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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
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Dakota High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Macomb, MI. It has 2,981 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.
Address
21051 21 Mile Rd
Macomb, MI 48044
Telephone
(586) 723-2700
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Dakota High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1210
300 responses
Average ACT
26
197 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$50,569
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$706
National
$949
Median Home Value
$103,400
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.50 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 158 responses
Report
  • Athletics
    23%
  • 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!
    8%
  • The talent shows
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,981
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.62 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.62 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.62 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,983
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 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
$11,246/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.88 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.88 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.88 responses
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Dakota is a great school, with tons of supportive teachers, a wide course pool to choose from, and a variety of after-school activities! Of course, with just under 3,000 students, things get hectic. There are always the loud students who blow off their classes, but I've had a great experience here! If you ever have any problem, there are always teachers and counselors willing to listen. The school is very diverse in terms of race and gender, and is very inclusive of all walks of life!
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Dakota High School is what you make it. If you want to just get by and be an average student, this school can accommodate you. On the other hand, if you strive to succeed in multiple advanced level courses, you can do that as well. Athletics are above average, although extremely competitive. This is a great school to be at, and I am proud to be a Cougar!
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!