"We are best known for IB and music programs."
Students enrolled 300
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Precious Washington
Transportation options Yes
District Dlh Academy Agency
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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7151 N 86th St
Milwaukee, WI 53224

(414) 358-3542
(414) 434-0034
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3 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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July 21, 2014
HORRIBLE SCHOOL..the Teachers want PERFECT students and I have yet to see that student at this school or any other. I am a parent who is involved not as much as I am able due to work schedule but can not do it by myself nor can my husband, kids will be kids when their parents arent around they will test whom ever they are with, these teachers are NOT babys sitters but at the same time they need to learn to be aggressive when disciplining these kids, not taking EASY way out and kicking kid out of class, and/or calling parents so they dont have to deal woth kids, that is why the school system is messed up now, noone wants to take accountability.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
I would not send my child to this. He was bullied and the teachers and principal did nothing. Instead of the bullies get in trouble he was in trouble. Terrible school. My son learned nothing at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
DLH is very wonderful have three kids all of them have went to DLH and I recommend it for all parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
DLH Academy has been a rewarding educational opporunity for my family. I am exciterd to see how the new Carrera program will unfold. Seeing familar teachers each year does help with transitioning to new grades.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
My kids have attended DLHA since K5 and now they are in high school and college. I absolutely love this school. The staff and administration really care about the students, the curriculum is top-notch and education comes first. I highly recommend DLH Academy!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
well, this past school year was my first year at dlh and I will say this.... Yes, the staff is an acquired taste, there were a few adults that i could have done without starting from the higher up's all the way down to the bottom people, BUT......... I DID like the open door policy, I was there, sitting in classes all day, not only for my daughter but for my nieces and nephew also. I was allowed to go on the one and only field trip they had with my daughter, nieces and nephew. AND despite the "better than you" feeling you may get from the adults... my daughter received a TOP NOTCH EDUCATION!!! learned sign language, fractions and how to read (when she started k5 she could not read, entering 1st grade she is at beginning 2nd grade level!) SOOOOO I don't take anything personal as long as my daughter is getting the best education possible. (it helped that I am a VERY involved mom, so they may not have liked me very much, but they DO know ME!)

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
This school is a terrible joke they have 5 minutes at lunch, they make the kids walk in lines waaaay too much and their new parent pick up process is terrible!

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2011
The instruction program is good, but the office staff and some faculty members are very rude and insults parents and family members seeking information, or pick up of their children. Although the mission of the school is intended to uplift and excel student progress, it is hindered by unprofessional office staff and assistant teachers. My family is very disappointed and will transfer our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I believe DLH is a great school. The adminstration works hard to make sure every child is treated fairly. The teachers work hard as well, given the fact that each child is different and some are a handful. Others can say what they want but you cant say much about a school that happens to be the only school in the state that is an IB school!! The proof is in the pudding. Those parents on here saying they show favortism and wertent up to par....how much parent involvement did you give?? And was your child on of the ones causing all the issues......either way remember....the teacher can only do so much...we as parents make the, into who they are.....the school your child attends show only "help cultivate tour child...not make your child!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
One thing I can say about DLH is that it is a safe place. Thank God! I do not worry about my child's safety when she is at school. Now, on the other hand, academically the school is not up to par. The assignments they receive is a joke. Do not expect your 8th grader to be prepared for highschool after leaving DLH. They do not challenge the children and they treat the middle school children like they are toddlers. If you choose to send your child to this school, make sure you have additional worksheets and assignments for them when they come home. It is really the parents responsibility to make sure our children are successful. In my personal opinion, I feel that DLH is more concerned about how they look and not what kind of substance they have. The uniforms look great but what are you really teaching?

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
I agree with the post on 8/25/09, the school does favor the members and asst. of CFFC. And there are days that the office staff is very rude. My son went to the school for 3 years. I pulled him out last year. If you don't think that they have favoritism come when there is a school program, like founders day and see if it's not CFFC members always up front.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
This school is perfect for Parents who work for this school, and attend CFFC because the child will recieve favoritism over all other kids. Sad but true, my son will not be there next year. Good luck DLH!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 17, 2009
My child has attended this school for since the 1st grade, now in the 6th grade, I hate to say, it's been the worst year. The grades are not up to standard, and even though the teachers do seem to try to communicate, the whole grade level is out of control. My child came home during the weeks of school, complaining they werent learning anything because it took to long for everyone to settle down and teachers spent more time yelling. Understanding it is our kids responsibility to behave but their also has to be some structure in the class where a child can function. Still debating on sending my child to another school, just hate to do it because my child is already adapted to the teachers and administrators. I will see!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
November 22, 2008
It's unfortunate that the previous two parents had a bad experience. I had children in this school for 7 years. My children are either at or above their reading level. They are doing very well in their new schools. The administration works with the parents as needed. My concerns and issues were addressed in a timely manner.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
This school was horrible....a joke! Take it from another parent who doesnt have much, but wants the world for thier child.....put them in a differnet school! I only write about things I am passionate about.....there are alot of things that arent right in teh school setting!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I cannot beleive the reviews that are so postive about this school. It makes me wonder if the staff inside the school is writing these reveiws in order to 'make thier school look better.' I was shocked by what things I saw at this school. Kids hitting teachers, throwing things at other kids, threatening teachers and others students, and, from a parents eyes, I saw nothing done by the administration. This school was a joke, and I am baffled by the fact that this school is still open. I pulled my kids out of there a few years back, and put them back in MPS and saw a drastic change in them. They actually felt safe in their classroom. My kid came home in shock because a kid was actually given consequences! These are our babies! I would think twice about your school choice!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
I like the school and the staff as well. The teachers take their time with each student to make sure they understand what the assignment is about. They don't gave up easily on their students. My son goes here and I love every moment of it. Our son came into this school with no english, after the first year he's english improved and I see the improvement in his reading as well. By the second quarter of his second year, he advanced his reading skills to the next level. Now that is what I call great teaching by the staff. Compare him to most of his relatives, he's beyond them. We get really good compliments from our relatives. As a parents, I know I'm not regretting every moment of it. I know I've chosen the best school in the city for my child and I will continue to do that.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
My son goes to this school.So far so good.I like the fact that the teacher's and staff are attentive to the educational and emotional needs of the children. Dlh Academy provides a safe nurturing enviroment for their students.Keep up the good work for our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 30, 2007
DLH Academy has excellent curriculum. It is an International Baccalaureat schoo. he International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. DLH offers its curriculum for students to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 560,000 IB students at 2,107 schools in 125 countries.e school. DLH had to qualify for this distinction and its students advance far beyond their years after attending this educational facility.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 21, 2006
I completely disagree, and highly recommend this school. As someone who has been in a large number of other milwaukee public schools, and who has previously worked closely in other charter schools, I believe that dlh is not only an acceptable school, but an exceptional school. If you are sending your child to a public school in milwaukee, this is it. The student-to-teacher ratio is very impressive, as are the reading scores, when compared to other schools in the city. In fact, they are so in tune to their students' reading needs that it is common to see reading groups of only 3 to 5 students- sometimes even one-on-one. After seeing years' worth of discipline problems in mps, the issues at dlh are minimal. The school is small and each student is well-known to the whole staff. It is the only ib-accredited elementary school in the state, and it shows.

- submitted by a staff
May 06, 2006
I would not recommend this school to anyone. I was inside the school for several years as a parent, and was a witness to things that should never happen in a school environment. Parents.....this school is not a good choice if you want your child to grow into a well-mannered, educated adult. Everything there is negative, parent support is lacking, resources for the students is very minimal, and the students Do not get what they need!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
I pulled my child out of this school because of a lack of discipline and support for the teachers from the administration. I do wish to remain anonomous, but would never recommend this school to others.

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DLH Academy is a small family-oriented school. Our emphasis is on preparing students to go to a great high school and college. We take pride in providing a safe, nuring learning environment. The school is structured and holds students accountable for their behavior and academic performance. Our teachers are extremely professional, caring and academically prepared to deliver our rigorous curriculm.

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Darrell L. Hines Academy
7151 N 86th St, Milwaukee, WI  53224
(414) 358-3542
Last modified Darrell L. Hines Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Darrell L. Hines Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 25 reviews.