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Dakota Jr Sr High School

Public | 7-12 | 398 students

 
 

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Posted May 24, 2014

Many of these reviews about students not being 'treated fairly' are irrelevant. The Dakota school system is run by a very honest, qualified school board that has done a great job in hiring the best teachers. As a graduating senior of the high school id say my experience was nothing but great. Grading is done very fairly and all teachers are more than willing to stay after school or find a time that they can assist you with any problems you are having with any material they are teaching. As I go on to college I am glad that I am able to keep in touch with my previous teachers. The Dakota school district does not stop serving you once you graduate, they will always be there for you. Also, sports are heavily regarded at Dakota, and everyone is given a chance to participate. People like to complain about the sports programs, but in fact they are extremely successful and provide the students with great options for extracurricular activities. Also the music program is very highly regarded through the area. And the arts and agriculture programs are steadily developing. Dakota is truly a 5 star school and I'll miss my experience here as I move onto into college.


Posted September 26, 2012

My experience with the dakota school system was both a joke and a nightmare. As a parent you try your hardest to teach your child that they are perfect the way they are and that each person has a special gift to offer the world. However, unless you child has a love for sports ( mostly football), they practically don't exist. Dakota has a bullying issue that has for too long fallen upon deaf ears. My daughter was a straight A student before we moved, but she is much more of an artist than an athlete. If only we had checked sites like this before moving, could have spared her a lot of suffering. The principal is not willing to acknowledge major issues. There were a select few teachers I liked, other than that, The rest were nothing more than over-grown high school children themselves, maturity wise that is. Until I met them all, I couldn't believe some of the stories I've heard from my daughter and other parents, so I wasn't very shocked to find that they were every bit as incompetent as described. To say the least my experience with Dakota was very much unsatisfactory. I would not recommend this school to a stranger, let alone a close friend. I would give 0 stars if I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Everyone of these comments about if you do not participate in football or volleyball is absolutely correct. A new student like myself coming from Freeport is going to be a huge change because of the low academic rating, no foreign languages, and no honors classes. How will I get enough credits for a college? If your child plays football or volleyball, then the family gets a good rep but if they play music or are into the drama department then they are a nobody.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2009

okay yes i agree that sometimes it feels like you are treated unfairly at dakota if you dont play a sport but even if you do you can feel under treated. i am a cheerleader and people dont give us the support that they give volleyball players and when football looses the fans give up on them. also i am in band and the plays and chorus and they do so much but they dont get recognized at all. it is said you have to do 6 competitions to be considered a sport well bend does but people dont recognize them. people need to realize that the acedemics keep this schools image too.and dakota is a great school teachers are amazing but a lot of kids will say that they hate dakota because of the cliques and drama with sports and acedemics
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

im a student here and the staff does not treat every student the same. if you are in sports you are looked at higher than others. i think dakota needs to focus on the students and not so much about the outcome of sporting events.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

I think dakota school is a very athletic based school. One of the parents mentioned that if you are not in sports you are a nobody at dakota. I am inclined to support that because i am not an athletic student and am always treated unfairly. The football players or volleyball players are let out of class at least 20 minutes at the end of day for practice. I beleive that dakota needs to treat all the students with the same respect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2008

I am an educator whose younger brother attends Dakota High School. Over the past year it has become clear to me that athletics rate higher than academics, and if a student is not an athlete, he/she is not treated in the same manner as an athlete. Discipline is not consistent, and consequences vary from student to student. There have been instances where school code as well as state/federal law have been broken by adminstrators and students have been punished for it.


Posted February 29, 2008

This school does not care about students. It does, however, care about the outcome of sport events. The double standards applied to disciplinary actions and biased attention to choice students make this school a very frustrating environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

If your child is not involved in sports they are nobody in this school. All this school is concerned about are their sports programs. Once they put a label on your family they keep it on you no matter what
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

There should be many more a/p classes available as well as foreign language. It is limited for honors students. It is not a diverse school, given that it is a rural school. Safe, yes. But I think that it narrows student's outlook on the world and they often end up staying in the midwest rather than pursuing more options and going on to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

I think that they need to be less strict.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2007

Good school except that the administration in the high school level does not deal with students who need help academically or otherwise. Their solution is to send the kids to an alternate school somewhere in the county thus keeping order in the classroom and moving forward. Almost like the pack moving forward and leaving the old and weak behind. Only problem I see in Dakota.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

The acedemic of program of Dakota Is the best in the countey. The music, art and sports are the best with the music programs doing great musicals such as Wizard of Oz and the Music Man. The sports show what great work can do. With the football team going to state and winning state. Parents are compltly involved with the extracuriicular activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2005

This is an awesome school! most of the time the kids are treated with the same amount of respect and everyone has a place in this school. Not all schools are like dakota. It is a fun place to be! go indians.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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68%

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96%

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87%

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91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

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93%

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77%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
96%

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81%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female69%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income67%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income57%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female98%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income95%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female91%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income60%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income87%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female65%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income72%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income72%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female53%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income56%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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Average ACT score

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Graduation rate

85.3%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 51%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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