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Dupont (Alexis I.) High School

Public | 9-12 | 1110 students

 

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Posted February 16, 2014

I'm a sophomore at this school and I have never seen a more unorganized school. I rarely find out about events and etc. with the school because they sometimes don't even say anything about about them. They state that they are low on money, but that's probably because they are spending millions of dollars on needless repairs like a hallway to the annex building. Also they students there are not a smart bunch they are like this because most of the teachers are very bad at there job and don't really teach anything important. I have nothing good to say about the school and if I had kids I would never send them to A.I. DuPont highschool.


Posted October 24, 2013

I am a proud parent of a freshman at the AI Dupont High school. My experience thus far has been great. I love the response time from the teachers and administrative staff. They have really made myself as well as my daughter feel welcome. Submitted by a pround parent, Brenda Banks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2009

As a current student at AI High School, there can not be more of a sense of community in a public high school. As a student, you are immersed and privileged in one of the best educations you can receive at a Delaware public high school. Academics take a front seat to all clubs, sports and other activities, so it is no surprise to see that many star athletes are also honors or AP students. The atmosphere at AI is unparalleled and even though I am a Junior at the time of this writing, I can't be more proud of what I have accomplished in the 2 1/2 years that I have been here. AI has deservingly been named among Newsweek's Best American High Schools among the DE private and public schools. I highly recommend this school to any incoming students and wish the best of luck to all of them!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

I have a senior & a sophmore at AI. The class offerings, faculty, & administrators are the best in Red Clay. Parental involvement at AI is incredible - thus the unbelievably successful band & sports boosters & PTSA. The sports & club offerings are second to none! AI is the 'total package.' Proud to be a Tiger!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

i am a proud parent of a son that goes ther and he says it is great this school has turned him around because he was very bad in mkean but when he got placed in this school he was a perfect little boy agian
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

As a parent of two students at this school, I have to agree that it is somewhat over rated. The administration is full of threats with little disciplinary action to back it up with. It is completely overcrowded, so if you need to switch classes for any reason, it is very difficult. I am not a fan of the guidance department either. If my kid relied on her counselor to help her with college applications, she'd end up being a waitress. Yes, the band is a proud and well supported organization, but if you are not in band, you are left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

As an alumni of A.I., and a parent of a current student, I cannot praise the school, staff, and students at the school enough. As with any organization of its size, there are flaws. But the positives outnumber the negatives one hundred fold. I have so many fond memories of my time there. As does/will my son. One final note... It's too bad that those that belittle and degrade the school do not feel confident enough to put their name to the words that they write.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

This school is so over rated it's a joke. I moved my child from this school to McKean. With Sam Golder now in charge this schools rating will surely go down. Disipline is a joke. There is a group of kids who have no fear of disiplinary action because of the this inept administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

My two sons graduated from A.I.duPont High School. I feel that they had an excellent educational experience. Each had the opportunity to take multiple advanced placement classes as well as participate in a variety of sports and extra-curricula activities. Both of my boys really loved being part of the Tiger band. The theater program is also a real plus at A.I. duPont High School. A.I. really provided a good academic preparation for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I have two kids enrolled in this school and it is a very good quality school even that it is a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Alexis I. du Pont High School has been listed among NEWSWEEK's 'Best American High Schools' twice, in 2003 and 2005; the only high school in Delaware, public or private, to receive this honor.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2004

i graduated from AI last year, and all i can it was the best four years of my life. The teachers and staff at AI are among the best in the state. Eventhough i attend college now, i will forever be a AI Tiger in my heart.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 12, 2003

This is a wonderful schoool. It has many good qualities. The sports teams are very succesful, even against private schools that recruit athletes. A very large percent of students take AP and Honors courses sucessfully. It was rated in the top 2% of public high schools in the nation by Newsweek Magazine. Even though service hours are not required, as they are in many schools, students often volunteer anyway. The band is another wonderful feature. Around 275 students are members of it. It is a great social structure, and they are a great band. They are going to the Rose Bowl Parade for the 4th time this year! This past spring they went to Dublin to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! The principal and staff of AI are also exemplary. They are strict and have good policies. And last, but certainly not least, kids at AI are just generally nice kids. Yes, there are groups of friends, but they are not exclusive, and new or transfer students have few problems finding their spot. In my opinion, as a student, AI is the best high school in the state of Delaware. I am very proud to be a student at AI.


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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 67% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

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

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%
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 Students52%
Female63%
Male43%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status37%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Special ed18%
Regular ed60%
English language learners (ELL)8%
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students57%
Female62%
Male54%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Other race87%
Low socioeconomic status40%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Special ed19%
Regular ed66%
English language learners (ELL)22%
Proficient in English61%
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 Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Other race88%
Low socioeconomic status55%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special ed18%
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students70%
Female69%
Male72%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other race88%
Low socioeconomic status56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Special ed13%
Regular ed75%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students33%
Female31%
Male36%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status21%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed35%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English34%
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

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 51% 50%
Black 2 27% 32%
Hispanic 2 16% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 5% 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 42%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Palladinetti, Kevin
Fax number
  • (302) 651-2757

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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