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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Decatur High School is a top rated, public school located in Decatur, GA. It has 1,456 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.

Decatur High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
422 responses
Average ACT
28
207 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$93,039
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$927
National
$949
Median Home Value
$466,800
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 68 responses
  • Class color day
    34%
  • Spirit week
    25%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Football Fridays :)
    13%
  • Pep rallys
    4%
  • Basketball nights
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,456
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,366
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,544/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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We really enjoyed the early years and have no regrets there. Decatur has some really good teachers and staff. We left this past year. What we have seen over the past few years is an overall decline in the education experience and quality in Decatur. The issue unfortunately revolves around the race inequality issues that have really been highlighted in the past few years. Mainly it's the school's reaction to them. I feel the administration has so overcompensated to not appear biased that if you are a white kid just trying to do your best you're often overlooked as irrelevant. It was almost like "yes you're a B+ rich kid you don't need any extra help". I get it, but I like every other parent want the best for my kid and I'm not going to apologize that I want them pushed and mentored to be their best and we weren't getting that. We saw multiple discipline cases ignored blatantly, again they were concerned to not appear biased, leaving my kids ignored. We regretfully moved away.
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Decatur is a place of change, opportunity, and growth. It has systems in place to help students that have problems encouraging themselves or have slow faith in themselves learn. Even with these good things, bad things always come because that's life. I've encountered things from certain teachers like, racism, discrimination, sexism, etc. But because of the staff at Decatur high school, those things were not tolerated or taken lightly. Of course there were some setbacks but things really did start to change. Putting clubs in place to tackle discrimination and bias. Creating opportunities for our voices to be heard by those in power and those in power making time to further understand our struggles. It's not the bad things that pollute a school it's the lack of action and precautions that aren't put in place to prevent those from happening again.
Decatur High School is a tight-knit community of hard-working students, teachers, administrators, and staff. Everyone has their different interests, passions, and talents, and they are all welcomed, respected, and encouraged at DHS. The school's Science Olympiad team, for example, is an amazing opportunity for students interested in STEM to learn more about fascinating, real-world topics relating to STEM. DHS also offers a variety of quirky clubs, from LARPing club to birdwatching club to telenovela club.