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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
DeKalb High School is an above average, public school located in Dekalb, IL. It has 1,789 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.

DeKalb High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1150
157 responses
Average ACT
27
154 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$44,222
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$881
National
$949
Median Home Value
$154,700
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
53%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
29%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
  • Dekalb vs. syco games
    41%
  • Graduation Seniors' Awards Night
    10%
  • Lunch
    10%
  • Ringing of the Bell
    8%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Plays and Musicals
    6%
  • Prom; Talent Show
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,789
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,100
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.7%
47%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,328/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Dekalb High School is a school within a small town. The school itself is in good shape, and despite the fact that more than half of the school’s population is white — racism isn't common within the school. I honestly wish it was more diverse but other than that the opportunities available are exceptional. Bullying isn't a huge issue either, most people stand up for others and or themselves in a heartbeat. The school’s response to COVID was pretty good considering how unpredictable things were. All and all I would recommend students from all backgrounds to attend this school. The only thing keeping DeKalb High School from being it’s very best is not having enough diversity. Don’t get me wrong though, about 16-20 percent are hispanic and around 13 percent are African American, but just imagine how much better school would be with a more minority representatives.
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My experience in Dekalb High School is great. This School offers many educational opportunities as well for extracurricular ones. For example they offer classes at the local college in our town, high levels of math and science, foreign languages, and many more. The extracurricular options that they offer are; multiple clubs, sports, and music. I am glad to be part of an amazing family. The school spirit will be something you will never see in another high school. The students and teachers have a great relationship. Teachers are compassionate and care for the education of their students. Now that I am a senior I am glad to say that I had spent my young adolescent years in Dekalb High School. And at the end of the day there is only one barb.
This school is pretty average for public schools. That said, the administration at the school basically has a no-punishment policy. Kids that get busted selling drugs or using them are suspended for a day or two usually. Furthermore, the admin does not really try to prepare students for college or even impress its importance on the student body. Overall, my experience would've been absolutely horrible if I didn't find friends to make it bearable.