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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Dakota Junior/Senior High School is an above average, public school located in Dakota, IL. It has 378 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 32% in reading.

Dakota Junior/Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
32%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1120
38 responses
Average ACT
26
38 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$52,750
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$636
National
$949
Median Home Value
$95,000
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
38%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
  • Football games
    41%
  • Musicals
    24%
  • Pep band
    18%
  • Volleyball games, wrestling and musicals
    12%
  • Choir
    6%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
378
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$13,477/ year
National
$12,239
62%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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Dakota Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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Dakota High School’s facilities and sports are phenomenal. Great Academics as well! They could increase there culture and diversity a bit, but otherwise it is an amazing school to attend!
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I have been a student at Dakota Jr/Sr High School for about 4 and 1/2 years now. Starting from 7th grade, I have worked hard to achieve success in school. I truly believe that my teachers pushed me to get there. I am currently a Junior enrolled in the High School and I am so thankful for my teachers and all they do for the students. My teachers want the students to learn. They aren't just trying to get the kids to "pass," they want them to leave the class having actually gained something. Not only do they support you in class, but they also support you outside of the classroom. Dakota's teachers are welcoming and helpful. Many times, I will go to a teacher for extra help, or just to talk. They truly care for their students and their well-being. Overall, Dakota Junior/Senior High School is an outstanding school that goes above and beyond for their students.
What I liked about Dakota Junior/Senior High School is that they began to prepare me for college early on. They gave me information and resources during the beginning of Freshman year, some of which included Xello, Niche, and Khan Academy. and they continued to help throughout the rest of my years there.
Also, they well-prepared me for the SAT with lots of SAT practice through Khan Academy; Although my SAT was delayed due to COVID, I am still proud of my score.
The best part about this school is that they have some amazing teachers. Many of them are great at their jobs; they know how to keep me focused and keep learning fun. They are always willing to help. My favorite teacher there is my spanish teacher, Señora Korwin.
Dakota offers a good variety of electives, but I believe that they could benefit from more after school clubs and activities.

note: I didn't rate the sports as I had never participated in any sports at Dakota.