School Details

Dickinson High School

3800 Baker Dr, Dickinson, TX 77539
(281) 229-6400
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2295 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. 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 grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dickinson Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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  • This school in 2013
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  • Texas state average

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About this school

Dickinson High School is a public high school in Dickinson. The principal of Dickinson High School is Billye Smith, whose e-mail is bsmith@dickinsonisd.org. 2,295 students go to Dickinson High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Dickinson High School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 2,295 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 51% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Dickinson High School is 16:1. Dickinson Continuation Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 41% 43%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 38%
Asian 3% %
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 62%
Limited English proficiency 5% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 42% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have friends who go here and they say that they really like DICKINSON and that they have wonderful teachers who love doing what they do best so for you parents out there who try to do anything to keep your child as a friend is a sorry excuse. Don't try to be your kids friend because then they'll use anything to get you to fall for it be a parent first and put them in tutoring because there are programs at the school to help bring up your child grade. Let's not forget you once used a sorry excuse to leave school like..."Mom I vomited come get me." or wake up saying this in the morning "I don't feel good " and then when your parents go get dress you pretend you threw up." So saying that you had used excuses plenty of times to get out of school or to save yourself from getting in trouble. Because I had. Well I will be attending DICKINSON myself next year for a dual credit class. Be a parent first not a friend!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has some excellent AP/preAP teachers. As the parent of a sophomore I have yet to encounter or hear about any drug/ or violence issues that cause me any concern. Nice well maintained campus with many new facilities. If your child is a dedicated student they can get a lot out of their education here.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am in the current senior class. class of 2012! This is a great school to be in if you take all AP classes and are willing to do the work. However if you take regular classes you get stuck with all the people that don't really care about an education and are just there for other reasons; regular are classes are going to be like these wherever you go. This year my sister graduated from DHS and will be attending the Business Honors program in the university of Texas at Austin. And I plan on attending an Ivy League Institution. Going to Dickinson has not hindered us in any way. Actually it's because of all the great extra- opportunity programs and great advanced placement teachers that we have been academically successful. Our parents didn't even finish High school in Mexico. And I have to say Ive attendedd DISD school all of my life and not once have I seen any sort of drug or heard of anyone using it at school. If your kid is using that excuse to justify his failure at school don't use it to justify your failure as a parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child hated this school. He had very few friends and even the ones he did have were terrible to him. The teachers do not care for the students and the school has a drug problem i would not recommend this school to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    Terrible school pulled my kid out as fast as i could. The teachers dont care about there education and the crime is bad. It was a constant battle to keep my kid on track and away from drugs. Do not enroll your child here.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am trying to get my kids out! As a parent of three students at the school I would urge other parents to not enroll their children in this High School if you have another choice. While school is what you make of it and like all other schools there are good and bad teachers this school has a very bad element to it. They have a terrible drug problem and crime is terrible. It has been a constant fight to keep my kids on track because of the influences they are exposed to here. We are actively looking for a way out.

  • (5 years ago)

    First of all let me say that all of the Dickinson High School bashers are wrong. Dickinson is such a beautiful campus. It is growing so fast and is really giving the city of Dickinson a name. Yes there are areas in dickinson that are unsafe and eyesores but every city has them. Dickinson has so much to offer. There are plenty of extra curricular activities to do. Plus the high school has so much spirit ) Go Gators! I love this high school every part of it. The hole book situation..... we've/ I've always had books. Never in my elementry through high school years have I not come home with books. Actually every year I get too many books from english pre-cal chemistry US history and spanish. The first day of school I get over loaded with books. Maybe class sets are not as avalible but homework will not hurt.Ilovethedickinsongators!

  • (5 years ago)

    As a former student and now parent of 3 students that attend DHS I love it. DHS like other public schools is what you make of it. The teachers at DHS are wonderful! I believe another parent wrote that the kids just don't care. I think she is right but they have special/advanced classes for those who do. I have 3 children at different levels in the school system and they keep their attention. Just because you have rebellious kids does not make a bad school. You have those in every school even the private ones that you pay an arm and leg for. As far as text books they have them but what do you need that for when all public schools are so focused on TAKS. Public schools no longer teach the same way no more need for the text books. Thank our state for that not the district.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a former student of DHS i am proud to say that the year i spend in the paint chipped crowded hallway were the happiest of my life. We had teachers who cared a great variety of after school activities and personally i remember being given another chance more than once when a teaher or principal saw that i needed a break. I would do anything to be able to go back to my high school years at DHS. GO GATORS! S Hayslip

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at Dickinson High School at this moment and there is nothing I dont like about it. It is a great atmosphere to grow and learn in. Now it may not be rated the best school in Texas but it sure is great for me the only thing i dont like is some of the dresscode.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a currently a senior at Dickinson High School and I would like to point out to the parents that the most intelligent comment on this site about DHS came from a former student. No we do not all have text books yes some of our teachers are under qualified BUT for those students who like myself who want to learn it is possible. I am not so profoundly pleased that I would suggest all schools be like DHS but I have to admit my four years there have been.. Intresting. The problem is not that of the whole but of the many students that just don't care. I for one think that if a parent intends to insult or criticize DHS that they attend Lighted Windows Open Doors (yes we have a tutoring program!!) and learn how to speak properly before doing so again.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have nothing good to say about this school in particular. For instance last year I was informed that although the school had the money to purchase textbooks there were no funds to ship them from the warehouse to the school thus my kids did not have textbooks. I have yet in four years to have either of my kids receive any type of homework or bring home any school projects yet report cards and progress reports come home saying there is a lack of turned in assignments with no other word of what or when they were not submitted. How can a child bring home grades that are subpar and not once is a parent contacted by either a teacher or counsellor to let them know if there is a problem and where it lies. As a future educator I hope I dont end up there.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a guardian over my nephew who is attending Dickinson School District. My problem last year and this year is the fact that students are not given homework because I have been told twice they do not return homework. So they are given time in class to complete their assignments. The students are not issued text books either and there fore unless they keep all the paperwork passed out in the class there is no study material. There are some teachers who have no control on the class room yet that child is expected to pay attention and listen (over the roar) and then to understand enough to pass. I am not saying all teachers have this problem and I do know there are some great teachers. But overall I have a very poor rating for the Dickinson public school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school district needs some major improvments

  • (9 years ago)

    Dickinson ISD had teachers that were more worried about being nice then about being good make that great teachers. Just because your students like you doesnt mean they can read write or divide.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would like to talk about 'INCONSISTENCY'.The quality of education is very different from one classroom to the next. When 2 students come from Geometry and enter Algebra 2 They should be at the same level. NOT SO! It totally depends on who you're teacher was.They teach from the same book but obviously not from the same level. Other 'INCONSISTENSIES' would include DRESS CODE! This is a joke to my children and their friends. If they have the right group of teachers dress code does not exsist.If they have a particular one or two certain teachers Then DRESS CODE is enforced. What does this teach our children? The most acceptable way of learning and parenting is to be consistent. Why can't this be accomplished in the schools where our children are suopposed to learn how to cope in life and prepare for their future?

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student and just want to say that my experience at Dickinson was one where I look back and feel great. Several teachers have been on staff for years and left a mark in my life. Keep in mind that the students make teaching difficult in many cases and teachers have to work around the guidelines forced on them by the administration. I can not say what is happening now but when I was a student the teachers CARED about the students and we never forgot them! C Z E Long

  • (10 years ago)

    As a parent of an 11th grader i constantly listen to her complain about the help she does not get in the classroom. Being in an ap class does not mean that you need little to no teacher guidance. I understand that some teachers are overworked and over stressed because high school is surely not what it use to be but their job is still not to place a problem on the front board and then assign numerous problems for homework that only they can work. Some teachers need to remember why they got into the profession in the first place. It could not have been for the money so if your attitude is not there for the welfare of the children who want to learn then get out while you have time. Hats off to the teachers who are trying to make the best of many bad situations.

  • (10 years ago)

    DHS has become a place where most of the teaching staff and administration have lost what is means to teach and set good examples. How can a person study for a test when they are not allowed to bring home any books to study from? How is this preparing them for college? This is not just the school but the Dickinson Administration. As for the teachers; there are a number of them that use fowl language and degrade students. It may have been a good school years ago; but it is not now. The focus needs to be on education; not on what administration person has the biggest and newest vehicle.

  • (10 years ago)

    In addition to my last post I would also like to add that the extra curricular activities are wonderful. It is not that Dickinson High School is not trying to make school intresting and fun but it is to the students own interest at which they join in on the fun. On another note many teachers at this school are trying their hardest to give the students the best time of their lives and give them the best education possible. One teacher who hardly is given enough credit is the physics teacher Mr. Gleebe. What a wonderful man. He will stay hours on end after school just to make sure each student in his class understands. We can't go around blaming the teachers soley but we must also look at how much input is given from the students and their family. Teachers aren't the only influence on a child's education!

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