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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Dripping Springs High School is a highly rated, public school located in Dripping Springs, TX. It has 1,958 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

Dripping Springs High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1250
363 responses
Average ACT
28
181 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$64,250
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,261
National
$949
Median Home Value
$341,100
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
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Football Games
    28%
  • Pep rallies and sports events
    21%
  • Theater productions
    13%
  • Homecoming parade
    8%
  • Homecoming bonfire
    5%
  • Volleyball games
    4%
  • Track meets
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,958
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,731
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.9%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,572/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
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I've been in the Dripping Springs school district since I was in fourth grade, and overall the experience was great. I did, however, have some teacher complications in high school but I was proactive and got assistance from an assistant principal and it was resolved quickly. However, one thing I would love to see changed is the school spirit was very poor. Everyone was extremely separated throughout the student body which I feel could have been dealt with differently to have a greater impact on students lives. One thing to help change this environment would be that students get in free with their ID at all school-sanctioned events to promote attendance. Thank you for your time!
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DSHS has great academics, with MOST teachers trying their best to help students succeed. Tutorials are offered most mornings before school, so if a student has a question or needs help with an assignment they can come in and ask their teacher. If the teacher isn’t there that morning, they can usually ask another teacher in that department. However, this school treats athletes significantly better than non-athletes. Plus, some of the other electives, especially theatre, are extremely toxic environments and very bad for a student’s self-esteem. From what I’ve seen, bullying isn’t a very big issue at the school, but there is a LOT of hatred stemming from lack of diversity. Also, a large amount of false rumors and gossip, much more than other schools in the area, that causes some students to be completely ostracized. The main problem with the administration is that it does nothing to help these kinds of students, and normally sweeps all mental health issues under the rug.
My experience with DSHS was life-changing. I learned more in four years than I ever thought possible. I had teachers who consistently pushed and inspired me. I had friends that were competitive and helpful at the same time. I always felt included, both in academics and extracurriculars. I had a huge selection of clubs and afterschool activities as well as volunteer opportunities. The school did everything in its power to ensure students were ready for college and other post-high school careers. I enjoyed walking in the front doors every day rather than dreading the school day. The buildings were top-notch, and safety was obviously a priority. If a student needed something to help with their schoolwork, chances are the school had everything they asked for plus some. I cannot recommend a better high school to attend, especially based on the stories from friends in other districts. If I had to choose a high school all over again, there isn't a doubt in my mind that I would choose DSHS.