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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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Posted March 23, 2012

This school has a great teaching staff - for the most part they are very committed and involved - we have several very exceptional teachers! The opportunities for student involvement are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

Great academics, great atmosphere, solid instructors, great extracurricular programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

I am proud to say that I am a graduate from Paul Laurence Dunbar High. This school opened several doors for me allowed me to achieve in areas where it did not seem possible. The faculty and staff interact with the students and are there for students if they need them. Students are labled- which allows children to feel proud about who they are and their preferences. One should expect to be challenged in the classroom. I can say that everyone whom I have ever encountered who has attended or is currently enrolled has pride in PLDHS. Props to my former school, teachers and staff. Continue doing an excellent job*:)


Posted August 16, 2008

I love it, the sporting tradition is huge. Im proud to be on the football team
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2008

Top academic programs, excellent althletic programs, music department one of the best in state and nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

I attended Dunbar from 1996-2006, and my youngest brother is now a freshman at Dunbar. The quality of education at Dunbar is excellent; students are challenged both academically and extracurricularly to excel.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2006

I graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar in 2004 as a member of the MSTC program. I am currently at Stanford University. Many of the students in my class attended the top universities in the nation, and I really attribute it to the great MSTC program, and Dunbar in general.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 12, 2004

You will recieve a great education at Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., but they are very strict with rules. Like being are suspended for having to many tardies. They also have very friendly teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

I had two children at this school. Both graduated and went to Washington University in St Louis. Both have done extremely well there and the eldest is at law School in Washington DC. My children went through private schools until they went to Dunbar and I found this school to be exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

522 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
African American29%
Asian85%
Hispanic25%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners8%

Writing

All Students45%
Female53%
Male37%
African American20%
Asian77%
Hispanic13%
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learners4%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students59%
Female67%
Male53%
African American40%
Asian85%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learners11%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
41%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students54%
Female52%
Male55%
African American33%
Asian77%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners30%

Biology I

All Students49%
Female49%
Male49%
African American18%
Asian87%
Hispanic14%
Multiracial28%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learners4%

English II

All Students67%
Female70%
Male65%
African American41%
Asian90%
Hispanic25%
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners0%

U.S. History

All Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
African American40%
Asian93%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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49%
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29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20143What's this?

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

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

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 81%
Black 16% 11%
Hispanic 13% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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