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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Damascus High School is a highly rated, public school located in Damascus, MD. It has 1,311 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 80% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.

Damascus High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
80%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1240
371 responses
Average ACT
27
78 responses
AP Enrollment
45%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$121,556
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,677
National
$949
Median Home Value
$388,900
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 131 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Dressing up in goofy costumes for homecoming.
    17%
  • Decorating the halls for homecoming
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Spirit Week Comp
    8%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Leading the student section at the football games
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,311
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,917
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$18,250/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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Damascus High School has so far given me some of my favorite memories. Despite very poor media coverage and incidents that have happened, this town has bounced back and in return improved academics as much as one could hope. Kevin Yates is the most involved principal I have ever had. From coming to most athletic events, to saying hi in the hallways, he is very involved in everything happening in his school. The teachers are also very involved! They are not only here for us to excel in academics, they also are here for us to excel in our personal lives. I am more than grateful that my school is so so so supportive of me and all of my achievements,
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Everyone is truly so kind, resilient, and deeply determined here. Students are deeply passionate regarding the school community and reaching out to others. Best Buddies of our school chapter has been hosting coronavirus zoom gatherings every Wednesday at 4pm amid the coronavirus to connect everyone. I am also a peer buddy myself and have participated in kind activities such as a bonfire and Christmas parties as well. We also have many Tik toks hosted by the Best Buddies leader and dances which the kids can enjoy and participate in.❤️ There are many signs around our school that say “Damascus Cares” and hundred of volunteers ❤️❤️
Damascus high school is what helped me become the woman I am today. I was supposed to enroll in a neighboring high school, but county lines were readjusted where I lived and this resulted in me unexpectedly going to Damascus. I am so happy I did. It was here I found passion for the arts thanks to dedicated teachers and peers. Mostly a sports-focused school, I was able to find refuge in the art rooms where I knew me and my friends could be ourselves. My artistic talents were built upon in these rooms, and eventually recognized when Damascus provided opportunities for students to participate in art-related competitions and campaigns (such as the annual Johns Hopkins art show). Had I not gone to Damascus, I would have never taken a step out of my comfort zone and entered one of these competitions. The staff who supported me are who really made it possible and I'll never forget that.