School Details

Decatur Central High School

5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46221
(317) 856-5288

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1839 students 20 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
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About this school

Decatur Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis. The principal of Decatur Central High School is Mr Scott DeFreese, whose e-mail is 1,839 students go to Decatur Central High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Decatur Central High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 1,839 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Decatur Central High School is 20:1. Ben Davis University High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 77%
Hispanic 7% 8%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 9%
Asian 0.3% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 64%
Limited English proficiency 2% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    DCHS has tons of opportunities for kids to take that will get them ready for college but you have to take the time to complete the courses they are hard. I have had the best teachers in this school other than when i attended 4th grade. They are caring and if you take time out of your schedule they will help you. If you think your child shouldn't go here because of "bullying" I see no reason why. We have the best students who try to get a long with everyone its the DCHS way. The best time of the year is football season the whole school gets together to cheer on the hawks. I will always be proud to go to and to have gone here when I am older.

  • (1 year ago)

    I've watched my child fall from being an honor roll student at Valley Mills to mediocre at the middle school to failing at Decatur High School. I have been very proactive in attempts to be the voice of change in parent/staff communication. I've fought to get a better homework/student/teacher program to replace Skyward which is utterly worthless. I have been mocked and made fun of by teachers in my child's class in front of my child and other students for my efforts. I have tried everything I can to make positive changes for 4 very long years as I've watched my child slowly regress in this school system. The staff is jaded immature apathetic and untrained in making good use of their resources. Its literally sad that a school system is allowed to continue to operate at this level. The leadership appears to be overwhelmed and unable to make changes where needed.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has one of the best teachers ever! They really focus on the students and them with everything they teach!

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are awesome and i like the way they teach.i think its one if the best school for students.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's a good school. It's really good schools that helps you learn about journalism art technology communication and much more. It's should be really good school for people who look forward to be successful in their future.

  • (2 years ago)

    I've been going to Decatur for my whole life. I'm currently a junior. I'm failing because of the teachers here. Most of them do not even teach. They usually just had us packets or paper work to work on the rest the class. This semester I only have two teachers who actually stand up and teach. I would not recommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am curently a sophmore at Decatur Central High school and I have been attending school in this twnship for around 8 years with many of the same kids my entire life. In Decatur Central there are many students who do not care about their future enough to attempt to get good grades or try at anything this is the reason why our test scores are so low. Many of the familys in this district are low income familys. Drugs sex smokeing and pregnancy are huge issues at this school that continue to worsin day by day. Despite these many problems... I have yet to see another school with students who care for each other as much as the student body at DCHS! Decatur Central has a very tight nit family atmosphere with students who always have each others backs. This school does not have a problem with forming clics or discluting people. DCHS has outstanding arts departments and outstanding athletics despite their horrible accademics. The staff members at this school form a very personal bond with their students and strive to help them not only in accademics but also with life problems. I am proud to be a Decatur Central Hawk!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My wife and I were fortunate enough to meet two of the teachers the principal and 40 Junior students at Disney World while waiting for the Parade of Lights to begin. The program that brings 40 Junior students to Disney each year is a wonder and gives students opportunities to learn and have fun at the happiest place on earth. The teachers and principal we met obviously were well liked and respected. We saw real communication and felt that these were the kind of teachers any parent would want teaching their kids. The principal had an open honest and friendly relationship with the students and knew them all by name. The students were friendly respectful and well behaved not something you can usually say about 40 teen agers in one place at one time. It was the pleasantest experience we had at Disney and we wish the teachers students and principal well. John and Jayne Kelly

  • (5 years ago)

    I teach at DCHS's alternative school called the Decatur Enrichment Center. At least 1/4 of the graduating class graduated because of our school! These students would most likely have dropped out without our program -- some have full time jobs and are the sole support for their families some have life threatening health conditions many have children of their own. Most of our kids have one parent in prison or dead and their families struggle with drug addiction suicide murder and everything in between. For many different reasons traditional schooling was not successful with our kids and so this creative project-based program exists to serve them. We are so proud of our superintendent Don Stinson for founding the school and our program coordinator John Pietrzak who goes above and beyond for our students who are really struggling in life. This program is truly amazing and runs on a shoe string budget with four teachers teaching every high school subject for our kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Decatur is the worst school I know. The teachers do not curb bad behavior. The teachers do not assist those who need a little encouragement. Mostly the children have no respect for the adults or visitors. I know this firsthand. This school is the worst school I have ever seen. Children are definetly not given equal learning opportunities. Send your children elsewhere!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think decatur is fine. It's all about how you raise your kid. You have to be involved. I am a 1985 graduate and I have a son graduating in May and one son going to be a freshman.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a past student of this school and my parents kept me in the same school district all my life. I love the elementary. I did not like middle school at all. How ever I loved my high school. I was class of 2006 and I believe if it was not for that school I would not be where I am today. I am currently in college with a 3.0. Have APT of my own and work at a hotel. I was in color guard most of high school and that was the best thing I had ever begged my parents to let me do. I would have to say that doing that kept me out of a lot of trouble and helped me with teenage life. So if any of the teachers read this Thanks for all that you did for me.

  • (6 years ago)

    Decatur Central would be a great school if they treated all students the same like they are supposed to!The teaching staff is great but the office staff has not yet learned that children should all be all be giving the same chances in every circumstance no matter how much money their parents do or do not make!

  • (6 years ago)

    I just graduated for decatur and I have to say that during the four years I was a student Decatur has done a lot to improve itslef. It is not was it could be but I think it is getting there

  • (6 years ago)

    I had recently just graduated from Decatur Central. I personally think a good percentage of the teachers are wonderful. I have yet to run into a teacher who was just there to earn a paycheck. The level of teacher involvement is going to vary. I wasn't a very good student and i rarely did homework but the teachers and administrators were there to make sure I was on the right path towards graduation. Teachers don't ignore the struggling student and focus on the smart ones. Teachers ignore the punks that dont want to do their work and try to disrupt their class. If the student doesnt want to learn or pick up a decent education no teacher in the world can help them. The main issue is that they need to higher more councelours. 2 for an entire school isnt enough and our slc leaders can only do so much. =]

  • (7 years ago)

    Decatur is one of the worst schools you can go to. There are maybe five teachers that really cared in the whole school which makes me wonder if you dont even care about your students than what is the point in even becomeing a teacher. There are alot of them there that tend to favor students that tend to learn a lot faster than others an the teachers spent way more time with them and paid little to none to the students that really needed it. But if I learend anything from the time I spent there its that there needs to be a whole lot more teachers that give a crap.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just moved there and Decatur is alright but the teachers need to teach instead of giving out work.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a Decatur grad and it is the best kept secret in Indianapolis. There innovation and focus on learning in the 21st century is very innovative. I am glad I still consider myself a hawk.

  • (7 years ago)

    Geez.................praise God for home schooling DCHS has alot of bully issues I'm sure this exsists everywhere but typically just goes unoticed by staff or apparently just blown off. It's good to see they are finally building on. I think this school ranks lower than a 1. Check into home schooling my children have greatly improved since I've pulled them out of the DCHS ratrace.

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated in 2003 and felt that DC prepared me adequately for college. Since I graduated they have greatly increased the number of AP courses which is great for the students. I felt that the general student population really got along with each another. The school was never so big that I felt alienated but I would still see new people every once and a while. Like every school there are some so-so teachers but every department has a teacher that made me really passionate about the subject. I participated in band drama and 2 sports and they were good programs that reinforced the underlying strengths of cooperation even if they didn't all produce championships. The parent involvement is so-so. It seems that they really like to push around the teachers when it comes to discipline academic evaluations and grading policies.

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