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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Donegal High School is an above average, public school located in Mount Joy, PA. It has 929 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
1025 Koser Road
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Telephone
(717) 653-1871
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Donegal High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1150
187 responses
Average ACT
26
16 responses
AP Enrollment
10%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$75,577
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,137
National
$949
Median Home Value
$189,900
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Football games
    30%
  • Senior Parade
    17%
  • Spirit week
    17%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Charitable Events (Mini- thon, etc.)
    7%
  • Field Hockey
    3%
  • Tennis
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
929
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,008
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.1%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 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
$15,043/ year
National
$12,239
55%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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The absolute, best part of Donegal High School is the performing arts club. I had several amazing teachers, but also some bad ones. Not that they were mean necessarily, just not effective teachers. Overall, I think I had a decent public high school experience at Donegal. I think the worst aspect is Donegal's lack of racial/ethnic diversity and the administration's (and majority of students) close minded and very conservative views, however it does seem to be getting more diverse each year. I also had mostly positive experiences with athletics. The one common complaint among many students (including myself) however is the field hockey team's social "dominance" and special privileges. They did win the state championship a couple years ago, but that doesn't necessarily warrant the obvious favoritism and prestige they constantly get from the administration and teachers.
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Donegal is a fairly accepting school when it comes to diversity and differences. The population of non-white students is moderate, but not huge. Every student, however, is included by some person, group, or club. Donegal's options for gym are extremely limited--there are essentially no "special" gym classes, such as aerobics, team sports, lifting, etcetera. There is one exception, though. The students in the special education classes are in an adapted gym class with eleventh and twelfth graders. I got to the amazing opportunity to be in that gym class! That class was one of my first interactions with those students, but every one of the non-special education students cooperated very well with them. Ever since that class, I noticed how other students throughout the school were extremely nice and helpful to the special education students. Along with special education students, people in the LGBT community are welcomed with open arms (by most people). Like everything in life, some people are stubborn in their beliefs and will only accept traditional things. Our senior class president is a perfect example. She openly identifies as a lesbian. The seniors did not discriminate against her when voting. Other students who are open about their sexuality are often accepted and loved by all. The student body is very diverse and the differences between us do not hinder our relationships with each other.
I have gone to Donegal High School for all four years. The building of the school is very nice and well laid out. Everything is easy to find. The teachers are very kind and always willing to give extra help for those who need it. The school is kept very clean by a hardworking janitorial staff. The students aren't always the best in the world; there are fights about once a month and a lot of drama, although this may be true of all high schools. The school spirit at Donegal is unlike anything I have ever experienced. There is a near 100% participation during Spirit Week, and Green & White day (where everyone dresses in our school colors) is always the best day of the year for everyone. Overall, I have largely enjoyed my four years here and don't have much to say that is negative.