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Union High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 657 students

 

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Posted February 28, 2012

I loved DUHS! I graduated in 2009 and miss DUHS and Dowagiac in general! Great place to grow up and get an education! Loved my time at Dowagiac Union High School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2011

i went to this school from 2005-2008 and i hated it if you want a school where your kid has to learn everything the first time and gets no help when asked then send them here the only thing this school has thats good is there amazing choir and band
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2009

Dowagiac schools are great, my daughter got a great education there. All schools have their favorite students and Dowagiac is no different
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

Dowagiac schools is great if you have a student that will work hard on their own. If you have a child that needs to be pushed by the teacher to get good grades. Forget it here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

I am currently going here (june 24 2009) and they are shipping all the advanced class's to smc collage. Now i can't take higher classes unless i take more than half my day over at smc. Hard to do with out a car!!! they don't provide transportation... The school district is just trying to get more money to pay the chairmen and school council, don't send ur kids here!!!! its bad!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2008

i went to the high school and had to leave because of the violence and went to a poorer school that actually cared about the students and work to stop the violence when dowagiac does nothing send your kids to cass
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

Dowagiac tends to back the teachers 99% of the time no matter how many parents make the same complaint. It does not matter what the parents or students think. All of Dowagiac schools need a serious change. My husband an I both attended Dowagiac schools and did not want our children atteding the Jr. High or High school but thought the elementary schools would be alright. We were wrong, we pulled our daughter and decided it was worth paying for a better 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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
11%
Social Studies

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%
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 Students17%
Female16%
Male19%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female57%
Male56%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students23%
Female16%
Male33%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students40%
Female32%
Male50%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female42%
Male44%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities48%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

88%


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 70% 69%
Hispanic 13% 6%
African-American 12% 18%
American Indian 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
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 63%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Pieter Hoekstra
Fax number
  • (269) 782-9518

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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701 West Prairie Ronde St
Dowagiac, MI 49047
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