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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a public school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 811 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
920
207 responses
Average ACT
20
11 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$27,512
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$570
National
$949
Median Home Value
$205,300
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
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 54 responses
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  • Homecoming
    31%
  • Prom
    22%
  • Graduation
    20%
  • Senior Farewell
    13%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Pep rallies
    4%
  • Senior week
    4%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
811
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,166
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.8%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,699/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.35 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.35 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.35 responses
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I like the career pathway programs offered at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. At my school, the programs offered are Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Project Lead the Way for Biomedical Sciences and P-Tech Early Learning Program. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School prepares students for careers in the healthcare field with rigorous and advanced science and math courses.
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One thing that I like about my school, is the united feeling that the school gives. My school is very family-oriented, and that has made me proud to be a Dunbar Poet. I also love that my school has a various amount of programs and clubs that you could join. We offer a modeling club, a swim team, a volleyball team, poetry club, even unified bocce! One thing that i would like to see change would just be the amount of diverse students. Other than that, I eel that my school is one of the best that there is!
When I left Nigeria and came to the United States, I attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School where the teachers cared about the students and made sure that all the student were on track with their grades.