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Belding High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 664 students

 
 

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Posted January 30, 2010

I believe the teachers do truely care about the students. Belding is small enough to allow the teachers to have time for students and parents. There have been strides to increase the number of kids moving on to college after high school and that is much appreciated. However, I feel there could be more done to prepare our children for life after high school, whether they choose college or not. I would like to see more testing of kids to determine what might be natural apptitudes and strenghts and weaknesses that they will use or need to overcome as they move into college or the real world. I believe Belding Area Schools has the least amount of instructional days on the calendar as compared to other schools in the area. I would like to see this increased and believe we could shave off some breaks and days off to achieve this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

Belding high school centers in on dress code more than the students academic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2007

All I have to say is that I went to Belding, and I have to tell you, I miss it. Since it was a small school, it was so much more personal, regardless of tests or statistics, the teachers care, and they help students more in life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 1, 2007

I am a 2005 graduate, and having spent all four years in the school and its organizations, I can honestly say that it is a disappointment. During my schooling I partook in many of the arts programs and can tell through first hand knowledge that they are neglected. The band, drama, forensics, and art clubs combined never received more funds than a single sport, no matter how many students were involved. At one point in drama we had a cast of over 100 students and received less than what was needed to build the sets. Furthermore, having been in all of the advanced classes and having one of the highest GPA's, I can also say that the classes rarely were challenging and also inadequately prepared the students for college life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 30, 2006

I graduated from BHS in 2001. There were very few teachers that i thought actually cared for the students and pushed them to succeed. There were far too many teachers who seemed as though they were stuck in their own high school mentality. There was not enough focus on academics and too much focus on a sports department which was lacking in discipline. Their lack of many honors classes and a variety in their art classes, academics and foreign language classes produced few intelligent graduates. And those who have gone on to college were helped in part by good parenting and not so much by staff at the high school. I felt like the school had priorities mixed up. More focused on being a conservative school and controlling the students than giving them a sense of individuality and promoting hard work.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 6, 2006

I am a former student of Belding Schools and I would not send my children due to the lack of programs for gifted children. I felt I was not challenged and was overlooked for scholarships and by top-rated colleges because of its lackluster performance and size. My parents were going to send me to a private high school and I do regret not following that path because I believe I would have had more academic opportunities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 20, 2006

Belding is a nice school to vist small town big hearts the sure the test scores arnt too hot but thats not the teachers fault...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 6, 2006

I like the small town atmosphere that Belding and the schools provide. I don't like how my kid always comes home talking about 'how poor our school is'. I can only imagine this comes from the staff. I think the teachers and counselors care about the kids but I think they let things (like absences) get out of hand without ever involving the parents. Overall I am fairly happy with the school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

I had an excellent experience at BHS which laid the foundation for my completion of both a BS and MS degree. I have a successful career in New York City. The clubs, athletics, and academics were all accessible and rewarding.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 23, 2004

They have scored the worst on the MEAP in the Ionia/Montcalm area the last few years. Regardless of your opinion of the test, it is standardized for all the schools. Would never send my child to this school!
—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.

Grade level

Social Studies

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

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
33%
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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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
28%
Social Studies

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
49%
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

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

83%


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 6% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 59%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Brett Zuver
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  • (616) 794-4956

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850 Hall St
Belding, MI 48809
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Phone: (616) 794-4900

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