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Pennfield Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 660 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter is a senior this year who transfered from another school and actually from another country. The transition has been smooth thus far and the faculty and students have done all they can to welcome her to the Pennfield family. The administration has also been supportive and willing to take the extra time and attention required in an effort to maximize our daughters success and provide a memorable experience in her senior year while ensuring her academic development as she prepares for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

Pennfield Schools is an excellent place to learn. My children have been supported by their caring teachers since they entered the district. Wouldn't go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

I was expelled from Pennfield my 1st semester of my sophnore year. I was constantly teased and taunted, i was a very quite person. The teachers would actually see the bully students push and tease students and turn and walk the other way so they didnt have to deel with it. I finally had enough and protected myself using physical force. With no previous issues on my record but several on the other kids, i was dismissed permanetly while the other kid got a 3 day suspension. I do have to say that when my son got into his first fight this year as a 3rd grader protecting the quite kid in class from a bully, the principal express-ed his understanding as my son had brought the issue to the attention of the staff several times before. I hope it has improved overall as i do like almost everything else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I have a freshman who is new to the high school. Did not have a very pleasant experience getting him in. Although we are residents, we have chosen a local charter school for K-8. The academics are much easier than what he is used to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

This school has a great leanring environment, and great extra curricular activities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

Excellent school district with outstanding teachers and parent involvement. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2006

Pennfield High School is a great place to learn, make friends, and have fun! It is a school where everybody receives the same, high quality education. The teachers are great, they use thousands of different methods to explain and make teaching on one side, as well as studying on the other much easier. It's a very safe environment where you can do a variety of sports as well as other extracurricular activities. There are many events prepared by both, the school and the parents, that make it a great school. As an exchange student from Macedonia, i can only say that i had a wonderful time during my stay in Pennfield and that i am a proud graduate of Pennfield High School!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 15, 2006

The music and sports programs are excellant at Pennfield. Other than that I cant say much. Many of their good teachers have retired in recent years. I will say I am extremley pleased with the help the office staff has given as three of my daughters have gone through Pennfield. I have also been surprised by how excited my daughters have gotten about Government the whole Social Studies program at Pennfield is about all the school has going for them in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2005

I was a student at pennfield high last year. Pennfield was a great school. I loved learning from the teachers, they really cared about the kids then.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2004

I'm a former student of this school system, and it was a pleasure to attend the years that I was there. My family moved frequently as I was growing up, so I was presented with the opportunity to experience numerous schools. Pennfield High School was by far the best academically, and the teachers were very supportive with a great interest in student success at all levels. Anytime I desired extra help, or just wanted to discuss a problem with a teacher they were more than willing to listen and cooperate. Pennfield High School definitely was the highest quality school system I ever attended, and my most favorite memory of school. In fact, Pennfield High School left such a wonderful influence on my I won an essay contest to attend the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bonnie Blair and Eric Bergoust, were the essay judges, and they were tremendously impressed with what I wrote about Pennfield High School. My essay along with four other individuals was selected out of a total of over 2000 essays, so it's pretty obvious Pennfield High School impacted me positively. The trip to the 2002 Olympics was like a dream coming dream to witness live, and a very special teacher, Thomas Tenney, was my greatest inspiration.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 27, 2003

I enjoy attending Pennfield and so do my siblings. It is a safe environment conducive to learning and growth. Teachers care about the students and want to help them grow. We have a lot of extracurricular activities, especially for a small school. We excell in a variety of activities-band, football, choir, school spirit...I love my school!


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

Grade level

Social Studies

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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24%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
27%
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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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
19%
Social Studies

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

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
44%
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%
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

88%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

"91"%


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%
African-American 4% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Barry Duckham
Fax number
  • (269) 441-1274

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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8299 Pennfield Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49017
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Phone: (269) 961-9770

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