School Details

Thomas Downey High School

1000 Coffee Road, Modesto, CA 95355
(209) 576-4211
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1985 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Modesto City High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thomas Downey High School is a public high school in Modesto. The principal of Thomas Downey High School is Richard Baum and can be contacted at baum.r@monet.k12.ca.us. 1,985 children attend Thomas Downey High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 12% of the Thomas Downey High School students have "limited English proficiency." 68% of the 1,985 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Thomas Downey High School is 21:1. Robert Elliott Alternative Education 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
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 56% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% 7%
Unspecified 1% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Filipino 0.6% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 47%
Limited English proficiency 12% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Recent graduate. Pharm school is cute and everything but TDHS does not prepare you at all for tracking in to heavy hitting professions like law medicine and the more competitive doctorates. I felt vastly unprepared for college compared to my classmates at a prestigious university and that was despite graduating top of my class at TDHS. Extracurricular programs at the school are underfunded and in some cases poorly managed. Honestly I would send you students to most other schools in the city over this one. If you don't believe me or agree with me ask the administration at the sc hool for a list of where their graduates go for the past 10 years then compare that with other schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a former student of TDHS class of 08. I would say that we have the best choir in the valley. The teacher's are really there to teach and they really love it. You can tell that they are not just there for the pay check. Downey has a lot of school spirit from teacher to staff to alumni. Something you will learn from Downey is unity we try not to put people in groups but hey it's high school. Once A Knight Always A Knight.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter chose to go to Downey through an intra district transfer. Initially we were preplexed by her decision however it was the best decision she could have made. She is now completing her senior year and it is her best yet. The teachers are devoted and hard working. consistanly going beyond the call of duty. The school has a strong sence of tradition and history. She takes pride in her school and we are contiunally impressed with the closeness of the student body. I would strongly reccomend Downey to any parent or student.

  • (7 years ago)

    Downey is an excellent school. The staff works extra hard to create the best learning environment possible - usually with little or no support from the Modesto City Schools governing board and district administration. My child has had a great four years at Downey.

  • (8 years ago)

    Downey is an incredible school with diverse cultures and highly intellectual teachers.I have only attented one year and already love the atmosphere presented there. Although our grade average is not the highest our students are the happiest and friendliest around. Out of all the Modesto high schools I have experienced Downey to be the best because it is welcoming and supportive of all their students.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has attended Downey for 2+ years. I would have to rate this school as a complete failure academically culturally and socially. The adults in charge are for the most part disrespectful of the students and do not take any resopnsibility for the negative climate that they allow on the campus. They discipline the students frequently but never for anything that makes sense or for a good cause. I can't say how disappointed I am in the adult leadership there and how sorry I am for the students who must endure that emotionally and academically destructive environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent I am very disappointed about Downey. I feel that a lot of the staff are more concerned with what the feel is the loss of power. In my personal opinion they do not see children as people.

  • (8 years ago)

    Downey is great for choir! and the performing arts...that's what its all about!

  • (8 years ago)

    Don't be fooled by all these fluffy comments. The truth is that Downey does not prepare students for college. The only good teachers have lef. I graduated top 10% of my class at Downey and was use to receiving only good grades. However when I attended a prestigious university it seemed as though I was the only student who had not been prepared for college. Thus I had to learn how to write all over again. In addition social life at Downey is horrible too. Honestly I would never let my children attend this school if I were a parent.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love Downey! I'm going on my third year at this school. (junioryear) I love every min of it! The teachers are great and friendly. Not to mention the pricipals and other staff members. This school is awesome and I would recomend it to anyone!

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school great programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    I feel Downey is one of the best schools in Modesto. My son graduated Downey. My daughter has two more years and Downey and she is loving it here. Counseling staff and the administrators are great.

  • (10 years ago)

    Downey's academic programs are wonderful! The teachers and administration are very helpful and have wonderful programs available. There are many parents involved in different aspects of this school. Downey also provides all music art and sports activities available.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a former student graduated in 1999 attended Downey for a full term (4 years). I have nothing to compare Downey too however my experience was 2nd to none. I enjoyed every minute and every experience. Everything from the teachers to the lunch staff was awesome. The teachers that I had personally made me feel like family and were always there to help. I wouldn't have traded my experience at downey for anything and it is something I will always remember.

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