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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
    B-
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a public school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 855 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
About Paul Laurence Dunbar High School...
Address
1400 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Telephone
(410) 642-4478

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
910
166 responses
Average ACT
21
9 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$46,641
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,009
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,200
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
57%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    34%
  • Prom
    23%
  • Graduation
    21%
  • Senior Farewell
    13%
  • Senior week
    4%
  • Homecoming
    2%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
855
Free or Reduced Lunch
79%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,847
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.8%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
77%
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
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,228/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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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!
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At Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, It was definitely a great experience. The teachers were always helpful, the experience with other classmates were fun. The classwork was fairly easy. Overall, it was a fun experience while still being educated.
Many of faculty that actually took the time to build bonds with the students either were surplussed out or they left before things got worse in the school. Most remaining teachers are very rude and spiteful. They also put incorrect grades in their grade book and then have a "student helper" go back and fix it when they are too lazy to do so themselves. If a parent gets involved the teacher proceeds to make the rest of the year torture. It is a battle against the revenge of a spiteful adult. Also the principal herself, is nowhere to be found when students need her. The floors and walls, bathrooms and all are filthy and it seems like there is no real cleaning done during the day. Lastly the curriculum is not properly taught at all. I get sat in front of a book all week and then on Friday I take a test. There is no instruction just demand and if I do not force my struggling mind to deliver I know that I can and will most likely fail.