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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Decorah High School is a highly rated, public school located in Decorah, IA. It has 571 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
100 Claiborne Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Telephone
(563) 382-3643
Website

Decorah High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1380
6 responses
Average ACT
26
112 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$52,912
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$590
National
$949
Median Home Value
$160,500
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
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Red Blue Cheer
    19%
  • Football
    19%
  • Silver cord
    12%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Participating in Girls' Cross Country
    8%
  • Speech contest
    8%
  • Student Sections
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
571
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,488
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,629/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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My 4 years spent at this school were pretty good. I made memories, but the majority of those come from me making them happen. The school didn’t do a good job at having many traditions, and places way too much emphasis on sports. The administration does a terrible job at prepping for college or mentioning different routes to take after graduating. They also only ever talk about Luther college and how great it is, failing to mention the outrageous cost and it not being all that prestigious. They even brought in a panel of Luther college students to talk about college life to the senior class as if there were no better options. Some teachers are game changers, and others should be fired. I would like to see the school do a better job at finding resources for students because high school years are extremely formative to the students’ mental health. I’ll miss my classmates, but I often wish I had gotten to go to a different high school for an amazing experience.
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The school has its high and low areas. Personally I believe about 60% of the teachers really care for there students and want them to succeed. The non-teacher facility have a few members that really care for the students, but as a sophomore I felt a little disconnect from them. I did enjoy the vast amount of options for me, academically, extra and co curricular, and sports. The overall atmosphere is somewhat toxic. I have found a small friend group but feel that other students are not as accepting.
This school offers a good amount of opportunities for its students. Most of the teachers are excellent and really care about their students. The sports and other activities are excellent and usually succeed at a high level. The biggest problem is that the administration is strongly lacking. Only 2 of the 5 administrators are good. The others seem to not care about the students or try to take so much control of the school that students feel cheated and that they lack any freedom at all. This causes a decent amount of students to suffer from mental health problems because they have no one to go to. You count down the days you can leave the school and go to a more welcoming place. Without a changing of the guard in administration this school will never reach its potential of being safest, most caring, and most successful school in the state.