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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Detroit Lakes Senior High School is a highly rated, public school located in Detroit Lakes, MN. It has 871 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
1301 Roosevelt Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
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Detroit Lakes Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1220
7 responses
Average ACT
25
82 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$44,954
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$729
National
$949
Median Home Value
$177,300
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Homecoming
    27%
  • Football Games
    19%
  • Powder puff, prom
    15%
  • Soccer Games
    12%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • all sports games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
871
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,178
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 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
$12,743/ year
National
$12,239
64%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Detroit Lakes Senior High School Reviews

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As a senior i'd say my experience with Detroit Lakes has been tolerable, I mean come on I made it this far didn't I? It honestly has its ups and downs like any school, the teachers are it's strong point, they really show the effort they put in for their students, yes of course there are a few weak links in the teacher category, but in general most of the teachers I have had make it pretty easy to make a connection with them. One thing I dislike is the amount of rich entitlement from some of the students, but that's only a few, our school is actually pretty much free of judgment most of the time, and though the girls here like to gossip, physical bullying is usually zero to none. So final thoughts, I feel like it could be so much worse than it is so i'm in no place to complain.
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Detroit Lakes High School is overall a very good school. I can personally attest that their math, science, and music (especially band) areas are some of the best I've heard of from people in other schools. Most students and teachers dont like the administration of the school, but I haven't seen them do anything too bad or misguided. Sports are very good there, but most of the funding seems to go towards football, leaving the other sports such as nordic skiing scraping by for new school owned skis and kick wax.
Detroit Lakes High School is like an average high school. My experience at the school was good. I passed my classes, and I got along with almost everyone. There were some instances with school officials not handling certain situations well. The school offers many different classes, and the support staff is very helpful. Everyone school district has things the need to work on, and I believe that Detroit Lakes High School is always working to make students want to attend.