A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Decatur High School is an elite, public school located in Decatur, GA. It has 1,158 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
310 N Mcdonough St
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone
(404) 370-4420

Decatur High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1190
277 responses
Average ACT
27
131 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$81,598
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$894
National
$949
Median Home Value
$384,300
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 56 responses
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  • Class color day
    38%
  • Spirit week
    27%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Football Fridays :)
    14%
  • Pep rallys
    4%
  • Basketball nights
    2%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,158
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,104
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,306/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Decatur High School straddles the intimacy and inflated ego of a private school with all the accessibility and chaotic energy of public school. DHS is great and provides lots of opportunities that aren't provided in most other public schools in Georgia & southeast as a whole. The IB program gives students an edge and approaches education in a 'more global' way- which is variably effective in terms of presenting many different ways of thinking/learning.
The majority of the teaching staff is dedicated & well qualified for their jobs and work hard despite difficult administration.
Overall i'm extremely grateful to attend. DHS isn't perfect, but we make do with the constant din of construction during school hours and the fallout of poor executive decisions. DHS's intimate staff makes it worth the hype.
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Decatur High School has its ups and downs. The steps you take and if you achieve your goals really depends on the teachers you get. It's a growing school. meaning there are many new and inexperienced teachers. But if you get lucky you can get amazing, well-rounded teachers that you will remember for the rest of your life, because of the great impact they had on your academic life. Decatur is also a great place to meet new people with very different backgrounds, considering it's groundbreaking diversity. There are kids from all around the world including myself being from Brazil. People are great and in my opinion, depending if luck goes your way, you are very likely to succeed.
Decatur High is a academically high performing school (ranked first in our district) with amazing clubs, activities, and sports programs. The thing I've loved the most about our school is how accepting the students and staff are. As a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I was scared of coming into a hostile environment, but I found exactly the opposite.