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Davison High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1545 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2009

I have a daughter that has gone through Davison schools, for her whole school career. I also teach in another district. My daughter has gotten a well-rounded education; and has been exposed to so many more opportunities; because of this wonderful district. I have nothing but praise for the Davison schools. Each building that my daughter has gone through, was a caring, warm environment; that nurtured not only a complete education; but also nurtures caring, and hard-working young people. Very often, I go back to my own school district, with examples of the wonderful things that Davison is doing (hoping that it might carry over into the district I work in). I've bragged about Davison so much at work, that one of our younger (very good) teachers wants to move to Davison with her new family, and be a teacher in this wonderful district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I think this school is pretty good. Some of the teachers try to get to involved with the students. Just my opinion! My favorite teacher was Mrs.Gell. She was also my cheerleading coach back in 8th grade! i loved her. anyways, this is a pretty good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2008

I've been in Davison all my life and i will be graduating next year in the class of 2009. The teachers really care about how the students do and will explain thing a million times. The connect every subject to real life, like for math we went on a hike to find geometric shapes. It really helped us understand the concept better. I would highly recomend this school. Also the band and orchestra program is outstanding. They travel around the country preforming and competing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2007

I have gone to Davison Schools my whole life and I really enjoyed all of the schools. In high school, I met quite a few teachers that I still continually talk to who made such a positive impact in my life. There are so many different sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities that meet everyone's interests. I believe the Davison district is one of the best around - from academics to athletics. I hope that when I get my teaching degree, I will be lucky enough to teach at one of Davison's elementary schools!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 7, 2006

I am a Davison grad (went k-12) and I never played sports! Davison is not all about sports. It is a great school, with terrific teachers. It has excellent extracurricular activities that are not athletic, also. I was a member of the National Honor Society (Davison has a great chapter, unlike some other area schools). There are also great music and art programs. Davison is the best! I am now graduation with a degree in Elementary Education and Davison is where I want to teach!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 18, 2006

I left Davison High School for 3 years when I moved to Grand Blanc. I've since moved back and will be graduating next year. This is very sports oriented but it also has a great academic program. I personally love the school. I'm sad to say some of the best teachers are going to be retiring soon but the younger ones filling their places are keeping up in excellence. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2005

This school is the best in sports and never will be beaten. Also good teachers and a fun enviorment. The kids are nice i suggest you go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2004

Davison schools are in general good schools. However, they focus more on sports than anything else. At this moment they are building a new football field, while the teachers are scraping by when it comes to supplies. Too much money is wasted on sports, instead of being used to help improve the students' learning. If your child is highly active IN sports and/or school-related clubs, then this school is a good one to go to. But if your child just wants, and needs, a valuable education, then you may want to look aroudn a little more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2004

I believe that this school is well maintained, yet the alternative program has a more well trained, and a better role model for a principal. Mr.Whitman has been the best principal davison has ever had, and I hope he continues running the alternative program to keep kids out of trouble and off the streets and back into school where they belong. Telling you this may seem odd but in the alternative education building I've learned more in the past quarter than I have ever had in a year by a teacher in the normal high school building. Teachers teach one on one, they teach more in a fun state than in a boring quiet class. That is why I am proud to be a student at this wonderful school, and I plan on learning more and to continue my studies until my graduation. Go class of 2006.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2004

Davison Community Schools is a real great district I have a son in the school that loves it. He and I both agree that the teachers there are great and funny so it's not always boring in the classroom. There are two teachers that my son really liked at that school -- Mrs.Gell and Mr.Esper-- they are real funny teachers. Davison also has a good sports program. My son played on the football team and he loved it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2004

Whoever says Davison is all about sports, is crazy. Allthough they have the Mid-Michigans top overall sports rated teams in All Sports, it's the Academics that tell the real story. Consistantly in the very top of the 21 Districts in Genesee County, Mi., Davison not only scores very well in all MEAP tests, they do it with far fewer actual dollars spent per pupil. In other words, living here is not a rip off, when you see the results from our Graduates. Standard & Poors' study of all 520 School Districts in the entire State of Mi. found that Davison Schools ranked in the top 50 districts in money well spent, for the results they accomplished. That is the true measure of a community. Well, that, and more police per sq. mile than I've ever seen in my life. You will not move, once you experience this gem of a town. Believe me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2003

Davison high school is all about sports. If you're not into sports dont come! Just trying to warn you.


Posted September 9, 2003

I have one child graduated from Davison and one that will be graduating in 2004. There is always something going on at the school or related to the school to keep the kids busy and learning. They have a wonderful Orchestra dept. and are very sports oriented. I highly reccommend Davison Schools from Thompson Teddies (kindergarten) to graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

As a former student I konw the ins & outs of DHS. The principal & staff is great 99% of the time, but hey we all have our days right?, no one's perfect. The sports teams & clubs are plentiful there's something for everyone but the school as a whole still keeps it's focus on academics. If you're thinking about moving to the district, Just Do It! :)
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Social Studies

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

427 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%
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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 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

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

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

94%


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 86% 69%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 5% 2%
African-American 2% 18%
American Indian 2% 1%
Asian 1% 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 32%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Davison Middle School
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:36 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Matt Shanafelt
Fax number
  • (810) 591-3555

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Davison high school has a parent advisory committee open to any parents wishing to participate. each grade level has at least one and usually more than one parent sponsors. we have several parent booster organizations. parents frequently volunteer to assist with school events and extra curricular activities. parents organize and host project graduation, and annual lock in for seniors immediately following graduation. the community is also very supportive of the school. the local busnesses partner with the school to provide cooperative learning job opportunities and apprentiship programs and they contribute generously to the school. for each of the past two years graduating seniors have received over $100,000 dollars in local scholarships. the local kiwanis organization recognizes the top seniors and students who exhibit exceptional character annually. the local medical professionals and law enforcement agenies recently partnered with the school to develop a prescription drug task force to educate our students about the dangers associated with the misuse of prescription drugs.
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Students typically come from these schools
Davison Middle School

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mott Community College
University of Michigan Flint
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1250 North Oak Rd
Davison, MI 48423
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Phone: (810) 591-3539

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