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De Kalb County High School

Public | 9-12 | 843 students

 
 

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Posted June 21, 2011

DeKalb County High School is a wonderful school. They now have honor classes, duel credit classes, and A P classes. Students can graduate with over a years worth of college credit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

DCHS makes a great case for home schooling. They are now on notice the Feds will take it over if they don't improve. Some teachers do their best but the nepotism is a major problem throughout this school system. Too many teachers are graduates and got their only exposure to HS education through this school system so they don't know what good is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

I am a graduate of DCHS. I was in the first group of honors classes they offered. They had only College English when I was there, but it got me into college at a great level. I am now working in a great environment after only getting an Associates Degree. DCHS could offer more, but they could offer less. They are making progress from where they were when I started high school. The four years I was there were great. I don't know what they offer today, but I'm sure they are still a work in progress. They are not the Very Best, but they are still great and by no means are they the worst!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 14, 2005

My words cannot describe the quality of education I have stumbled upon atending DeKalb County High School it was the best thing my parents could have done for me. I am now an accomplished, self-confident lawyer. The religious training I recieved there was nonetheless amazing.I would like to thank all faculty and staff for making me the distinguished, intelligent leader which I have become.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 11, 2004

Dekalb County High School does not offer enough busines, computer, or vocational classes. Other schools in our area offer culinary arts and cosmetology. Our kids know more about computers than most of the teachers. When are we going to get classes and teachers that teach our kids more about things they really need to know?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

DeKalb County High School is probably one of the worse schools in Middle TN. It's academics are poor at best, children are uninspired to achieve past factory worker level. Teacher teach to the test. Education at DCHS comes second. Graduates usually have to take remedial classes if they choose college. NO HONOR CLASSES are given at DCHS. Principle (also a preacher) more worried about dress code & their religious beliefs than academics. Low budget is a poor excuse for a failing system. Teachers hired on basis of 'who's your kin?' DCHS a joke among students in surrounding counties. If you fail there, you can always go to DCHS and be an A student.
—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.
Algebra I

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
Algebra II

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

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
69%
English I

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

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
English II

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

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
English III

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
28%
U.S. History

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
White31%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White33%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities77%
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 90% 67%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Smithville, TN 37166
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