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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 rating4
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 rating6
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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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.

  This school State average
Math 42% 42%
English Language Arts 49% 41%
Source: See notes

College readiness

AP courses and testing

  This school State average
AP students passing the test (score of 3 or higher) 43% 51%
Source: See notes

College entrance testing

  School average State average
PSAT score (60-240 scale) 115 116
SAT score (600-2400 scale) 1313 1309
Source: See notes
  This school State average
Students taking the SAT 85% 84%
Tested students who are college-ready (based on SAT) 17% 19%
Source: See notes

Where 2011-2012 graduates go after high school

  Percent of students State average
Attending a 4-year institution 46% 34%
Attending a 2-year institution 14% 17%
Attending any higher learning institution 60% 52%
Source: See notes

In-state college enrollment

College name Delaware Technical and CC -Stanton/Wilmington
Percent of graduates enrolled 12.3%
College name University of Delaware
Percent of graduates enrolled 16.2%
College name Wilmington University
Percent of graduates enrolled 4.8%

Out-of-state college enrollment

College name Immaculata University
Percent of graduates enrolled 1.3%
College name Widener University
Percent of graduates enrolled 1.3%
College name Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Percent of graduates enrolled 1.8%

Selective college enrollment

  Percent of students State average
Attending the most selective US colleges (as rated by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges) 25% 20%
Source: See notes

Graduates starting college

  This school State average
College-going students (in-state) who enroll for a second year 44% 39%
Source: See notes

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 5% 3%
Source: See notes

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
DE Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Where 2011-2012 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, 2012-2013