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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a highly rated, public school located in Lexington, KY. It has 1,980 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1390
131 responses
Average ACT
28
539 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$54,918
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$864
National
$949
Median Home Value
$180,700
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
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
  • Sporting events
    52%
  • Marching Band
    15%
  • Spirit week
    12%
  • Student-teacher basketball game
    12%
  • Day of Silence
    3%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,980
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,536
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.2%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,218/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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It has a wide variety of courses including AP and DC. Teachers are nice and guidance is helpful. There are many helpful resources there like the CCC (college and career readiness center) and online research tools. Most experience I have with Dunbar is with their math/sciences department which is great! They have a wide range of advanced classes and good teacher that can teach the content clearly and accurately. Their English department is also good but, like I said, I don’t have much experience with them there. Dunbar offers many “career pathway” courses that teach you real life skills and useful certificates for jobs straight out of high school.
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High school was neither a peek or a low, but a great stepping stone. Everyone coming together to make the experience great. Teachers were well versed in their subjects. They have a wide range of electives to investigate your interests with. Lastly, they helped begin your college adventure through lectures and individual help in the guidance office. This includes a wide range of APs and future credit options.
They did things well, but they also could have done more. The college awareness was very little until senior year. Increasing the attention to college would have been helpful to creating a structured future. Being specific to students who wanted to go to college, or the work force, would have made decision making more effective and accurate. Also, there was little done to express school spirit besides the occasional rally which were long and obnoxious. A more consistent addressing by staff and teachers would have made it more prevalent and exciting to be a part of.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, a mixing pot of different minds, was the school that molded me into the man I am today. Located in Lexington, Kentucky harboring around 2,000 students. It is filled with wonderful teachers that take pride in giving students the best education possible. There's a constant push for students to be exemplary citizens in and out of the classroom. It started out as a school for me but gradually turned into a family and a pillar for our community. It taught us kindness as different programs within the school, did things such as, giving food to the homeless and helping serve the poor with hats during winter. Overall my experience with Dunbar was very pleasant and as of right now ,it has been a place of endless memories. There aren't may things this has done wrong. It does have a rigorous curriculum that causes many to shy away. If anything they can do better, it would be show more of why the success rate is the way it is. But overall, it is a great school.