School Details

David W Carter High School

1819 West Wheatland Road, Dallas, TX 75232
(214) 932-5700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 981 students 14 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dallas Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dallas Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

David W Carter High School is a public high school in Desoto. The principal of David W Carter High School is FRED DAVIS, who can be contacted at FRDAVIS@DALLASISD.ORG. 981 students go to David W Carter High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 9% of the David W Carter High School students have "limited English proficiency." 65% of the 981 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 86% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at David W Carter High School is 14:1. Uplift Education-Hampton Prep High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 74% 23%
Hispanic 24% 70%
White, non-Hispanic 0.5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.08% 0.3%
Asian 0.08% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 89%
Limited English proficiency 9% 40%
Economically disadvantaged 65% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a 1977 graduate of DW Carter. My brothers and I graduated from Carter and our respective universities. The performance of any student depends upon the student parents and teachers. Parents must be actively involved in every aspect of the education process. It's hard work far all but it must be done. Students have access to thousands of information sources than I did in 1977 use them. The internet is just a small portion of what is available. Parents must work with students staff and teachers to achieve excellence. There is no perfect school DW Carter was not perfect when I was there. Don't generalize if a specific teacher is not living up to his/her responsibilities deal with it one on one. If nothing happens let the administration know. Like i said it's going to take some extra effort from all concerned. As a soldier I traveled to countries where education is only for the rich. I challenge parents students and staff to encourage and support each other. Let's turn off the TV radio and video games and get down to business. Children in Korea and Japan have what's equal to two years of college upon graduation from high school. They put education first in their society.

  • (4 years ago)

    Currently a junior at Carter high i find the school to be "Under Average" there have been teachers class rooms where i stepped in and all they did was give us a text book and tell us to write down 5-10 vocabulary words and that will be it for that day....the reason the school is so low performing is that some teachers do not really care about teaching the students all they want is some grades to put in the grade book; i am certainly not trying to stick all the blame on the teachers but just like the bad there is some good where teachers personally talk to students and try to help them with there problems and stay overtime for students who need them which i am grateful for if only the students took advantage of those opportunities we would be better off the students here only perform at the "MINIMUM" level is because that is all the teachers expect students knowing this work to reach this expectation which is practically nothing leaving them lazy when expected to go above the norm.

  • (5 years ago)

    It takes more than a professional staff for a school to be successful. Kids have to want to learn and parents have to support their learning and not put it all on the teachers. Regardless of what teacher do in the classroom they cant go home with kids and make them turn off the PlayStation's and Xbox's. Parents have to be the backbones of education.

  • (6 years ago)

    Carter is totally a different school now. Carter was a well-known school with students that had talent not just in sports but academics as well. Due to unprofessional staff unconcerned teachers and the great lack of parent involvement Carter has become one of the lowest academic performing schools. My brother is an junior at Carter.He came from a different school enivornment where the school had a diverse ethnic environment to Carter who has a predominant African American environment. He tells me how the teachers are not as professional or as knowledgeable at Carter as compared to his other school. Somewhere Carter has lost its spirit and caring atittude about its students. I would love to see Carter become the school its was once known for and not just known for the negativity that we hear about.For the teachers and staff that do care about our students some parents do support you.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am a graduate of carter high(2008).And I must say my years at carter had its up and downs but for the most part school is what you take out of it not what you espect from it.

  • (6 years ago)

    it is a good school they are doing better then what they usely do i think that is going to be good to me so d w carter is okay with me

  • (6 years ago)

    I go to this school and it is not bad.It is just that kids are becoming lazy and not wanting to do the work.We are smart but it's just that some students don't try hard enough to bring our school up.Eventhough people might think this school is not good enough it is.I have really learned alot since i have been here.I really love this school and the teachers including my classmates.

  • (7 years ago)

    Why is this school one of the lowest scoring academic schools in Texas? It is an inner city school that is almost totally dependent on sports to keep kids off the streets.

  • (7 years ago)

    I go to this school and it is the most friendly school I've ever been to.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent and a Graduate of David W. Carter The school has lost it's spirit the tradition of Carter has really gone down. I know that there are Counselors and Teachers that want the best for our children. But we as parents has to be the first to teach our children about pride for themselves and their school. They have great extracurricular activies but let's teach about the importance of academics. While walking around Carter High School I see pictures has been taken down for academics and good sports. This can also help kids to see what was there and what other people accomplished while attending Carter High School. Why let a few bad apples ruin a great school (1988) when we know that we have kids that want to accomplish great things for the school. Carter is a Great School we need everyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school despite of the negative stereotype that this school has had since 1988. You guess people would get over it but they obviously haven't. Interesting ratio of students because about half of them are from the priveledged Red Bird/Oak Cliff Country Club area where the other half are not as fortunate. Overall good academics and extracurricular and there are teachers there who really care about the kids and the counselers work very hard to help the students in any way they can. Come on 92% of the graduating classes go on to college...That should speak enough about the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Since my child enrolled from another district he has not been shown or given equal treatment as the children that are originally from the district. My tax dollars should afford my child equal treatment. My child has not been made to feel welcomed in this school since the second week of enrollment. This does not apply to all the teachers but I feel this pressure should not be placed on any student. My ratng for this school is low and I would not recommend anyone out side this district to attend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    excellent in sports great school spirit; the students here love it here despite the negatives that you hear.

  • (9 years ago)

    Carter is located in an area of the city where many of the students are not as privaledged as others in several communities around them. The school has an acceptable administrative staff (more experienced than half of their teaching staff).

  • (11 years ago)

    The students at Carter are rich in talents that range from the arts and sciences academics and sports. Most of the faculty and staff are excellent at identifying those talents in the students and assisting them in bringing them to the light; however there is a small percentage of faculty and staff at Carter High School that are cancerous. It is this group that cripples the overall success of Carter as a whole.

  • (12 years ago)

    Carter is a struggling school with a mixture of races and backgrounds. This inter city school has students that are excelling and are exceeding Taas schools. Their dedicated and hard workers. Most if not all of the students I have come in contact with have gone on to college or getting ready to go to college. Their are alot of students at Carter along with the school that should be recognized for their hard work.

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