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Walled Lake Northern High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1555 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2014

My children was given a failed grade on a subject she didn't even take. This grade showed up on the skyward report card. We recieved an inaccurate transcript and letter about summer school cost. This information should of been thoroughly reviewed by the counselor and principle before they put their signature on it and send it out. The worst part is it ruins the GPA! Of course, I'm my child's advocate and now have to make sure they correct this issue. Another unnecessary task to deal with next to my busy schedule. What a shame! Staff needs to be on their A game! Hopefully we will at least get an apology for this mess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Sorry that you felt that the comments were embarrassing, but unfortunately they only give you so much space in the comment area before you run out of room. I was the last parent to comment (in February '13) and although I'm not certain that the last comment left was about mine, but I felt compelled to respond anyway to say lack of space was the reason I abbreviated everything. I had a lot to say and very little room to say it! I too, have a very respectable career and am very intelligent, however this isn't about me or my ability, it's about Northern's and their lack of. I had a lot more to say during my previous review, but now I find that I have no interest. I took the necessary steps to ensure my child's success; I gave a review and said what I had to. My son hasn't attended Northern in quite sometime. In fact, I only ironically find myself here simply because I was coming to leave a positive review for my son's current school, which realizes that not all children learn the same way and spends the time, money and effort to work with each child individually. Thanks for your opinion and congratulations on your success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

I attended WLN and graduated as the first class to go all the way through, in 2006. Reading these comments just meant that I had to comment myself. I'm now a High School teacher and find some of these parents' comments embarrassing. Northern has it's issues, just like every other public school. Northern has great funding, meets AYP, has ample resources for students will various needs and encourages growth and exploration among the students. Just because one parent had a negative interaction with a few staff members doesn't mean the school is defunct. I graduated from WLN, attended a top-25 university for undergrad and graduate school. Don't whine so much... and if you're going to, at least use proper grammar and mechanics. Your complaints about academics will be taken much more seriously if you yourself appear to be intelligent.


Posted February 7, 2013

Son was diagnosed w/LD in reading comprehension. Req. spec ed serv. & was told he had to be tested thru school. Even tho, in 9th gr, he had a 3rd gr reading level per their results, I was told he didn't qualify for help. After their testing, I had him retested by 3rd indep. profess. who gave me a dx of Dyslexia & ADHD. I agree w/parent that said Northern calls home a lot for silly things (missing pencils, etc.) 1 day alone, I rec'd 5 calls. When talking to principal, I was degraded & disrespected, told it was my fault, etc. even tho outside of school my son has NEVER gotten into trouble. The principal said my son needed to spend more time at home on hmwrk-when I told him that he already spends 3 hrs/day, what did he expect, spend 8 hrs after school on hmwrk? The principal said,"maybe?" Sarcastic & unprofessional. I said I'd be transferring him to another Walled Lake HS & was told by principal,"Well I can tell you right now that won't be happening." Why? Because they were mad at me! My point then (& still now) is regardless of # of hrs a kid puts into hmwrk, if they have learning issues, they need help learning how to learn, not sitting there staring at things they can't understand!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

Walled Lake Northern is a horrible school. They do not care about the students, only the bottom line. I was lied to by office staff and then talked down to by the principal. They only want kids in their school that makes them look good for more funding, if you don't fall into that category then you're to be dismissed. I wouldn't recommend anyone attend this school unless you only care about appearances as well, instead of a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

Northern High School leaves much to be desired. A state of the art building and facilitites are nice to have. However the classroom instructors have a habit of using Hollywood movies as factual instruction while they cruise on the internet during classtime. When you try and discuss this with administators they admit it's a problem but seem basically unwilling to formally address it. I have no doubt that most of the graduates of Northern are woefully unprepared for college. Sad to say- but true. I will not be sending my younger children to Northern- we will either move to another district or pay for private education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

While the building itself is very nice, we have not been happy with Northern. While some teachers actually DO seem to care about students who aren't "cookie cutter" kids, there are those who think it best to come down hard on any kid who isn't their pet, or is a non-traditional (i.e. A.D.D./OHI) student. Every little thing that would normally be laughed off in the classroom was fodder for a trip to the Assistant Principal's office and a call home. They tell the students to "grow up and act like adults" but treat them like first graders! They complain that parents aren't actively involved, but when they get parents (like us) who ARE VERY involved, they still complain! Rumor for years is the teachers who couldn't hack it at other schools in the district ended up here. Unfortunately I have to agree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

All of the teachers I have encountered at Northern High School are amazing people. Very engaged and interested in the kids well being and growth. I love Northern High School staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

New principal is terrible. Staff tell parents to butt out of activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

NOrthern is a great school and everyone is really nice. I really enjoy going there because there isn't really any cliques and thee is something for everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2007

my daughter and i moved from, huron valley school districts. and everything has changed for the better. the teaches are exellent and relate to the students well. the cirriculum is very high-standard. i would recomend this school for any parent or child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2005

Northern is an excellent school. I can't say enough about the staff. The teachers are amazing and genuinely love to teach. The building is state of the art, having been built only 4 years ago (although I personally think the bathrooms should have doors). There are many extra curricular activities to participate in and a lot of students who are involved. Although the principal left something to be desired, Dr. J. is gone now and hopefully they will find a better replacement. The school is surrounded by a warm, welcoming, safe community. I don't think that there are many high schools out there that can compete with what this school has to offer. I know that I am extremely glad that I was able to attend this school. I strongly recommend it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 4, 2005

I removed my child from this school after freshman year. Half the teachers my child had were great, the other half were 'substandard.' The principal is invisible, rarely to be seen. The building is state of the art, but there are some teachers who came from other schools in the district 'to get a new start.' Yeah, much to the detriment of my student. Parents, be very proactive in finding out who the good teachers are and demand your student be scheduled in their classes. Also, grades are most probably inflated. Kids with 4.0 GPA's scoring 21 on the ACT. Doesn't add up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

Northern is a great place for a kid to go to! The academics are great, I can't wait to see what the state standings are for the testing. The auditorium is to be envied! It has a sound room, orchestra pit, etc... The sports program is awesome for my son. I like the way they segregrate the 9th graders from the rest of the school until they get more comfortable and acclimated to their new surroundings. They make parents feel very welcome there. The only thing I don't like is the pay to participate for sports. They accept anyone so they can get the money ($100 or more!) Then, the kids that pay but aren't too good, have to sit on the sidelines the whole time! They should change that back to try outs. Otherwise, a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

Principal is tough to work with, she does not know how to run a High School. School is fantastic! Some teachers are something to be desired. Walled Lake still needs to fine tune this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

Principle is not student oriented. Is an administrator only. Treats the high schoolers like they were still in middle school. Building is wonderful as it is only two years old. Fantastic environment. Great media center and commons area. Plenty of parking. Sports fields, especially football/soccer stadium is state-of-the-art. Pool is very well done with weight/workout room overlooking it. Nice elevated track around main gym. Access is good but somewhat dangerous. They need stoplights at both exits. New subdivision being built next door where golf course used to be is sad. It takes away from the country feeling but all in all still a pleasant outdoor feeling. Staff is very good, athletic department run very well. Janitors are helpful and friendly. Language labs are excellent. Science rooms are also well ahead of any other high school around the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Walled Lake Northern opened just last year as Michigan's premier public highschool. After severe budget cuts it is still going strong. This school features room for expansion/future construction, a common area, a leading edge media center with a comfortable setting, several lunch bays in the cafeteria, air-conditioning, dual gyms, an indoor running track, a saftey tested football field, a state-of-the-art preformance hall, a well qualified teaching staff, a terrific skylight, and much more.


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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.

407 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2011

 
 
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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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

2013

 
 
46%

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45%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

385 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

385 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
34%
Social Studies

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

387 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

385 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%
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 Students45%
Female46%
Male43%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male67%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female37%
Male43%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female72%
Male60%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities74%
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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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

92%


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 92% 69%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 17%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Greg Diamond
Fax number
  • (248) 956-5305

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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6000 Bogie Lake Rd
Commerce Township, MI 48382
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