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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Dorsey High School is a public school located in Los Angeles, CA. It has 1,023 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 2% of students are at least proficient in math and 16% in reading.
Address
3537 Farmdale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Telephone
(323) 298-8400
Website
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Dorsey High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
16%
Percent Proficient - Math
2%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
940
96 responses
Average ACT
20
34 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$54,501
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,302
National
$949
Median Home Value
$549,800
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
54%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
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  • Football games
    26%
  • Prep rallies
    26%
  • Field trips
    24%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Mock Trial
    4%
  • Baseball games
    2%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,023
Free or Reduced Lunch
86%
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,947
Teachers in First/Second Year
25.5%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 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
$14,176/ year
National
$12,239
58%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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Susan Miller Dorsey High School is a place for anyone who is interested in law, sports, the arts, etc. Many believe that this school holds a bad reputation due to its past involvement in many events, but in my personal experience this school has been great. So far I've learned that this school offers "the real-world" molding of each and every student that attends. The administrators are very persistent in getting their students to college as well as preparing them for a career in their interests. Parents are thoroughly involved with the school,considering the fact that they believe the it to be a part of the community. Dorsey not only stands as a school that has historical meaning, it also leaves a trail of success. The alumni, teachers, students, everybody shows that you just can't hide, that Dorsey pride!
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I love how many opportunities that Dorsey has to really get involved, flourish and explore into different career pathways. The teachers are very dedicated and understanding of student needs. I have never had a better experience with my teachers though I feel like I need to be more challeged. Speaking in behalf of the magnet program, all teachers, student and staff are well mannered and handle business accordingly. I do think that remodeling the old buildings and bathrooms would be a good addition to the school. I would also love to see more diversity within the school.
As soon as one steps foot onto campus, the school spirit is infectious. Every student there is involved in some aspect of the school life that really allows the institution's social aspect to flourish. There are extracurricular activities for people of all walks of life: we have the Bible Club for religious people, a multitude of sports for athletes, Mock Trial for future attorneys, a Film Program for future actors, directors, and screen writers, college programs such as Upward Bound to prepare students for the future, and countless more groups. This allows Dorsey to be a truly inclusive school. Not only that, but students are also held to high standards when it comes to both academics and community service allowing students to be well rounded individuals.