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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
H. Grady Spruce High School is a public school located in Dallas, TX. It has 1,827 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 18% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
18%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
990
94 responses
Average ACT
19
32 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$41,042
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$989
National
$949
Median Home Value
$84,478
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
47%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
47%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Pep rallies
    35%
  • Dressing Out
    33%
  • Games
    13%
  • Field trips
    8%
  • Movie nights
    5%
  • Athletic training
    3%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,827
Free or Reduced Lunch
90%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,985
Teachers in First/Second Year
41.7%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,273/ year
National
$12,239
52%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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H. Grady Spruce High School Reviews

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What I like about H. Grady Spruce High School is the amount of different clubs and activities available to students and parents. There are a lot of sports, after school activities, and clubs, such as football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, swimming, golf, tennis, cross country, track, chess, debate, green team, straight and gay alliance, cosmetology club, choir, marching band, dance company, drill team, theater, JROTC, and cheerleading. The school also offers a lot of facilities such as classes for students with special needs, ESL classes, and a lot of staff members are bilingual. In addition, there are ramps in all the school entrances and an elevator on the inside, as well as metal detectors in the two main entrances. However, there are some classes that do not have a teacher, but there is usually a substitute; since there are three different lunches at different times, the third one usually does not have as much food as the first one.
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Honestly there is a lot I would love to see change at Spruce. One thing that is always on my mind is how the early college building is in a better condition than than the other part of the school and how I feel as though football gets more funding than any other sport that is available at Spruce, what I'm trying to say is there should be equal funding all around and that both sides of the school should have the same image . Don't get me wrong my experience at H Grady Spruce High School isn't bad but it also isn't the best either. Another thing I would like to see change at school is equal respect all around from the teachers and staff to the environment. We as human beings should be respectful of each other and our surroundings. I also wish there were a more diverse range of food options. I'm not saying make any big changes, just something more. I also wish that there were more clubs available and other activities besides sports were available.
It’s not the “best” school there is. There are very negative descriptions of this school but they do not understand that there has been various changes that have taken this school to its best capacity. It has a negative perspectives because of where it is located, but compared from past to now, it has changed for the best. There may be more improvements that need to be made, but my four years there have been my favorite times.