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DeKalb CUSD 428 > Schools > DeKalb High School

 Administrative Contact Information

DeKalb High School
Home of the Barbs
501 W Dresser Rd
DeKalb IL 60115 
Main Office Number: (815) 754-2100              Main Office Fax: (815) 754-2156


Principal - Mrs. Tamra Ropeter (815) 754-2118
Assistant Principal -
Mrs. Val Bilek (815) 754-2103
Assistant Principal -
Dr. Jennie Hueber (815) 754-2117
Dean of Students -
Mr. Sean Chamberlain (815) 754-2151
Dean of Students - Mr. Aaron Osborne (815) 754-2130
Dean of Students -
Mrs. Nacolia Stallings (815) 754-2121
Director of Athletics and Activities - Dr. Bryon Houy (815) 754-2116

Student Attendance Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
School Office Hours:  7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
If your student is going to be absent please call
(815) 754-2125 as soon as possible.
2014-2015 School Registration going on now
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 Message from the Principal:

 As I am now well into my second year as the principal of DeKalb High School, I would like to thank the community for all of the support I have received since joining the DHS family. It is my pleasure to work with your children on an ongoing basis so that as learners, they gain new understandings and transfer learning to new and unique situations.

Our main focus at DHS continues to ensure a rich learning environment for every student. The teachers at DHS are working closely with the district in developing curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards across all content areas, in all courses. Our students experience a core academic program designed to provide flexibility in addressing their academic strengths and growth areas through our varied courses. Students participate in fine and applied arts classes and choose among an array of elective offerings to pursue existing passions and discover new interests.

In order to recognize differences in achievement and efforts as well as to encourage students to take courses that challenge them to the highest potential, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, DHS will utilize a system of grade weighting according to three course level offerings. The three levels and grade weighting are:

A.P. Level        Honors Level   All Other Courses

A – 5.0            A – 4.5              A – 4.0

B – 4.0            B – 3.5              B – 3.0

C – 3.0             C – 2.5              C – 2.0

D – 1.0            D – 1.0             D – 1.0

F – 0.0             F – 0.0              F – 0.0

I look forward to continued improvement of our classroom instruction, promoting learning for all students. I would love to hear from you and invite you to contact me with your ideas, input, questions or concerns at any time by contacting me at


Tamra Ropeter, Ed.S.

Principal, DeKalb High School

 Home of the Barbs


 Important Information


Illinois State Mandated
Prairie State Achievement Exam
4/23/14 and 4/24/14.
There will be no school for 9th, 10th or 12th graders on Day 1 of testing (4/23)
The hours of attendance for 9th, 10th and 12th graders on Day 2 (4/24) will be 11:20-2:45.
Below is the actual testing schedule for the Juniors:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - ACT test -  Testing will take place from 7:45 am until about 11:45 am.  The students will have one 15-minute break during testing. During this break, the students are able to eat a small snack.  Academic Boosters will provide granola bars and water, but we encourage you to send healthy snacks along with your students.  Students may not have any food or drink in the classroom during testing, including water.  Following the test, students will be dismissed.
Morning buses will run as normal picking up 11th graders
School releases at noon, students will arrive home 3 hours EARLIER than a normal afternoon route.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 -  Reading/Math Work-Keys exams and Science exam- Testing will take place from 7:45 am until about 10:40 am.  The students will have one 15-minute break, where they will once again be able to have a small snack, but the school will not provide a snack on April 24.  Following the test, students will proceed to lunch and classes.  School will be dismissed at 2:45 pm.
Morning buses will run as normal picking up 11th graders
Mid AM route picking up 9th 10th and 12th graders will run 4 hours LATER than the normal morning route.
PM route will run as normal


  DeKalb School District 428 Dr. James Briscoe, Superintendent 901 S. 4th St. De Kalb, IL. 60115 (815) 754-2350 En Espanol (815) 754-2102 fax (815) 758-6933
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