John Dickinson High School Reviews
Rating 3.53 out of 5 57 reviews
It is great here, the teachers here are very nice and try to understand the stress of students! Sometimes being here can be a bit hard but the teachers try their best to take away stress, whether it's by giving breaks or fewer assignments. The kids are also very nice and friendly.
The IB Middle Years program at Dickinson ruined my child academically and socially, to the point where he started as a straight A student with a passion for learning and being involved in school to a point were he is now failing out of high school and completely disengaged. The teachers overall tried their best. The School District used a program to try to save enrollment in the school but clearly had no intention of making sure the program was successful. Some of the administration tried but most were inept. When I asked to meet with counselors and teachers when my child was starting to have struggles I was told that the teachers didn't have time to meet and spreadsheet would be passed around to get some information. And, administration did not disclose issues with implementing the IB program that had significant impact on students. It was mostly for show to try to salvage a school enrollment that had been ravaged by charter schools.
There's a strong connection between passionate students and teachers here. There's an overall sense of community, and the teachers genuinely want every student to succeed. Many will go the extra mile if it means helping a student, whether it's in regards to college help or in-school assignments. Not to mention, the Covid response has been thorough, with safety as the number one priority.
Dickinson is a close-nit community. Everyone knows one another and is always willing to lend a hand. Teachers and staff are always willing to go above and beyond to help their students reach their goals.
JDHS has a lot of diversity and students in college preparatory, honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. These courses vary in rigor but the teachers remain phenomenal in every class. Recently they added a middle school opened which is a great opportunity to experience the IB curriculum prior to high school. Even if JDHS isn’t the high school for you, the middle school is one of the best schools around. Without having to chose a major- students experience a design class with hands on building and creativity (also available in high school), a performing arts class where students deliver monologues and develop confidence, and last but not least an art class where students experiment with different mediums. While there is an excellent curriculum, it encourages students to have freedom in developing passions while engaging the curriculum. As someone who had an chance to attend a highly competitive charter school, I am happy I chose to stay at JDHS.
The IB program is very good, but not many teachers are supportive. Most are very cocky, boasting that “You cannot get an A in my class” or “My tests will make you cry”. Yes, those are real quotes from 2 different teachers. There aren’t many resources for stress management for IB either. Otherwise, though, the school is very good and most of the teachers are very nice and helpful. The only glaring issue is the lack of participation in sports and clubs, but that’s the student body’s fault, not the faculty’s. Overall, though, Dickinson is a very good school. I attended the MYP (middle school) as well, and absolutely LOVED it!!! Very fun, diverse, and engaging, and all the teachers are amazing!
I attended the (fairly new) Middle Years Program for two years. As the middle school program was in its early stages, there were a lot of kinks that needed to be ironed out. There is not a lot of autonomy or stability for middle schoolers, but this should change as the program gets its footing. The teachers are great and they do their best.
My experience has been pretty okay I guess. Nothing special to say about the school . It's not completely the worst compared to others within the district but it could be better .
I had a good experience at dickinson I get along with all my teachers. the only thing I would like to see is more administrators and teachers becoming more aware of the drama there is so there could be more physical altercation avoided. Sometimes teachers are aware of a problem and don't do anything until something really happens.
The school isn't super clique-y and is pretty integrated, aside from the fact that the 9th graders do their own thing and have their own hall. The teachers are pretty cool and they really try to keep us motivated and spirited. A lot of the teachers I've had care about us getting our work done and making sure we don't fail.
John Dickinson High School is a place where you don't only learn but you grow/develop as a whole student. It is IB certified school which helps its community grow internationally. The school staff is very friendly and responsible. You meet people from different cultures and backgrounds who help you learn more about the world. It is an amazing school!
We were very happy with our daughter experience while attending John Dickinson. It made her a very well rounded young lady as she excelled in both her academics, team sports and clubs.
John Dickinson was not the best school to attend to, but the teachers were available after school and able to help me with any issues I brought before them. The academics were not what I wanted. I was always done before everyone and became bored. The work needs to be more challenging for students and really make them think outside the box.
All of my teachers make a lot of effort to make themselves to students for extra help, questions or whatever you need. Teachers will slow down if you need time in class or answer a question that you have.
Upon analysis of all my four years in Dickinson High School, I had a very great experience. They have a very friendly environment. When I came to the US, Dickinson was first school I attended and as a person who just transferred to a new environment, they greatly contributed in making adapting here easier for me. This was shown by their constant readiness to help me in the hard times especially in language. The thing about Dickinson is that the teachers are always ready to help. All in all, I would want to it again if I could anytime any day.
Health and safety at Dickinson is usually okay I guess. The Wellness Center helps out the students better than the nurse does so students just become a member to the center. However, if there is one thing I do want to say, we get our student IDs yet we never use them. I think it would be very logical if that was how we were able to get through to school and that we had to wear them all the time. The school wastes money on ordering them since when they get delivered to us we do nothing with it.
As a volleyball player I am very committed to my sport and my coach is amazing. However, there are a limited amount of people at Dickinson who like to try new things and the majority of our students just care about getting jobs and making money and not really living out their high school experience. The volleyball team lately has been quite small and the only sport that has a surplus of players is the football team, but the most games we ever end up winning is two. The coaches seem to be doing everything right with their coaching skills, however most of the teams at Dickinson are losing teams.