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Dawson County High School

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4 stars

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Posted September 29, 2013

Dawson County High School overall offers a unique combination of students and teachers. Many of the teachers are well-educated and genuinely care for the students, while some teachers are rather corrupt and show nepotism toward students they know or are related to. The school is well funded with sports and technology, but classroom furniture and textbooks are low quality.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2013

We moved into the school distrct last year and my kids love it. Very small town feeling rather than the neighboring schools that are overloaded. My only concern is that they keep cutting activities, teachers, and spending. I know that is is par for the economy but we really shoudn't be taking so much away from the schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2011

My children have gone to Dawson County Schools since Pre-k. I have one child who is in the Special Needs curriculum and this school system has, with a great amount of parent /teacher involvement, educated my child and helped to determine that he is not an ADHD student, which is all the rage these days, that he in fact has a central neuro processing disorder. He doesnt take any meds. He only needs a more hands on approach to his teaching which has been custom fitted for him by the excellent teaching and administrative staff at DCHS. He will graduate this year and upon finishing his 2nd year of JR ROTC hopes to join the National Guard. As for the school in general, the student body is a very normal group of kids with no gang activity and a very low occcurrence of drug related disciplinary problems that are more common in other metro schools. For anyone to suggest that comming to this school system would subject an African American student to treatment reminiscent of the 60s is just plain ignorrant and would tend to make me question thier own racist views. This is a great school in a great school system. one of the few that I have experienced with traditional values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

It is amazing to me that this school received glowing remarks. My child attended this school last year, and her experience was certainly different than what is being expresses here. The only thing missing is the "whites only" signs from the 60s, but the mentality is still prevelent in this school. My daughter is an all honors student, has been since Jr high school, and excexcelled st the highest levels at Johns Creek Hs. If you're African American, stay clear of this school unless you want to be transported back ro more racist times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

I graduated from DHCS last year. My teachers did their job in preparing me for college as I am currently enrolled at North Georgia College and State University. However, I do agree with what I read about the sports program in a previous post. The school does put too much focus on football, especially when it has the worst winning record in the school. I played soccer at Dawson for 4 years and not one season did we have a green field. I would pay a ridiculous amount of money to sit in the stands and watch our football team lose on a perfectly green and cut field, and then come spring, our soccer team would break school records while playing in a mudpit. Overall, DCHS is a great school with plenty of opportunity for its students.


Posted August 27, 2008

as a former student here i have to say i loved this school all the teachers are great, my faves were mrs buesey, ms jernigan,mr hoffman,and of course ms hussey
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2008

I am a student currently at this high school. I think it is amazing, quite wonderful. The teachers care greatly about us and our grades. I learn a lot. I'm proud of the work i acheive. This is what the school want us to aim for- achievement and pride. That's what I have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2008

Dawson County Schools care deeply about their students. I think DCHS is all about letting the students strive to obtaining their goals. DCHS is an incredible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

I am currently attending Dawson County High and personally think it is wonderful. The whole staff is great. The teachers care a lot about their students. They do their best to lead us to be what we want to be and to have the lives we want to live. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2006

After graduating from this school, I am now attending college at Georgia Tech. This school and it's upstanding teachers do a great job of preparing students for college and other career choices. The leadership team is only making the school a better institute of learning each day, and the school has received numerous honors over the past couple of years on the state and national level. Overall, this is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 16, 2006

Before writing my own review, I read reviews the other parents wrote. One parent's review of the school was filled with spelling errors and grammatical errors, yet they had the audacity to say that Dawson County does not focus enough on academics. This school has prepared my child for college. My child is an excel student who is doing extremely well in her college classes with averages above 95 in each. She knows how to correctly use the words there and their and she knows the difference between importants, which is not a real word, and importance, unlike one parent reviewing her school. The school places focus on all extracurricular activities, athletic teams, and academics. This school is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

their are two different kinds of teachers at this school. The ones that care and are concerned with the students well being, and then the ones that are there for a paycheck and even go as far as letting the students know that they hate their job and that they would rather being doing something else with their life. Not enough attention is focused on the Arts, and too much is focused on the mediocre athletics teams. If an athletic team does excel and they are not related to football then little attention is paid to them. This school is just another reiteration of the importants of football with a lack of interest in academics and an extreme lack of a well rounded athletics program.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 17, 2004

I think it is a great school, with great teachers who care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

221 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

225 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

222 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Coordinate Algebra

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
78%
Integrated Math II

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
43%
Physical Science

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
U.S. History

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
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
White 95% 44%
Hispanic 4% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 37%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1665 Perimeter Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-6555

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