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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
DeSoto Central High School is a highly rated, public school located in Southaven, MS. It has 1,723 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Address
2911 Central Parkway
Southaven, MS 38672
Telephone
(662) 536-3612
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DeSoto Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1230
24 responses
Average ACT
25
335 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$60,093
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$976
National
$949
Median Home Value
$139,400
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week and pep rally
    29%
  • Football/basketball games
    24%
  • Desoto Central High School Day
    16%
  • Watching the band perform
    13%
  • Baseball games
    5%
  • Leaving for a break
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,723
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$41,351
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.3%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,478/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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DeSoto Central High School Reviews

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DeSoto Central is a great school! It's full of opportunities that allow you to grow and branch out. The environment is very welcoming, and the teachers are dedicated to their work. DCHS provides students with various clubs and extracurricular activities, which allows them to form bonds with different people throughout the school. Although DeSoto Central has many accolades, it could always improve in some areas. For instance, I think the school should upgrade their electronic policy. Students are allowed to use iPads and Chromebooks to do work, but they're not the best quality. They are very limited, and I believe students should be provided with a personal computer or tablet to do classwork on. I also think the school should branch out more with school spirit ideas.
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This school is very encouraging, involving, and overall an unforgettable and moving experience. The academic system is beyond comparable to any other school out there. The teachers are extremely encouraging and motivate you in every way to get your work done and get the learning experience every child deserves. There is at least one club that would and could qualify for anyone, and it is encouraged for you to join something. The school is very diverse and almost everyone has a different background and has a story to tell. Desoto Central’s number one priority is safety, and the staff and administration do an excellent job making sure the students are in good hands. I would most definitely recommend this school to anyone.
This high school is so awesome! There is amazing diversity with countless opportunities to involve yourself. Our sports teams have won several state titles. The teachers are all so nice and always willing to help you with anything you need. It’s tearjerking when I think about leaving this place, but I’m thankful for the memories I ah e made.