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Dunwoody High School

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Posted May 11, 2014

Not great. Poor academics, and not much support for academic endeavors outside of the classroom. Almost all good teachers leave as well. Don't go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2012

LOVE Dunwoody High School! I'll admit I was nervous to put my son into the school 3 years ago. But with Mr. Swanson as the principal we have seen big changes! The school is redone, the fine arts is taking off and with the new Finance and Mass Communication Academies we are on the way to a GREAT school! If we could become a Charter school it would be perfect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

One of the up and coming arts schools. Despite some a Dunwoody's less than capable staff, and lact a top cleanliness standards; the school is not all bad. The fine arts department is usually neglected in most public schools, but the new principle is very supportive of the arts. Dunwoody's new Choir program is in more capable hands, the orchestra is doing well, and their band program is exellent. The band director at Dunwoody has turned the marching band and symphonic band around. They are own their way up and there is no stop in sight.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2011

best school in dekalb county. This school has some of the famous alumni such as ryan seacreast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

Very decent for a public school. I went to Dunwoody all four years and I'm now at a top 10 liberal arts college. I feel fully prepared for high level education. Dunwoody has some awful teachers and some amazing ones. You just have to be more self-motivated in the classes where the teachers are lacking. I don't know what other schools you kids went to, but as far as public schools go, while Dunwoody isn't the best of the best, it is definitely doing a great job in most areas. Do your work and want to learn and high school will make itself for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2009

Dunwoody is not a good school. I have personally attended this school. My year now is 2009. Dunwoody is not a clean environment at all!!! They have nasty restrooms, dirty cafeteria, dust everywhere, and bugs out of this world. Parents are fooled by the PTA. Dunwoody does not have great grade teachers and more students are failing or either dropping out. I would not recommend you of letting your child go to this school. Also i left out how student are sleep in classes because they say it is boring and the teacher dosen't teach. Teachers think calling parents work but, it does not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It is a great school with great leadership. Dr. Kevin Harris is doing an awesome job to ensure a good environment for students to learn, excel, and be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2009

dunwoody highschool is probably the worst school i have attended thus far. The teachers i have had do not get involed with the students like they should. the dunwoody administrators are completley unorganized and unprepared for major situations. the school food is horrible. the school is way to small for that many students to be there and i wouldn't suggest transferring your kid here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2007

I attended a smaller, private, catholic school for two years of high school before transferring to Dunwoody. I have grown to absolutely love Dunwoody, its students, and teachers. While switching high schools is never easy, I without a doubt recommend switching if you or your child is unhappy in the private school that they attend (and DHS is your district school). I have found that the teachers are much more relaxed and willing to help. Overall the quality of education is not incredibly challenging in general classes but then again, this depends on the classes you take, as well as your own personal motivation. DHS isn't perfect, but I wouldn't trade my time spent here for anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2006

Dunwoody high school offers students many classes that they could take advantage of to use in future careers
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2006

To be honest the administrative staff is a major concern for me at Dunwoody High School. My second concern is the teachers and their ability to really teach our children. Are they effective and how well educated are they in regards to the subject they actually teach. I can not question the integrity of the Principal at Dunwoody High, but I am concerned about her ability to make sure that there is fair treatment to all students of all cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

We have been very happy with Dunwoody High School. Stayong involved is key.
—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.

395 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

395 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

394 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

394 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
Algebra I

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
60%
American Literature

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
Coordinate Algebra

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
63%
Integrated Math II

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
73%
Physical Science

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

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
U.S. History

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
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 45% 44%
Black 25% 37%
Hispanic 20% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 2% 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)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Rodney Frederick Swanson
Fax number
  • (678) 874-8510

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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5035 Vermack Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: (678) 874-8502

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