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9-12
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Louisville, KY
Students enrolled: 1,890

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120 West Lee St
Louisville, KY 40208

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April 04, 2012
Some teachers are excellent; others are lazy, i.e., no grades posted for more than 8 weeks of instruction. If a student is 18 and cuts school, there are NO consequences. I think the school is afraid that if they push the issue with the kids, the kids will drop out...and Manual's precious statistics will be hurt. As long as you make the school look good, everything is great. Kids who have problems are ignored. This is wrong. I'm a retired teacher, and I understand the demands on teachers' time. But for the most part, Manual does not live up to its reputation. I'm very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Manual's status isn't unwarranted. In my experience what truly makes Manual different is the students. Each magnet is filled with with kids who are not only well rounded, but also outstanding at their specialty. For instance the 500 member, hardcore academic Math Science Technology Magnet has an average ACT score of 32 (This is insane - this is comparable to the average ACT score of students at ivy league institutions). The Youth Performing Arts School puts on entire shows including the lighting, choreography, prop design, everything that almost seem professional and sends musicians to Julliard on a regular basis. The communications magnet regularly produces a yearbook that wins national recognition as the BEST IN THE NATION. You could fill pages with superlative accomplishments like these. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the motivation behind these initiatives comes from the students. I went to a private school before attending Manual and the difference between the two is both the best and worst thing about Manual - It is like the real world where you are responsible for making choices that ensure your success. You have to show initiative.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2012
Whoever posted "Manual is a incredibly snobbish. If you miss one day of school, you will" I have a few bones to pick with you. The whole idea of this 'Manual hand chooses students..' Why shouldnt they? Of course a school should hand pick their students and Manual strives to choose THE BEST. We choose the best students that we believe can take the rigor of advanced classes and AP courses. It should be an honor to be in Manual. I am a MST student and as a sophomore, I take AP Physics and AP Chem. We have magnets so we can CHOOSE the best students to teach. In ways it does matter how you teach students and in some ways it doesnt (take statistics) and if you have students who just want to pass a grade, send them elsewhere. At Manual, we pride ourselves at being the best. The BEST we can be, through both natural selection and the rigors of teaching. The fact that you puul from a lottery or you feed from Barret has nothing to do with anything; I went to a Catholic K-8 school and I am still one of the tops of MST. It does matter that we pick students. To be the best you must have the best setting possible and I think that duPont Manual has the absolute best setting for gifted students.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2012
This is by far the best school in Jefferson County. You are completely prepared for the rigor level of college. It teaches students to be responsible. I mean, the professors in college aren't going to constantly remind you about missing assignments or your failing grade, so the teachers here don't. But, you have to be prepared for a lot of hard work. If you can't stand the pressure in high school, imagine college! Another great thing is the diversity. Due to the different magnets, you will be in classes with people with varying interests and backgrounds. And, to address a previous review, if you start comparing Manual to Male, you can't just look at the state rankings. There is a reason Manual comes first, the difference is tremendous! Also the rivalry with Male is just a way to show our immense school spirit. We take pride in our school, unlike most other highs schools. The red/white block schedule gives you more time each meeting with your teacher. Plus, it gives you an extra day to do your homework. XD I 100% recommend applying, it is an amazing experience. :)

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2012
Manual is a incredibly snobbish. If you miss one day of school, you will be trying to catch up for WEEKS! And, the whole red/white day thing can be confusing. Especially since the students are always so busy, and piled with homework and projects. When i went there, I was on the honor roll with all a's and b's, but i was so stressed out all the time! i couldn't imagine 4 more years of that! Everyone was so....competitive and aggressive. The rivalry with male was...insane. I transferred to Male, actually. And it amazes me, Manual HAND PICKS ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS, and Male pulls from Barret, JCTMS, Johnson, and a lottery, and Male is #2 in the state. Male doesn't choose their students, THEY TEACH THEM. The point is,don't choose Manual. Choose Ballard, or Male, or Eastern, or Butler. Not Manual.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2011
Manual is overrated. Some teachers there are fantastic educators who care deeply about the students. Others do not want to be bothered with a student who isn't off-the-charts brilliant in every subject. I found a couple of teachers to be downright complacent, even lazy. Administration is ineffective when it comes to ensuring the emotional safety of students subjected to harassment by other students. School counselors are completely overwhelmed with a 450:1 counselor/student ratio. (There are 4 counselors for approx. 1,800 students.) I don't know where the 18:1 student/teacher ratio came from, my kid was always in classes of at least 22+ students. My repeated, sustained efforts to engage teachers, school counselors, and administration in supporting my struggling child were exhausting and ultimately unfruitful. Sports coaches have little oversight. There is no process in place for parents to voice concerns about coaches without running the risk of getting their own kid benched or cut from a team. My child now attends another Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence (private) high school and is flourishing there, both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
Not trying to be cocky, but Manual truly is, hands down, the best high school in JCPS. Teachers are blessed to have Intelligent and motivated students and students are blessed to have amazing and passionate teachers. Every student feels at home and enjoys their high school experience. At Manual, seniors don't ask one another 'hey are you going to college?' they ask, 'what college are you going to attend?' If you are a worried parent, do not hesitate to send your kids here; they will recieve a wonderful education.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2009
Manual has unique methods to teach a diverse group of students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I had an amazing experience as a student at Manual. The excellent teachers and high academic standards pushed me to become a class valedictorian and receive a full college scholarship.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2009
Wonderful school and the teachers care about the students. I received a great education there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
Manual is a school of excellence. Both the teachers and students are excited to be there and learn from each other.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
I have an illness that requires i be in the hospital, missing weeks at a time from school. The teachers are so helpful and suggestive when it comes to catching up. The students must know they are in high school. It is their responsibility to go to the teacher. Teachers will not find you. Personally, I think it's this sort of thing that builds character.

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October 20, 2009
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July 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
Any school of this caliber will undoubtedly be held to the highest possible standards and viewed through the most discriminating lens. We have set ourselves up for pointed criticism and intense scrutiny directly proportional to the amount of hype and accolades that we receive. I can honestly say, without any degree of hesitation that as both a teacher at Manual and a parent of a current senior here, there is no other place I would rather teach and/or send my child. Teaching here is a joy, a blessing most teachers could only ever hope to experience. My students are amazingly insightful, unflinchingly compassionate, wildly talented, respectful, and full of fabulous ideas that they freely share with their peers. I have never seen a fight here in over ten years at this school but I have seen numerous examples of great kids helping one another succeed at ridiculously high levels.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 30, 2009
Dupont Manual is an outstanding school! I can't say enough about the quality of education. It is outsatanding...

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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 15, 2009
My son is currently a sophomore at Manual. He is failing and I have only been contacted by one teacher. I, myself, contacted the rest of his teachers. They seem aloof and snobbish. They act as if they could care less that he needs more help. We are very disappointed. I am a parent that cares and wants to help them help my child succeed and they don't seem interested.

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December 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
I love the fact that the main supplyers to duPont Manual come from Meyzeek Middle School, where my child went. It has personally benefitted them in getting in to the rigorous MST program at Manual.

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November 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2008
Having graduated Manual in 2003, I was very pleased with the abundance of Advanced Program and Advanced Placement courses. I was also very pleased with the Visual Arts Magnet. I feel that it's one of the best visual arts programs for high schools in the country. The other magnets our excellent as well. Including YPAS and MST. In my year, our class was 3rd in the country in National Merit Semifinalists.

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August 10, 2008
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August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2008
I honestly can't see myself going anywhere else. The people at Manual are phenomenal.

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July 14, 2008
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May 23, 2008
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March 31, 2008
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March 04, 2008
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January 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 24, 2007
I am clearly displeased with Manual in the past year. The standard of students has decreased, simply caring only about grades, rather than intelligence. Any student can study. It takes another kind to actually have intellect. Manual once was the best. I am sad to say that no longer has this title been upheld. Just like Rome, it shall fall.

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2007
I am a recent graduate of manual and if you want your child to excel, manual is the best high school in Kentucky for them to do so. There are different core programs for specific areas of study that include the Math Science Technology Program (MST), Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), High School University (HSU), and the Visual Arts (VA) programs. All of which include exccellent teachers and friendly staff. Did you know that more than 93% of all Manual graduates attend college? The numbers speak for itself. Great school, excellent programs... Go Manual!

- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 02, 2006
Manual is simply the best high school in the state of Kentucky. I am currently a junior in the MST program, and I couldn't be happier. The level of education is extremely high, and the rest of school is fun and exciting. Whoever you are, you can find an extracurricular activity for you. I couldn't imagine anywhere else. -Robbie

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2006
Best school in KY. One of the best in the US.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Manual's student population is diverse and self-motivated, and they achieve academically at a very high level. Students challenge each other to reach higher. The quality of the academic programs is outstanding. Students have a wide variety of subjects from which to choose and a range of levels of intensity from standard through AP. Manual excels in science as well as in the arts and has a full-range of extracurricular activities as well ranging from those that are academically oriented (like Quick Recall) to political (Young Democrats/Republicans) to purely social (Knitting and Salsa). Manual has recently earned a National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence designation and has a very strong body of parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
I graduated in 2003 and am now finishing up my Junior yr. at the University of Kentucky as a Landscape Architecture student. All I can say is that Manual prepared me in ways that are probably unheard of else where around the state. I am in the top of my class and I am not the only one. I have stayed in touch with friends from Manual who go to Princeton, M.I.T. Stanford, Virginia, Auburn, and many other very lofty higher education universities. Basically what I am getting at is that Manual is an amazing school with an amazaing atmosphere, it would be a mistake to not take the chance to try and attend. (I was in the Visual Arts magnet) -Lrj

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2006
No school is perfect, but this one nearly is. Magnet programs very selective by student talent/acheivement. They all choose to be here. One plus for me is that it is OK to be smart, be involved, and be a leader. Excellence and commitment are the norm. 3 of my children attended in MST, HSU and YPAS programs. Though a few experiences could have been better, overall this is an excellent academic environment with a lot of courses to choose from and a diverse student body. It is common for students to take at least 3 or 4 Advanced Placement courses before they graduate, some take many more. College admissions staff recognize the rigorous program here and respect the student's achievements. We do not rank; the last year they ranked, my son was in a class of about 450 with 44 valedictorians; GPA 3.9,had 36 hours AP credit, and class rank 86!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
This school was a wonderful way for my child to express themselves with the different magnets and class variety. But they still took all core content classes and recieved great academic achievement.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2005
I'm going in to my senior year at Manual and the past three years have been some of the best of my life! I couldn't imagine going anywhere else there are so many extra curricular activities you can't even count them, not to mention the teachers are all excell in their fields. Plus this school has the most amazing diversity, i feel that my views of people have been changed for all time.

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2005
If I could describe Manual in one word it would be: Unprecedented quality of teachers matched with strong desire and determination for learning demonstrated by students equaling the best school in Kentucky. If you want to be challenged and have fun at the same time, then Manual is the school for you. Wait that's more than one word-- well at least you get the picture.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2005
I am a student at duPont Manual, and never in my school career, have I held a high level of pride for my school. Manual is an amazing place with a unique atmosphere full of diversity. They push you to do your best while maintaining the 'fun' aspect that should be present in every high school. There's no where else I would rather be.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 13, 2005
I go to Manual high school. And overall it really is a good school. Of course nobodt wants to go to school but this really is a great school. They have many different magnets to choose from and they only let the best im so are you good enough? Find out and apply here at Manual!MEDM

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2005
I am a freshman student at Dupont Manual High School. Manual excels in every aspect of education. They offer several academic programs including the HSU (High School University) magnet of which I am enrolled. This program allows students to take college level courses that provide credit hours all while still in high school! Manual has the highest state testing scores of any high school, public or private. Manual has educated many successful students since its opening in the late 1800's. Two of its alumni who are now in the public spotlight are Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Whip, and Paige Davis, host of Trading Spaces. Manual has too many positive aspects to mention in this short commentary, you can get more information at www.dupontmanual.com Are you Manual material? Be sure to apply early and see what true excellence is!

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2004
duPont Manual has tremendous pluses -- culturally and psychographically diverse, little tolerance for nonsense, great college recruitment credibility and the students' nose for excellence and accountability is very respectable. If you have a child who is intent on learning, it's the place to go. If you have one who needs nurturing, go somewhere else. And, oh, be forewarned: to some, it's a real shock to see the intellectual density at Manual. Being a whiz kid at one middle school does not automatically make them a whiz at Manual. All awards and egos should be left at the doorstep. In my opinion, the only serious downside is the imbalance in the teachers' commitment levels. There are some who are devoted to their craft vis a vis those who are just riding out their tenure. If credibility, well-roundedness and growth potential are factors for you, Manual is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2004
duPont Manual High School offers unique programs that are incomparable to that of any other school Jefferson County, including a number of majors at the Youth Performing Arts School, Visual Arts, MST (Math, Science, Technology), Communications, and High School University. With a block scheduling program, students are also well prepared for college schedules.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2004
I think this is a good school but I think the teachers get too much of the credit. If the kids weren't as determined as they are to succeed, they wouldn't be learning anymore at this school than at any other school.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
When my son was paying attention, he received a wonderful education at Manual. The diversity of teachers and students was a plus, class sizes were small, the quality of the program was just excellent.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
Really is a School of Excellence!! The teachers are amazing and the school's performance is off the charts!

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February 03, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 01, 2003
Hard to imagine anything better -- or more challenging. My son is getting a better education in high school than I got in college -- and this is a public school!

- submitted by a parent
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Dupont Manual High School
120 West Lee St, Louisville, KY  40208
(502) 485-8241
Last modified Dupont Manual High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dupont Manual High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top