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Denton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2081 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

I am the parent of a recent graduate and a current senior. Both had good grades (top 10%). DHS has some amazing teachers, but it is ruled by self-proclaimed tenured teachers who bully students, parents, and younger teachers. Most subjects, with the exception of history, are well-taught. Beware of misleading claims made by the IB Programme. Most schools probably give favors to children of district employees, but the favoritism at DHS is noticeable. DHS is a good fit if you cherish academics more than your child's self-concept. You cannot keep your child safe from bullies when bullying starts at the top. I wanted to love DHS, but I would look elsewhere if I had it to do again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Just like any school, you get out what you put in. I knew kids that flunked out, but I got a full ride to a fantastic university because of the teachers and staff at this school. Sure, it may not be the newest or the prettiest, but the teachers clearly care for their students. In four years I only had one teacher that I would say "wasn't a good teacher" but even he was a good person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2013

filled with drugs and gangs and sex. Not a great place at all. I recently moved. But I remember the classes being mostly packets nor teaching. Tons of negativity. Just a terrible place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2013

My son is a freshman at Denton High. He loves it. He said all of his teachers are nice. He loves playing football and likes all the coaches. So far so good. It's in a great location too. Close by downtown Denton Square, UNT, and TWU.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

Fabulous school. During my 4 years at DHS I had some of the best teachers. The school has an amazing fine arts department, though sports definitely lacks in some areas. DHS consistantly gets high test scores and many students go on to very prestigious schools. Some teachers should be removed, as is always the case, but most not only love their jobs but are truly inspiring and will work for their students success.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2012

Horrid. Due to problems at Denton High School after Guyer opened the district rezoned south Denton kids to DHS. The district provides no transportation to these kids for tutorials or extracurricular activities, rather blames working parents for holding a job and thus being unable spend their days chauffeuring kids around town (an hour round trip to and from school vs. 10 minutes by car to and from Guyer). The buses are late daily and kids from the south side miss substantial amounts of instructional time. The administration refuses to work with parents and has a very dismissive attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

We are so diverse it's amazing! Everyone is welcome and no one is left out. We may have our own groups of friends but when it comes down to it we are all just a big family and we know we can count on each other. We are the top school in academics! We have the highest SAT and ACT scores out of the three high schools in Denton. We love to have a bunch of diverse kids doing what they love and every kid has a place where they belong. We may play sports, but we know in the end, it's the achademics we do that count, and we work our hardest to make our school number 1!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

THere are amazing teachers, who truly care about students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

A very diverse school with excellent programs that engage students with the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

DHS is a the oldest most well rooted schools in Texas. 50 years at the same building and some of the best traditions in the nation. Our kids are diverse and unique. Not to mention that we have one of the best physics teachers around... just kidding, but not really!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

Our teachers are extremely caring. Our SAT and ACT scores are higher than the state average. Our fine arts program is the best in the area. Our location between two great universities (UNT and TWU) guarantees that our students have access to dual credit opportunities. We have maintained our small town feel while experiencing sustained growth. My third child will graduate from DHS in 2010. He'll join his sister and older brother as a proud DHS Alumni.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

I am a recent graduate of DHS, and have to say that I really enjoyed my experience there. As a student teacher at other schools, I have realized that the policies and programs at Denton are far better than elsewhere in Texas and focus more on the student's learning rather than crazy school board politics. If possible, get your students involved in the different clubs there. It's a very difficult school to be new to, as the community is one where all the kids grew up together. I had a tough time breaking into a group of friends until I joined extra curriculars. Some of the clubs aren't best in the state, and frankly the football team is awful, but it's about participating, not winning.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 9, 2004

This has been the greatest school my child has ever attended. The Principals are caring, concerned and helpful. The teachers have brougt my childs self esteem back to where it was before her previous school which harassed her, humiliated her and took her confidence from her. She is now on the A and A&B honor roll. Loves life, learning and now plans on attending college. They helped her plan a career path that she is confident she can accomplish. Thanks Denton High School for returning my child to me.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

488 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

497 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

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.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

440 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

441 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

434 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

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.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African American78%
Asian95%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
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.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%
Algebra II

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

558 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
English I Writing

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

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%
English II Reading

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

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

6 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
39%
English III Writing

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

6 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
27%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%
World History

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

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

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 Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black or African American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native60%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education43%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)49%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
Black or African American84%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education58%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
Black or African American62%
Asian92%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education5%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
Black or African American52%
Asian63%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native60%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education18%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students50%
Female56%
Male44%
Black or African American34%
Asian63%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Native60%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education18%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted44%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
Black or African American77%
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education23%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)49%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students57%
Female60%
Male53%
Black or African American40%
Asian80%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education5%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students83%
Female80%
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 education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted80%

English III Writing

All Students67%
Female80%
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 education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted60%

Geometry

All Students82%
Female85%
Male80%
Black or African American69%
Asian86%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education32%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted100%

U.S. History

All Students80%
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 Students77%
Female73%
Male80%
Black or African American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education37%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students68%
Female67%
Male68%
Black or African American52%
Asian94%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education35%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted63%
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 47% 29%
Hispanic 31% 52%
Black 15% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 8%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • DANIEL FORD
Fax number
  • (940) 369-4953

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1007 Fulton Street
Denton, TX 76201
Phone: (940) 369-2000

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