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Dutchtown High School

Public | 8-12 | 1929 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2014

MY DAUGHTER JUST STARTED AS A FRESHMAN AT DUTCHTOWN HIGH, SHE HAS SOME 504 ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO LEARNING DISABILITIES. I WAS EMAILED BY HER TEACHER THAT SHE WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING STUDENTS IN HER CLASS BUT FELT HER ACCOMMODATIONS NEEDED TO BE REVISED. I WAS WOWED AT THE OUTPOURING HEARTS FROM THE STAFF. THE PRINCIPLE, THE 504 ADMINISTRATOR, THE COUNSELOR AND ALL 4 CORE CLASS TEACHERS WERE WORKING TOGETHER AND DISCUSSING HER NEEDS, MY DAUGHTER WAS EVEN INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION!! SHE HAD TEACHERS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO TUTOR HER ONE ON ONE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL, SOME VOLUNTEERED TO HELP IN OTHER SUBJECTS THAT WEREN'T THEIR AREA!! IF ANY ONE KNOWS THE STRUGGLES OF A STUDENT WHO STRIVES TO DO THEIR BEST BUT HAS LEARNING DISABILITIES ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THEIR TEACHERS PROVIDING EXTRA HELP AND MAY I SAY I'M SO IMPRESSED AND SO WAS MY DAUGHTER!! A CHILD SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT BEHIND. AND DUTCHTOWN HIGH GOES BEYOND TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN! MY DAUGHTER AND I ARE VERY PLEASED! NOT TO MENTION THE HIGHEST RATED NON PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STATE FOR 2013 AND CONTINUES TO BE A TOP RANKED SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

My school is very controlling and very much so on a power trip. Teachers are all looking for every little thing that they can write you up for and they do a very good job of making me feel like all I need to do is just get a good ATC score and then after they get their money from the ACT scores, they are right back to writing people up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I rate this school a ten. Great teachers, organized program, maintains discipline of student body, great athletic programs. Guidance for children is offered and very good. The children who come out of this school do well in college or tech programs. I love substituting at this school because the students are taught to respect and the staff will not allow misbehavior.


Posted August 17, 2013

I am currently a Junior attending Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana. I have been fairly surprised at the quality of the school thus far, this being my second year in Louisiana and tenth school since Kindergarten. Louisiana tends to have a bad reputation for education overall and, for the most part, Dutchtown does not fit the stereotype. Lets start with the drawbacks of the school. First of all, it is not as competitive as many schools in higher-achieving states. There tends to be only a handful of students per class who maintain a 3.8-4.0 Unweighted GPA in mostly AP courses. There is no auditorium. The administration often suffers from poor communication and organization. Now for the goods. Because of the scarcity of education, students who strive to learn are given special attention, this includes a fantastic Gifted Program. The teachers, especially in the AP and honors programs, are truly interested in the subject matter. There are large and thriving music and musical theater programs. The head counselor, Joni Murphy, is magnificent. English and the Life Sciences are far above par and overall the school provides an extremely practical education.


Posted August 6, 2013

My Senior is about to start her last year here! And overall it's been a wonderful experience for her, and us as parents! Over the years she had a couple of incidents, that were handled effectively and efficiently. The school is academically one of the best in the state, and has an abundance of activities to be involved in! She has thrived in the Prairiev ille / Dutchtown school system...and that has everything to do with the quality of teachers, and of course her drive! Glad we moved here, and got the education we had hoped for. My only complaint is the school traffic. There needs to be a traffic light at the entrance, and fear it won't happen til there's a horrific accident!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

This is an excellent school. We moved here with our children 3 years ago. I have been nothing but impressed with administration, the teachers and students. My son is an honor student graduating this year. I could not be more proud that he is graduating from Dutchtown. The community is outstanding also. Very welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

As a teacher at Dutchtown High, it is disheartening to read some reviews of the school. Despite the teacher/administration/environment bashing, I take pride in being at a school that puts education on a pedestal and values all students' success. This school is consistently in the top 5 of test scores throughout the state, and our students move away and achieve great things. Complaints about HW are nothing more than a generational gripe about things being "too hard." The fact is, Dutchtown is both an unofficial college prep school AND a haven that fosters an appreciation for hard work. If only people knew what teachers and principals did outside of school, then perhaps misguided, flippant criticisms could be hushed. I am proud to be a part of such a great institution, and I am sincerely sorry if any parents or students found there time somehow wasted.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 21, 2013

[I hate this school.] The teachers only try to make you do your homework and make good test grades. That's it. They don't care if you actually learn the material, and if you're having trouble with learning it, they *punish* you instead of actually teaching it. Also, the school board says they have a good bullying policy. They don't. If you are visibly being picked on by a student, and all of your teachers obviously see it, they won't do anything. No one tries to fix it themselves because it would only get them in more trouble. Pros about this school though, are that the dress code is flexible, you can use cell phones (even if only for educational purposes,) and they don't try to cram everyone into one lunch shift.


Posted May 17, 2013

My child attended this school for one year. She was bullied every day. The administration was ineffective, the counselors ineffective, and basically the entire year was a wash. They have stupid rules, like once you leave the building, you cannot go back in unless a teacher escorts you. No entering the building until the bell rings. Unless you are Ascension Parish born (and inbred) then you are better off going elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

Dutchtown offers SO MANY opportunities for pretty much any career path or interest. I love the Allied Health program and all the different volunteering opportunities it offers and the medical classes. There are courses for just about anyone and anything. The academics at this school are amazing.


Posted March 22, 2013

This has been the worst experience ever!!!! DO NOT your children to this school. The principal has no clue what she is doing. They care more about the grade the school itself gets, NOT THE STUDENTS. We moved to Prairieville just for Dutchtown schools...biggest mistake we ever could've made. The faculty is as bad as the principal. The teachers do not teach. They are always on their cell phones or on the computer chatting on facebook. I've never been so disappointed in a school in all the years my children have been going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

We moved to Louisiana from out of state and my daughter thrived at Dutchtown High School. The academic level of this school is excellent - in the last five years, Dutchtown has sent graduates to Harvard and MIT. The one negative of this school, which is typical of schools in the south, is race relations - students of different races very rarely mix socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

We moved our daughter in the second half of her freshman year to this school from out of state. The teachers have been wonderful and have taken her in like her own. The school district she moved from was one of the second highest districts in the state. Dutchtown High functions like a private school. Although I do not totally agree with the cellular phone policy, I feel my daughter is receiving a great education and the teachers have been very good to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

former student of dutchtown hight school...it was one of the bast school...really loved the sports medicine program...go griffins!!!


Posted October 5, 2010

My nephew is a senior at Dutchtown High. Maybe this review should've came a lot sooner but I am very concerned for the kids who attend here. The attendance rule has changed and if not followed the child will have to repeat the grade. I understand this but if there is a death in the immediate family and a child suffers from asthma is this really fair to the child? We lost our mom due to cancer right when school started and it's almost like the student has to choose. Also where is the passion in teaching ? Our state has a problem with drop-outs and it doesn't seem like much is being done. We are our children's voices and I am very concerned about teachers who lack the passion, drive to teach my kids. Teachers teaching our high schoolers should go beyond just earning a salary.


Posted October 14, 2009

Im a freshman at DTHS. Going here has made me love school,and there always surprising us with different awards. Also they give lots of little fun days to show your spirit. Along with a jeans day every other friday! I mean what can get better then that! Then on top of it they offer free tutoring after school if you may need a little more help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2009

Going here made me love school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

Dutchtown High School is one of the finest educational atmospheres I have seen in a while. They pair fun and creative techniques with education and the students enjoy the school very much. The school spirit is outstanding and the encouragement from the staff to the student to participate in their high school is also phenomonal. It is a structured, monitored enviroment, while still allowing some freedom to its students. The leadership from the administration is great, and I know that my child will come out with happy years from Dutchtown. Go Griffins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I like DTHS my son's acadimic scores have improved since his attendance here keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I am a freshmen at Dutchtown. I love the school. However there is a problem with over population. It's a problem but it does not effect many students grades.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

502 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

502 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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89%
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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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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58%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 47%
Black 22% 45%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 24%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • David Alexander
Fax number
  • (225) 677-8191

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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13165 Louisiana 73
Geismar, LA 70734
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Phone: (225) 391-6200

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