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Denham Springs Junior High School

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3 stars

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Posted April 27, 2014

okay school overall. ive gone here 6th through 8th and have learned a lot. Good teachers overall. There are some mean teachers(as in every school).i have always maintained honor roll. I've maintained a's,b's and c's during the three years so you can be the judge. Mr.wax works students hard but not to hard. Okay staff. There is homework every now and then. mostly stuff we dont complete in class. The school has been changing a lot lately. harder curriculum and rules. Mr. howard and wax have really changed the place. Stricter on students,probably a good thing though..


Posted September 27, 2013

So far so good and the faculty has been easy to communicate with. One question, does the school or parish pick the fundraisers? Honestly I cannot think of anyone willing to buy a box of biscuit mix that yields (up to) 15 biscuits for $15. Please get some more affordable and attainable items for the children to sell for prizes. Whatever happened to World's Finest Chocolates? Even at $2 a bar I would buy 10 myself over a box of biscuit mix I can buy at the grocery store for less than $4.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

Nightmare! We moved here from Texas, and since then it has been a downward spiral. My son had not ever failed a class, been reprimanded, or had any problems until now. His Louisiana History teacher yells at him, calls him out in front of the class as if he is stupid, and has made my sons overall self confidence completely gone. I have gone to the principal, and to the board of education and have had no positive results. I am sooooooo fed up that as of next year both my children will home school, where I know they are getting the positive encouragement that they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Mr. Wax, new principal, has made a positive improvements. I know it is early in the year, but so far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

I find that my 6th grade child is doing pretty good at this school in class. She heard many scary stories about her math teacher, but as it turns out she is her favorite teacher already!! I do have a concern however. The principal, Ms. Barclay, has the "its my way or oh well " attitude. I don't like that. At orientation she told us if there was a problem she & her staff would investigate the matter, make their decision on the punishment & if we as a parent disagreed then we could ask for a meeting with her where she "would expalin their findings & convience you to see it her way". Then she chuckles. Hmm...she isn't kidding. I have called with some concerns & they make you feel unwelcome. I am an involved parent at home & will be at school .. whether they like it or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

They take time with each student if the parents take time to educate each teacher about their own student and their needs. It is not just up to the school . Good education starts at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

I love love love this school the teachers are really kind and i think ms barclay is doing a wonderful job in her job keep the good work upp but dont be too too strict make sure its still funn!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2009

I am entering my 2nd year at DSJH and this is a pretty good school. The teachers are great. When I need help, the teachers take their time to make sure that I understand the work and do well on the test. The teachers also try to make learning fun. They understand that sometimes we need breaks, so every now and then we will have movie days, which are always fun. We always are learning. We do have homework, but not an extreme amount. The principals are all great, there is one principal for each grade. I think that this is an amazing school. Just like every school though, there are a few teachers that can be a little strict about stupid things, but other than that, this is an amazing school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

While the academics at DSJH are acceptable, the bureaucratic administration is insanely overbearing. Educating children takes a backseat to enforcing the bureaucracy here. Classes are very overcrowded, teachers are stretched too thin, and the principals are completely worthless and unfriendly. The high rating by great schools is only due to the fact that most high schools in Louisiana are pitiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

I am a former student of DSJH and it is by far the best school I have ever been to. The teachers care about our education and want us to learn. The school I go to now in Lake Charles is not and never will be like Denham Jr. DSJH makes the students work harder and they have a fun learning environment. The school has awesome extra circular activities for students. The staff is amazing. The principle knows what she is doing and IS NOT clueless and actually pays attention to her students unlike some schools. I don t understand why any one can talk bad about this school because it is an awesome place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2007

My child has attended private schools until this year. I was astonished at how much better she is doing at DSJH not only academically but personally. The teachers actually care about their students & want them to understanding the material. Their overall attitude is exactly what it should be...to TEACH the children. In the past the teachers we've encountered, put information on an overhead and if the kids got it-great, if not - oh well. But not at DSJH - they are teaching my child and making it interesting and fun to learn. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2006

The teachers put forth the extra effort to make this a great school. My daughter attended this school for almost 3 yrs before transferring to another district. This was the worst move we could have made. While she was never a perfect student; the staff always went the extra mile to help her. All teachers were not people I liked personally, but 99% of them are fantastic Teachers! (in the old sense of the word, people who teach young people because they care, not just because its a easy paycheck with great hours). I miss this school, and wish it were possible to have my daughter back there. We miss you Denham! The McGraw's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

I am a student at dsjh and i completely disagree with the other reviews! Our teachers are the best and so is the principal and our staff. Yes we do have fun at this school but most of the time we are doing work. For the students that are making D's and F's you obviously arent trying, because you can easily make good grades at this school, and the no homework comment was a lie, each class period lasts 45min and whatever work that you dont finish in class is usually for homework, the teachers realize that there are 8 classes and that if each teacher gave us 30min of homework then we would be doing 4 hours of work once we got home. I might disagree with some rules at this school but my friends are here and the teachers are great! DSJH is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2006

I have found the teachers to be substandard. The principal never follows up. There are many classes where the student grades of D or F are well over 60%. Yet the state rates this school as above average. I have found that many tif not all teachers give Cheat papers so students can pass state exams. The teachers do not follow educational programs nor do they follow the books that are given. There is vertually no homework. The students cannot study at home for the books are not followed and additional material for the outlined course is not given to them. I have found many students who cannot do 3rd grade math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

My experience with Denham Springs Junior High has been enlightening at the least. In conversations with other parents they have the same opinion. The principal tells you what she thinks you want to hear and never follow up on a problem. Parents get the impression that they are not welcomed at the school and are intruding when they ask questions. Many times I have been told that a teacher or a counselor is too busy to get back with me, after waiting days for a response. I am embarrassed to ask relatives to attend functions that my child is involved in, many of my relatives that are educators or have been educators cannot believe how the teachers let the students behave at these type functions and laugh about this is how they are in class .
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 47%
Black 9% 45%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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401 Hatchell Lane
Denham Springs, LA 70726
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Phone: (225) 665-8898

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