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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Lower Dauphin High School is a highly rated, public school located in Hummelstown, PA. It has 1,165 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 80% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

Lower Dauphin High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
80%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
298 responses
Average ACT
26
25 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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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
    A-
Median Household Income
$76,330
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,067
National
$949
Median Home Value
$255,300
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Mini-thon
    40%
  • Falcon Nation, sporting events
    38%
  • The fall and spring musicals
    8%
  • Choir concerts
    5%
  • Orchestra Tour
    3%
  • Prom
    3%
  • Ski club
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,165
Free or Reduced Lunch
24%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,297
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,657/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.41 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses
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Lower Dauphin High School Reviews

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The guidance counselors at Lower Dauphin High School are by far some of the best counselors out there for college readiness. They really care about your future and show you that they do. Most teachers are very caring about you and your grades, but some of course just feel like they’re there to do their job. The food is average. School spirit is a big thing here with Falcon PRIDE and our clubs and student organizations are extraordinary from Mini-THON, Youth & Government, Student Council and Class Councils, etc. They offer a very wide curriculum ranging from general level classes to AP classes. The AP classes are obviously more hard but one can see that most of the teachers who teach AP classes are more caring about their students and their grades. LD also has an AMAZING foreign language department and foreign language teachers. Sports are pretty good. We have an amazing and state-known field hockey and men’s soccer team.
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The one thing I do like about the school is the great connections you can have with your teachers. They are more than happy to provide help including staying after school for tutoring sessions or to give you advice after class so there are not many embarrassing moments during the class session. However, the school is known to have a student body that cares more about tailgating, sports, and drama more than academics. Our STEM team and Nanoline team have won states and nationals in the past two years (cough I went...cough), but besides them, I have not seen many of the staff try to persuade the students to do more when the student shows no motivation. Also, our guidance counselors suck with getting or giving information especially important files like transcripts and other college documents out in time for any deadline.
Lower Dauphin High School is a great place to learn and make friends. It is a very friendly environment, and you can learn a lot. We have plenty of facilities that are needed. The student body isn’t as diverse as others may be. However, they are an accepting body.