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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
former student of dutchtown hight school...it was one of the bast school...really loved the sports medicine program...go griffins!!!
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.
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.
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!
I like DTHS my son's acadimic scores have improved since his attendance here keep up the good work.
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.
I love attending DTHS. I do however dislike the overcrowding in the hallways. It's hard to get to certain classes on time. However, I'm in my senior year at Dutchtown and I am so glad to be attending it at Dutchtown. Go Griffins! =D
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