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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Dakota High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Macomb, MI. It has 2,917 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Address
21051 21 Mile Rd
Macomb, MI 48044
Telephone
(586) 723-2700

Dakota High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1220
181 responses
Average ACT
26
183 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$89,954
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,268
National
$949
Median Home Value
$228,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 128 responses
Report
  • Athletics
    26%
  • The people
    17%
  • Homecoming/prom
    16%
  • The musicals! By FAR the best part of Dakota.
    14%
  • The staff
    8%
  • The talent shows
    8%
  • I love being a part of the music program!
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,917
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.56 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.56 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.56 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,624
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.70 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.70 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.70 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,834/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.82 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.82 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.82 responses
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Dakota High School Reviews

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Dakota High School has given me a wonderful education. There are some teachers who don’t know what they’re doing, but there are more teachers who know how to do their job well. The administration has been very attentive to safety issues (especially within the last month); although some think Dakota’s policies are excessive, they are meant to keep everyone safe (and that is what matters). The bathrooms and lunch food could definitely use improvements, but overall, Dakota has been very good to me... And many others!
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Dakota was a great school, but it is so big that it’s hard to get personal help from the teachers. When you ask for help, it seems like you get it it’s just rushed because the teacher has to go run off to another student to help them! There’s nothing wrong with that, I am grateful that there are so many people there though because I made a TON of friends. For being such a big school, everyone seems to know everyone else and that personalizes the school so you don’t feel so alone as 1 in 3,000+!
There are countless opportunities at Dakota for students to be successful; however, many do not take advantage of the available resources. Luckily, my friends and I have all used Dakota to help us grow as individuals. We have taken numerous AP courses along, and we have joined many clubs. If students become involved in Dakota and what it has to offer, then they can do great things in life!