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Harper Creek High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 875 students

 
 

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Posted February 21, 2012

I am currently a student at Harper Creek High School. The teachers genuinely teach and want to see their students succeed not only in the classroom, but also after graduation in the real world. The administration has recently (school year of 2011-2012) hired several new teachers that are fresh out of college - these young professionals are able to better connect and reason with students than older teachers might, due to the narrower age gap. The class choices are wide and varied and speak to all types of high school students; from new, AP courses and required core classes, the number of paths a student can take at Harper Creek High School are infinite. The new five block schedule which takes effect next school year continues to offer additional classes which hadn't been able to be run before (such as speech, debate, etc.) and has created entirely new courses that students of all kinds may enjoy (I know, for example, that there is a video game design class that has been recently approved for the curriculum). Additionally, students are able to dual enroll at KCC, the Math and Science Center, and/or the Career Center. All in all, Harper Creek High School is a cut above the rest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2011

I think Harper Creek wastes more time on their discipline and athletics than they do academics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2010

I recently graduated from Harper Creek. There are many good teachers in that school that take the time to teach you. However, the administration is changing things so drastically that the teachers are forced to spend time walking on egg shells so they won't get fired instead of being a mentor for their students. I was in two choirs, SADD, and Asset Committee during my time at HC. The choir ALWAYS had to provide their own transportation and the school was never willing to help. However, the football time is transported whereever they need to go. My sister is a varsity cheerleader. They do NOT recieve transportation to away games. The parents must provide it. That is absolutely ridiculous that they complain about having no school spirit and yet the one group that is suppose to provide that, doesn't feel as if they are needed. I was NOT ready for college what so ever. There is only one counsler in that whole school who will give you the materials you need in a timely manner and help you with their best effort. Overall, I would NEVER allow my children to attend this school unless they make some major changes including focusing more on academics over their stupid, new football field.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2010

Harper Creek has become a joke. Seriously i'm a student and if we didn't spend alllll the money on a football field we wouldn't have to fire teachers. (like we are any good at football anyways?)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2007

Harper Creek is ok, good technology escpecially in the woods department. A few minor bugs here and there, but meh. Go HERM!!! <----WoodLINKS Teacher of the Year!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2007

I am a former student who is sadly disappointed by the administration of this school. At a school rules are a must. But, at Harper Creek, the rules are changing at a rate that not only the students are unable keep up with, but the teachers themselves are hard pressed to find time to effectively enforce all the rules. Also, new academic policies create a no fail policy, whereas teachers cannot fail a student and must pass that student with a D-. This is an attempt to make the teachers 'motivate' the students to do better but in reality it is only passing kids no matter what, without doing any work, which only inflates grades. This school does have great facilities and teaching personal but has poorly managed policies and rules to the point of students opting to leave for other nearby schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2007

My daughter goes to Harper Creek and we are strongly considering moving. She is an avanced math and science center student and Harper Creek is cutting all the higher level electives to save money and teachers are leaving. The school does not care about their advanced kids they focus on the failing ones. It's not fair. The school does not offer even half of what is listed in their course book, my child tried to enroll in spanish 3, spanish 4, anatomy, speech, debate, and several other courses only to find ther were not offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

Harper Creek High School is a state-of-the-art high school. Excellent teaching staff and administrators. Very good students and athletic programs. Many other activities. Very good community invovlement.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.
Social Studies

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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21%

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16%

2011

 
 
18%
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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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

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20%

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23%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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51%

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51%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
25%
Social Studies

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

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
25%

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33%

2011

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
43%
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 Students22%
Female22%
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female56%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students22%
Female22%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students38%
Female40%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female51%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities49%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

19

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 91% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 31%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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12677 Beadle Lake Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49014
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