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Harrison High School

Public | 9-12 | 1279 students

 
 

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Posted May 20, 2012

My daughters graduated from Harrison and were very prepared for college. A great school with great students and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2011

I'm incredibly disheartened to see that Harrison is rated lower than both North and Farmington, and I'm sick of it being the underdog. As a recent graduate now studying education, I realize how valuable my experience was. Before attending my freshman year, my parents even discussed moving because of Harrison's reputation, and I'm very glad we didn't. Send your kids here. I know I will.


Posted November 10, 2010

I started 9th grade when HHS first opened 40 years ago. My teachers provided great support & encouragement preparing me for college. My children also went to Harrison High School and I was very please with the support and encouragement they also received. We have all become Independent and very successful with our careers. JOB WELL DONE to the Staff and employees of HHS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2010

Two of our children attended and graduated from Harrison, and both went on to great academic success at Michigan State University. I can't say enough about the care of the teachers and administration in helping our children become successful adults!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Great curriculums and one of the best high school football programs in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The teachers are enthusiastic, young, and dedicated to the students. Really a great school for learning. Lots of extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

The admiistrative staff has really reached out to the community this last year. The new principal has started several new programs and I have only heard good things about them. The other in-district school he came from was not hapy to see him move to Harrison, he was so well liked there. There is a huge selection of A P classes and the music program is second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

I attended HHS as a freshman and for half of my senior year, and I consider it one of the best schools I've been to. I miss it and I wish I could go back. The students that attend there get good help from all the teachers and they're really friendly. The staff works hard to make sure the school is in top condition and I've never seen anything bad about the school except for the way some of the students speak.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

There is no doubt that Harrison has some great teachers, and some great classes. But over all, my four years at the school were terrible. I only stayed at HHS for one reason. The music department. I strongly believe it's one of the best in the state, with very competent and passionate teachers. It's not enough however, to save the rest of the school. The non-advanced classes were easy, and uninteresting, while a lot of AP and honors classes taught you nothing except how to take a test. The theatre department was horrible, and the administration was a mess, and never did anything to help parents or students (unless they were a varsity football player). I have two brothers at North Farmington, and I know for a fact that they have superior academics and staff. I believe I would have gotten a much better over all education at NFHS or FHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2008

As a parent I have been very happy with Harrison and am also tired of it being considered the underdog of the three high schools. Harrison offers a large variety of honors and AP classes, has an extensive number of extracurricular activites, and a wonderful staff. The parent involvement needs to increase in attending informational meetings available at school, however, the turn out for parent teacher conferences is always plentiful. I agree with the other reviewer that the science department is amazing. They should have a score of 10 out of 5. The counseling department is also fabulous. They are always on top of sending parents information about academic opportunities and planning for college. They have given excellent information about the EDP, MME, financial aid for college, ACT prep classes, etc. We receive far more information than our friends who go to one of the other High Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

Great School; great student to teacher ratio and many opportunities for advanced placement classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2008

I work at HHS and I love being there each and every day. As I read the parent/student postings from our other high schools, it disappointed me to see that we were lower in our ratings. It is true however that we have less parent involvement but that has alot to with some students who seem to be moving in and out of our school all of the time. There never seems to be any 'press' about all of the positive things that happen in our school. I am sick and tired of HHS being the underdog out of all of the FPS High Schools. We have wonderful kids, parents and staff. Go Hawks!


Posted August 2, 2007

Harrison, I feel, is a school of hit and miss. During my 4 years, I've had the most inspiring as well as the most vapid teachers of my academic career. The administration is also in my opinion very disorganized. The science department is ,however, absolutely amazing, and nearly every class i took left me thirsting for more. The preforming arts faculty is also, for the most part, very good. The course offerings, however, are lacking. It felt as though the school pandered excessively to the average student, while allowing the gifted and the struggling to fall through the cracks. for me,
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 26, 2007

As a graduate from Harrison High School I can really only say good things. I agree with other comments that it is a shame people look down upon Harrison, it is a great school with endless opportunities but others create a negative stigma about our academics or athletic favoritism. As a former student, I was eager to go to school in the morning because the staff there was welcoming, warm and always figuring out news ways to spice up their curriculum. I found the teachers to be insightful and passionate about their work and it showed because it sparked a greater interest in academics that myself or other students didn't necessarily have before (especially in math). We created a family comprised of such a diverse student body. It was great getting to know so many different cultures and seeing that our similarities outweighed our differences. Hawk Pride!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2006

I did my student teaching at Harrison after many years subbing Downriver, and I have to say that I love Harrison and would teach or have my children taught there anytime. It's a wonderful, diverse and dynamic place with many kinds of people, good teachers, great course offerings, a wonderful honors/AP program, and great sports, dance, music and etc. I have never met a more committed group of teachers, and parents seem genuinely involved. I had a marvelous group of students (all kinds of achievers both high GPA and career 'C' and 'D' students) that I wouldn't trade for any group at any school! If you are considering sending your child there, I would tell you it would be a good place to prepare them for life, and most of the rumours are blatantly untrue. This school deserves a much better reputation than it has, period.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 2, 2006

It's unfortunate that Harrison gets such a bad reputation, and I especially don't like it when students and their parents complain without helping the situation at all. Harrison's staff, aside from its fair share of poor teachers (what school doesn't have them?) genuinely cares about their students, and whenever I've had a problem, they have been eager to help. Though administrative changes have shaken the school up a bit this year, I feel like the changes will help to improve the school in the future. It is important to recognize that the problems that Harrison has are not specific to this school, that they occur universally in high schools. I'm graduating and attending a four-year university on full scholarship. I feel prepared and proud to have graduated from Harrison.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2006

It's not always about the school... it's also about parental involvement. I'm a senior here at Harrison and I've been accepted to the University of Michigan. My courses are challenging and my teachers are helpful. Yes there are problems...problems that need to be address,but not by the parents, by the students. I've learned a lot of life lessons at Harrison that I wouldn't trade for the world and I've met a lot of students and teachers that have had a positive influence on my life. Sometimes you need to open yourself up to what are you given... sometimes something beautiful is standing right in front of you...but maybe it's not necessarily what you want to see. There's a lot more to Harrison than athletics... maybe you should open your eyes! Go Hawks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

As a parent you want the best education for your child, and for the 3 years that my daughter has attended Harrison she has received just that.. Prior to moving to Farmington Hills my child was enrolled in Private school, and has maintained a 3.8 - 4.0 GPA since her enrollment at Harrison. My daughter has always taken advance classes at Harrison (which are challenging) and still managed to involve herself in sports year round. Parents education starts at HOME! become more involved with your child's study habits and the students they hang around. Teach them to focus more on there education and less on the mess that children tend to involve themselves with! When a child is really focused, learning is easy! I am proud to say that Harrison is a great school when it comes to education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2006

In the past several years I have had kids there I feel it has gone down hill. There are alot of kids that are there because the other local schools could not or would not deal with them. We are seriously considering moving in part due to our discontent with the administration/teachers at Harrison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

This school has a pretty good academic program and athletic program with a mix of good/poor teachers. The administration seems to stand behind the teachers more than listen to what parents and students have to say in my opinion. They also seem to play favorites to those who are gifted academically and especially in athletics not giving the rest a chance to really improve or succeed in more ways than one. This school is very diverse and it shows! Racism is strong so beware. There is much negativity. It is unfortunate and a shame the way Farmington Hills boundaries there schools according to economic and social status....we live less than one mile from Farmington High School but because of my neighborhood status, my daughter is forced to go to Harrison.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

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

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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33%
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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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
28%
Social Studies

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
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%
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

95%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

"89"%


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 50% 69%
African-American 36% 18%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 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. Lawrence Stroughter
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29995 West 12 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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