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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
DeForest Area School District is a public school district located in De Forest, WI. It has 3,634 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
About DeForest Area School District...
Address
520 E Holum St
De Forest, WI 53532
Telephone
(608) 842-6500
Website

DeForest Area School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1380
11 responses
Average ACT
26
150 responses

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,634
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,568
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$38,656,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,285/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    4%

DeForest Area School District Reviews

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DeForest is a very unique school. It's academics are average, as they could really use more AP classes and student support. The actual students are rather cliquey and while some are kind and caring, others have very poor behavior that is never properly dealt with. The school spirit is decent and the sports are pretty good. There's nothing special about it other than exchange programs or field trips that are supported by the school. The food isn't the best (except for the freshly baked cookies sold at the Korner Store), but the teachers are amazing. They connect with their students and really help to give you as much encouragement as they can. Overall just your basic high school.
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DeForest is a school district that is very flawed, but tries its best to complete everyone's desires of satisfaction. With constant troubles; like bullying, lack of diversity, lack of acceptance, and a slower academic learning system, many of our students do not express a love for our schools. Having joined Student Council this ending year of 2017, we have finally started to change the club's system. It opened my eyes to a realization that most of our school is like this, we don't do much to help effectively change our schools in ways that would seriously, realistically, and purposefully help encourage us. Our teachers are very persistent and helpful but everyone has a lack to do much change and that's what makes us significantly different, we can be doing more, but don't. Everyone's experience is different, but mine is focused of the things we aren't able to do, because it overruns the things we can. It leaves you unsatisfied, makes you ask yourself, "Is this all we've got?"
Overall I think DeForest Area High School provides a quality education to its students. Looking back on my 4 years, I can say that I got a lot out of my high school years through the participation in extracurriculars, such as Student Council, Symphonic and Jazz band, NHS, and the School Musical. Here I have met some incredible teachers that clearly enjoy what they do for a living and their passion is evident. My only complaint is that I think for its size, the school could be offering many more AP classes and other opportunities to earn potential college credit before graduation. Yes, you can take many of these classes online now, but I think for most students, having a structured classroom setting is favored for achieving success in AP courses.