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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  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 2,980 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1210
358 responses
Average ACT
26
205 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$53,199
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$678
National
$949
Median Home Value
$111,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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.54 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.54 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 176 responses
  • Athletics
    22%
  • The people
    16%
  • Homecoming/prom
    16%
  • The musicals! By FAR the best part of Dakota.
    13%
  • The staff
    8%
  • I love being a part of the music program!
    7%
  • The talent shows
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,980
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.66 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.66 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.66 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,103
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.80 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,915/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.92 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.92 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.92 responses
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Dakota High School has one of the largest student populations in Michigan; however, the class sizes are great and the teachers still make sure they give every student the extra help they may need. Students graduate feeling prepared for college courses. Great athletics, clubs, organizations, and staff!
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The school is very large, but surprisingly easy to get around. The sports facilities and theater programs are phenomenal. Their multi-million dollar engineering lab is equally as incredible. Dakota offers many diverse clubs and after-school activities. Overall a great school!
Dakota High School has so many great things to offer its students! Great teachers, plenty of different and challenging classes, lots of clubs, competitive sports teams, and a nice building. It's a really big school, but there are many ways to get involved and make it feel smaller. I'm glad I was able to attend this school!