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Dakota Valley High School - 01

Public | 9-12 | 306 students

 
 

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Posted August 8, 2010

I graduated from Dakota Valley. Overall a good school, tho like every school spends too much money on sports and not enough on the other extracurricular activities. They do a lot of creative stifling with the stories the newspaper is allowed to print. They only have a single page for the paper and no circulated newspaper within the school. The English teacher Mrs. Michealson is brilliant a wonderful woman with extensive knowledge of her field. Some of the other teachers could use a little work. Most of the students are snotty little rich kids but there are good students to talk with. Overall if I had to choose where to school my kids it would be Dakota Valley the pros vastly outweigh the cons.


Posted January 11, 2010

I have 2 children at DV, one in elementary, and one in high school. This is our 3rd year here at DV and I couldn't be happier! My children both went to a very expensive private school before moving to SD and I believe the education they have been getting here is much better than the thousands I was paying in tuition before. My kids were well accepted here, we are all very happy with the teachers (exception spanish the previous 2 years). The kids are eager to go to school everyday- teachers and principals are visible in the community and are extremely encouraging and genuinly concerned with thier well being. Prinicipal Rassmussen is outstanding! He is 100% there for all the right reasons and is very dedicated to his students and school. Activities and extra curricular could be better but as a smaller school I agree with the other poster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

I teach at Dakota Valley and have three children who have gone through the district. The facilities are second to none. The technology is the best I've seen anywhere. The student/teacher relationships are strong. The variety of classes offered for the size of the district is top notch.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 30, 2007

I believe I'm qualified to 'grade' these areas of Dakota Valley schools as I am the parent of two boys who attended Kindergarten through their senior year in the DV school system. Teachers: A+ Extracurricular Activities: B+ Note: There could be more available like photography classes, gymnastics, etc. but the student population couldn't support it. What is offered has qualified coaches. Parent Involvement: A Note: The booster club and PTA thrive. Academic Achievement: C Note: The students need to be pushed more to reach a higher expectation academically and to better prepare them for college. Facilities: A+ Note: The facilities are extremely well-kept and clean. Technology is very good - from tech classes offered to use of technology within the classroom. Administration: The staff is very hands-on and really knows the students. It's a very personable school. Students like Dakota Valley. They are proud to be Panthers. And they are very welcoming to new students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2003

This school has a high number of middle class white families with very stable incomes. Yet they are unable to achieve the high Academic standard that would seem to typify a school of this kind. This has to do principally with the low standards the leadership of the school has placed on the students and the staff.


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

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 32% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Students with disabilities62%

Reading

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Students with disabilities64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the South Dakota 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: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the South Dakota 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: South Dakota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 78%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 12%
Black 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1150 Northshore Dr
North Sioux City, SD 57049
Phone: (605) 422-3820

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