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Dupont (H.B.) Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 828 students

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Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

HB is a wonderful school! The teachers and administration work hard on a daily basis to ensure that all students' needs are met. There are opportunities for students to have fun and engage with the academic programs. Also, Mr. Selekman is the best principal that you could ever ask for!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

HB is a community that not only educates but also cares for students, and the HB team of teachers, administrators, and student support staff work tirelessly to help students succeed. Mr. Selekman is an innovative leader whose decisions are based solely on what is best for the students in his care. Even better, HB offers tours for interested families weekly. Come visit us and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 10, 2013

I am a sixth grader who has gone here for the past 2 and a half weeks. While this isn't really enough time to write a review, I've gotten a general feel of the school. I'll break this into categories. Building/Atmosphere Our 6th grade wing is rather small and very easy to get around, that is when the hallways are empty. The hallways are always cluttered between classes and especially when we're dismissed to go to lunch. The worst part is where room 121,116, and 118 are in. If you've seen inside the school before you'll know what I'm talking about. There are lockers on both sides, so some students are trying to get stuff from their lockers while other students are trying to get through the hallway. It just makes for a cluttered mess. The classrooms are always nice and organized though. Staff So far most of the staff has been awesome. Always helping us, knowing it's a hard adjustment and that most of us are new to this. However, one complaint is that teachers don't seem to notice when just a few students are talking, and they blame the entire classroom. All my teachers I've had so far are nice and welcoming. though. Students I'm out of space, may need another review.


Posted July 20, 2013

I'm a former student at HB duPont I've been there for 2 years going on my final year and let me just say HB is a great school despite all the negative things kids say its not true. Our teachers make sure we are on top of what we are suppose to be doing our principle is the best one yet he comes into our classes everyday and he ask what it is we learn and what we do. All of the students at HB look out for each other and we don't judge or bully people because we all want to feel equal. Our hallways aren't cluttered all grade dismiss at different times FYI but hey what do I know I've only been there for 6-7 and going on 8th grade you know nothing about HB duPont and our ranking is higher then any other school in the Red Clay School district so you all might wanna think again before bad mouthing the school that help me come this far and is gonna take me a long way I've passed with flying colors and the grades I have I earned and with the help and devotion of my teachers and principle. If you don't believe my word go to tourist Tuesdays and see what it's like and then maybe you'll think about re-writing your review because obviously you guys no nothing about HB DuPont


Posted April 18, 2013

This middle school is average. The academics are pretty good, but they really don't know how to place kids in proper math classes. I was in placed in Honors in sixth grade and had to ask to be moved up to Algebra 1 in seventh, and now I am passing Geometry with flying colors! ELA is pretty good and at times, challenging, with essays and what not. The cons of this school are that the students are really rude. They threaten to hit others and are quite racist. There are also "cliques" that are very exclusionary. But then again, there are nice students. I recommend this school if you can handle bullying once in a while and lots of work.


Posted October 16, 2012

This school is bad there are many bad things said by many different students, the hallways are to get trough between different classes. I wish I went to another school


Posted September 18, 2012

Sounds like a great school. From all the reviews i've read it seems SUPER awesome.


Posted November 27, 2011

This Middle School truly has given me fantasic opportunities to success. Friends are easy to make. The band and choir has gotten outstanding and superior awards from festivals from PA, Bahamas, Vriginia, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Six Flags, New York City, Myrtle Beach. The band has been invited to BUNCH and I mean it, BUNCH of places. Teachers are trustworthy and the staff is wonderful, always having a smile on there faces. The office supports the kids all the time. The principle is so helpful towards all students and makes sure the school is running beautifully as it already is. The Math League team for H.B. has always gotten 1st place and the other school just can't seem to beat this smart school. Awards are handed out to this school constantly. I have learned so much things and ideas. This school has prepared me for the up-coming outstacles, such as high school. This is a amazing school. I have learned many things and proud to say that I attend this middle school.


Posted July 11, 2009

i love hb and the band is awesome! we performed for the 76er's and all over. the teachers are nice and really care about how you do in school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

i hate this school the kids are so mean they curse at you and say the badest things iv ever heard! MOst of the teachers are so RUDE! I wish iwere in a diff school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

Love this school for my child. This has everything she needs to know about
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

our chorus would smoke any other school in the district, and our sports hold the district champions title, our meadow wood is great and we have great teachers and school spirit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2008

H.B. is a great school i have been coming here sense 8th grade and there is no way i would rather go to aanother school. The chorus is amazing. And so is the band. they have won so many competitions. Then the academic level is also great becasue they work us hard in a good way. They make sure we understand everything that we are learning. H.B. is a great school. Get more information and you will see what i mean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

great my child learned some much in just 2 weeks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

This school is the most challenging and helpful school there is, my child adores H.B Dupont Middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

My daugheter alway been in private school...Since we move to Hockessin we change school, my daughter love HB Middle and I notice that she learn so much there, keep the good work teachers.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

If your child has any form of a learning disability, think twice about enrollment here. It is easy for a child to get lost in a classroom here and fall in a crack unnoticed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

I am not a parent but a student at HB duPont M.S. and I love the school. It has many opportunities of different after school clubs and teams, and I have found that I love all my teachers. The work is challenging but not too hard and HB prides itself on test scores and attendance. There are some misbehavior problems with different people but if there are problems there is always someone to talk to and they take care of the problem immediately. The teachers are very friendly and make school fun while we are still learning important things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2005

Most of the teachers are excellent. But it seems each grade has a couple of bad ones. The school provides many high quality extracurricular activities. It is known for its math league and especially science olympiad. Its band is also good. The academic program is good for honor classes. The school still has students who are bused in from places away from the nearby neighborhoods. This sometimes leads to discipline problems for academic classes. So make sure your kids are in the honor classes. As a public school, HB is considered one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
African American60%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status63%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Special ed38%
Regular ed82%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students66%
Female64%
Male67%
African American45%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status49%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special ed31%
Regular ed71%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
African American57%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status61%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Special ed33%
Regular ed84%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
African American54%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status61%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Special ed26%
Regular ed86%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English78%

Social Studies

All Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
African American37%
Asian92%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Other race86%
Low socioeconomic status36%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed66%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
African American46%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status52%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African American37%
Asian>=95%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status52%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed80%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students48%
Female38%
Male59%
African American13%
Asian94%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Other race91%
Low socioeconomic status15%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Special ed7%
Regular ed52%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 46% 50%
Black 1 27% 32%
Hispanic 2 18% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 9% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2 0% 0%
Two or more races 2 0% 2%
Source: DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Governors World Language Program
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:35 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
School Leader's name
  • Selekman, Aaron
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (302) 239-3450

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • Cognitive disability
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Governors World Language Program
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • After School Activities Bus
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer (coed)
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer (coed)
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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735 Meeting House Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Phone: (302) 239-3420

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