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Byron Center High School

Public | 9-12 | 1055 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Byron kids are not the nicest, no. They're not always accepting, of course not. But it isn't worse than any other public school. Also, Byron still puts sports high up in the food chain. If you don't play sports at Byron, you don't really matter. Just show up on count day and everyone will pretend you matter for a day, but remember; they're only in it for the money. Oh, and all of these required classes? I understand math and social studies and English, but why gym? I have struggled through my high school schedule because every year is filled with required classes. I want to take classes that prepare me for my future in college and my future job. I can't take Psychology and Sociology and English (College Prep) or more AP classes because I've been busting my behind to fit these needed classes into my schedule (PE, health, art). Yes, the teachers here are great at teaching. Teachers always find a way to help you out. I think if Byron focused on college prep courses and their AP program more, the academics program would skyrocket here. You don't always have to live traditionally, Byron. Take a chance. Change. Prepare your students for college.


Posted April 1, 2014

Reading through previous comments, I would suggest much has changed in the past few years. Parents are very involved and most kids are so respectful. Sports programs are not higher on the food chain than academics. My kids joined the district about 4 years ago, and none have had problems fitting in. It is a fairly conservative area, but I wouldn't say "religious". I would say morals abound, and that is a good thing. Teachers and Administrators will not put up with bad behavior for the most part, and that is a good thing. If your child doesn't need a babysitter and is there to be prepped for college, this is a great school system. Expect to be involved as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

I graduated from BCHS and went off to the University of Michigan (UM), and I did not feel prepared at all compared to my peers at UM. Looking back, BCHS put far too much emphasis on sports and not nearly enough on science, math, and worthwhile literature. News flash, BCHS: none of your students are going to go off into the world and be professional athletes. They might go off and become scientists, doctors, and business people, however. Put the emphasis where it belongs in your curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2010

I DO NOT agree with the person who posted on september 22, 2009. That is a horrable review of Byron Center High School. It is a wonderful place. I know because I transferred in, and was the "new kid". All the other schools that I had attended isolated me in this position. At Byron, I found that many poeple approached me and said hello. I found lifelong friends there. Yes, there is alot of "cliques" in Byron Center High School, but Kentwood High and Wyoming High are ALOT WORSE. Also, Byron Center is NOT "conservative". I didn't feel pressured with religion or unreasonable rules and regulations. I currently go to a school in Sugar Land, Texas, and it has much more conservative/strict rules in place. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2010

BC High School offers excellent academics and opportunities for students to take college credit in high School. Staff is top notch and willing to go above and beyond to help students! I am a teacher and have worked in other districts and would only choose Byron Center Public for my own children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Worst place I've ever been. When I got to college I was not prepared at all. The kids arent nice and its super cliquey. Super conservative and in a strange community. If I was a parent in Byron Center I would try very hard to send my child to another school nearby. Its worth it, they will have a much better experience in High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2009

The kids here were not very open here at all! My child was never comfortable here at all. He attended here his sophmore year and everyday would complain about how cliquey it was. He's a very social kid and usually always finds ways to get new friends, here he had some friends but they were in there cliques so he wasn't meeting a lot of kids. We're very thankful that our child is out and done with the school, he is now attending a school where he felt comfortable right away. This place is great if you have young kids, but not good for a new kid entering in High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

I was a student of the Byron Center Public schools since kindergarden. Throughout all four years of my schooling all the teachers were friendly and considerate, and more than willing to go the extra mile to help a student whether its schooling related or personal. It is because of this faculty that I am now in college, and flourishing in the classes that my peers complain about. The environment is very warm, and although it can be cliquey at times, if you open yourself up to the kids there, you will end up making life-long friendships.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2009

I was a new student to this school and I did not enjoy my experience here at all. It's very cliquey and just not that full of very nice kids. Sure there are nice kids, but not enough to make this a fun place. The teachers a pretty great, but if you have a kid who's social and new its not a great place for them. I am very social and love to have fun and talk, but there I was very quite. I tried, trust me I tried very hard to make friends. But they weren't very open to new friends at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

I would rate the teachers highly, but the leadership poorly. In fact, I have never had one email or phone call returned by either the principal or Mr. Gallop. I find the emphasis on sports of achedemics to be typical and disappointing. Byron Center has high parental involvement and strong family values. This is what makes the school system so strong and is why we chose the Byron Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

As a former student, I can't say enough of good things about BCHS. The teachers really strive to lay the ground work for further study.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2006

large school with a variety of sub-cultures that will either prove to be magnets for your children or deterrents. Hopefully, you're being the parent and your well-grounded children will flourish in this community of good teachers, a great facility and hard working staff. First class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

This is a great school with great oppotunities. The school is full of inspiring and wonderful staff members.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2005

What a blessing to have our children attend Byron Center. The teachers and staff have a plan of success for each student. We found teachers are willing to put out extra time to help students and parents with concerns. The academic programs as well as the extra curricular activities have high standards; and expect those involved to do their very best. Improvement comes with effecient teaching skills, diligence and practice. This brings in the parents involvement. There is a constant influx of communication and availability to plug in where you have skills and time. We are pleased with our move to the Byron Center School district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

It's an alright school. There are many people who don't like how the school is run or who the principal is. Great classes and mostly wonderful teachers. But it needs new people in command.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2004

Good school, the disilplinarian is a very strict and has power issues, but all around not to bad of a school, ... Mrs. Lolea is very cool though, so is Mr. Sanger and Mrs. Villar, very nice people!
—Submitted by a former student


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Social Studies

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

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

2012

 
 
37%

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2010

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
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53%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
54%

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62%
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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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55%
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26%
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ACT participation

94%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

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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 89% 69%
Hispanic 5% 6%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian 2% 0%
American Indian N/A 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45am
School end time
  • 2:30pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Scott Joseph
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (616) 878-6620

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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8500 Burlingame Ave Sw
Byron Center, MI 49315
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