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Daniel Boone High School

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Posted October 28, 2013

Daniel Boone High School is by far the worst school I have ever had the displeasure of attending. My family has moved all around the country and out of it because of military situations. The only thing i have to say that's good about this school is the ROTC and even that's not perfect. It's clear that this school does not care about any of their students unless you are a star athlete or valedictorian. Also, Northern state schools are stereotypically assumed to have better grade scores. Know why? Because they don't drown their students in homework and crowd tests and quizzes, they don't overcrowd schools and expect people to get along. And they don't set the bar so high for the obviously struggling students. These kids have enough to deal with, so what do they do? Pile on responsibilities so high that they need antidepressants by their sophomore year. Do yourself a favour, GO TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL. You'll thank me later.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2011

As a former student, I can say that Daniel Boone is a poor school overall and I felt as if I spent years trying to catch up after attending this poorly run institution. Very few of the teachers actually challenge their students; mostly recycled dogma is taught. The school is run based on politics, so if you're not connected, your kids might not always be in the best position to succeed. Teachers will often decide that their personal religion is more important than anything else. Creationism was suggested to be fact when I was there. Overall, it's a relatively backwards place and stands in stark contrast to nearby high schools such as Science Hill (Johnson City), University High (Johnson City), and Dobyns-Bennett. If education is important to you and your child wants to enter college after HS, I would move into the Johnson City or Kingsport city limits and send your kids to either Science Hill or Dobyns-Bennett. Both will prepare your children for college much better than Daniel Boone. (That said, Boones Creek and Gray Elementary Schools are both good --- it all goes downhill once you hit Daniel Boone, unfortunately.)


Posted October 1, 2008

I'm a Sophomore at Tennessee Technological University majoring in Chemical Engineering. I believe that Daniel Boone High School prepared me very well for every challenge that college has thrown at me. Daniel Boone gave me every opportunity to learn. You can do one of two things at Boone; you can want to learn and apply yourself to your studies or you can blow them off. I chose to apply myself at Boone and have succeeded thus far in my intense studies here at Tech. It's up to you ( the student) to learn or not to learn. Boone itself offers students the possibilities to learn but noone can make you learn. So with that being said, Boone has a lot to do with my college success. Thanks to all the staff at Boone. And remember, apply yourself! You and only you can make yourself learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2008

I am a current student at daniel boone high school and i completely diagree with the grads that say bad things about DBHS. I love this high school my freshman year was a blast and we got a new principal,Mr.Jackson.and we have accomidated a whole new pod and just got done making the 600 pod bigger along with the completion of liberty hall for the 1000 pod and acidemicaly we have advanced way forward so i give my school an ecxellent rating.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2008

I went daniel boone 2 years ago, and my experience was terrible. The clicks are terrible, the teachers overlook alot of situtions, and there is not enough room to hold the student population. The halls are so crowed and the classes look nasty.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2007

i transferred here in the end of my sophomore year from a fairly prestigious florida school. i felt that for the first time ever i truly had a desire to learn and that the teachers truly had a desire to teach. there are a few amazinggggg teachers...mrs.carey, mr. mclain and mr.taylor and these are just a few.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2007

As a former student and the parent of a present-day sophomore, I have to say the school has improved greatly in 20 years. I agree somewhat with many other postings. The education received depends greatly on the student and parents. The student needs a stable home life where the parents are interested in and encourage the child's accomplishments, rather than taking no interest and blaming everything on the school. Often times in this era, kids are not taught respect or hard work. My sophomore received the opportunity in 8th grade to take Algebra at Boone and ranked Advanced on both her gateway exam and 8th grade math t-caps. She is currently taking 11th and 12th grade required and elective courses and will be eligible for graduation as a Junior. She's not a genius, just works hard and knows her future depends on herself and her decisions. Thanks DBHS for excellent leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

As a parent I think Daniel Boone is an okay school. However I have serious problems with one of the teachers that my child has this year. In my opinion this teacher needs to return to elementary school to teach, which is where she came from. She seems to be treating her high school students as though they were in kindergarten or early elemenatary school and to me this is uncalled for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

There are a few outstanding teachers at D.B. Most of them taught my children well and they had some tearful moments at their graduations. As with most high schools, they are a bit obsessed with sports (Tho not as much as Science Hill) but they do include a large variety of other programs. Every school has areas in which they need improvement. Every parent has different expectations of the school they send their children to. In my opinion, Daniel Boone is a bit above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

Please don't pay attention to ignorant reviews talking about 'beating' children (this would NEVER happen at Boone) or teachers being there for the money because that is not the case (they really are UNDERpaid, especially great teachers like Mrs. White, Ms. Carey, 'Madame' Carter, Coach Taylor, Mr. King, and so on). I went to school at Boone less than 5 years ago, and while I'm not a parent, I can say that I encountered no problems whatsoever and did not see anyone who was not causing trouble and/or refusing to try to learn have any problems either. The teachers, principals, and guidance counselors were always there to help when needed, and I obtained a quality education while I was there. Coach Jenkins has totally revamped the football program, and I would definitely recommend sending a child there for football or for a safe and friendly education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2006

I think Daniel Boone is a Wonderful School. The Teachers were wonderful and always Had time for her and were always ready to spend the extra time if she needed help. Daniel Boone Has a Wonderful Band and The Chorus Program is Awsome too! My daughter was Blessed enough to be able to be a member of this program and they went to, New York for thier Senior Trip And she really enjoyed That.I Highly Recommend this scool to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

My daughter will be a senior this coming school year. The faculty's number one priority is the students and I believe that to be the most important thing about a school. Test scores for the last school year were very high. Daniel Boone does not have a lot of money, but it is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

I am not a parent,but I do believe that my opinion should count.I transferred to Daniel Boone at the beginning of my junior year from Dobyns-Bennett,where I had attended for my first two years of high school. Right away,I noticed a change from the environmment I was used to. The teachers were completely different than any Kingsport City teacher I had ever had. They explained our work to a point that I could actually understand and they helped me whenever I didn't get it.Before, I could never get help and they seemed to care less whether I learned anything or not. As far as the students,there are not any clicks like at other schools and everyone seems to get along with everyone else. Boone is truly the best school I have attended and I regret not transferring sooner. I highly recommend Boone to those who wish to change their child's school district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2005

daniel boone may not be the greatest school but i graduated there and it worked for me. The teachers were great and they teach, its some of the students there who don't want to learn. If they would put fourth the effort the would learn as much as I did. I played football there and we were fair and my grades were really good. I graduated with a 3.4 so whatever parents say it is a bad school more than likely have the lazy kids that don't want to learn. An education is something you get on your own, if you want one you can get it there but you have to work for it. SOme students don't believe that...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 13, 2005

If you can avoid sending your children to this school, I would highly recommend it. I currently have two children attending Daniel Boone and two more who have yet to suffer. These teachers don't care. They're only there for the money and most of them know less than the students. Please, for your child's sake, don't let them be a victim.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

On the first day of school, our child's Honor's History teacher gave a 45 minute lecture on Anti-Gay voting and how important it was for them to encourage their parents to vote this way. He told them that the gay/lesbian community was ruining the 'family' and this was indeed the dowfall of the Roman empire. My partner and I are a married Lesbian couple of 18 years and our daughter is the product of that union. We are professionally employed, own our own farm and our daugher has a 4.0 in honor's courses. The school budget is low. That is a problem across our country. Most parents have to buy almost all school supplies and there are not enough books for each student to have one. This is sad. I am an educator and I feel for the staff. No teacher is there for the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

I was a student there and have had two children who have attended. Teachers overall have a lack of enthusiasm and this can be attributed to the lack of making education a budget priority... All areas of education need to be improves bt the first place to start would be a student bill of rights ..Respect for all students of all backgrounds , effective tutoring, text books that are tested by students of varyng ability, and ranked by students, parents and educators , closer monitoring of teaching techniques, accountabilty for educators, semester end surveys of students and parents , innovation in teaching , if it is not working find a way to make it work.. Our childrens future is at stake and the world is counting on them.. Value that resource..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Both my children graduated from Daniel Boone and I have taught there for 29 years. I took the girls from the more 'prestigious' city system and put them in Washington County. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner. As a public high school teacher I have taught (at Boone) both Rhodes Scholars and death row inmates. But the material is there. Most of the students who don't get an education take the easiest courses and buy into the anti-intellectual mindset so prevalent in this rural area. For those who want it, the knowledge and opportunities are there. We have graduates at Harvard (2 in the last 2 years), service academies (I can think of ten or more), in local businesses, hospitals, and graduate schools. If a student is willing to meet the faculty and staff halfway, he will find plenty of outlets for his creativity and plenty of challenges for his intellect. I cannot think of any local school that is better, and I would not transfer even for the higher salary offered by some of our neighbors.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 10, 2003

This school is pretty bad if you plan to receive an education. When it comes to school work expect the lowest paid in the area with personality to match. I spent my senior year here and it really hurt my chances at a better university. With little to no competitions, trips, or extra activities you won't receive the sponsorship you need to gain grants and good college offers. On the same token, if you try push the school to offer new programs you are sure to get the short end of the stick.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
39%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%
U.S. History

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n/a
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
White30%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 67%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Black 1% 23%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 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 34%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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