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Dryden High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 340 students

 
 

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Posted November 14, 2009

the school has a great foundation, although the influences are bad it is a great place for students to learn, and enjoy, this is my 3rd year at the school and i really love it there and i wouldnt change it for anything
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2009

This school has been a very difficult place to achieve in. I've been attending this school for some years now, and although a few adequate teachers are employed there, it isn't enough to redeem the school as a whole. The students there are a terrible influence, and are, to put it bluntly, narrow minded. They can often be cruel, as I have witnessed from my peers. The teachers unfortunately are oblivious to the goings on. I am planning to transfer to a more suitable school soon, so please, don't wast your time here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2009

There is no problem that Dryden faces that all other schools in the state face. Yes, there are some bad teachers but that you will find in any industry with a union. I graduated from Dryden a few years ago and went on to prestigious private college where I graduated less than a year ago. Dryden offers an experience unlike most schools because of its small size. I was able to be a part of multiple varsity sports and student organizations that helped me become as successful as I have, without my experience at Dryden I do not know if my future would be so promising.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

DHS was a school I chose to transfer from in order to salvage my future. Upon transferring I noticed an immediate increase in my grades due to better teaching. Dryden, while a fairly family and community friendly school, breeds a student who will be socially and educationally inept. With regards to the constant parent/faculty or shall we say 'my parent is faculty and school board member' interaction, there are few students who receive the help and skills they need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2008

Dryden is an incredibly mediocre school and the sad thing is we're known for it. People from other schools in the area actually assume everyone from Dryden is scholastically inept. There are, as anywhere, a few students who rise above, but the teachers are mostly either lazy, pushovers, or both. It is very easy to barely scrape by. Most of the teachers aren't even specifically excelled in what they teach; they're just assigned random classes and given a handbook. Everyone pokes fun at the 'quality Dryden education'. All of the exchange students said that school was ridiculously easy. That's not to say though that there aren't a few teachers who are smart, well-trained, and passionate about what they do. All in all, though, Dryden is a good environment socially but not for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

Dryden High School is run by an incompetent administration and littered with teachers who do not teach. There are a few exceptions, but there are also a shocking number of teachers who simply check out of the classroom. Not many advanced placement classes are offered, and athletics are given more importance than academics, a serious shortcoming in a school that spends over the state average of their budget on extracurriculars, even with their miniscule budget. It is possible to do well at Dryden, but the student must be determined, and I have seen many talented minds go to waste as they struggle with an inept and uninvolved staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

Dryden is a very fine school, with a great staff and a good atmosphere. I am a graduate of the school, I have been involved in the workings of the school, and I have my own children in the school. I have seen this district from all pertinent angles, and I feel that they do a fine job providing our students with a quality education. Working with a limited budget, within the confines of a horrible law in No Child Left Behind, and with sometimes limited community support, Dryden does an excellent job of preparing our students for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

As a parent and staff member I have watched the education at Dryden High School drop. The staff struggles with the curriculum they are required to teach, the teachers aren't all qualified to teach the subject area they are in. It is sad that graduates that choose to go on to college aren't prepared for what they will face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2004

Dryden High Schools main problem is the teaching. I graduated from Dryden two years ago and am sad to say my knowledge of important subjects such as math,history, and geography is not very good. We were allowed too much freedom in such classes and would get a passing grade for practically learning and doing nothing. If I could I would do it over and be motivated to learn, but how can students be motivated to learn if teachers aren't motivated to teach? That is the only thing I can say I am truly dissappointed in, the teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

I'm a student who graduated from Dryden High School. I would just like to say that I believe Dryden truly is doing the best that it can considering the people that they have to work with. The community is hardly supportive of the school, and many parents place blame onto the school system rather than taking responsibility for their own children and their child's shortfalls. Dryden receives much criticism, which I believe is poorly aimed. I graduated from DHS, and I'm going to be a success.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 31, 2004

Dryden Jr/Sr High has very little options for class offerings. It is hard for students to fill their schedules and meet requirements. The process for scheduling classes is quite chaotic. Students wait in line for the door to open and then rush in to try to find the teacher for the classes they wish to take. This school has virtually no extracurricular activites other than some sports. The variety of elective classes is very poor.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
35%
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 35% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
12%
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

Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
27%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
31%
Social Studies

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
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 Students20%
Female13%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female63%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students22%
Female13%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students37%
Female33%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students47%
Female45%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
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?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

81%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

3 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 97% 69%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Asian N/A 3%
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 29%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Richard Duffy
Fax number
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3866 Rochester Rd
Dryden, MI 48428
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