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Canton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2062 students

 
 

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Posted April 3, 2013

I am a former student and now a parent in the PCCS district. My elementary and middle school years were spent in the TAG program and in high school we were really cut loose- in a good way! This high school prepares you for college, no question. I came to my university with 12 credit hours from AP courses taken at Canton High School. It allowed me to graduate college in 3.5 years instead of 4 years and saved me a semesters tuition. As a parent, I now realize it can be a little scary for your child to have that much freedom in high school. I was a motivated kid who did not need a lot of supervision to succeed, and I hope my son is the same way. However, it is easy for students to become distracted at this giant campus the same way it is in college. In making a choice for your family, think about your child's personality and whether or not they can thrive in a mini college environment. If your child is independent and takes initiative, there are way more opportunities at PCEP than any other high school.


Posted June 8, 2012

Canton is not the school they say it is. It is the typical warehouse school. thousands of students and no where near enough staff to engage students. They teach to the few and leave behind the rest. My student was thriving until he started at Canton this last year. When staff call they are reading from a file not able to know the students names let alone their needs or history. If you have the choice, go elsewhere for your child's sake. They do however have an amazing choir and choir leader. Truly a special teacher who loves and cares for her team. she is truly inspirational and a shining light in a dark dingy tunnel of a school. The senior staff including the principals are not interested in student growth. They are obsessed with their record, stats and anything that makes peers think it is a wonderful school. The end result is a staff that does not care about the students. The counselors are equally oblivious to student needs. they are focused on stats too. they want every child to apply to many colleges so they can show the numbers. They don't care if they are prepared for the colleges they apply too. Try and change a class the first day of school. It won't happen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

In hindsight, I must say that my years at Canton High School and P-CEP as a whole were insufficient in preparing me for college. More than half of the teachers are mediocre at best, with several being overtly inconsiderate or just plain incompetent. Of course, there are exceptions. I had two or three teacher whom I enjoyed very much and with whom I am still in contact. The administration is absolutely abhorring. Students are treated like small children and must follow rules that are stricter than those at most mental institutions and prisons. I graduated in 2009, and since then things have become even worse. I firmly believe that the Plymouth-Canton High Schools are not focused on a quality education, but rather on imposing power-hungry ideals onto students. If you want your child to be successful and content, avoid P-CEP at ALL costs.


Posted January 31, 2011

This is a 5-star school. I am a transplant for the East Coast- the Philadelphia area-to be specific. My 16 year old granddaughter attends Canton High and she loves it. The teachers and counselors are truly qualified and caring and encouraging to her. Even though there was a period of adjustment for her(and our family), She has greatly improved in her academics, even math. She gets all the help she needs to take her to the next level in her learning. I am sooooo impressed with her improvement and she had made great friends by singing in the choir and taking advantage of the many extra-curricular activities. I can't say enough wonderful things about this school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

The PCEP campus offers students a wide variety of classes and an excellent opportunity to be better prepared for college and life affer High School. The facilities and staff are superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Canton is part of the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, a complex of three high schools with 6200 kids on campus. The park has great staff, superior educational opportunities and we have a great football team. Go Chiefs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

We moved here from Florida in 2007. I am very disappointed in the PCEP school system and the board. They can't keep a band director because nobody meets their qualifications! What are they looking for. All four bands at the school received 'One' ratings at District. The first time in years. Also, they think Marching Band is a Parent activity and not a student activity. Parents run the program. The kids practice M-F 3pm - 6pm and then on Sat from 9am-9pm. This is high school. There is more to life than band and winning the BOA competition. What about memories of playing in parades and on football fields. We knew our transfer here was temporary and we can't wait until we leave next year and move to a more traditional school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

As a former student, and now a parent, I love what Plymouth-Canton Schools have to offer students. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and many extracurricular activities. I also like how big the campus is because I never experienced having a 'popular' crowd--in fact seven years after I graduated, I still encountered people in my graduating class whom I've never met (and I was not a 'jock'). My half-sisters attend a very small high school and are very miserable there--they don't offer as many classes to choose from or as many teachers to work with. I hope one day that my son will be able to attend a high school like Canton.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2008

I am a former student and Canton High School offers a wide vairety of classes that most schools do not offer. This school overall is one of the best, and has an excellent staff as well. There are so many programs that are offered to students to allow them to expand their education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2007

I am a sophomore at Canton High, and it is the best school I have ever been to. I've moved around a lot, and last year was my first year here. I have to admit that it intimidated me a little, but after going here, I love it. Walking outside isn't always fun, but I wouldn't want to be stuck in one building all day long. Its really fun! This school is great! Go Chiefs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2006

I attend PCCS and it is a great school, quite diverse and leaves great preparation for college. If someone is going to complain about the weather and how it may be difficult to get from school to school, how are you going to be able to handle college life? PCCS gets an A especially for its great class selection.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2005

Canton is a great school. I was apprehensive when I found out that my son had to walk to all three buildings. Now I realize, that served a purpose -it prepared him for college! He will graduate this year and his only regret was he could not take more advanced classes. Adding more AP courses in the curriculum would be a great idea.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

I currently go to Canton and I love the school. I love being able to not have to stay in one school all day and having the chance to get out and walk around. I wouldn't want to have it any other way. I love the classes and the teachers, I have the opportunity to take any kind of class I want at any level. The sports are what I love the most. The sports teams are great, get the chance to meet some of the best people you will ever meet, have the time of your life and still be with the people you'll be at school with. Also the best is competeing against cross campus rivals. I like Canton alot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2005

I am also a former student ('98), and I agree completely with the previous reviewer who mentioned motivation level ... for students who actually WANT to achieve, there is an incredible range of classes - including AP and honors - and a breadth and depth of class selection, clubs, and extracurriculars that exceeds many colleges. Canton High is an excellent school that fosters high achievement for many types of students (including those interested in vocations such as electrician and auto mechanic). Myself and all of my friends who attended this school got into top-notch universities and are now completing top-notch graduate programs, excelling in the real world. I believe strongly that my education experience contributed to the successful person I am today (as well as the walks in the freezing cold, which every college student is forced to experience at some time or another, so why not get used to it?!)
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 17, 2005

I graduated from Canton High School two years ago and I am so thankful for the academic excellence and other experiences gained during my four years there. I'm currently finding myself ahead of so many of my peers in college because of the classes I took in high school. In addition, the diversity of people and walking building to building (yes, even in the frigid cold) prepared me immensely for the large campus college that I now attend. I noticed some negative feedback on this board for Canton High and the poor manner (incorrect spellings, grammar, etc.) that they were written in. I urge you to weigh the comments between the parents and the students who've actually experienced Canton High School for themselves. CHS is a wonderful preparatory environment where everyone can find their niche as well as be enriched and challenged.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 2, 2005

The quality of academic programs are not to bad. There is a wide selection of whatever field you think you would like to go into. But, the teachers are young, underpaid, and most have an atitude where they think just because they are a teacher everything they say is right. The rules even to me as a parent are ridiculos. Kids always seem depressed when they are leaving. As far as academics I'll give PCCS a B+. But everything else is horrible. Not to mention when it gets to icey temps that your child may have to walk to diffrent schools on a ridiculously large campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2004

My granddaughter attends high school here. The tracks and classes are too complicated for 9th graders to choose among. You practically have to know in 9th grade where you're going...college or trade school or neither. 9th graders should just have a simple set of classes to attend....get used to the big campus and new classmates. Then, they can decide what track to follow in 10th grade. Some teachers (young at that) badmouth students right in the class...not acceptable! I wish I could replace some of these idiots. You don't badmouth a kid in front of his/her peers. Otherwise, seems like a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2004

This campus is not far too large for a good education and it's not true that you are only noticed if you are a prep or a jock, so don't listen to any of that. I currently attend this school and it is the best experience of my life, seriously. It's great to be on a huge campus with 5000+ students and the teachers are great. Our sports teams are awesome also. This is a great school and it really prepares you for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2004

I am a past graduate of Canton. I think that Canton can either be a bad school, where the lazy can slip by, or a great one, where motivated students have great opportunities. Canton in unique because of its three building campus. It also allows for special programs and classes that students at other schools don't have. It gives the students a unique experience, that I can say has helped me greatly in college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2004

As I current student at this high school, I can think of no other place that I would rather attend school. The three-schools-on-one-campus experience, and having to walk between buildings helps to prepare us for what we'll have to do in college, and the variety in classes is unmatched in any nearby schools. Most every teacher I have had has been very open-minded to new ideas and thoughts from students.
—Submitted by a student


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Social Studies

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

559 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

478 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

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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 73% 69%
Asian 11% 3%
African-American 10% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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8415 North Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48187
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