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Bangor High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 368 students

 
 

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Posted May 27, 2014

Bangor doesn't have a lot of money, and what little it does have is not spent wisely. Communication between staff and administration is almost nonexistent, as teachers often find out about major schedule/policy changes at the same time as students. The student body is largely unruly, bigoted, and low-achieving. Hateful language goes unpunished: I have heard rape jokes and threats, casual use of homophobic language between straight kids, and all manner of bigoted language uttered right in front of teachers with no repercussions. The school also changes its mind at the drop of a hat: a new teacher was hired into the high school this year and she has already been told that she will not be coming back next year because she is unnecessary, even though she is one of two teachers of a required class and class sizes are already in the thirties. At the same time, the district is hiring three new teachers. Communication between the school and the Van Buren Technology Center, where many upperclassmen spend half of their day learning a skill, is also minimal as the school will make major schedule changes that affect the students' time at the tech center without any prior warning. -- 2014 grad
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2009

I graduated from Bangor in 2005. While I was in school I always felt safe and had always felt like I fit in with everybody there. The administration was very communicative with the students and was very understanding of each situation. Having gone to bangor schools and growing up there I learned many positive life lessons and school especially helped me learn self dependence. Whenever I decide to have children I would be more than proud to send them to bangor schools.


Posted October 4, 2007

I recently graduated from Bangor Public Schools (class of 2006). While the small school system has its faults and issues, they are not uncommon to even the best schools in the country. While Bangor may lack a curriculum that encourages students to excel in academics, it is a place where young adults learn valuable life lessons. Within the walls of Bangor high I was exposed to many different types of people and was able to participate in almost any type of activity they offered. I was able to be part of many academic and athletic clubs. Overall my experience at Bangor High was not stellar, but it helped me to move on to the next phase in my life... College.


Posted September 4, 2007

I am a student of Bangor High School. I am just beginning my sophomore year. I have attended this school for 3 years now. Bangor decided on a new trimester scheduling system, they just put it in affect this year. I believe this is the worst choice Bangor has made so far. I frown upon it because of the short amount of time there is to finish assignments and projects in class, this means you will then have to struggle with the work on your own without teacher assistance on hand, trimesters also mean a very short amount of time to scarf down your food, the line is so long at lunch you are forced to wait until lunch is almost over and then once you do receive your lunch. You barely get sat down to eat and the bell rings. I also have to say the teens that attend this school are very disrespectful. There are very few good kids that go to this school. Not many are friendly to anyone new or different. It is a terrible learning experience. In the class room there are many disturbances and distractions caused by other students, which in most cases is excused by the teacher with only a simple warning, while the problem prosiest. I would never recommend Bangor High School to anyone, it is not the kind of school you want to attend or send your child to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2005

Bangor High School is great I have one child that has graduated from there and a senior this year. They have been fair and have given my children a decent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

The school uses block scheduling, but does not use it well. Much time is wasted in class. The math department is a mess, leaving students totally unprepared for college. Discipline is lax. It is a very insular community where it is difficult for newcomers to fit in. Newcomers are not made welcome, and parental input is discouraged. Athletics is a priority over academics in almost every situation. On the positive side, the small size allows for every student to be known by name by the teachers and principal. Students will not feel lost in the crowd. The school also participates in the program by which students can take classes at a Community College (paid for by the school) if the class is not offered by the school. Because Bangor High School's offerings are so limited, this is actually a good way to start getting college credits.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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14%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
18%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
5%
Social Studies

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
28%
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 Students14%
Female7%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White13%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities16%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female41%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students15%
Female10%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities18%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students30%
Female24%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students31%
Female38%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners10%
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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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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ACT participation

90%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

79%


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 63% 69%
Hispanic 28% 6%
African-American 7% 18%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian N/A 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 70%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Jeff Melvin
Fax number
  • (269) 427-8274

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801 West Arlington St
Bangor, MI 49013
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Phone: (269) 427-6844

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