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Bay City Western High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1219 students

 
 

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Posted August 12, 2012

I am a graduated student from Western High School and think that it is a really good school. The teachers and all other staff are there because they enjoy being around the kids and helping them out not only academically but also with turning them into better people in general. Sure, everyone has their bad days and some staff there are just there so they have a pay check, but most of them are there because they like seeing the future generations mature and learn right in front of their eyes as parents enjoy seeing their own kids do day to day. I personally, am glad that I went to Western from 6th grade all the way through my senior year of high school. There are teachers there that I still have contact with and still have questions for them both academically and life questions even though I graduated with the class of 2011. If I had a kid right now that was about to finish 5th grade, I would send them to Western Middle and High school with the confidence that they will not only get the respect that I had from the teachers and staff but also a very good education as well.


Posted September 23, 2009

I love this school but sometimes teachers could be better to explaining other things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2009

Many of the parents writing these reviews only have limited data. They only see the bad side of the school, and that is what they're spreading. Yes, sports are important at our school, but that doesn't mean that's all that matters to the staff and school board. The school is getting more and more crowded, but it is also getting expanded. So hopefully that issue will be withdrawn. And yes, we do have some teachers who need to go back to school themselves. Some are not as 'brilliant' at the others teaching there, but you can't expect them all to be great. And if the parents can't teach it any better, then they should just try to help their child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2008

As a student at Western I believe that most of these reviews are wrong. The students definitely over populate the school but we are doing the best we can with the money & school essentials available. If your student has come home an said that their teacher doen't care about their learning then that is completely wrong. Most of the time it's because the student won't take the time to ask for the help that is needed. There are after school & seminar tutoring opportunities available done not only by the teachers but also by upperclassman. Any school you come across will have bullies but anytime someone is bullied it is asked that they go to an adult so punishment can be made.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

My son attends Western Intermediate. I am concerned about my son's safety if Western (High School/Intermediate school) is allowing locker rooms to be left unattended and open. The middle school/high school blend is also a concern for a parent of a younger child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2006

I think what the biggest problem is at Western is the lack of parent involement. I think that if more of the parents were aware of what was going on at the school, it would open their eyes. I also think that some of the programs in the schools are allowed to do whatever they want and do not really care about any of the other programs and how it looks. The teachers are doing the best with the curriculum they have. I have two children that are going through Western and they are doing fine and getting good grades. I do take an interest in what they are doing and talk with them all the time about school. Keep up the good work at Western.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2005

As per reading the reviews posted about Western High School, it seems most of you have your facts incorrect, and completely out of reason. Of course, the rumor has it, that sports do come before education here, but this does not mean it shuns the educational value. In fact, the education is still highly efficient. Of course, as you may have heard, there is a 'no coats in class' policy, but this does not exclude varsity jackets. During the previous review stating the suspension of 'bullies' during playoff games, there is a reason behind that. I'd say that, because of how far Western actually made it into the playoffs, which is as far as it's ever gotten in ~20 years, they could probably use the help. Of course, the budget cuts are a nice obstacle for the schoolboard to overcome, and they are working on that situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2005

The education in the school is second to the football program, many say sports but it is all the football. It's about time the school made all sports equal and bring the teaching level up to par. The school is way over crowded and nothing is being done about it. Never enough money, but we can come up with a weight room for football. Why not use that money to build a second gym for all the students instead of a weight room for football. Think about it, sure makes sense to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

Quality leadership at this school is absent. The previous review stated that 'sports come first at this school'. I second that. I know of instances where innocent kids are being bullied by football players to the extent that these football players have been suspended. However, that was during playoffs and these football players, even though suspended, were allowed to play in the playoff games. Leadership is severely in question, and certainly sports are the most important element in the minds of the administration. Shameful. You should see how some of the papers from teachers come home with blatant usage of bad grammar and misspelled words. Now there are drastic budget cuts, but sports are still protected. Again, shameful. Is this what education has become? Apparently it has at Western.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2005

I am curious as to where the other reviews are coming from, or more specificly where they are getting there information. It is quite possible that they may be getting information from 'hear-say' because I find the other reviews to inacurrate. It it the class size that should be of concern: the teacher to student ratio in the actual classroom setting. We've moved a bit and at times, in other cities certain classes don't even have enough desks for the students. There are numerous oppertunities for one on one help at Western, and sometimes without even having to ask. If the other children aren't getting help, they aren't accepting the help that is so redily in front of them. As far as the funds, there are different accounts for sports and educational costs, which is determined by an elected school board. You have a say in how these funds are appropriated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2005

This school is way too overcrowded. The school district also has too many budget cuts. Sports come first in this school district. There is a rule, 'No coats in class.' But the football players are allowed to wear their varsity coats in class whenever they please. Students have to use books that are falling apart, but they can buy $300,000 lights for the football field. This school needs to know what comes first, and that is EDUCATION!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

This school is too overcrowded and drastically under-funded. It was build to house only the high school students, but now also holds the Middle School as well. There are some great teachers (especially in the English department) but many poor ones as well. This school is well known in the area for below-average state test scores and drastically needing expansion.
—Submitted by a parent


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

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

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

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35%

2011

 
 
35%
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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 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

304 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%
Social Studies

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
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 Students27%
Female22%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female62%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students30%
Female19%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students47%
Female38%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female46%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities52%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

93%


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 93% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Judy Cox
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