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Dutchtown High School is a 5A school that was completed in 2003 in Geismar, an unincorporated area of Ascension Parish. It is within the Ascension Parish School Board. Both Dutchtown Middle School and Prairieville Middle School feed into Dutchtown High. The architecture is based on that of the old Dutchtown High, which was situated across the highway at the current Dutchtown Middle School.

Dutchtown High School
13165 Highway 73


Coordinates30°15′35″N 90°59′26″W / 30.25972°N 90.99056°W / 30.25972; -90.99056
School typePublic
School boardAscension Parish
School districtAscension Parish
SuperintendentDavid Alexander
PrincipalCarli Francois
PrincipalRandy Loving (Associate Principal)
Teaching staff124
Age range13-20
Enrollment2,265 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18:1
Campus typeIndoor
Color(s)Silver, Black, and Purple
RivalEast Ascension Spartans
St. Amant Gators
Baton Rouge Catholic Bears
Woodlawn Panthers

There are a variety of classes offered at Dutchtown, though everyone is encouraged to take the core 4: science, social studies, math, and English. The opportunity to earn TOPS to get into an in-state university is also provided.

According to the Louisiana School Performance Scores/Letter Grades released by the Louisiana Department of Education, Dutchtown High School is an "A" school and is the #1 high-performing open-enrollment public high school in the state of Louisiana.[2]

In 2017, Dutchtown High School was named a 2017 World-Leading Learner and invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from schools that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education.[3]



Dutchtown High School is a comprehensive public senior high school. DTHS has an Honors program and an Advanced Placement program. The school offers 15 Advanced Placement Courses.

AP Courses OfferedEdit

  • Art History
  • Biology II
  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry II
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition (English III)
  • English Literature and Composition (English IV)
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art 2D-Design
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • U.S. History
  • Writing Seminar
  • World History

Dual Enrollment/Early StartEdit

In an effort to assist students earn college hours while enrolled in high school, Dutchtown High School offers classes through Southeastern University to seniors who are eligible to enroll in the courses. These courses are presented at Dutchtown in partnership with Southeastern faculty.[4]

Courses being offered as Early Start courses:

  • American History I and II (Hist 201/202)
  • English (Engl 101 and Engl 102)
  • General Biology I (Gbio 151)
  • Music Appreciation (Mus 151)
  • World History I and II (Hist 101/102)

Additionally, Dutchtown partners with Louisiana State University's Dual Enrollment program to offer a Chemistry credit.

Freshman AcademyEdit

The Freshman Academy at Dutchtown High School is divided into four teams - black, white, silver, and purple - and students are placed on a team that consists of the same English, math, physical science, and civics teachers. Each week, each team selects a Student of the Week.

On December 18, 2017, Dutchtown High opened an $12.8 million official Freshman Academy, which will serve over 600 freshmen. [5]

Allied HealthEdit

Career Pathways

  • Emergency Health Care
  • Health Professionals
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Food
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pharmacy

Community Involvement/Volunteering
Some of the activities they are involved in include:
The American Association Heart Walk, Juvenile Diabetes Walk, Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, Blood Drives, Relay for Life, Christmas gifts for needy children/families As a junior in this program, students are required to complete at least two consecutive hours of volunteer work per month in a medical-related facility or activity.

Letterman's Jacket & Graduation Cords
The Allied Health Center students who have been active and remained in good standing in the program for three (3) consecutive years may purchase an academic letterman's jacket. Patches and caduceus inserts will be provided for senior level students.
Students who have been active and remained in good standing in the program for three (3) consecutive years will be rewarded with a graduation cord to be worn during graduation ceremonies.

Internship, Certified Nurse Assistant, EMT Basic, and Pharmacy Tech are courses designed to give students a chance to watch and possibly experience firsthand some of the daily activities of a medical professional, and possibly attain certification. These courses are taken during the student's senior year. While in these programs, students are expected to exhibit professionalism and should treat their work site experiences like a job. Entrance into these programs is competitive.


  • GOLF

Clubs and OrganizationsEdit

Student MediaEdit

  • Yearbook: Griffin Legend

Community Support OrganizationsEdit

Athletics Booster Club - CLAWS

  • Exists to serve as a vehicle for community involvement for the betterment of Dutchtown High School and to provide support for the students at Dutchtown High School.
  • Is a non-profit organization of teachers, parents, community businesses, and members.
  • Will be the liaison between the parents, teachers, and school adopters to coordinate projects needed and to promote the school through media outlets.
  • Will impact the ENTIRE student body.
  • Membership funds that are generated will be used for projects that impact the student body.
  • Membership requires a ONE TIME $5 fee per family.

Instrumental Music ProgramEdit

Dutchtown's marching and concert bands are directed by Ms. Sheily Bell, who has been teaching music for 37 years and has been awarded with Louisiana Bandmaster of the Year as well as the John Philip Sousa's Legion of Honor Award, presented to only 20 directors around the world. Ms. Bell is assisted by Mr. Daniel Modenbach.[6] Dutchtown's marching band competes in a variety of competitions, including the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands.[7] Dutchtown also hosts their own competition every fall and features dozens of bands from all over the state of Louisiana.[8] In concert season, Dutchtown places numerous students into LMEA's all state concert [9] and also host an annual Christmas concert.[10]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Dutchtown High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
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  4. ^ "Southeastern University Early Start". Archived from the original on 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-01-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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