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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Decatur High School is an above average, public school located in Decatur, AL. It has 1,036 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
1011 Prospect Dr SE
Decatur, AL 35601
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Decatur High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1060
8 responses
Average ACT
25
108 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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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
$45,048
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$645
National
$949
Median Home Value
$133,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
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  • Football games
    29%
  • Homecoming parade
    24%
  • Kiss A Senior Goodbye Letters
    19%
  • Lip Sync Competition
    14%
  • Robotics competition
    5%
  • Special Olympics
    5%
  • Veteran's Day Assemby
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,036
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,969
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,107/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Decatur High is a great school with a good faculty and staff! The school is very nice and spread out. The kids are mainly caucasian with some african americans and hispanics. The staff super cool and helpful and they are always looking or the best for the students. The teaching is okay, it could be better. The teachers just don't really try to help students understand material, there's more of a "if you don't get it, it's not my fault" attitude. The community around Decatur is great as well. Decatur High is overall a good school to attend.
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Though some teachers are great, the funding for the arts are very limited, and the blatant use of slurs, lack of sexual education, harassment from both the students and, at times staff, and the general lack of safety makes me feel unsafe in my school on a daily basis. We’ve had about five shooting/bomb threats in the last two years, and they never seem to be handled carefully. The only reason I am not ranking my school as terrible is because I’ve had a few teachers that truly inspired me to work hard and push toward my goals.
The thing I love most at Decatur High with out a doubt is the Developmental wing! They are my absolute favorites ! I also admire the culinary department, the teachers are so sweet and actually care for their students and their needs, they do things like fundraisers to help the people who do not have as much money pay for their dues. If i could change something from school it would be the school food as well as some traditions, some things are parts of the school and I totally understand but some of these traditions offer better to certain people than others.