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Daniel Boone Area High School

Public | 9-12 | 1188 students

 
 

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Posted February 5, 2014

DB is one of those schools that can go either way. If your child is a good student, who wants to do well, then they will thrive at DB. However, if your child doesn't care about school, or if they seem to get into a lot of trouble, that will only continue to be a problem. The school has tried to crack down, by instituting mesh or clear bookbags only, and having periodic searches, but the reality is that it really doesn't do much. During a search, the guards hardly even glanced inside of my bookbag before moving me along, and they did not even bother to check my sports bag. It would have been all too easy for me to sneak in banned substances or materials, something that is a problem at Boone. I see more and more people coming to school on drugs, and it disrupts the learning as we have to remain inside of our classrooms until the person is escorted out. The academics are alright, but a lot of self teaching is required. For me to get good grades, I often have to teach myself the subjects because the teachers don't really do their jobs very well. All in all, it's an alright school for the motivated student, but don't expect much. I have hope for the new superintendent to change things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2013

Great school? Not so much... I came from one of the most bad mouthed school district in Pennsylvania and it was a 100 times better than Boone. Some teachers are just way too harsh and don't bother to help. You're behind? That sucks. Find a way to catch up. Its not a good school at all. Can't wait to graduate to be honest. There are some good people in the staff, but not all of them are as great and perfect as they claim to be. And racism problems in 2013? You need to work on that...seriously. Boone does help out the community in a lot of stuff, but it needs to fix a lot of things. Sincerely, a senior of the class of 2014


Posted August 12, 2013

The school is just failing. There was a math class where 1/3 of the class had below a 2.0. What was being done about it? Nothing. The school claims somebody went into see the teacher "teach"...and the teacher was fine. Really? Grades are awful, kids are failing, nobody cares. Want a lot of study halls? This is the school to attend! Students have been known to have 6 study halls in 1 week! Really? You have choices...this should be low on the list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

We moved to Birdsboro three years ago and have had children in Birdsboro Elementary, D. B. Middle School, and D. B. High School. I never thought I could say this about any school, but the three schools my children have attended here have been a dream come true. The Daniel Boone School District is amazing. My elementary and high school age children both LOVE their schools. The teachers and staff are very caring, helpful, and enthusiastic. Even the office administrators are a joy to deal with. Parent-Teacher communication is wonderful. Education and special programs are excellent. The facilities are nice, clean, and mostly new. They have a great security program, including security locks on doors, and guards at the high school. The Daniel Boone schools have far exceeded our expectations, and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

i am a recent graduate of Daniel Boone High School, and i can honestly say i had a good experience there. Sure, it has its problems, and it's not an elite school by far, but what school doesn't have a few issues? if you apply yourself and seek out good company, it will find you easily. i've been to other schools prior to going to Daniel Boone, so i actually have something to compare it to. I've met teachers there that care genuinely and can challenge you and help you. i won't lie and say i haven't had issues there, but comparatively, the school has more competant staff and teachers than most, and programs that are always available to anyone to join no matter what race, gender, religion, etc. it's a small enough school that classroom sizes aren't overwhelming and teachers almost always have time to tutor their students- and if not, they send them to an NHS member to be tutored. in all, i personally had an excellent experience, and despite the negative reports and allegations against the school that have been made, i'm glad i graduated there above any other school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2010

This is STILL THE WORST HIGH SCHOOL! Yes, there is a new superintendant. However, things haven't gotten any better. The school needs to focus on academics and providing supports necessary for students to succeed. This school also sweeps racism under the rug!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

i am a student at Daniel Boone High school, and I believe this schools needs much improvement. Compared to other schools in this district, our sports department is not up to par, and we dont even offer girls lacrosse, and the boys lacrosse isnt even funded by the school. This school favors to football, football, and more football. We are building a new stadium, and they had to raise the taxes just to get the money. For some reason unknown many teachers are getting laid off, and they might take away the music department in the elementary school! The one good think about this school is the teachers are friendly, and so are the students, it is a pretty safe environment for us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

I love Daniel Boone High School because the teachers are really nice, and they're more like your friends rather than authority figures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

It is my hope that the new superintendent will turn things around. There is no type of support for the children or parents. This school has been a huge disappointment. Last year a large percentage of the graduating class couldn't walk at graduation, due to the lack of attention they received to their education, they were not allowed to graduate. Many of the teachers tend to prefer to let the kids teach themselves through homework. This school definitely needs more structure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

My child got an outstanding education at Daniel Boone Area School District. While there is always room for improvement, I truly believe we made a good choice keeping her at Daniel Boone. The teachers are dedicated and the community supports its many extra curricular opportunities. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

Please check out drop-out rates on Standard and Poors website for school reviews of this district in comparison to others in local area. NOTE: There will be a new district superintendent beginning 2008 fall. District profile may be subject to change. Keep watching. There lots of tax $$ coming from Amity but I'm pressed to see conditions improve fast enough here. Kids are still in 'modulars' since 04 and they DO NOT walk to them under ANY type of cover whatsoever. Parents of Middle schoolers, please be aware of this ! This really does bother me. Poles and a tarp system would be better than nothing. Particularly when my middle schooler is enjoying motion sensored water fountains and showers they are no allowed to use after gym class. HS needs parental outcry...there's lots of room for improvement here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I am privileged to be a 2004 graduate of Daniel Boone Area High School. In college I excelled in all of my writing assignments due, in large part, to the amazing English teachers at Daniel Boone. Many of my professors were astonished to find I had graduated from a public school and not a private institution. I am graduating college with a 4.0 GPA and owe it all to this school district and its outstanding professionals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2006

In my opinion, I believe that Danile Boone Area High School is an excellent school. There are numerous extracurricular activities that are available for students to engage in. Moreover, the overall teacher quality is exceptional and well rounded. Lastly, there is a moderate level of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2006

This school has been a disappointment. Our children need learning opportunities which encourage them to excell in the area of math. Their Math program has dramatically deteriorated while my children have attended this school. Unfortunately the PSSAT scores show this deterioritation. Schools around us are excelling while our school continues to decline. The caliber of most of his English, Math and Forgien language teachers has been shockingly poor.It has outstanding music program and very careing facality in this area. I can not recommend it in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district, considering their poor performance on the PSSAT.
—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

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

257 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

257 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

262 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female42%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Birdsboro, PA 19508
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