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Desoto High School

Public | 9-12 | 2238 students

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014

I am a 2007 graduate of Desoto High School and I couldn't be more proud of that fact. Through the hard with if the president of the school board, Warren Seay, the high school has truly taken a turn for the better. The facilities are top notch, and the collegiate programs are very detailed and cover a great range of studies. I have two nephews that are on their way to three high school this year, and I know they'll be receiving a great education because we put in what we want out of it. I graduated with a full scholarship and an currently getting my Masters. DHS was pivotal to my success.


Posted November 21, 2012

challenge your child, my child had a great experience at Desoto..also he challenged himself by taking all AP classes, so he was not in a class with 41 students..His classes were small and comfortable but more challenging than what regular students attempted..you get what you put in..Teachers communicated weekly like I asked and he go a full scholarship to college, was 22 in his graduating class..4.29 gpa..I am proud he was an eagle..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2012

I'm currently a sophomore at this school. With the new additions to the high school, security has tightened and students respect the building. In 2012, the Academy section was finished, adding various programs to the school. The students are overall respectful, and the staff motivated. We have a new principal at the high school who encourages school spirit and has zero tolerance for excuses. Desoto High School has really improved since the last principal was here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2010

I believe this school has a strong principal with good ideas. There is always room for improvement as we strive for excellence. Parental involvement is always the key to success and accountability in any school.


Posted June 2, 2010

It is such a shame to see this school going in the direction it has taken. It is only getting worse. My brother graduated from here in 1989. I attended up until 1994. I was having many problems w/teachers & I remember my mother going into the counselors office with basically no response. After there was pretty much nothing she could do, she decided to get out of this city & relocate to a much smaller town. Thank God she did. Because now I have children & one which will be entering high school this upcoming school year & there is no way on God's green earth that I would ever let her attend such a school. It has gone down hill since I left there in '94. In fact, I would not let either of my children attend DeSoto ISD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

You can't blame the teachers or the school district when there only a handful of parents showing up for PTA. You're child represents who you are. Not enough parent involvement, quick to show up for a football/basketball game, but can't find the time to talk to your childs teacher or volunteer their services for a couple hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2010

I would rate this school at a rate of 1 for poor. The school expectations is low, especially for kids with disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

This school is terrible. I have had little to no positive experiences with its faculty, students, and structure. It is a school comprised of failure and false hope.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2008

I love DeSoto High School. I give it 5 stars!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

The problem with this school is the people that spend countless hours complaining about whats wrong and doing little to nothing to fix the problems. I graduated from DeSoto in 2006, got a full ride to college, and now I'm more prepared than most of my peers. The education is still very strong at DeSoto, the facilities are top notch, and there are still very good teachers left. SO stop talking about the way that things used to be, and start being active in making the school what it can be...Join Big Brother.Big Sister and start mentoring the students, visit the programs and ball games, go hear the award winning band in concert. Then you will have the oppurtunity to create the change that you appear to want so desperately. In the interim, I will always and forever sing, 'DeSoto, DeSoto, you're a grand ole school...' And I mean it! Soar!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

I agree totally with you. My son graduated in 2001 and that's when the school started going down. So many move into this district with their old ways and corrupt the school and area. There are fights all the time there. It is truly sad because I remember how it was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

First of all I believe that success of any kind starts at home, and then there must be a strong since of cummunity ie church, youth centers, parks all these play an important roll in child development. And Desoto with all its wealth and diversity, falls far short in social services. One more note, I beleive the nine million dollars that went to improve the stadium would have been best served through some of the other program I mentioned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

The quality of the teaching in this school district is horrible. There are too many kids and not enough control inside/outside the classroom. My feeling is they need to build another high school and stop cheating the students out of a proper education, same as is offered in most school district of this size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

Watching the fall of DeSoto Independent School District has been sad. Ten years ago this was an excellent school district.


Posted January 3, 2007

I do not know where you got your stats, however, in my grandchild's English class there were a total of 41 students. I placed calls to the counselor and attendance vice principal and never received a returned call regarding the messages left. When I was registering my grandson, I did not receive the cooperation I needed from the staff, in fact they made it harder for us even though I have paid school taxes since 1997.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2004

principals do not hold students accountable. Very sad. Absolutely no leadership and they leave the teachers out to defend for themselves. Such a shame that this school district has such a high turnover rate. It is because the principles do not take the time to get to know the new teachers. They would rather make comments such as 'We do not learn the names of new teachers. We wait until they have been here a couple of years, because we never know when they might leave'.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2004

In my opinion, the teachers want more from their students, and if the students do not try, they are prone to fail. I think De Soto High School does an excellent job.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 14, 2003

You would think the inner city schools in the Dallas area education quality would be on a lower scale then Desoto High School, but that is not the case. First, DeSoto High School does not have up-to-date textbooks, assignments are not quality, etc. Very disatisfied with this school.
—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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

16 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
8%
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.

686 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

667 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

668 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

670 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

622 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

622 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

620 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 Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students79%
Female80%
Male78%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education71%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
n/a
Algebra II

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Writing

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Reading

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

607 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

608 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
22%
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
34%
World Geography

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
n/a
World History

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

616 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
27%
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 Students14%
Female14%
Male14%
Black or African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Special education0%
Not special education16%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted14%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students46%
Female49%
Male44%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education28%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education22%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students12%
Female13%
Male11%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Special education5%
Not special education13%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted12%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students5%
Female6%
Male4%
Black or African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Special education0%
Not special education6%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English5%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant5%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted4%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Black or African American57%
Asian100%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education20%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students29%
Female32%
Male25%
Black or African American27%
Asian80%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special education3%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted25%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students47%
Female55%
Male34%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented76%
Non-Gifted44%

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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students65%
Female68%
Male63%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education40%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted65%
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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-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
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students15%
Female9%
Male20%
Black or African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Special education8%
Not special education16%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted14%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students40%
Female40%
Male39%
Black or African American38%
Asian80%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special education8%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted37%
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
Black 82% 13%
Hispanic 14% 52%
White 3% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 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) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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600 Eagle Drive
DeSoto, TX 75115
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Phone: (972) 230-0726

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