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Farmington High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1214 students

 
 

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Posted October 23, 2012

My child attended this school for two full years, then transferred to North Farmington High school for its better academics. This school has much negative activity that I will not elaborate, and has sub-par administration. Many of the teachers are great, but the administration, school community, and overall curriculum is not in the student's best interest. Do your child a favor and have them sent to North Farmington High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

I went to FHS for 4 years and graduated in 2005. While, many changes have been made since then(such as the move to trimesters) and I cannot comment on those changes, I can offer my opinion about the education I received. While attending FHS, I never really thought anything spectacular of my school. To me, it was nothing more than average. Upon entering college however (GVSU for 2 years, and EMU for 2 years) I began to realize that FHS had done a great job preparing me for college. I found that I was much further ahead in regards to Math and Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Precalc.) than many students in my university courses. Furthermore, I began to deeply appreciate the elective courses that were offered at FHS such as Comm. Tech, and Advanced Outdoor Leadership that were taught so well and gave me invaluable, practical knowledge.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2008

Excellent school, very impressed with the administrative staff, always see the principal or asst principal at all sporting events they seem to always know what is going on with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

Student to Teacher ratios are in the 25 to 30 range. If your child needs any special attention you can forget it happening here. The Principal does not get involved with student academics. I have yet to see him involved with a student who is having touble academically. The timester approach virtually assures a lack of teacher/student continuity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

Farmington High School does not adequately address what the students really need to succeed and move on to a post-high school world. Officials in the schoolboard formulate inflexible new rules, some ridiculous, and most of the new policies are not enforced. Starting March 17th, Farmington will be 'enforcing' a new policy in which any single tardy for any class will result in a one hour after-school detention. Students that are one minute late will have to serve sixty minutes in detention. Those who have trouble making it to school on time, even due to harsh Michigan snowstorms, will be serving their time after school. Also, the beginning of the 2007 school year also encouraged another ridiculous policy: students, with 11 or more absences in any class, automatically fail the class. There are so many more issues prevalent in this school that will continue to degrade the school without compromise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

It's my son's first year at FHS and is doing very well. He had low grades in middle school and I was worried about high school. FHS has worked with him and all of his teachers are excellent and really DO care (unlike middle school). I would highly recommend FHS and so would my son! He loves it as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

I went to Farmington and graduated in 2002 and i loved the atmosphere and the way the school was run, very high quality type of education and respectful enviornment!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 16, 2005

My daughter is now going into grade 11 at FHS. She is very happy with the school's broad range of programs. Although they only offer French, Spanish, and Japanese, the teachers that teach those classes are very well educated. My only word of advice, would be to hire natives of the country in which they speak the language they would be teaching. most have been teaching at FHS for years and are fantastic. But they're are always the bad few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2005

I have my first child at FHS. So far, I would say that the quality of the teachers is good. Like many schools, occasionally you get a teacher that needs to retire or one that is overwhelmed. You get this in college too, so learning to work with these teachers is fine. Academically, it is challenging. Regular, honors and AP classes are all available. Student to teacher ratio is low and teachers are always willing to help when asked. Extracurricular activities are in abundance. Parents support their children in all activities. It is a real community school. Many people without children at FHS still come to the football games. It is a wonderful school and place to live.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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66%

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65%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
35%
Social Studies

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

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
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

99%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

93%


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 60% 69%
African-American 24% 18%
Asian 8% 3%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 21%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Julie Kaminski
Fax number
  • (248) 489-3474

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32000 Shiawassee Rd
Farmington, MI 48336
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Phone: (248) 489-3455

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