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Dalton High School

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Posted February 3, 2014

Kids who need special help in "regular" classes get along just fine. Teachers are always more than willing to help them as much as they need, or direct them towards help. However, students who need special ed classes don't seem to be the same way. From what I can tell, they are only used to do chores around the school. They go and collect the trash from the recycling bins every day, then clean the lunch rooms and other areas after school afterwards. Also, certain members of the staff are bad about leaving students in wheelchairs unattended while they waste time chatting with their significant other and playing on their phones.


Posted December 14, 2013

It's a pretty great school. They do spend a little too much effort and money on football though. It'd be nice if they'd distribute the wealth just a bit. There are certain clubs/teams that survive solely off of fundraising. Also, the new principal is not a people person. He wavers when it comes to the rules, especially the dress code. However, if you can get past the cat scratch fever and the wishy washy principal, it's a fabulous school with great academics, electives, and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2011

dalton high school is a great school. I have been their i i love that school everyone is friendly and is currently the best high school in dalton.!!


Posted May 6, 2010

I love thiis school my son goes here and he loves it also i gradurated here in 74
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

It has a variety of nationalitys and has alot of lessons to learn from different culture. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2009

I attended and enjoyed how the school promotes learning for one's future, especially through the Project Lead The Way and Youth Apprenticeship Program. However, the mathematics in both the school and the system are way below par, and I continue to struggle in my higher education and career because of a lack of proficiency in basic math skills that were often ignored at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

I went to DHS and I loved it. Most of the teachers are there because they love teaching. The only problem I saw there was the overcrowding. They had to put some mobile homes outside the shcool because the students didnt fit in the classrooms. Also, they need to use some of the money that goes to the football team and give it to the soccer team. DHS has a great soccer team but most of the attention goes to the football team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

Dalton High is providing an excellent education for my child. The classes are challenging and the teachers encourage her to excell. There are also a variety of electives to meet the varied interests of the student body. The principal is very responsive to parents and provides wonderful leadership for the students and the teachers. I will be proud to say my child is a graduate of Dalton High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I am a graduate of Dalton High School and feel that it was beyond excellent. The teachers were amazing!! I can not say enough good things. I took many AP classes and each teacher took the time to make sure that each student understood each concept before moving on. They are personable and besides being teachers they really make an effort to be friends inside and outside of the class room. I never realize until I got to college just how prepared I was. Seeing many of my friends struggle in the area of English really made me glad that I had such a good foundation in it. Besides the class work, I also feel that DHS provided me with an opportunity to grow in my social life. I was able to be sorrounded by great diversity and learned tolerance of others very quickly.


Posted June 2, 2007

I am a student of Dalton High school right now. I would have to say that I love Dalton High School more than any other school I have gone too because I have gone to many schools. The teachers really care about us and there are free tutoring programs during school and after school. The after school one is also going to start taking kids on field trips to get hand on learning. Our athletic programs are great! Everyone can join a sport. They are renovating the schools to make them better. The guidance counselors really care about us teens because if there is a problem they call you up and even offer to change some of your classes. There are manny techical prep classes available for your child. Like Child Development, Automptives, and Fashion Marketing. In Child Development you work with toddlers and Automotives you work with cars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2007

Yes, Dalton High is a great school , but like many others it can be a let down. If you aren't on the football field or parading around in a cheerleader skirt you are nothing. It is amazing on how much support is received in athletics. The school is very large and you would have to do a lot to stand out. As far as academics, the school is great. Parents, in order foe you child to get recognition be ready to make large donations to the football team. ha just joking
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 25, 2006

I also graduated from Dalton High and think it is an excellent school. The teachers are very committed and will do whatever it takes to serve every students individual needs. The coaches are great people and are devoted to teach their athletes to excel on the field, in the classroom, and as citizens in the community. They are also willing to help, support, and encourage any student in any way possible. When entering college I became aware of the fact that my school had me well prepared, and my assignments were often easy. All athletic teams are at the top of their class.In my opinion Dalton High is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 9, 2006

I am a former graduate and have one son graduate. And three still enrolled. I have seen teachers and staff go beyond their responsibilties, to ensure my children received the academics goals they need to succeed after graduation. And three of my children play and have played football. The coach also is very involved in helping my child stay academically on task. He has been great at encouraging my child ,he even go him a tutor! Go Big Red!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

My children have recently returned to the Dalton Public School System this school year. It is only one week into the new school year & I have to say we are already very excited. The school system has really upgraded in the last three years and my children both seem very pleased with their teachers, their classes, and the staff at both Dalton High & Dalton Middle. Everyone has been such a pleasure to work with and are accomodating the children really well. Thank you to all in involved. I would love to see Dalton High be the school it was when I attended 20+ years ago, and it seems to be well on its way. Go Catamounts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

We chose Dalton Public Schools because we wanted the best for our child - unfortunately, they have let us down, but more importantly, they've let our child down. However, I do feel that Dalton is still the best public school in this area to attend, but someone should seriously consider why the negative comments and try to make a difference before it's too late for other children to get the personal consideration and guidance they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

Hi, I am a former student of Dalton Public Schools and I graduated from Dalton High in 2004. In the past few years Dalton Public Schools as a whole has been renovating its buildings and programs in order to make the system as up to date as possible. In regards to Dalton High, more then just College Prep and Dual Seal certificates are allowed. It also offers the International Baccalaurrette and AP Programs, both of which I was a part of. The teachers in the programs are very informed and are very driven to get the students prepared for the tests. Dalton High also offers many extraccurricular activites such as many sports programs, drama, art, muscical, technical, military, and more programs. Dalton does have a high drop out rate but not due to lack of ability but students desire and need to enter the work force. Dalton High is a great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 27, 2006

I had been a student in dalton public schools for my whole school career until the begining of this year. When i got to dalton high, we were only allowed to get college prep, or a duel seal. Tech prep alone was not allowed. Dalton high needs to realize that college is not for everyone. The nation should realize that. Also, dalton's schedule,the 7 period day, did not allow students to make up failed classes and take the next level in the requiered feilds. Dalton high's attempt to become an elite shcool is becoming its downfall. The drop out rate for dalton high school is phenominal. Dalton should stop trying to seperate social classes of students...The rich...Known as 'preps', and the poor kids...The carpet mill workers. Dalton holds us back while putting preps on a pedastal. Dalton is horrible.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 24, 2006

The school climate is excellent. There is a positive feeling among most of the students and faculty. The principal treats the staff as professionals and has put the school back on track. The graduation rate would be higher if there was more communication with the hispanic community. This could be done by hiring at least one administrator who speaks spanish and a parent coordinator for the hispanic community, considering over 60% of the school is of hispanic origin. This will continue to be more and more of a challenge and the school could/should be proactive in meeting the challenge.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 29, 2005

I think dalton high is a good school, but there are some issues.There are also some students that hold the class behind, which takes messes with their leaning enviroment. I am also concerned because of some overcrowding of the school. And the school should not give to much the football program , and give more to the other extracurricular activities beside football.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2005

The acadimics at Dalton High School is without question unparralleled as far as the AP and IB programs are concerned. As far as CP and other technical tracks I have no idea. The shortcomings of the school are more apparent in the extra-curriculars department. Althogh the football program is on an undeniable decline,it continues to be the focal points of the efforts and spending,while the swimming,soccer,golf and tennis teams,have participated in and done exceedingly well in state playoffs. All of these sports have struggled to get money to support there trips to finals, as swimming had to provide there on transportation and other neccessities. Couple this with the fact that they want you to devote all of the offseason,no matter what other sports you play,they think football comes first.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 91% in 2011.

242 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

238 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

242 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

242 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 62% 12%
White 27% 44%
Black 5% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science 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
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Debbie Freeman
Fax number
  • (706) 226-2430

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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1500 Manly St
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 278-8757

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