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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Douglas S. Freeman High School is a highly rated, public school located in Richmond, VA. It has 1,805 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.

Douglas S. Freeman High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
77%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1220
394 responses
Average ACT
27
121 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$77,566
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,096
National
$949
Median Home Value
$301,100
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 99 responses
Report
  • Seniors dressing up for halloween
    21%
  • Winter Assembly, CW, We the People, NHS activities
    14%
  • Spirit weeks
    13%
  • Pep ralleys
    13%
  • Cw
    11%
  • Eagle hunting day
    9%
  • Canned food drive
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,805
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,948
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.3%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,646/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Douglas Freeman High School has offered me just about the best high school experience I could have asked for. Obviously, no high school is perfect, so for what it's got to work with, I'm quite happy with the results. I am heavily active in both the band and theatre programs provided, and they have both offered me an opportunity to express myself and connect with others that share the same passion as me. Not only that, but I'm confident that I will walk across the stage in my cap and gown fully prepared to go out into the world and pursue a higher education. Thank you, Freeman, for the opportunities you have provided me!
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Douglas Freeman struggles with a tension between tradition and progression. Freeman's mascot, the "Rebel," was originally synonymous to a Confederate, "Rebel"ling against the Union. Freeman now argues the "Rebel" represents an aphorism, signifying that "students stand up for what they believe in." This tension is also prevalent in the people of Freeman. Teachers vary in age, education, and teaching style. The student population at Freeman is racially extremely diverse. In fact, my AP Human Geography teacher taught my class that the racial makeup of Freeman that year was almost identical (varying only up to 5%) to that of the entire world. The school, however, does not take adequate advantage of its beautiful diversity: middle-class white students are the vast majority in advanced classes. If the school were to be more progressive, perhaps the students would be inspired to look beyond racial boundaries at a young age.
Douglas S. Freeman High School has a wonderful community. All of the students I associate myself with and have had experiences with are so nice and genuine. There is such family-type community at Freeman, and it definitely shows at sporting events like football games and basketball games. One thing I would like to see change in the divisions within the school as it relates to cliques and such. Besides from that, I cannot be any prouder to be part of a community like Freeman's, and I can't wait to spend my last year at Freeman with the friends and faculty that I enjoy spending time with.