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Byron Area High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 388 students

 

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Posted September 15, 2013

we left the school district this year and took our kids to another district, it is well worth the drive to the new school, my child was being bullied by the teachers and when approaching the administrative superintendent and the school board they "could have cared less". The superintendent painted over all of the art from the past students that had been painted in the art room, some of which have died and had been a inspiration to the kids. The teachers are only there for pay check and don't really care about if the kids get an education or not. THis is a really pathetic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

just look at the test scores...no other review needed....the fact that we are only 21% and have declined in the last few years says it ALL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

It is very true that Byron schools are small and that the class choices are poor and the classrooms are way to crowded. However the community tried to make changes that would not have increase the common home owners taxes. Personally i enjoy the school and happy i am a student. the teachers are great most of them want you to learn and take time to teach you. A vast majority of the teachers stay after to further assist students. And on top of that they are very one on one with students and consistently ask on ways to improve there teaching to benefit the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2012

this school is amazing this school is so small i didnt know it was even there till i moved. the teachers are great and there is nothing wrong with it
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2012

I agree with most of these post. The school board don't realize how smallwe are & they want tons of money for improvements to buildings. What about improvements to the teachers. The teachers dress like high school tramps yet condem our students for the same dress. They think they need to be the kids friend instead of a roll model & a teacher. If you are not into sports forget it this school has nothing for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I have had 3 children attend Byron Schools from K-12 and I HATE the way the school pushes the children through even though it is clear the the child is years behind academically. When my daughter left that school she still used her fingers to multiply, she was lost when it came to all subjects. I tried to beg the teachers to stop pushing her through but their response was "she'll probably catch up soon." There is very little communication from the school as to upcoming events, progress issues, or social issues. As a parent I was not allowed to volunteer anywhere in the school once my child was in the middle school. There are not a lot of classes offered due to budget cuts, and each year it seems to get worse. Putting my children in this school district was a HUGE mistake, two of my 3 children have graduated as lost souls. I wish I knew then to look at school ratings and reviews like you are :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

Byron does have a girls soccer team now and there are many ways for both girls and guys to get involved in sports and other groups.


Posted December 12, 2008

I was a student at the school from 10th grade-graduation. I'd agree with the comments made about the school's counselor. After graduating I've come to realize what a good counselor does, she didn't do anything for my future now that I think of it. As for the soccer team the school district in general is too small to have a soccer team. A girl soccer team was tried and failed because there just isn't enough interest/athletes to have such a program. Byron is a football school and supports FFA. Overall the school lacks what bigger schools have and is kind of limited. Overall the teachers were great, most coaches were great and the experience overall was good. I liked it but would probably be in a better situation now if I stayed at the previous/larger school district. My classes were overcrowded and that will get worse as student numbers increase.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2007

I am a parent in the district and I totally agree with the last post. I think that byron schools need a lot of change! I wouldn't recommend this district to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

It's a small school so much of the staff has to double up on classes. The School councelor is very poor at helping students with scholarships (when asked we were basically told to reasearch ourselves). Limited Sports teams. Byron is a football school and they have decided to completely fase out the male soccer team. After having my children attend this school k-12 I would recomend seeking other educational opportunities in your area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

A small school which means good student/teacher interaction. Good leadership from the administration. Extracurricular activities which include a full spectrum of typical sports along with FFA, NHA and a few other clubs. Extracurricular is light for girls that are not interested in sports or FFA. Overall, a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
32%
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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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
19%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
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 Students30%
Female22%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female64%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students30%
Female27%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students46%
Female39%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female64%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
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:

19%
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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

82%


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 96% 69%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
African-American N/A 18%
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 33%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Language learning

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  • French
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50am
School end time
  • 2:50pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Frank Trotter
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (810) 266-5723

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Sports

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

Arts & music

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  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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312 West Maple St
Byron, MI 48418
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