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Armada High School

Public | 9-12 | 705 students

Our school is known for award winning staff and programs.

 
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4 stars

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Posted August 30, 2013

I had 2 children graduate from the Armada High School and now my grandchildren attend this school. The changes that have been made through the years have only made the school better than ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Top notch staff and administration. Great atmosphere. From the other parents to the students, it has absolutely the friendliest people. Everyone from the superintendent on down to the custodians are so helpful and approachable. There are many award winning programs, including HOSA, and as many, if not more, opportunities for students as much larger districts have. I cannot say enough about the community and the people. We could not be happier with our decision to relocate into the Armada district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Great School! Excellent Programs and staff. Armada High School has an award winning Renewable Energy Program, a national award winning Health Occupations program, excellent drama program and a wide variety of successful sports programs. Additionally, Armada High School has a full band program including orchestra, jazz band, concert band and music theory. The teachers are excellent and two have won Macomb County Teacher of the year in the past four years. Lastly, the principal was named Michigan High School Principal of the Year in 2013.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2013

We moved out to Armada (from Clinton Township) to provide our children an excellent education in a safe, family oriented community. We were welcomed from the beginning and never regretted the move. The district could use some technology upgrades but oveall they do an amazing job with the limited resources of a small district. The kids are excited to be involved in plays, concerts, and sports and I Iove that the students are expected to maintain decent grades in order to participate in the fun stuff. The staff is involved and takes a genuine interest in the success of their students. I would highly recommend Armada Schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

I brought my kids to Armada high School from Capac. I had to get away from the constant cuts and the growing hardcore drug use. Frankly, the Armada staff has been tremendous. They truly love working with students and create wonderful opportunities for students. I especially like the Drama program and the Academy. Everyone is so friendly and is willing to take time for my son and daughter. It is great to have kids who like to go to school again. I cannot say enough about the atmosphere and the community. It was the best decision I made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

The Armada District is excellent. I have worked in several districts prior to coming to Armada in 2004 and nowhere have I been surrounded by kinder kids, more dedicated staff, and (at the high school where I work), more supportive, innovative administration. Negative reviews from 7 or 8 years ago were accurate for that time. Our buildings were in sad shape. However, all of the buildings have been renovated beautifully and our district has provided technology that was unavailable in different districts. The Armada district, by itself, has a relatively small population, but our numbers are growing every year due to the large influx of "schools of choice" kids coming from communities across our county. Parents are very involved and turn outs at parent conferences and other family opportunities are always high. We have many extra-curricular activities (in addition to all of the major sports) such as SADD, student government, PLT, book club, etc. Any student would be lucky to come to this district where the bar is set high and the students well-prepared for their futures.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

I love this school, but what I love most are the teachers dedication to the students. They clearly have a passion for what they do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We have the kindest, sweetest kids, the most dedicated teachers and the greatest degree of technology and equipment that our poorly funded system can afford.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2008

Great community in and out of the school. Great academics with the MAAS and now the Middle School MAAS as well. Always striving to be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I had a child graduate from this school last year in 07 and felt that she was in a great school with caring teachers and community. I have another child in 4th grade who is completely happy and has had nothing but a+ teachers. This is a great school with a great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

The teachers are great! They really care and are very skilled! The best teachers in MI are working in Armada!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

I am a student in Armada High School, and my experiences with the entire district have been unpleasant ones. The school is in serious need of repair, there is an enormous lack of discipline, there are few opportunities for students outside of sports teams, and there are many teachers whom I feel should not be teaching for various reasons. Because of the lack of discipline, I have endured harassment from other students and oftentimes I felt that the behavior of others was interfering with my classes running smoothly. There is tolerance for things that should not be tolerated. Students are not accepting of others' beliefs and place little value in diversity. I would not recommend this school to anybody.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2006

While it has been a few year since I graduated (1999)I feel AHS is an excellent school. While they do not have every class or sport that a larger school has, the teachers are excellent and many of the students care a great deal for their community. There are ample opportunities to be involved in many activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 22, 2005

I just wanted to comment on the previous response. LOW LEVEL OF PARENT INVOLVEMENT!--You have got to be kidding me! I have never met more caring and involved parents anywhere. I think we have so few discipline and safety problems in our small town because parents in Armada are very in touch with their children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2005

Armada High is a great school to have your child enrolled in. Yes the school has its faults, like buliding damages, low bugdet, low level of parent involvement but overall it is a great school. The teaching staff is inproving with the hiring of younger teachers who can relate to the students more and the Acadmay. The Acadmay is a great school and gives the students who need a little higer levels so they can strive to be better and not just bored in the high school. Sports is a big thing in Armada, its one of the top proitys but I don't think thats a bad thing it keeps the students busy with after school activtives then out doing drugs or drinking. Armada is a great School I have sent all 3 of my kids there and they got a good education! Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Overall Armada is a good school system. As the kids enter into high school though, the system is not working well. There are students who work exceptionally hard and go to the academy for an advanced education in math and science yet the high school does not work well with these students. Because of this 'great academy' the students are not offered certain advanced classes at the high school that are needed for college. The 2 schools do not work well together and the students are the ones who are loosing out. As for the buildings, they are in need of so much repair it is not even funny. The sports seem to be the most important entity of there education. My children are in the sports and I feel it is important. But things need to be fixed and prioritized. Buildings need help and councelors need to start working together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

There are some great kids and teachers here but there are some issues that need attention. The school is in very poor shape, leaks fom ceiling, not enough books at times. The level of parent involvement seems rather low. Sports does not offer much for Jr. Varsity (like Girls Soccer)even though there were many girls whom showed interest in it! A swimming pool would be a nice addition. We have recently passed some new issues to put renovations in motion, but we need a new Middle and High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2005

I am currently a student AHS and personally i think that this school isn't too great! the music program at the school is fairly alright. some of the equipment needs to be updated but runs alright with what they have. sports at this school do mean the most. yes the teams do good but they need to worry more about the education of the students. there isnt too much parent involvement but i personally dont think that is the schools fault. i think that its just that the parents find it unimportant. overall this school isn't the greatest one, we could do better! -AHS STUDENT-
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2005

The classes available at this school is horrible. We only have two A.P. classes available to us. Math classes only go up to Pre-Calc. Some of the teachers are an absolute joke. They sit at the front of the room and read right from the book without actually teaching. The labs in the science rooms are a good 15 years old. The library's book selection and computers badly need to be updated. There's quite a few broken chairs in the auditorium. The only thing that's really kept up on is the gym. Which figures, because sports are a higher priority than academics here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2004

Armada schools are good schools where the kids all know eachother.The only problem is they need more sports like swimming, lacrosse, and hockey.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
20%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
15%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

94%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 69%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
African-American N/A 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school New Haven
Richmond
Capac
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 94% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Michigan State
Oakland University
Grand Valley State
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
German
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Michigan High School Principal of the Year (2013)
  • Macomb County Teacher of the Year (2013)
  • Michigan's Best (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • HOSA Outstanding Service Chapter (2013)
  • Michigan HOSA Teacher of the Year (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:35 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Phillip Jankowski
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (586) 784-9592

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Construction / building
  • Engineering
  • Health Occupations

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Armada High School has award winning programs and staff members and offers a world class education in a small town atmosphere. Armada High School scored in the top three in Macomb County on the state Top to Bottom List as ACT scores have increased for the past five straight years and has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education as one of ten Project ReImagine districts in the state for innovation in education.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
250
Students typically come from these schools
New Haven
Richmond
Capac

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Michigan State
Oakland University
Grand Valley State
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 2%
4 year college - 94%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 1%
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23655 Armada Center Rd
Armada, MI 48005
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Phone: (586) 784-2400

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