School Details

Decatur High School

2800 SW 320th St, Federal Way, WA 98023
(253) 945-5200
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1419 students 21 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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14%
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43%
72%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
84%
83%
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85%

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

In 2011-2012 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

5%
13%
19%
19%
21%
35%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

20%
8%
15%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Decatur High School is a public high school in Federal Way. The principal of Decatur High School is Tom Leacy. 1,419 students go to Decatur High School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 47% of the 1,419 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Decatur High School is 21:1. Merit School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 37%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 19% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 13%
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Decatur High School....My daughter attends Decatur and has since her freshman year. My middle daughter is now a freshman there and frankly I am completely satisfied with the academics the positive experience that my children have received at the hands of their instructors and the environment all around. Every school has its issues but decatur feels like home to us!

  • (1 year ago)

    Decatur High School offers a state of the art Automotive Technology program offering students training in 6 NATEF content areas summer internship programs competition in Ford/AAA and SkillsUSA events as well as access to the latest in industry standard tools and equipment. Students can graduate with ASE Student Certificaton and Honda Express Service Certification.

  • (3 years ago)

    Perhaps if schools are to be rated on "Spirit" or athletics this might be an OK option. If "Education" in the traditional sense is what you are interested in.......

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently a senior here at Decatur High School. The majority of these critiques are older so maybe my perception of the school could help... Decatur is what you make of it. There is an assortment of activities that can occupy anyones' life. It is true that our athletics are not as strong but your son or daughter could make a difference. Our boys basketball team has been ranked in state every year that I have gone to DHS. We do support every sport and are especially proud of our spirt. Some teachers are a bit more abrasive than other s but if your student actually goes beyond what he/she are required to do such as go after school or go to study club then they should be fine. While most would say they have hated high school I am proud to say that I have loved every single minute of it. Decatur has throughly prepared me for life after high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    the theatre and arts program is amazing come see a show there if you haven't XD

  • (5 years ago)

    Decatur is a great school. It is dealing with a huge change in the population. School spirit pride in academics and athletics are the core to the success of DHS. It has many (not all) teachers. I would rate it a 4.

  • (6 years ago)

    Aside from being like a prison Decatur is a fairly good school. If you pay attention in class and don't fall into peer pressure then you will succeed. The teachers there are fairly good if you ask them for help they will help you. Hanging out with some of them durring lunch like ms. Beaver is very fun. School is highly spirited great music program and state wide recognize basketball program. If you are into marketing DECA is right for you the instructor is very dedicated in helping you succeed. Final note your are either in DECA Dance team Cheer Jock or honor student to have a great highschool life

  • (6 years ago)

    Pre-AP or AP is a must if you want your child to develop academically and eventually go to college. As a freshman at UW I would compare most AP classes to am entry level college course. The 'normal' classes at Decatur (with the possible exception of math) are a joke... I have had varying experiences with teachers...some of them have been very dedicated some of them wouldn't care if a student was having a seizure on the floor in front of them.

  • (8 years ago)

    I pulled my son out of school after one semester. Socially the kids seemd to be gang posers. The staff seemed unconcerend about this. Their sports programs were a joke (dont expect any athletic scholars our of this school) the teachers didn't seem to care as much whether kids were engaged or not the counselors also had somewhat of the same non-chalant attitude with snapshot judgements based solely on their opinions. For example they dont offer placement exams so they have no individualized learning plan for your child based on his aptitude or current learning level. They also have no remedial interventions to mitigate the ignorance of their wrong placement decisions. A waste of federal funds!

  • (9 years ago)

    Decatur has proven to be challenging in most of its courses although there are some discipline issues such as fights in lunchrooms and hallways. Despite that the AP and pre-AP seems to a well-constructed program which provides some great couse content and challenging discussions. A lot of the extracurriculur programs sound interesting but working through the sign-up process is annoying especially with sports programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    i currently go to decatur high school as a sophomore. its a fairly good school...there are plenty of nice kids. as far as academics go there are some kids who arent very committed to their schoolwork and others who work very hard. They have a great orchestra and choir program under Mr.Gorringe's leadership and a state-championship winning swim team. Athletics are a big deal at decatur...and i think it is a very good school overall.

  • (9 years ago)

    The schools academic reviews are frighteningly below state and national average. I would not recommend this school to parents I would consider other forms of education outside the district

  • (10 years ago)

    Academics aside the bathrooms are like the garbage dumps you see in 3rd world countries. I was there for a PTA meeting and needed to use the amenties and I almost vomited at the sight of an unsightly result of defication on the floor. Along with that there was numerous wet toilet paper hanging all over the ceiling and walls. But bathrooms aside the teachers tend to beat students whenever they feel like it. No not physicall beating but mentally beating. My daughter came home one day saying that her teacher asked if she was stupid. This is an outrage. I immediately withdrew my daughter from the school and have filed a lawsuit.

  • (10 years ago)

    An upper class school with a good sports program. teachers seem a little out of touch with students but a very safe and overall rewarding experience.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that if you are in advanced classes the school is fine the students get treated great But if you are not so great with school and are a struggling student you dont cause any problems but your grades are an issue I think it is a rotten school the teachers seems to think that they can treat the students terribly.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a great school and there are lots of opportunities for kids to get involved both in and out of school. The list of extra curricular activities is impressive. For the most part teachers at Decatur will do whatever they can to help their students succeed. As a recent grad of DHS I feel I was given more opportunities to do well and go to college than I ever could have imagined. Another good quality about Decatur is how the students come together to support each other athletically and academically its truly amazing.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have had two children graduate from Decatur and one who wll be there next year. When my 2002 grad. was at Decatur the biggest problems she had were that the sports programs got nearly all of the extra curricular funding and the arts programs including her specialty drama were severely shortchanged in the budget.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school definitely shows its age and does not have great amenities. The teaching staff is definitely compassionate.

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