Welcome to Delano High School
Delano High School Overview
Delano High School is a school with a rich tradition of academic excellence. Over the past couple of years, we have been recognized as a California Distinguished School, named one of “America’s Best High Schools” by US News and World Report, and a Title I Academic Achievement Award winner. DHS tigers continue to honor this legacy through their efforts in and out of the classroom. You are a very important part of the success of this school, and there are many fun and worthwhile ways for you to make a contribution. There are opportunities to volunteer your time to help in classrooms and with special programs, to cheer on our Tiger athletes at sporting events, to listen to the magical sounds of our choir and band, to support our Mock Trial, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) teams at their competitions, and to encourage our students to be “Tiger Strong”.
Delano High School reports significant and positive change has been occurring. By embracing the school’s vision “Achieving Academic Excellence - A Student at a Time”, 60 teachers, 4 counselors, 4 administrators, a school psychologist, an Intervention Counselor, and over 40 support personnel have worked tirelessly to provide every student an opportunity to thrive, and the impact is evident.
In 2011, Delano High was recognized as a California Distinguished School. In 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2018, Delano High received the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best High Schools Bronze medal award. In 2013, and again in 2017, Delano High received the silver medal. According to the U.S. News and World Report, school rankings are given after data is analyzed on more than 20,500 public high schools in the nation. Awards of gold, silver, or bronze medals are given based on a school’s state assessments, including the degree to which underserved populations (e.g. Hispanic and low-income) exceed expectations, and the degree to which a school prepares students for college readiness. Delano High is proud to have been continually ranked as one of America’s Best High Schools.
Serving a predominately-rural student body, Delano High School was established in 1911 and serves approximately 1300, 9th through 12th grade students from the communities of Delano and Earlimart. The population of Delano High School is made up of 0.18% African American, 17% Filipino and Asian, 81% Hispanic, and 2% White students. Of the total student population, 26% are English Learners and 95% are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged.
It is the aim of every department work to close the achievement gap, and help students create avenues for success after high school. The gains are strong. For 2017-2018 school year, 71% of Delano High’s 11th grade students met or exceeded grade-level standards on the English portion; surpassing the county average of 48% and the state average of 41%. On the math portion of the CAASPP, 41% of the school’s 11th grade students met or exceeded grade-level standards, again surpassing the county and state average.
More and more students are graduating and demonstrating college readiness; 57% of the 2018 graduating seniors successfully completed A-G courses required for college admissions. The California School Dashboard shows Delano High has a Very High/High Status in graduation rates among all students, English Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Filipino, and Hispanic students. Of the students that graduated, 64.4% are prepared for college/career as measured by the California School Dashboard. In addition, Delano High has a High Status among English Learner progress, which shows that the teaching staff is moving in the right direction when addressing English Learner needs.
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