John Dickinson High School has choice openings to even out of district students

Dickinson High School Approved to Offer IB Diploma

The district is planning to increase the number of spots available to students in the IB program. An informational Open House will be scheduled at the school shortly and students can apply to the school until June 30, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year. Seating will be limited.

Call Principal: Byron Murphy 302-992-5500 byron.murphy@redclay.k12.de.us

Webpage John Dickinson High School

JDHS Invites Parents to Get Involved

Dickinson has four parent organizations that need new members this year:

Dickinson Support Association (DSA):  This is Dickinson’s parent – student – teacher organization.  This group works to support teachers in the work they do for children and puts on the After Prom party every May.

Sports Boosters:  This organization works to support all athletics at Dickinson.

Performing Arts Boosters (PAB):  This organization supports music and dramatic arts at Dickinson.

Community Advisory Board (CAB):  This group works in parallel to the school’s leadership team to monitor, implement, and revise the School Improvement Plan.  If you are interested in impacting the future direction of our school – this is the organization for you.

Folks you snooze you lose! Don’t wait until to you’ll hear seats are full!

John Dickinson High School is rate SUPERIOR

SchoolName SchoolRating AYP

Charter School of Wilmington

Above Target

Delaware Military Academy

Above Target

Dickinson (John) High School

Above Target

duPont (Alexis I.) High School

Above Target

McKean (Thomas) High School

Above Target

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23 Responses

  1. :) You’re so nice! were you thinking of us crying Pencader parents when you posted that?:)
    How about incoming seniors? Don’t think you can start IB program your senior year. :( We got a flyer in the mail from them a few weeks ago.. because I have an 8th grader. Who da thunk I’d be possibly trying to figure out what to do with my 11th grader. (SIGH) :( :(

  2. even if you didn’t post it for us, just pretend you did. I need someone to be nice to me today. :)

  3. I just wish Pencader board and administrators (adults) stop acting like spoiled bitches and think of the students. I’d rather see that! However, just as I supported Pencader last year for the kids and the parents I feel I need to put some options out there. As far as middle schools all of Red Clay middle schools except CAB have disappointing ratings However looks like Stanton Middle is on of those turnaround schools so obviously extreme attention will be given to Stanton. That would be the best bet for a Red Clay middle schools. Stanton is at 95% capacity this year and there might be room at the inn for next year! But if I were a parents I’d be 100% engaged and involved! But that rule should apply to all grade levels. 11th grader , I think you are correct on the IB but is he or she in IB now ? doubtful! See what Dickinson has to offer and make an appointment for even just you to go visit and meet student advisory. As far as Pencader, here we go agian! Will if open next year if all falls apart? If the board steps down DOE will throw all progress made re: board training out the window. Odds are this bullshit is going to drive enrollment down and teachers away. Look at this Red Clay has a Job Fair May 5th surely you can bet some Pencader teachers will check it out http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/about/jobfair2012.shtml

  4. Kilroy, I understand the spirit of your post, but I was shocked to see you fall into the trap of promoting a school based on school ratings. As a CSD mom we fight this battle every day…the rhetoric that our schools are “failing” because they don’t meet AYP. Check out the actual numbers and you will see that Dickenson, Pencader and NHS all have similar rates of students meeting the state standards. Some just haven’t been able to close the proverbial “gap”. But as a mom of an honors student, at a CSD school who’s rate of growth among AP/honors students is the best in the state…I’m okay with that. I just wish everyone else was.

  5. No, it was for Pencader parents and students! The BS at Pencader needs to come to an end this Friday and they need to put things behind them and more forward! You don’t need a town hall meeting for adults to act like adults and do their jobs! Right now they aren’t focused on the students needs and too busy putting band-aids on their egos! Surely parents are saying what do we do? I say act like parents and protect your kids from those obviously not focused! They don’t even need to say sorry to each other! Just drop it and agree to move forward!

  6. Indeed the rating aren’t everything but they are what its all about. I’d rather not have them and find another way, Perhaps use AP, SAT data as a measure.

  7. Anyone know the difference between the IB program and the Cambridge program?

  8. newarkmom,
    I don’t know much about Cambridge, but stand by, the Cambridge guy will weigh in shortly for sure. IB, in my humble opinion, would be better acronymed BS. Ask the Google, visit the website of the parent organization, and decide if you see the un- (or anti-, I need to consult Webster’s) American slant, and the go-along, get-along, kumbaya characteristics. That in and of itself is not so much the BS as is the fact that schools, such as the previously touted middle school that “worked hard” for years to become part of IB, can’t teach 1/3 to 1/2 of their kids to read or do the times three table … but NOW, NOW, that we have IB, and all it’s ADDITIONAL requirements to teach worldliness and equality, well, by God, NOW we’re gonna be a success!

    BS.

  9. As an IB parent I’ve stated previously that IB isn’t for everyone. What lastDEconservative ;-) doesn’t like about IB is what I do like. I like the world view. Can’t find my comment from several weeks ago, but I did point out that some view IB as controversial!

    Yet again, IB is not for everyone. It didn’t suit my son (he’s AP math/science), but was a perfect fit for my daughter – strong writer, educationally open to all subjects.

    Parents need to research all programs (IB, AP and Cambridge) and decide which best suits your child. I took a quick glance at the Cambridge program. Looks like a mix between AP and IB. Basically, all these programs appear to be simply accelerated programs. When choosing between them I would focus more on the individual child’s needs.

  10. I know you didn’t mean it that way, but shouldn’t IB/AP/Cambridge programs be FOR everyone? They are after all in public schools. Why are these programs limited to only a portion of the school population? What are the demographics for these programs? Why is it okay to stratify within a school but not between schools? Full disclosure, I don’t have a problem with these programs and in fact I favor them (I was in Honors/AP courses throughout HS). I just don’t get how they are any different than CSW/NCS. How can you be for one but not the other just because one exists within a traditional public school? Aren’t they both exclusionary in practice? Isn’t it just semantics?

  11. shouldn’t IB/AP/Cambridge programs be FOR everyone?

    Yes. Which is why I have always focused more on improving elementary education, especially high poverty schools.

    The nature of education is to narrow the field – hence, TAG to AP/IB to undergrad degree to grad degree to post doc. It’s the same in K-12. My point has always been that we need to prepare K-5th graders to take advantage of this narrowing. If we prepare them then these programs would dominate our high schools – which they should.

    As it stands now, the K-5 school a child attends will determine – the very first day they walk through that door – whether they will ever access CSW, IB, AP or Cambridge. That’s what needs to change.

    So while, yes, they are exclusionary programs, our goal should be in preparing all children to take advantage of what they offer.

    Look at the elementary schools. If you can determine, simply by what elementary school a child attends, whether that child would eventually attend CSW or an AP, IB, or Cambridge program, then you’ve identified the problem.

  12. But I thought most of the folks who have analyzed the data here (Mike, Steve, etc.) have established that there is very little variability in scholastic achievement from K-5 between most public schools and between traditional public and charter schools. I thought the real separation occurs in middle school (i.e. 6th-8th grades). I think your point is still valid, just wanted to clarify where the break point occurs. That said, I started taking Honors courses in the 5th grade at Anna P. Mote Elementary School and continued on through Stanton Middle School. The stratification didn’t start in high school, it just continued on from middle and elementary school. I was in class with essentially the same kids from about 5th grade on through 12th grade, and that group was not diverse at all. I imagine the same thing has gone on since I left school and will continue to go on because it is more difficult to succeed in these more challenging courses without support, structure and discipline. Do we tell kids that have these things they should not be allowed to reach their full potential because all kids don’t have these things? Of course not, that’s why we have Honors/AP/IB options in traditional public schools. All I’m saying is we’re kidding ourselves if we believe that just because school is diverse it is equally serving ALL kids in the school when scholastic stratification starts as early as the 5th grade.

  13. I have to agree with Pandora that ultimately the determination starts in elementary school. Just from personal experience (no data or stats) the kids who tested into Cambridge with my son have been with him from K on, first at a district school, then at NCS. Or I know that they went to a comparable elementary school (either Downes or West Park, or Maclary for example), There will always be exceptions, though. Because I only know about these kids, I have no idea how many kids total will be in the Cambridge program, and from which elementary schools did they come from. That certainly would be interesting data to obtain from the school.

  14. I could be wrong, but I think Steve and Mike’s data focused on elementary schools within the 5 mile radius of NCS.

    And I would say that Middle School is where the disparities in elementary school come into focus; where an A at one elementary school is not an A at another. And I haven’t done the research, but I would guess that the kids succeeding or failing at Middle School could be traced, quite accurately, back to their elementary school.

  15. For some background, Newark High Schol added the Cabmbridge program when Glasgow High School was attempting to add IB. That is when Joe Wise bankrupted the district and the IB effort was abandoned. The cost of Cambridge is much less, so Newark was able to move ahead. And thefunny part is that a lot of the Newark parents were afraid they would lose all the high achievers to Glasgow. Go figure……

  16. All I can say is Dickinson has truly one of THE FINEST principals working on transforming that school into a Red Clay jewel. I wouldn’t hesitate to send my child there if we lived in Red Clay. Byron Murphy left us in Appo. for that position about 2-3 years ago, and he is incrementally changing the face of that building to where, in time, it will be Destination Dickinson. Additionally, Red Clay has now snagged another “wonder boy” from our district–Jim Comegys for your curriculum department–who currently serves as our present Middletown High School principal. It is another sad day to watch this one go up the road, and it is surely Red Clay’s gain. I just wish we had the positions open, and census down here to still keep both these dedicated professionals in positions that mirrored their talent to professional goals. I hope Red Clay appreciates who they have gotten–because we know who we have lost.

  17. As a parent of a sophomore student at Dickinson H.S. I can not agree more with Joanne Christian’s comments about the school principal Bryon Murphy. Dispite the on going negative “rumors” THAT COULD’NT BE MORE FALSE, NEED TO STOP! This school has been transformed and is still transforming into what I feel will be one of the top public high schools in Delaware. I would not send my child anywhere else and my middle schooler will be attending Dickinson in a few years as well.

  18. Joanne, I agree Appo loss on Mr. Comegys, RCCSD’s gain indeed.

  19. Kind of funny, some on here seem to chalk the success of NCS up to the low poverty rates, not much to do with Mr. Meece. So I guess Appo and Middletown (both with low poverty rates) should be great with or without the gentlemen mentioned above. Right John?

  20. Pencadermom-

    One thing you may not have noticed is that the comments were not about the success of schools (for any reason they may have been successful ) but were about the personal characteristics of the men. Being a professional success does not make them good men. Nor does running a successful school make Mr. Mercedes a good man. To me, it speaks volumes that a former employer can say such positive things about these men.

  21. right on, but the fact that he will be missed is independent of the schools success. Mr. Comegys is a consummate professional and RCCSD is lucky to get him!

  22. Damn you autocorrect.

    Mercedes =Meece

  23. Thanks John. And pencader mom–Mr. Comegy’s was the principal of one of our maligned middle schools, of which he leveled that stigma and perception. It’s a great place, and we snagged him to get us thru some rough, transitional waters at the high school. He went obligingly and continued his great service to the district.

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