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Damascus High School

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Posted April 10, 2012

Great School, The teachers will help anyone that needs it. The teachers care about you. The teacher also cares about if you are learning or not and if they think you struggle they will tell you to come visit them for extra help. Great People Great School Great Community
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2012

My son has been attending this school for two years now. He has always struggled with certian subjects and the school has been amazing with their support for him. They haven't given up on him yet and he has been a straggle. I want to applaud the school, staff and supervisors. They are warm, caring and wonderful. I will be sad to see them go one day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

I am a parent of two current DHS students and I feel the faculty and staff do a wonderful job. Our kids have had no problems and their friends that have had problems have had the situations delt with fairly and quickly. The extracurricular activities are terrific. A school is what you make of it and if you are active and do the work expected of you then you should do well at Damascus. I recommend it to all our friends who are considering moving to new school districts and will continue to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Even as a graduate of DHS class of 2002 I am still feeling the support of the students and teachers there. After 5 years they still remember me and ask my younger siblings how I am doing. I feel that there has always been a high level of academics AND athletics. The teachers at Damascus are extremely capable and caring. I do not feel there is a racial issue at DHS aside from isolated incidents that are bound to happen anywhere.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 20, 2006

Im a graduate of this very school and everytime I hear how great this school could be and I think what is difference from now and when I went to school. The quality of academic programs has change a lot and the music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are the same as I went to school. But the parent involvement was different. The people I went to school with did all the work while the kids today had their parents help them a lot. The teachers were involve in every activity, that happen at the school from prom to graduation.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2006

I am disappointed in Damascus High School. I have had disappointing experiences with this school. My son did not get the education he deserved and did poorly in school. We decided to get his education elsewhere because of the guidance department and administration were unprofessional and poor quality in handling our case. The cheerleading program is political and unfair. The judges who are the coaches are biased on who they want on the squad and I find this unfair practice. I do feel this is a racist school and experience it first hand. And we are caucasian. I reiterate with others that this school only cares and focus on football team and cheerleading. If I knew ahead of time of how it would be for us, I would not have moved my family to Damascus where obvious discrimination takes place. It is shameful. This school is mediocre.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

I am currently a senior at Damascus and could not be happier with the quality of DHS. I have observed many Montgomery County schools for the school newspaper, and have visited a variety of schools including Poolesville, Einstein, Northwest, and Sherwood. I truly believe Damascus to be a fantastic school. The teachers do a great job in educating their students and are enthusiastically involved in activities outside the classroom such as spirit week and sporting events. Principal Mr. Domergue is the same way. Because Damascus is a close-knit community, parents are highly involved. Yes, DHS has a very successful sports program, but this does not interfere at all with the education of the students. If anything, DHS's success in sports can help attribute to the closeness of students and their shared school pride. Furthermore, there is no racial problem whatsoever. Students are polite, well-mannered, well-educated, and happy to be here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2005

I am very dissapointed in Damascus School. I realize it is one of the best schools in the area but that is not saying much because of the quality of schools around here. I now Homeschool my child because of the lack of help I received from the staff to help my child with his needs. The school is very overcrowded and some of the staff just dosen't care about the kids and their needs in education. I have two older sons who graduated with honors from this school and one who is now attending one of the best colleges in the country but does not give Damascus any credit to his achievements. This school is all about sports and extracurricular activities, not EDUCATION. I hate to say this but it is need of a change. Level of parednt involvement is low because the lack of interest in the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

I dont think DHS is as good as people try to make it sound. Damascus DOES have racial problems i have friends of all races and see how they're treated different then I am at times. You have a few teachers who are there because they want to be and not because they have too. Some teachers do put all of their hope into the students but a lot of them dont. DHS is all about football and cheerleading. They dont focus on much of anything else. DHS isn't as bad as some schools but will get worst if the problems dont stop.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2005

I believe as a student that DHS is one of the best schools in Montgomery County. Of course there are some racist kids but racism is present in every school. The teachers here are very helpful in every way, and Mr. Domergue, our principal does all that he can to help us succeed and give us a safe enviornment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2005

As an alumna (correct Latin form) of Damascus High, I would not recommend this school. I am Caucasian (but aware) and I noticed a great deal of racial and diversity problems. Intolerance toward differences in race, sexual orientation, religion, physical appearance, disability, or any minority status is prevalent. In general, the staff was not accommodating or motivating (unless one was a football player), and occasionally just as narrow-minded as the students. There were exceptions, naturally, and they were stellar, but these rare gems could not compete with the overall lackluster environment. It has also become far dirtier than I remember; the filth and trash most likely do not do well to inspire the current generation.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 2, 2004

there are no racial problems at Damascus . i went there and graduated in 2000 and i got a great education as well. just because there is a small amount of afro americans doesn't mean that the whites are racist. i had black friends and hispanic friends and i am white. over all Damascus has a great academic system i thought.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2004

DHS is a great school. There are many advantages to going here, even though it is very overcrowded. Several people before had mentioned to that people from other schools fear coming to Damascus for sporting events, because of discrimination, even though no real discrimination really occurs. But overall, DHS is a GREAT school, and I WOULD reccomend going here. It is a Maryland Blue Ribbon School for academics!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2004

DHS is a great school. Many AP and honors classes are offered, and the majority of the teachers are motivated and helpful. There are also a variety of extracurricular activities available besides sports: debate, drama and SGA are particularly popular. Previous reviewers mentioned racial incidents - I never saw, or heard of any issues like these at DHS. In fact, compared to most of the schools in the county, the students are well behaved, eager to learn and get along with each other. It is definitely a safe school to attend; probably the safest in the county. My children had a wonderful experience, learned a lot, and ended up being admitted to top colleges (UVA, Johns Hopkins, Duke) with dozens of college credits already under their belts from the many AP classes they took. Disregard the other reviews which did not come from parents of DHS students. DHS has it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

Damascus High School continues to improve and excel in all areas of education. Most of the staff at DHS do care and work with all students to achieve their best in studies. Most of the staff put in extra hours for after school help as well as in the many extra curricular activities and sports. While this school did have racial issues, it has worked to create an enviorment where all students are treated equally. Most parents and students that complain about the 'racial' issues are not involved in the school, outside of attending classes. We also are dealing with parents and students that use this as an complaint instead of dealing with the actual issue that is causing the problems. Parents and Students need to get involved in this school as this is the way students will have the success they need to continue in life in a good way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2004

This school has severe racial problems. Shouldn't people be concerned that visiting schools for sports are afraid to go due to discrimination against non-whites. The county needs to change some of the ways at Damascus. All that anyone cares about there is sports (primarily football) overall I would not want anyone to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

This school has such caring and helpful teachers that it would be difficult to find this level of educator elsewhere. They are always available to students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is only good at doing business at football games and sports rather than putting full commitment in the kids and academics. The board should evaluate this school and take action against this.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 42%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Black 9% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
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 12%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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25921 Ridge Rd
Damascus, MD 20872
Phone: (301) 253-7030

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