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Duncanville High School

Public | 9-12 | 3986 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2006

Its a great school for your child to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2005

I've had two sons attend DHS for all 4 years of their High School. The school has been exceptional for them. There are excellent, many and varied extracuricular activities and classes. The band program and all athletic programs we know of first hand are outstanding. The Advanced Placement Program is outstanding. Both of my children have been in several of these classes each year and have gained many hours of college credit as well as excellent study skills and an excellent education. My oldest son is graduating from Baylor Univ in just three years, with 20 extra hours, and has had an easy time with his college studies (has 4.0)--he credits this with having the DHS AP classes. Teachers and principals are great, in- volved in students lives, and know us by name! The school could use more parental involvement--most schools could. The school has beautiful, new facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

I like that they give out progress reports every 3 weeks so that I can see how my child is doing. But their classrooms are all overfilled. My child has almost 40 kids in her English class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

I am satisfied with this school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

This school is ridiculous. Too many students and not enough security. Be careful before sending your kids yere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I've only been living here a short while and I am impressed withe the schools academic and fine arts departments. My child is very excited to be a part of the Schools alma mater.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

i am a current student. the school has a large student body so the district is adding on and giving us more space. that's making it easier to learn in the classes. the EC activities are great for those students who participates. the majority of the teachers get their jobs done. security in and out of the school can be a little harsh. most consequences and repercussions effects all of the students and not just the one that need to be punished. overall its an all right school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2005

Duncanville High School is a good school though it is changing. The teachers are good. The adminstration need some work as I don't think they give each student enough attention when there are issues at stake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I think the faculty, staff, and administration at Duncanville genuinely care about the students they serve. I also believe that they get a lot of good results with the students they have.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2005

Quality of academics seems adequate but the predominant focus seems to be sports and too much time spent on enforcement of codes and conduct violations. Parent involvement is mainly focused on race relations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My children have been in the Duncanville ISD all their lives. I have been disappointed in the last couple of years due to the increase in children being bussed in from other cities. My youngest is now in a private school out of Duncanville. My eldest attends Duncanville High School and if you are not in sports or band, you may as well forget it. Bring in proper school uniforms and start to think that an education is more important than the football team and you will see that this school would be such an asset to the City of Duncanville. Duncanville politicians and their greed need to stay out of the school system - Let the students learn and be able get good jobs and be great leaders in the future. Some of the best teachers are there and willing to educate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

One of my children has BIpolar Disorder and is placed int he TEAMS program with Mrs Childress who is awesome. THe Special Ed principal, Mrs Judd is also awesome,and both of these women go way beyond to help their students. The education is acceptable, We moved here from Tulsa/ Broken Arrow Oklahoma and my children (four) at that time had good grammar, didn't curse or use a lot of slang, dressed nicely, didn't sag, and definitely didn't talk all the time about solving problems through fighting and 'punching someone out'. I am very dismayed at how my children's behavior, grammar, and appearance have significantly deteriorated since moving to this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

Duncanville High School is a place where a student can discover the things they love to do and take classes and partcipate in organizations pertaining to their interests. The school newspaper is award winning every year, along with the yearbook and photojournalism. The band program is without a doubt the best in the nation, with great parent involvement. The athletics are outstanding...there are also numerous clubs and organizations for students with different interests. There are numerous AP classes available that offer opprotunities to earn college credit. And, with the new building expansion, the facilities on campus are going to be outstanding (one of the largest high school campuses in the nation). Although the school is not perfect (no school is), it is a wonderful place to be involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 29, 2004

Duncanville HS is probably one of the best schools you could go to if your child is big on band or sports. The academics are also incredible and students have many opportunities to learn and grow into whatever person they want to be. As a band student, I think it's possibly the best band program in the nation, having won the 2002 5A state marching championship and the 2004 5A Honor band, with hopes of returning to the State Marching Contest this year in 2004.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2004

I've been with Duncanville schools my entire life and I love them. There is such a good learning environment created and the staff works hard to maintain it. DHS is a great school to graduate from because we have lots of extraciricular activities that cover at least one of your interests. It is a privlegde to attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2004

The teachers and leadership in the high school are outstanding! My sons are not in band or sports, but the adults responsible for them have gone way out of the way to help them through this past year, which was very difficult for both boys. I appreciate that there is a dress code, but it is so complicated that it is sporadically enforced. However, I still stand with the authorities, when they do enforce it, because so many schools in the area have no discipline. These people care about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

I am very impressed with Duncanville High, due to there are teachers that still care about their students. They do notify the parents when grades are not up to speed and offers ways to improve their academics. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2004

If your child is not in the the band or star athlete, this school will fail your child. The city of Duncanville should build another high school. They fail to do so because it will break up their #1 band and sport teams. Unfortunately they don't care enough about academics and over crowd of classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2003

Your efforts on behalf of students, their dress code, and their maturity, are a very refreshing change from parental/administrative negligence. Please continue to stay your course, and the results will be a beter educated student body, with a more profound repect for their fellow students and our way of life. A Father of Five North Canton, Ohio
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

About these ratings

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.

1007 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

1003 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

961 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

934 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

933 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

918 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

813 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

817 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students96%
Female99%
Male92%
Black or African American95%
Asian89%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Math

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
Black or African American74%
Asian83%
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Science

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black or African American90%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
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.

964 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%
Algebra II

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

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

1074 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

715 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

1193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%
English I Writing

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

1227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
50%
English II Reading

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

1017 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

1024 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

705 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%
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.

1153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%
World History

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

967 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

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 Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
Black or African American62%
Asian50%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education26%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented92%
Not Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female97%
Male99%
Black or African American95%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Black or African American82%
Asian88%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education36%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students58%
Female61%
Male55%
Black or African American57%
Asian67%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education12%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)15%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted55%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students35%
Female38%
Male33%
Black or African American33%
Asian56%
Hispanic34%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education3%
Not special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant35%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted32%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
Black or African American69%
Asian95%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education17%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students44%
Female50%
Male39%
Black or African American39%
Asian89%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special education10%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%
Gifted/talented90%
Not Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

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

English III Writing

All Students27%
Female28%
Male27%
Black or African American20%
Asian67%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special education0%
Not special education28%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant27%
Gifted/talented85%
Not Gifted25%

Geometry

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black or African American78%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education53%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted80%
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 Students73%
Female67%
Male78%
Black or African American67%
Asian88%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education21%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students62%
Female58%
Male66%
Black or African American58%
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education17%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted60%
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
Hispanic 46% 52%
Black 45% 13%
White 6% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • ANDRE SMITH
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  • (972) 708-3737
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900 West Camp Wisdom Road
Duncanville, TX 75116
Phone: (972) 708-3700

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