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Deland High School

Public | PK, 9 | 2347 students


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Posted May 15, 2014

If I didn't have to give a star, then I would rate this school a zero. They left me completely uninformed up until registering for my senior year. I now have to take 8 classes instead of the normal 7. That was until I found out they also got rid of French 2, meaning I will have to take that online this summer while I am a camp counselor. In December I was told not to take the PERT because of my FCAT scores, then when I went to register for senior year I was told I am being pulled from my AP courses and placed in remedial classes for "skipping" the PERT. DHS has taken me from a 4.0 student to a 3.0 student and the teachers here sure know how to leave you feeling like an awful person. I would definitely never suggest DHS for your student.

Posted April 22, 2014

I've read a few comments from students who claim they made great academic achievements at this school, but their grammar is horrible! If your grammar is terrible, then maybe you aren't doing as well as you thought you were. Anyway, this school is terrible. With 51 health violations? Count me out. The students? Apparently not the best. In 2011, states that 8 fights, each involving 20 or 30 students broke out. Not hard to believe, considering I went to DeLand High my freshman and sophomore year. Everyone always wanted to fight each other. Not very mature. I also think that if teachers and the principal will allow all of this to go on, they aren't amazing at controlling students or enforcing the rules. Plus, when I went there, there were hardly any substitutes, they just sent classes to the cafeteria. The teachers put in charge of watching over students in the cafeteria don't even do their jobs. This all just adds up to students easily sneaking in and skipping class. This is just based off of what I've seen first-hand.

Posted October 4, 2013

This school is a perfect example of the blind leading the blind. No one gives a rip! I am looking into where I can move my child. Horrible.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2012

I am a sophomore in the engineering academy at the school. I have been very successful there, and it has shaped me in very positive ways. A lot of scary stories come out of there, and I admit I have my own. Some people see Deland, and automatically turn there nose up at it. Maybe it's the fact that it pulls from all walks of life, and actually has somewhat mixed demographic. what ever the reason, I am not entirely sure. It has taught me how to deal with all kinds of people. I have met lots of friends there; It has a large since of community in my opinion. I am enjoying every minute of it. Lets go bulldogs!!!

Posted August 13, 2012

Geometry Math teacher is uninterested in teaching, but enjoys get paid for nothing. Students are not learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2012

My child had a poor experience at this school. The administration and teachers do nothing to control the profanity in the school. My child was also attacked by students in the physical education class. The action taken by the administration is always- after the fact. This school needs to seriously consider a program to help students understand how to respect themselves and others. I would not recommend this school to any middle school student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2010

My son attended and played on the football team '09. He received a scholarship to college and was greatly helped by the Principal (Mr. Moyer), Athletic Director (Mr. Clements) and his Coach (Kevin Pettis). My wife and I also attended DHS...Bulldog Pride
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 21, 2010

I went there, and so did the rest of my family. Go Bulldogs!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2009

Friendliness and high scholastic standards and great curriculum
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2009

Deland High School produced many outstanding students in a diverse community.

Posted July 1, 2009

My daugther went to DHS for her freshman year. She liked it, but as a parent I could see that they were lacking. She was in gifted for middle school and did great. But she just couldn't be challenged enough. Her grades went down and her attitude got worse. For her 10th grade year I pulled her out and put her in private school. She did a fantastic job and was much happier
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2009

This school is OK, not the Best but not the worst. Although, with county cutbacks there are no subsatute teachers so if a teacher is absent then the class goes to the gym, so if 13 teachers are sick that is 13 classrooms in the gym with only one 'sub' to overlook all of them!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2008

DeLand High School is an outstanding school. This year, we are proud to say that we are an 'A' school! As Junior of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, I feel that this rigorous program has helped me developed stronger academic skills every year. DHS also provides AP, Honors, as well as, Early College and Dual Enrollment where students can take classes at the local Daytona Beach College and receive early college credit. DHS has a wide variety of extracurriculars and sports. There is a strong Performing Arts Department that includes Dance and the Hill Street Theater. And lets not forget the OUTSTANDING Chorus Department (which I am a proud member of). The staff and administration play an active part in daily campus life. You can see the principal, Mr. Mitch Moyer, around campus everyday, walking around making sure everything is all right. I love DHS, GO BULLDOGS!!! :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2008

My daughter graduated in 2006 from the ib program, she enjoyed all 4 years there and made life-long friends, not only with her peers but the caring teachers. She was involved with the swim team and teacher, principal and other parents were always involved and had great school spirt. I find that Deland high is the best around! - i would encourage everyone to look closer at a model school. I am proud to be associated with deland high and its' staff. Go bulldogs!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2008

DHS offers a wide variety of courses, athletics and extracurricular activities. Students that put forth an effort can leave high school with a very good education. Like all schools there are areas of concern but I feel that faculty and staff go above and beyond everyday to reach out to those in need. Great school for students who are willing to get involved!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted July 5, 2007

The high school serves a great many more cities than DeLand which lends to overcrowding. You get what you pay for. IB students will tell you it's great. Athletes will tell you it's great. But the vast majority of students who compromise the middle receive an average education. If considering relocation, ask DeLand high its college placement rate and the quality of higher ed institutions former students attend. That's a better indicator of overall academic quality than anecdotal stories.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2007

I graduated from DHS and have very few good things to say about it. DHS is extremely overcrowded and dirty. The construction was a nightmare! There is very little discipline and the administrators on campus do very little to remedy the problem. Most classes learn very little because the teachers are busy trying to keep the class under control. Favoritism ran rampant among the staff for athletic students & actively involved students. The best part about DHS was the AP & IB classes. This is the only place where real learning occurs. I felt prepared for college only because of the AP classes. All of the other classes are just a joke. Do yourself and your child a favor and send them to a private school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 17, 2007

I recently moved to DeLand. I would have waited until my children were out of high school to move if I had known all the issues that the children here need to overcome. I am noticing that the people who are least satisfied with this school are from places other that DeLand. Perhaps that makes us more sensitive to the racial tensions, lack of admin control, of substitutes, of a decent lunch menu that has healthy options, and the sense that everyone is holding on tight and hoping to get through this. I have never witnessed so much hatred in one school. Perhaps it is a community problem and not just a school problem. My daughter's a good student, but she said it is easy to get A's here because everything is out of control-- so the teachers babysit all day.All she has to do the work. Quality doesn't matter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2007

I too am a Deland High student. And I cannot express how much appriciation I have for the principal and the administration. As an IB (international Baccalaurate) student, the teachers and classes encourage and challenge me. Overall the school is amzing and there is no other school I would rather attend. ~A proud lady bulldog~
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 29, 2007

I am a Deland High student who just wanted to take a moment to say to all those who complain or hate the school that Deland High School is the best thing that ever happened to me, had I not had the chance to attend DHS then I can promise you I would not be alive today to write this. No matter what any parents (including mine) have to say or do against this school or my self I am proud to call my self a Deland High student. Parents complain here when the school isn't perfect, but I can guarentee you that no school is perfect, but atleast the people in Deland high took the time to knotice a drowning soul and stop and help. DHS has helped me both emotionally and academicly, something I never thought posible. So I thank you, Deland High School, for giving me a chance.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

607 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests

Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 66%
Hispanic 15%
Black 14%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 70%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%56%61%
Master's degree 52%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 27%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

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Fax number
  • (386) 822-6556


Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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800 North Hill Avenue
DeLand, FL 32724
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Phone: (386) 822-6500


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