male81%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty91%

Social Studies

All Students78%
Female78%
Male79%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty84%
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 Students97%
Female98%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students92%
Female95%
Male85%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male88%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students94%
Female97%
Male88%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty80%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 58%
Black 28% 34%
Hispanic 1% 5%
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 42%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Tuscumbia, AL 35674
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