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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
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Decatur High School is a top rated, public school located in Decatur, GA. It has 1,244 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% 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
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1210
379 responses
Average ACT
28
178 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$92,263
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$866
National
$949
Median Home Value
$418,700
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
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%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,244
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
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
$54,436
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
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,716/ 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 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.
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What makes Decatur High School a great place to be is that the teachers are willing to help you if needed and that the school caters to individual needs. There are tutoring schedules for almost every class and you can attend before or after school (depending on the schedule of the teacher). Many of the teachers are happy to spend their own time supporting the students as needed. Many students take advantage of this free, one on one, opportunity, and it is great because it is difficult for some students to fully understand a concept within the 50-minute boundaries of one class.
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.