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Decatur High School

Public | 9-12 | 876 students

 
 

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Posted August 12, 2011

I just graduated from this school and i have to say I loved it. No sport was more important than the other. I played softball and the coaches really cared about school before the sport. This school district is much better than the surrounding school districts. Decatur ISD parents are super involved in everything their children do. Nothing was ever done without parents being asked to participate. If you want a horrible school district, Bridgeport is just 15 minutes away! Decatur is the best school district I have Ever attended. All of the teachers care a lot about how well the students are learning and are available at all times if the students need more help. Also the SRO is hard hitting and will crack down on any bullying issue that is addressed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2011

If you are from out of town, don't put your kids through this mess. Administration is blind to the horrible problem with bullies. Girls and guys will make life misurable for you and your kids. The schools do not want parent involvement at all and are not about to address any problems. You feel like you're bothering them if you go into the school for anything. You might be ok if your child is a star athlete but if not, then the school has no use for your child. 80% of the teachers are coaches which is their main priority. We have moved around a lot and this is the worse school district yet. We were fooled by asking locals and reading positive reviews and I'd hate to see another family go through what we are. We have a couple years left and are exploring other options to this High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

My experience has been a postive one. Since I live several thousand miles away I feel fortunate to be able to communicate with the teachers and other administrators regarding my kids social and acedemic progress. I am greatful for the sense of caring and acceptance of my children from this high school and the postive atmosphere that is around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

The principal, the teaching staff and the coaching staff are top notch. The principal has turned this school from a low performing school into a nationally recognized school. She was a finalist for National Administrator of the Year and also finalist for State Administrator of the Year....sounds like the other reviews are from disgruntled parents. I have been around here for the last 12 years and seen the high school go from bad to a class act. Principal and Athletic Director are the reasons why this has occurred.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Its a really great school. You get the right learning you need there. The teachers are so nice. They will stay with you after school if you need help with something. I think alot of kids should go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2005

We moved here hoping a smaller school would provide more opportunities for our well rounded children. This school has a very bad cliche problem. If they don't start here in K you're not IN! The principle here is the most unprofessional person I have ever met and talk about a BLACK LIST if you have a complaint! A few of the teachers here are great but the budget is all blown on the football program (ever seen 'varsity blues'?) My advice is if your looking for 'paradise' it's south of here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

This is The worst school my kids have ever been to! The teachers dont watch the kids at all. The Priciple well lets just say that 20 teachers are leaving because of her! My daughter was in this school for 5 months and her grades went from a to where she is now in summer school because she failed 3 classes, she has never failed anything in her life.If I were you I would not let my kids go to this school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

239 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

238 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

202 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

198 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

197 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

197 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female97%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
36%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
32%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

8 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education33%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education67%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education57%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education47%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students73%
Female72%
Male74%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education17%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students54%
Female63%
Male47%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education0%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education43%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students50%
Female58%
Male41%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education7%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students20%
Female26%
Male15%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Special education11%
Not special education21%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant20%
Gifted/talented44%
Not Gifted16%

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Male50%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students85%
Female79%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education25%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students69%
Female67%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education33%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 29%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Decatur, TX 76234
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