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PK, 9-12
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DeLand, FL

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800 North Hill Avenue
DeLand, FL 32724

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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.

- submitted by a community member
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, Examiner.com 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.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 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
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!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2012
Geometry Math teacher is uninterested in teaching, but enjoys get paid for nothing. Students are not learning.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
no rating October 21, 2010
I went there, and so did the rest of my family. Go Bulldogs!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Friendliness and high scholastic standards and great curriculum

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Deland High School produced many outstanding students in a diverse community.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 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
no rating 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
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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
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
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
December 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 05, 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
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
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
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
February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
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
January 08, 2007
This was the worst experience I have ever had with my child. I would never recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
Three of my children have attended DeLand High School. It is comforting to send them to a school where I don't have to worry about their safety. I am impressed by the caring qualities of the teachers and administration at DHS. I recieve good communication when my students need help. Their teachers have been very willing to work with me in order to improve the kids' study habits, even when it has meant more work on their part. On the flip side, their teachers have taken time to send emails, post cards, and notes telling me about good things my children are doing in school. The teachers support the student activities and are seen wearing Green and Gold at major events. The sports programs are outstanding. The band has become an award winning program, even in at National Competitions. The community provides great support to the school. Love DHS!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
I am not satisfied with this school at all and most of all the principals. I never heard of a school with such lack of supervision and no control of the students, also no control in classroom/bus.Whats going on at this school?If I knew it was like this 2 years ago,I would of never moved here.I dont feel my children are safe at this school at all. I came from a totally different school system then this one and the things that go on here that I see and hear has become a big issue...I know that the teachers dont get paid as much as there suppose to and I think that this is totally wrong .Half of this puts a damper on the kids.And no leadership what so ever.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
There is no supervision what so ever at this school. The school really needs to concentrate on all students not just the ones in sports. They expect teenagers to obey rules which no one enforces.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
Very disappointing experience. Out of control student body, classroom disruption, overcrowding, campus way above intended capacity. No parent participation encouraged except in football booster group. Truancy rampant and also high dropout rate. Difficult to get necessary classes on quarter system, which means long gaps between subjects that should be continuous (like math). My student did like many of her teachers, but felt the students were just interested in partying. Because this school has an IB program most parents think it is a good school but many students fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
Great school, but needs higher standards for students not in IB or AP classes. Those are on track, but I find it odd to be in a certain math class when others a whole two grades ahead of me are three or four levels behind. Wonderful art, music, sports, and extracurricular programs! Parents involved a great deal. Some teachers are amazing; others leave a lot to be desired. Just like any school, with the exception of more school pride, and very high expectations(which are always surpassed) for the IB students, myself included.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2006
I am a little disappointed in DHS because of the lack of substitutes. If there is no substitute Teacher then the students go to the old gym for one hour and fifty minutes. I pay my tax dollar so why aren't there more teachers. I wish parents would be involved more with their children. The lack of parent involvement was apparent at open house. Only A Few.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
I loved deland high school there were so many classes I could take. The students treated everyone as if they were their old long lost freinds, also the teachers are great and they know what they are doing. There are also lots of clubs and activites for students there. Let me just say it was the best school I ever attended and ever will attend, to me it gets a 10 out of 10 good luck deland high school and goodbye.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2006
There may be some quality academic programs but the average student can't get in them. The school is over populated (3,000+) and over administrated. The majority of students and staff have an'I don't care' attitude.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
This school is fun to attend, and it seems as if everyone gets along as family, which is great.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2005
Mr. Mitch Moyer is one of the most incredible and outstanding principals I have ever seen. He gets along well with the students and he provided the essential leadership needed to guide roughly 3500 students and 400 faculty members. Keep up the great work Mitch!

- submitted by a former student
August 18, 2005
Great place for the 'high school' experience. Good education, lots of school spirit and nice group of kids. Teachers seem dedicated and of course some are better than others, like every other profession. Lots of sports opportunities and clubs. Kids can be as involved as their schedule permits. My child loves it here and I feel good about her being at DeLand High!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 20, 2005
DeLand High School provides not only a teriffic academic environment, but is also blessed with tremendous support from the community. The residents of DeLand and the surrounding communities that are served by the high school maintain a high level of involvement in extra-curricular activities, academic support and in developing inovative programs aimed at advancing the best interests of each student. As a resident of DeLand, a graduate of DeLand High School and the parent of three children who will attend the school, I cannot say enough about the unique position the school has in the community.

- submitted by a former student
June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
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June 19, 2005
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May 13, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 25, 2004
Many of the so called 'Campus Advisors' do not care about the students what-so-ever and they treat them like parasites. They patrol the hallways like they are misserable and so they act as though the must make the students lives a wreck also. The construction that has been going on at DHS has passed its completion date and yet, they have not finished. The workers are a nusence and their work interupts the students learning process. The teachers are basically hit or miss in regards to their ability

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2004
My daughter graduated from the IB Program at DHS. Because of the education she received at DHS she nows enjoys a very profitable and successful college career at UF. DHS provides all the opportunity to those that wish to take advantage of the offerings. If the child does not get a good education here, it is their doing.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
I graduated from DeLand High last year, and I had an increadable high school experience. Teachers, staff, and the community are always willing to help. There's so many activities and sports after school to get involved in. DeLand has a ton of school spirit, and I had a blast my entire four years!

- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2003
My daughter is a senior at DHS and I think she has been given the opportunity for a great education. The entire area here is laced with racial tension. Just try driving thru town, going north or south! It's natural for it to follow into the schools, but at the same time, I see just kids, hangin' together, and working together, and teachers who do care about the kids. It is what we make it. I see a lot of parental involvement, and school spirit. Kids come back every year as alumni, I know , my husband is one of them, and so are many friends. If it wasn't good, no one would care, like I don't care about my old school. Many teachers are alumni of this school, also. They came to teach, not for money. There is a 'family' spirit here.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
as a recent grad of dhs, i somewhat agree with the july 2003 comment. actually most of what they say is true. there is in fact 'racial tention', which i was once a spectator of a black/white thing which led to a really great job program being dropped due to the extremeties of the problem. Yes, and some teachers are only concerned about their paycheck, but there are many that really do care about the students. Though i do realize there is a great decline in school spirit which is leading into huge declines in student envolvment in both athletics and clubs (which is a really sad thing), and at my time there i did not see the faculty doing anything to turn around everyone's sour moods. It is very demanding to go to a school where there is barely any pride or spirit towards it, and having to deal with the constant sounds of construction during tests and presentations. parent envolvment is far from view. i do differ towards the comment about the principal, he is dedicated to the school. and yet there is many stuff that needs to be fixed, i feel that he's doing a great job. but there is no such thing as a perfect school, and in volusia county- deland is the best. i feel i've gotten a great education and so many oppurtunities given to me. yet it's problems, deland high school is nothing to be ashamed about and is really a great high school.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
I'm not a parent I just graduated in 2003, but Mr. Moore and Mr. O'neal are the finest teachers around! -Lindsey McCroskey

- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2003
I am not a parent, I am a student. I read what the parent from July wrote about DHS. Its not that way. The teachers are great. There nice and easy to talk to. I have learned a lot thanks to the teachers. Racial tension?! I haven't seen any. Yes we do have fights at school but what school doesn't? I know that everyone has their own opinion, but I don't think what he/she said is true.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2003
Deland High School is a very poor school. First, the administration at this school does not do an adequate job in the area of leadership. The principal is simply not capable of the job and should be replaced. He has a tendency to hide the facts from the parents. The behavior at the school is poor and the discipline is weak. There is major racial tension. The teachers are more interested in their paychecks than they are in giving adequate instruction. Parents in the area are not as involved as they should be. The students are really short changed at this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Deland High School
800 North Hill Avenue, DeLand, FL  32724
(386) 822-6500
Last modified Deland High School is a Public school that serves grades PK, 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Deland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top