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Dupont Manual High School

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Posted April 4, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 8, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 2009

Manual has unique methods to teach a diverse group of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 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.


Posted November 6, 2009

Wonderful school and the teachers care about the students. I received a great education there.


Posted November 4, 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


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 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


Posted April 30, 2009

Dupont Manual is an outstanding school! I can't say enough about the quality of education. It is outsatanding...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

I honestly can't see myself going anywhere else. The people at Manual are phenomenal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
87%
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 Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
African American67%
Asian90%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female79%
Male67%
African American50%
Asian83%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
African American85%
Asian96%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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.

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91%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%
Biology I

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

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%
English II

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

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%
U.S. History

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

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%
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 Students65%
Female59%
Male74%
African American33%
Asian83%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students75%
Female72%
Male80%
African American41%
Asian87%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
African American72%
Asian90%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students81%
Female76%
Male90%
African American66%
Asian93%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 68% 81%
Black 17% 11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 1%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 1% 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 17%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Siemens Science Award(KY Top AP Student) (2009)
  • US News World Report Silver Medal & CSPAN Award (2008)
  • Intel Talent Search (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40am
School end time
  • 2:20am
School Leader's name
  • Larry A. Wooldridge
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (502) 485-8355

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Award winning ptsa
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