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GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating10
Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. This rating is based on 2013-14 DCAS results from the Delaware Department of Education.
Student growth rating8
Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based 2013-14 growth target results from the Delaware Department of Education.
College readiness rating10
College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond. This rating is based on average composite SAT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.
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They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.


Test scores

The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)


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About the test

In 2013-2014 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.

Source: Delaware Department of Education


Student growth

These percentages measure students' academic progress over time, specifically how many students are meeting beginning- to end-of-year academic targets.

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  • A growth target is established for each student based on the scores from the Fall DCAS assessment. Results from the Spring DCAS assessment are compared to the Fall's target to determine if the target is met.
Source: See notes

College readiness

AP courses and testing

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  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered by high schools across the nation. The schools decide if they want to offer courses and which courses to offer. The curriculums are specified by the national group that operates the program and the teachers must be trained to teach these advanced courses. Students elect to participate in these more rigorous courses, courses for which many colleges grant credit if the student takes and passes the end-of-course test.
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College entrance testing

This school State average
Average PSAT score 174 116
Average SAT score 1913 1309

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  • PSAT/NMSQT scores range from 60 to 240 by combining test results from three 80-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing).
  • SAT scores range from 600 to 2400 by combining test results from three 800-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing), along with other sub-sections scored separately (among graduating seniors only).
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The SAT

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  • This is the percent of graduating Seniors who took the SAT that met the definition of “college readiness” as defined by the College Board. The college readiness benchmark is defined as the SAT score associated with a 65% probability of earning a first-year GPA of 2.67 (B-) or higher. The SAT benchmark determined in the 2011 College Board Research Report study is 1550 for the composite score.
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High school graduation

  This school State average
Students graduating within 4 years 95% 80%

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  • The four-year adjusted graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma within their cohort. From the beginning of 9th grade, students form a "cohort" that is subsequently "adjusted" by adding any students who transfer into the cohort later during the 9th grade and the next three years and subtracting any students who transfer out.
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Where graduates go after high school

  Percent of students State average
Attending a 4-year institution 93% 34%
Attending a 2-year institution 2% 17%
Attending any higher learning institution 95% 52%

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  • Attending a 4-year institution is the percent of students enrolling in 4-year colleges immediately after graduation.
  • Attending a 2-year institution is the percent of students enrolling in 2-year colleges immediately after graduation.
  • Attending any higher learning institution is the percent of students who enrolled in either a 2-year or 4-year college immediately after graduation.
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In-state college enrollment

College name University of Delaware
Percent of graduates enrolled 50.8%
College name Delaware Technical and CC -Stanton/Wilmington
Percent of graduates enrolled 2.1%
College name Wilmington University
Percent of graduates enrolled 0.4%

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  • This is the percent of graduating seniors enrolling, within 16 months of graduation, in one of the three most commonly attended universities within Delaware.

Out-of-state college enrollment

College name University of Pittsburgh
Percent of graduates enrolled 2.1%
College name Northeastern University
Percent of graduates enrolled 2.1%
College name Rochester Institute of Technology
Percent of graduates enrolled 1.7%

Selective college enrollment

  Percent of students State average
Attending the most selective US colleges (as rated by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges) 88% 20%

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  • This is the percent of students enrolling in a college rated as “Most Competitive”, “Highly Competitive”, or “Very Competitive” by Barron’s within 16 months of graduation.
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Graduates starting college

  This school State average
College-going students who enroll for a second year 88% 39%
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Climate

Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.

Attendance and Retention

  This school State average
Dropout rate over 4 years 2% 4%

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  • The annual dropout rate is computed for all high schools. The calculation is based on students who were included in the September 30 Enrollment Report to the state. A dropout for any particular year is any student who was in the September enrollment report who did not graduate, did not die, or did not transfer to another school and was not included in the end of year enrollment report. Students who are identified as “whereabouts unknown” by a school district or charter school are assumed to be dropouts for this calculation.
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Sources

Student growth DE Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
AP courses and testing DE Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
College entrance testing DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
The SAT DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
High school graduation DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Where graduates go after high school DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Selective college enrollment DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Graduates starting college DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
Attendance and Retention DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012