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5251 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46221

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(317) 856-5288
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January 15, 2015
I have had 3 children go through this school. I really like the small community set up. I wish the communities were defined a little more and had stronger personalities but still they help keep kids from falling through the cracks. More students are graduating every year. I also LOVE that more advanced classes are offered and more emphasis is placed on thinking about what they should do after high school. That next piece of paper is so important. The teachers are very helpful when asked to step up. The biggest change I would make is getting staff to participate in after school events to let the students know they are interested. This carries over from their STAR classes.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2014
DCHS has tons of opportunities for kids to take that will get them ready for college, but you have to take the time to complete the courses, they are hard. I have had the best teachers in this school other than when i attended 4th grade. They are caring and if you take time out of your schedule they will help you. If you think your child shouldn't go here because of "bullying" I see no reason why. We have the best students who try to get a long with everyone, its the DCHS way. The best time of the year is football season, the whole school gets together to cheer on the hawks. I will always be proud to go to and to have gone here when I am older.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2014
I've watched my child fall from being an honor roll student at Valley Mills to mediocre at the middle school to failing at Decatur High School. I have been very proactive in attempts to be the voice of change in parent/staff communication. I've fought to get a better homework/student/teacher program to replace Skyward, which is utterly worthless. I have been mocked and made fun of by teachers in my child's class, in front of my child and other students, for my efforts. I have tried everything I can to make positive changes for 4 very long years as I've watched my child slowly regress in this school system. The staff is jaded, immature, apathetic, and untrained in making good use of their resources. Its literally sad that a school system is allowed to continue to operate at this level. The leadership appears to be overwhelmed and unable to make changes where needed.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
This school has one of the best teachers ever! They really focus on the students and them with everything they teach!

- submitted by a student

August 17, 2013
It's a good school. It's really good schools that helps you learn about journalism, art, technology, communication, and much more. It's should be really good school for people who look forward to be successful in their future.

- submitted by a student

August 17, 2013
The teachers are awesome and i like the way they teach.i think its one if the best school for students.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2012
I've been going to Decatur for my whole life. I'm currently a junior. I'm failing because of the teachers here. Most of them do not even teach. They usually just had us packets or paper work to work on the rest the class. This semester I only have two teachers who actually stand up and teach. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a student

April 08, 2012
I am curently a sophmore at Decatur Central High school and I have been attending school in this twnship for around 8 years with many of the same kids my entire life. In Decatur Central there are many students who do not care about their future enough to attempt to get good grades or try at anything, this is the reason why our test scores are so low. Many of the familys in this district are low income familys. Drugs, sex, smokeing, and pregnancy are huge issues at this school that continue to worsin day by day. Despite these many problems... I have yet to see another school with students who care for each other as much as the student body at DCHS! Decatur Central has a very tight nit family atmosphere with students who always have each others backs. This school does not have a problem with forming clics or discluting people. DCHS has outstanding arts departments and outstanding athletics, despite their horrible accademics. The staff members at this school form a very personal bond with their students and strive to help them not only in accademics but also with life problems. I am proud to be a Decatur Central Hawk!!

- submitted by a student

April 16, 2011
My wife and I were fortunate enough to meet two of the teachers, the principal and 40 Junior students at Disney World while waiting for the Parade of Lights to begin. The program that brings 40 Junior students to Disney each year is a wonder and gives students opportunities to learn and have fun at the happiest place on earth. The teachers and principal we met obviously were well liked and respected. We saw real communication and felt that these were the kind of teachers any parent would want teaching their kids. The principal had an open, honest and friendly relationship with the students and knew them all by name. The students were friendly, respectful and well behaved, not something you can usually say about 40 teen agers in one place at one time. It was the pleasantest experience we had at Disney and we wish the teachers, students and principal well. John and Jayne Kelly

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 03, 2009
I teach at DCHS's alternative school called the Decatur Enrichment Center. At least 1/4 of the graduating class graduated because of our school! These students would most likely have dropped out without our program -- some have full time jobs and are the sole support for their families, some have life threatening health conditions, many have children of their own. Most of our kids have one parent in prison or dead and their families struggle with drug addiction, suicide, murder, and everything in between. For many different reasons, traditional schooling was not successful with our kids and so this creative project-based program exists to serve them. We are so proud of our superintendent, Don Stinson, for founding the school and our program coordinator, John Pietrzak who goes above and beyond for our students who are really struggling in life. This program is truly amazing and runs on a shoe string budget with four teachers teaching every high school subject for our kids.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
July 11, 2009
Decatur is the worst school I know. The teachers do not curb bad behavior. The teachers do not assist those who need a little encouragement. Mostly, the children have no respect for the adults or visitors. I know this firsthand. This school is the worst school I have ever seen. Children are definetly not given equal learning opportunities. Send your children elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2009
I think decatur is fine. It's all about how you raise your kid. You have to be involved. I am a 1985 graduate and I have a son graduating in May and one son going to be a freshman.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2008
I am a past student of this school and my parents kept me in the same school district all my life. I love the elementary. I did not like middle school at all. How ever I loved my high school. I was class of 2006 and I believe if it was not for that school I would not be where I am today. I am currently in college with a 3.0. Have APT of my own and work at a hotel. I was in color guard most of high school and that was the best thing I had ever begged my parents to let me do. I would have to say that doing that kept me out of a lot of trouble and helped me with teenage life. So if any of the teachers read this, Thanks for all that you did for me.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 15, 2008
Decatur Central would be a great school if they treated all students the same like they are supposed to!The teaching staff is great but,the office staff has not yet learned that children should all be all be giving the same chances in every circumstance no matter how much money their parents do or do not make!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 05, 2008
I just graduated for decatur and I have to say that during the four years I was a student Decatur has done a lot to improve itslef. It is not was it could be but I think it is getting there,

- submitted by a student

August 28, 2008
I had recently just graduated from Decatur Central. I personally think a good percentage of the teachers are wonderful. I have yet to run into a teacher who was just there to earn a paycheck. The level of teacher involvement is going to vary. I wasn't a very good student and i rarely did homework, but the teachers and administrators were there to make sure I was on the right path towards graduation. Teachers don't ignore the struggling student and focus on the smart ones. Teachers ignore the punks that dont want to do their work and try to disrupt their class. If the student doesnt want to learn or pick up a decent education no teacher in the world can help them. The main issue is that they need to higher more councelours. 2 for an entire school isnt enough, and our slc leaders can only do so much. =]

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 12, 2008
Decatur is one of the worst schools you can go to. There are maybe five teachers that really cared in the whole school which makes me wonder if you dont even care about your students than what is the point in even becomeing a teacher. There are alot of them there that tend to favor students that tend to learn a lot faster than others an the teachers spent way more time with them and paid little to none to the students that really needed it. But if I learend anything from the time I spent there its that there needs to be a whole lot more teachers that give a crap.

- submitted by a community member

February 10, 2008
I just moved there and Decatur is alright, but the teachers, need to teach instead of giving out work.

- submitted by a student

November 10, 2007
I am a Decatur grad and it is the best kept secret in Indianapolis. There innovation and focus on learning in the 21st century is very innovative. I am glad I still consider myself a hawk.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 02, 2007
Geez.................praise God for home schooling, DCHS has alot of bully issues, I'm sure this exsists everywhere, but typically just goes unoticed by staff or apparently just blown off. It's good to see they are finally building on. I think this school ranks lower than a 1. Check into home schooling, my children have greatly improved since I've pulled them out of the DCHS ratrace.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2007
I graduated in 2003 and felt that DC prepared me adequately for college. Since I graduated, they have greatly increased the number of AP courses, which is great for the students. I felt that the general student population really got along with each another. The school was never so big that I felt alienated, but I would still see new people every once and a while. Like every school, there are some so-so teachers, but every department has a teacher that made me really passionate about the subject. I participated in band, drama, and 2 sports, and they were good programs that reinforced the underlying strengths of cooperation, even if they didn't all produce championships. The parent involvement is so-so. It seems that they really like to push around the teachers when it comes to discipline, academic evaluations and grading policies.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2007
I'm a DC grad and I loved my 4 years of high school. It was great. I do agree with another viewer that DC doesn't get you ready for college. I feel like I breezed through high school, but college I felt left behind. But all in all DC is great. Oh its very political also.

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2005
I graduated from DC in 2003, and I have to say I loved it. Most teachers are excellent and really try to connect with the students by creating an educational yet fun enviroment. A recent review said that DC didn't prepare them for college, but I don't believe that. I'm a college student with a 3.5 GPA so I'm doing just fine. I would recommend DC to any parent looking for a good school for their children.

- submitted by a student

September 08, 2005
Decatur Central in my opinion is a good school for my children. The academic scores are starting to rise and the teachers are more involved than other schools my kids attended. They are improvin on many things. They built another school for the extra students. Even though the parent involvement isn't great, the school itself is wonderful. I wouldn't ask for a better school for my kids to attend. While other schools pay more attention to sports than academics, decatur focuses on the students grades and other needs.

- submitted by a student

August 20, 2005
The school itself is old and needs to be rebuild, the poor shape of the building adds for crapy learning envoriment. The teachers in the building do an outstanding job for what they have to work with. The extracurriculars in this school though are amazing. The Band and Drama programs are in their prime. Kids can get away with anything. Teachers and the admenistration allows kids in the school to get away with anything. In this school there are low amounts of parants help sudents.The overall school just floats on in the middle of other Indiana schools.

- submitted by a student

August 04, 2005
I am currently a senior at DC. I think it is a wonderful school as well as a great learning environment. The teachers and administration are great. I can not think of a better school I would like to go to.

- submitted by a student

January 16, 2005
I am 2000 graduate of DC and was very involved in extra-curricular activities. I am now a graduate of Indiana University. DC did not prepare me for college. It was harder for me, than my peers, to adjust to the academic demands of college. DC had never taught me how to properly study. I felt that I BREEZED through high school and was not challenged enough, then when I got to college I had to work really hard to catch up.

- submitted by a student

September 26, 2004
Our family moved to decatur township 9 years ago - our primary reason being the school system. We have three boys that have attended valley mills, decatur middle school and now dchs. We are proud to have chosen such a terrific school and will remain until our 3rd child graduates.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2004
This school has a problem with bullies. The school has yet to address this issue. S.A.V.E. Students Against Violence Everywhere I am tired my childrens education suffering due to violence. Cher Simmerman

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2004
This school has an excellent music program. I have a daughter in the marching band program. The directors help the students reach their fullest potential in music as well as life. They help build confidence that the student didn't even know they had.

- submitted by a parent

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Decatur Central High School (DCHS) provides its learners with rigorous curriculum, preparing them to be college and career ready in this 21st century world. DCHS may seem like a typical high school, but this is far from the case. Within the bricks of the physical building, there are 5 smaller schools, referred to as “Small Learning Communities”. Each Small Learning Community serves 350-400 students and is flavored uniquely to meet the interests and learning needs of its diverse population.


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Decatur Central High School
5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46221
(317) 856-5288
Last modified Decatur Central High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Decatur Central High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top