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Juneau-Douglas High School

Public | 9-12 | 846 students

 
 

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3 stars


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Posted October 13, 2008

Juneau Douglas High School has improved greatly over the years I've gone here. When I first stepped into this school it seemed chaotic and in desperate need of help. But as years have gone on, the new principal Bernie Sorenson, has brought in discipline as well as admiration to our school, which has helped us students greatly. Bernie gives us the freedom to do what we need to do, but she doesn't let us cross the lines without consequences. This school has great school spirit and if you ask anyone attending they'll say each year it tends to get better and better and sure it still needs help, but with Bernie involving the students and listening to us in a way that parents think is completly wrong, we're working to a comprimise between administrators and students for a better high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

I'm not looking forward to sending my child to this school again. Juneau is in desperate need of another High School, this one is over crowded. They also could use some better Teachers here. Most Teachers don't care about the students that they teach. Some care some of the time. The good ones are only a few. The open campus is also a problem. Students run free around downtown Juneau with no supervision. It's difficult for a parent to work with the Teachers or Administration because there is little concern for the kids who attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

I just finished my freshman year at JDHS and I am tired of this environment. The amount of students drinking and doing drugs is apalling. Most of the teachers I had were good, but the entire school seemed to be disorganized. The dress code could be nonexistant for all the good it did. Graffiti was commonplace and much of it insulted school officials. I am very disappointed and hope that something is done soon about the substance abuse problems soon.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2007

I have had 3 children attend this school. It has gotten harder each year to feel assured that my child is safe and being exposed to good influences. I think that 'open campus' is bad and in place because there are too many children at JDHS. Class sized are dangerously large. I won't be allowing my child a second year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

My freshman has worse grades in key classes than she ever did. Its mostly her need to adjust her attitude, but the school is not giving enough timely feedback either. They have a parent connect system to get great feedback, but it was down for weeks. You get a zero in PE if you don't dress out, no partial credit. Physical Science is required for all freshmen even though they will be taking college prep physical science later. On the plus side, they offer Russian and Japanese as foreign language classes. The music program is good. Some teachers are great, and some not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

It's way to small! It's overly crowded! We need another Juneau High School if we are going to raise and teach proper kids and students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2004

This overcrowded school has very little to offer students. I'm not surprised about the high drop rate. Because of the high student to teacher ratio dont expect any personalized services from teachers (either too new to care or burned out). You'll find out that your son or daughter has not turned in homework and failed the course at the end of the semester. The administration tries to schedule kids off campus for up to three class periods as their answer to the overcrowded situation. A new school is the answer, but this community can't seem to get it together when it comes to the issue. After ten years of debating, voting, and planning, the new school may never be built. Its time to move south!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

I have currently just started my 3rd child with this school. Class sizes remain too large, teaching staff too new and space cut even more by city approved remodeling job. Overall, I am still very unhappy with this school. It is the #1 reason I am considering moving.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2011.

191 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
65%

2008

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2011.

192 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

193 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
76%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2011.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
76%

2008

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

143 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2011.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
64%

2008

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native American54%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female85%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial>=60%
Native American58%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female69%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American56%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners<=25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American67%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners<=25%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female67%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American52%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American62%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners<=25%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2011.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
87%

2008

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

143 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
91%

2008

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2011.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2011.

30 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2011.

32 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
37%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 32% in 2011.

2011

 
 
<=40%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
58%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners38%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners<=25%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female84%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners<=25%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students22%
Female30%
Male18%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander<=40%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged<=20%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female>=60%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=75%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities>=80%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Femalen/a
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners44%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students<=40%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged<=40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 22% 23%
Asian 12% 6%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 7%
Black 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Juneau, AK 99801
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