School Details

Dupont Manual High School

120 West Lee St, Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 485-8241
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1890 students 19 students/teacher (KY avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

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Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP)

Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2013-2014, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.
  • This school in 2014
  • Jefferson County School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP)

Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2013-2014, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.
  • This school in 2014
  • Jefferson County School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT)

In 2010-2011 Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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Kentucky End of Course Assessments (EOC)

Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2013-2014, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Jefferson County School District average
  • Kentucky state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dupont Manual High School is a public high school in Louisville. The principal of Dupont Manual High School is Larry A. Wooldridge, who can be contacted at larry.wooldridge@jefferson.kyschools.us. 1,890 students go to Dupont Manual High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 17% of the 1,890 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Dupont Manual High School is 19:1. Churchill Park Rehab 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
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • 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 68% 51%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Asian 11% %
Multiracial 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    You will hear that you have skipped high school and gone straight to college level here and it is true. The kids here are here to learn or excel in their Art form. It is hard to get in but get your child on track now. Montessori or self directed learning programs will NOT prepare your child for this school. Lots of homework and Lots of opportunity.

  • (3 years ago)

    Some teachers are excellent; others are lazy i.e. no grades posted for more than 8 weeks of instruction. If a student is 18 and cuts school there are NO consequences. I think the school is afraid that if they push the issue with the kids the kids will drop out...and Manual's precious statistics will be hurt. As long as you make the school look good everything is great. Kids who have problems are ignored. This is wrong. I'm a retired teacher and I understand the demands on teachers' time. But for the most part Manual does not live up to its reputation. I'm very disappointed.

  • (3 years ago)

    Manual's status isn't unwarranted. In my experience what truly makes Manual different is the students. Each magnet is filled with with kids who are not only well rounded but also outstanding at their specialty. For instance the 500 member hardcore academic Math Science Technology Magnet has an average ACT score of 32 (This is insane - this is comparable to the average ACT score of students at ivy league institutions). The Youth Performing Arts School puts on entire shows including the lighting choreography prop design everything that almost seem professional and sends musicians to Julliard on a regular basis. The communications magnet regularly produces a yearbook that wins national recognition as the BEST IN THE NATION. You could fill pages with superlative accomplishments like these. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the motivation behind these initiatives comes from the students. I went to a private school before attending Manual and the difference between the two is both the best and worst thing about Manual - It is like the real world where you are responsible for making choices that ensure your success. You have to show initiative.

  • (3 years ago)

    Whoever posted "Manual is a incredibly snobbish. If you miss one day of school you will" I have a few bones to pick with you. The whole idea of this 'Manual hand chooses students..' Why shouldnt they? Of course a school should hand pick their students and Manual strives to choose THE BEST. We choose the best students that we believe can take the rigor of advanced classes and AP courses. It should be an honor to be in Manual. I am a MST student and as a sophomore I take AP Physics and AP Chem. We have magnets so we can CHOOSE the best students to teach. In ways it does matter how you teach students and in some ways it doesnt (take statistics) and if you have students who just want to pass a grade send them elsewhere. At Manual we pride ourselves at being the best. The BEST we can be through both natural selection and the rigors of teaching. The fact that you puul from a lottery or you feed from Barret has nothing to do with anything; I went to a Catholic K-8 school and I am still one of the tops of MST. It does matter that we pick students. To be the best you must have the best setting possible and I think that duPont Manual has the absolute best setting for gifted students.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is by far the best school in Jefferson County. You are completely prepared for the rigor level of college. It teaches students to be responsible. I mean the professors in college aren't going to constantly remind you about missing assignments or your failing grade so the teachers here don't. But you have to be prepared for a lot of hard work. If you can't stand the pressure in high school imagine college! Another great thing is the diversity. Due to the different magnets you will be in classes with people with varying interests and backgrounds. And to address a previous review if you start comparing Manual to Male you can't just look at the state rankings. There is a reason Manual comes first the difference is tremendous! Also the rivalry with Male is just a way to show our immense school spirit. We take pride in our school unlike most other highs schools. The red/white block schedule gives you more time each meeting with your teacher. Plus it gives you an extra day to do your homework. XD I 100% recommend applying it is an amazing experience. )

  • (3 years ago)

    Manual is a incredibly snobbish. If you miss one day of school you will be trying to catch up for WEEKS! And the whole red/white day thing can be confusing. Especially since the students are always so busy and piled with homework and projects. When i went there I was on the honor roll with all a's and b's but i was so stressed out all the time! i couldn't imagine 4 more years of that! Everyone was so....competitive and aggressive. The rivalry with male was...insane. I transferred to Male actually. And it amazes me Manual HAND PICKS ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS and Male pulls from Barret JCTMS Johnson and a lottery and Male is #2 in the state. Male doesn't choose their students THEY TEACH THEM. The point is don't choose Manual. Choose Ballard or Male or Eastern or Butler. Not Manual.

  • (3 years ago)

    Manual is overrated. Some teachers there are fantastic educators who care deeply about the students. Others do not want to be bothered with a student who isn't off-the-charts brilliant in every subject. I found a couple of teachers to be downright complacent even lazy. Administration is ineffective when it comes to ensuring the emotional safety of students subjected to harassment by other students. School counselors are completely overwhelmed with a 450 1 counselor/student ratio. (There are 4 counselors for approx. 1 800 students.) I don't know where the 18 1 student/teacher ratio came from my kid was always in classes of at least 22+ students. My repeated sustained efforts to engage teachers school counselors and administration in supporting my struggling child were exhausting and ultimately unfruitful. Sports coaches have little oversight. There is no process in place for parents to voice concerns about coaches without running the risk of getting their own kid benched or cut from a team. My child now attends another Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence (private) high school and is flourishing there both academically and socially.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not trying to be cocky but Manual truly is hands down the best high school in JCPS. Teachers are blessed to have Intelligent and motivated students and students are blessed to have amazing and passionate teachers. Every student feels at home and enjoys their high school experience. At Manual seniors don't ask one another 'hey are you going to college?' they ask 'what college are you going to attend?' If you are a worried parent do not hesitate to send your kids here; they will recieve a wonderful education.

  • (5 years ago)

    Manual has unique methods to teach a diverse group of students.

  • (5 years ago)

    I had an amazing experience as a student at Manual. The excellent teachers and high academic standards pushed me to become a class valedictorian and receive a full college scholarship.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school and the teachers care about the students. I received a great education there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Manual is a school of excellence. Both the teachers and students are excited to be there and learn from each other.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have an illness that requires i be in the hospital missing weeks at a time from school. The teachers are so helpful and suggestive when it comes to catching up. The students must know they are in high school. It is their responsibility to go to the teacher. Teachers will not find you. Personally I think it's this sort of thing that builds character.

  • (6 years ago)

    Any school of this caliber will undoubtedly be held to the highest possible standards and viewed through the most discriminating lens. We have set ourselves up for pointed criticism and intense scrutiny directly proportional to the amount of hype and accolades that we receive. I can honestly say without any degree of hesitation that as both a teacher at Manual and a parent of a current senior here there is no other place I would rather teach and/or send my child. Teaching here is a joy a blessing most teachers could only ever hope to experience. My students are amazingly insightful unflinchingly compassionate wildly talented respectful and full of fabulous ideas that they freely share with their peers. I have never seen a fight here in over ten years at this school but I have seen numerous examples of great kids helping one another succeed at ridiculously high levels.

  • (6 years ago)

    Dupont Manual is an outstanding school! I can't say enough about the quality of education. It is outsatanding...

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is currently a sophomore at Manual. He is failing and I have only been contacted by one teacher. I myself contacted the rest of his teachers. They seem aloof and snobbish. They act as if they could care less that he needs more help. We are very disappointed. I am a parent that cares and wants to help them help my child succeed and they don't seem interested.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love the fact that the main supplyers to duPont Manual come from Meyzeek Middle School where my child went. It has personally benefitted them in getting in to the rigorous MST program at Manual.

  • (6 years ago)

    Having graduated Manual in 2003 I was very pleased with the abundance of Advanced Program and Advanced Placement courses. I was also very pleased with the Visual Arts Magnet. I feel that it's one of the best visual arts programs for high schools in the country. The other magnets our excellent as well. Including YPAS and MST. In my year our class was 3rd in the country in National Merit Semifinalists.

  • (6 years ago)

    I honestly can't see myself going anywhere else. The people at Manual are phenomenal.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am clearly displeased with Manual in the past year. The standard of students has decreased simply caring only about grades rather than intelligence. Any student can study. It takes another kind to actually have intellect. Manual once was the best. I am sad to say that no longer has this title been upheld. Just like Rome it shall fall.

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