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Waterloo, IN
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3424 Co Road 427
Waterloo, IN 46793

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(260) 920-1012
(260) 837-7841
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April 24, 2015
If you're wanting an unfriendly, unwelcome atmosphere where the students are judge mental & bully each other & the teachers are biased toward the students & can't update grades online in a timely manner. The staff is there to harass kids rather than help anyone for the most part - then gladly send your kids to DeKalb Middle & High school. This is not my experience alone, I know of many people who have had tremendously negative experiences at DeKalb & have been treated unfairly. This is not to say that DeKalb doesn't have some good things to offer & there have been some improvements made within the last few years. Not enough, as the negative outweigh the positive. Use the information as you see fit & choose wisely!

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2014
I would have to say that Dekalb High School has made enormous improvements over the years! As a former student I can tell you that Dekalb has come very far from what it used to be. I considered sending my children to a different school at first... But believe me when I say that Dekalb Central Schools are moving up there with the best! Yes there are issues just like any school. As far as staff, well Dekalb has raised the bar! Dekalb High School may have a few teachers who are better suited in another profession, but the great teachers make up for that times ten! Personally, I admire the new principal Mr.Toth, the exceptional and very caring Guidance Department (Mr.Muter is the best!) the Nurse Gina Corkle, and finally the Resource Team... Mrs. Kelby Shields is someone who holds a special position at DHS, words cannot come close to our gratitude for her! Ms. Carol Fike as well! These particular teachers go above and beyond!! Thanks DEKALB - you rock!

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2014
I am a graduate of this school I will say that if it was not for the staff and faculty I more than likely would not have graduated its been about 6 years since I graduated and I will say that bullying does happen... but where does bullying not happen? its apart of life people will always be bullied no matter where you go in any job school, ect there will be bullying. The best way to teach kids to fend for themselves in high school and in life in general is to teach them to stand up for themselves not that it is ok to cower and expect someone else to stick up for them, no one is entitled to respect its is something that should be earned. There were some great teachers there when I went here teachers that truly cared and wanted students to succeed not just in their class but in life. The school is fairly strict but this is a good thing kids need structure and taught they can not get away with everything. I feel that if a student wants to succeed here he or she can and will, and for more challenged are problem students (I am speaking for myself) they are not forgotten and are given the resources, attention, and or opportunities they need to be successful.

- submitted by a student

February 04, 2014
I was recently very disappointed when my son's teacher did not keep his grade up-to-date on Power School. When we finally found out he was missing several assignments, it was too late for him to make up the work. My other son complains that, for example in Spanish (a dual-credit class), they waste a lot of time, and don't sufficiently cover the material. He often tells me they watch movies. The AP classes my children have taken were appropriately challenging and prepared them to take the AP exam. I think that students who are high achievers may struggle to be appropriately challenged. We have found the music program to be excellent. The football team, on the other hand, not so good.

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October 07, 2013
I am a current student at DeKalb and I actually like it very much. I am currently enrolled into the DeKalb New Tech program, which gets bad mouthed a lot. People are saying that the teachers overlook bullying when it really doesn't happen at school. It mostly happens on the internet... When people are at home. The teachers can't really help that very well. There's only about 2 people that I've seen this year that are pregnant... Therefore pregnancy is not "in style" at our school. It's just as bad at other schools. Our education isn't sub par. We are actually very educated. Our school could improve though with some of the conduct and there is a very strict dress code that is put into place. The only thing I really don't like about DeKalb is that they sometimes pick favorites and the dress code. The dress code is backed up with one reason only... "It distracts people from learning." Does my shoulder really do that? I am on sports teams (track and cheerleading) and if you get in trouble you do not get a slap on the wrist. There was a girl on the cheerleading squad that got in trouble and had to sit out of homecoming. DeKalb is a good school. I would recommend sending students here.

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2013
As a student I believe Dekalb is a great school if you want to be a great student; To get any success you must have the money and effort for it. The teachers overlook things, such as bullying, until it is too late. Another HUGE negative is the Dekalb school district ignores special education students and their needs. The District focuses on funding and budgets more than the students well being. Stop focusing on little things such as, dress code or cell phones in class and focus on what really matters, the students' well being and education!

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2013
I am a current student at DeKalb. I know that there is definitely room for improvement in the school, but I believe that DeKalb is a good school overall. I feel like my teachers do care about their students' success but it is up to you to make the decision to be successful and take challenging classes. Of course, as in any school, there are the few teachers, coaches, etc. that are not good influences, but I think that overall DeKalb is a good public school to send your child(ren) to.

- submitted by a student

August 10, 2012
Poor test scores and blissful ignorance abound. As someone has already mentioned, school staff members mostly look the other way when it comes to bullying, especially if the students doing the bullying are members of some athletic team. Education: subpar. Teachers are very hit-or-miss, with mostly misses. Expect small-town prejudice.

- submitted by a community member

April 24, 2011
This is the best school around for TOP education! The teachers here are great and will help you with anything.

- submitted by a student

November 27, 2010
I do not believe that this school is sub par! I also do not know where people are thinking that it is "in style" to be pregnant! I would call a teenager getting pregnant "bad parenting." I do not see how you can blame the teachers for these teenagers actions. They are only at school for a short period of time. I can honestly say that I am PROUD that my kids go to DeKalb. I have a Daughter that is an academic honor student. She just got accepted into a College that is very hard to get accepted to. I am sick and tired of people always bad mouthing DeKalb. I know for a fact that the probems we have, other schools have as well. I am glad that my Daughter is getting the education she needs at school and the discipline and guidance she needs at home. If you think the grass is greener on the other side then go there!!!!

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2010
This school is sub par. The faculty glorifies the students who are involved with drinking and drugs and sexually active. Being pregnant is "in style" and the athletes are the biggest offenders and only get slaps on the wrists and are allowed to continue to participate. Sends a very negative message to the kids who are not involved with drinking and such! If they actually look at the problem it would be to profound for them to adress so they sweep it under the carpet. The staff is in denial and some have even favored these kids and laughed along with them. Seriously need responsible staff and coaches that are more mature than kids themselves!

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2010
This school has no minimum standards. If a student fails a class or is written up for a discipline issue, its the teacher who is punished. The teachers have learned to stop failing students regardless of their performance and do their best to ignore discipline issues in and out of the class. Even the best students are pulled down by this attitude.

- submitted by a community member

August 12, 2009
I am currently a student at Dekalb High School. I think the teachers here are pretty good. I have learned a lot these last couple of years. Recently I learned that we are not allowed to have holes in our jeans this year. Normally I wouldn't have a problem with this rule. The only thing that upsets me is that I didn't know of this new rule until I had already went school shopping. Most of the jeans at stores already have holes in them and so it is annoying that we can no longer wear the new jeans we bought to school. This is not a big deal though, I just wish students, like me, could know about changing rules ahead of time. Overall, I think DeKalb has a good learning environment and I am happy to be a student of DeKalb High School!

- submitted by a student

April 08, 2009
This school has done a lot for me only in my freshman year here at DHS! It offers a lot of oppertunities for many types of shcolarships, jobs, community activities, sports, and many other great things. I love the educational expierience here at DeKalb High School:)

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 03, 2009
The MiddleSchool is greta have been doing a wonderful job with my daughters first yr. Is an issue with the neighboring high school though. There is a sherrif stationed there who seems amused with HARRASEING parents..Mind your step just driving into that parking lot@!@!

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2007
DeKalb is horable school. The teachers are so easly distracted its no wondeer the childrens test scores are so low. The principals dont care about the students alls they care about is if the children take food and drinks out of the commons. DeKalb also plays favorits to the jocks, preps, and rich kids, they dont care about the 'normal' kids. If you ever go there and just look around you will see kids getting bullyedbecause they donot fit in to the three favorite grups. The L.D. children are picked on and teased and bulled by the favorits and when you try and tell a teacher or someone with higher athority the kids only get a slap on the hand and get told dont do it again, like that would help make it a better learning enviremant.

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2007
I was a student at DeKalb myself and now I have three high school students. Dekalb is a good school. I have had the opportunity to see other schools,their curriculums, their student products, and to see how their students perform at a college level. DeKalb stacks up well to other schools. I feel there is definite room for improvement but we do well overall. We have a great music department, athletics are among the best in the state and academics are competitive and improving. To make changes you must have a solution and vote correctly and voice to the board and principal and be involved. Good kids and students start at home. Julie R Stackhouse

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2007
I wish people would understand that teachers are pretty similar in any school system. Sure there are differences in all educators, but from my experience they always followed the guidelines set in front of them as well as met standards. I had many teachers who cared and were devoted to my education, which motivated me to excel in college. I had great teachers in every aspect of learning. The comments regarding the difficulty to make friends are false. The school has 1200 students and if someone can t fine a friend that is no ones fault other than there own. Maybe the parents saying these things should take look back and see if they raised their children in a social environment. Also, athletics have earned the right to have so much importance. Extracurricular activities are excellent. Look at the music department. There are many ways to get involved and achieve success.

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2006
Dekalb is a horrible school. NONE of the teachers care about the students. All the principals worry about is stupid rules like bringing drinks or food to school. They could care less about if your learning or not. The athletics department is horrible and it is not easy to make friends at Dekalb. Never let it cross your mind to send your son/daughter to Dekalb.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 20, 2005
I am currently a student at Dekalb High School; I believe that some of teachers don't do their best effort to get the students involved in their teachings. I don t understand why Dekalb would need a swimming pool, why spend money on another athletic thing when our test scores are low? We need to focus our money and effort into more important things, such as schoolbooks and better tutoring.

- submitted by a student

April 28, 2005
My son goes to Dekalb and he is in L.D. and I believe the school system has failed him big time. It seems to me that all they want is to get him out of their school. They don't care if he's learning or not. This no child left behind law should say no child left behind but those in L.D. Because my son has definitely been left behind by a school system that simply doesn't care. They don't want the L.D. kids' making their school look bad when it comes to ISTEP and the fewer they have the better they look. I am so angry that my son has become a child left behind and NOBODY seems to care.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2005
I am currently a student at Dekalb High School, and in the honors program and athletics. I think that the school has it all wrong. It worries so much about athletics especially boys basketball and football that it is crazy. My honors teachers aren't teaching anything. I thought that the whole point of the program was to challenge us. Well, its a little hard to challenge us when we are behind the regular kids. My of my fellow students and their parents have complained to the office but it doesn't seem to matter. The principals at our school aren't worried about the important things. All they care about is if you take drinks out of the commons.

- submitted by a student

February 05, 2005
My child goes to this school and is unhappy here. They thinks the teacher don't teach. They like to give the assignments but, don't teach about it. You also need to get a swimming pool here and stop using the YMCA.They can't get a good work out in such a small place with so many kids. Plus parents don't like having to travel all the time to other school.

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Dekalb High School
3424 Co Road 427, Waterloo, IN  46793
(260) 920-1012
Last modified Dekalb High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dekalb High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top