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Juneau-Douglas High School

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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 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 65% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 64% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native American65%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Special Education with Accomodation32%

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native American61%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation46%

Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native American61%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Special Education with Accomodation37%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American54%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodation0%

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American56%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodation14%

Science

All Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American46%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Special Education with Accomodation17%

Writing

All Students83%
Female90%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American61%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation23%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 35% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
<=40%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students86%
Female89%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American69%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Reading

All Students89%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American72%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Writing

All Students80%
Female88%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American50%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students13%
Femalen/a
Male<=20%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American<=20%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged<=20%
Not economically disadvantaged<=20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant13%

Reading

All Students52%
Femalen/a
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American45%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%

Writing

All Students36%
Female40%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American35%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant36%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Writing

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

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 56% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 23% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 8%
Black 1% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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