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Commerce Township, MI
Students enrolled: 1,555

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6000 Bogie Lake Road
Commerce Township, MI 48382

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February 22, 2015
Very surprised to read all the negative ratings. We moved into the school district recently. We attended a principal breakfast. He was very clear and expected results from his teachers and students in a positive light. The staff have been very helpful and the school is organized (we have attended several events where it was organized well). The honor's class my son is attending is pushing him.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2014
Do not have your student attend here run fast from this school, the students and their parents have no rights if they file a complaint against school, school and district won't even discuss in person problems that happen. Principle and administration blows you off, your student is only a dollar sign and number to them they are invisible to issues and avoid you. They also don't follow the procedures they expect you to follow. Run fast from this school!

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September 26, 2014
By far the worst school, the principle only cares about himself and funding not the best interest of student very disrespectful to parents, drugs at school and it just started. I will put my house up for sale to get out of this school if need be. Still fighting transfer. Don't attend here you will regret it.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

February 07, 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!

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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

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

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.

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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!!

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April 20, 2008
New principal is terrible. Staff tell parents to butt out of activities.

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April 07, 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

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

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 student

August 04, 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

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

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

August 09, 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

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.

- submitted by a community member
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Walled Lake Northern High School
6000 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce Township, MI  48382
(248) 956-5300
Last modified Walled Lake Northern High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walled Lake Northern High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top