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Athens High School

Public | 6-12 | 310 students

 

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Posted November 9, 2013

AWSOME, I have 3 children in this school system, I could not ask for a better group of TEACHERS, they TRULY care about the students!!! There is not a better group from the Kindergarten to graduation!!! and BTW we have also had 4 EXCHANGE STUDENTS, all by our choice in our clean house and every single one of them has had a wonderful and fulfilling experience at ATHENS SCHOOL and would put in writing!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

If you want your child to receive a good education from a small caring staff. Athens is the place to go. We school of choiced our children to Athens in 2011-2012 school year due to their consistant positive MEAP scores and we have not been disapointed. We have been well excepted by the community and my children have been involved in sports, band and extra caricular activities. The choices for electives is small as you find in almost any small school but the core classes more than prepair my children for college. The affiliation with the Battle Creek Math and Science Center is also a huge plus as well as the helpfulness of the school system to get the assistance to advance to college level classes that my daughter wanted to take at KCC as part of her senior year. We also have taken on a foriegn exchange student this year and found the program which runs through multiple schools all around the southern Michigan area to be very supportive and has been a wonderful support system for the families and students in the area. Overall this community and it's administration have been a wonderful experience for my family after some very poor experiences in other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

My children were students at Athens area High School and compared to others they attended they were failing in our eyes at the MS and HS level. A majority of the teachers are there for a paycheck only and not there for the students , we know there are teachers that leave the class room to go grocery shopping during their day and leave the students in charge of their class. Teachers push their personal values onto these children that are not appropriate. HS Leadership is in dire need to be replaced in order for this shool to move forward, Administrative staff is a pleasant and motivated staff. The Foreign Exchange Student program needs needs oversight as these children are placed in poor conditions and unworthy homes in this area. These students are treated as numbers only and value the dollars associated with this program only. Seek other schools please
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

As a former parent of 3 students that attended this school i will say the elementary is doing a great job and truly cares for its students as they were their own. It really went down hill after they arrived in middle school. Like one other comment stated if you are originally from here your child would have no problem but outsiders are not accepted and are treated differantly . This applies to sports programs etc.... they say the teachers are here for their kids but 'Buyer Beware' they are not !!! They hire teachers with little or minimum qualifications and truly cannot teach. Aviod this school at all cost. We made this mistake and it hurt our children. They are the ones paying the price for our decission and we failed them. Run away !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

My children go to Athens and I have to say they have the best teachers at the elementary!! Also, Athens was #2 in our area for MEAP scores and that says alot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

I am a former student from athens, i graduated in 05, and i just wanted to say that it was a really good learning environment, the other students werent so nice, the teachers were always lending a hand to help. The school has a large variety of classes for smarter more self pushers. A very well sport program, but could focus on the art and music a little more. Parental evvolvement was mostley done my the popular kids. I learned a lot, and i learned to push myself, because i can do anything if i put my mind to it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 26, 2005

I attended Athens High School and graduated about 12 years ago. Athens is a good school if you already know everyone involved, such as the administration and faculty. If you are an outsider or different then Athens is not the place for you. Special students get special treatment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2004

We have put 3 children through this school and as you know all kids are different and have different directions. We stressed higher education for our children and they were successful in their direction. I was pleased to have one daughter went in to dental work a son that is a cad designer for a architec firm and another daughter that that is a special ed teacher, so when it comes to Athens High school I believe that is great place for kids to learn! I also believe if the parents are not involved with the procees the child suffers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

I think that this is a great school. My daughter has always done well, and its because of the dedication that the teachers and the staff make to help these kids. They also have a great sports program my daughter loves to do cheerleading and softball.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

I beleive that the Athens High School is a very good school. The teachers are nice and provide help for the students who ask for it. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2004

If you are an A B student every thing works well, however, if you are not a self achiever there is no help. I have consistantly asked for help with my child who is strugling with grades and always hit a dead end. Very very disappointed with this school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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 39% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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 35% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

Social Studies

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
14%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

Math

All Students51%
Female27%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female47%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students31%
Female13%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students46%
Female27%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students46%
Female53%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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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of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

86%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

95%


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

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

3 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 95% 69%
American Indian 3% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian N/A 3%
Hispanic N/A 6%
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 49%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Joseph Huepenbecker
Fax number
  • (269) 729-9616

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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300 East Holcomb St
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