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Luke M Powers Catholic High School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $45,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $670.

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Posted yesterday

Cruel environment. None athletic students are pariahs. Students were made to feel ashamed or inferior if "nerdy". Bulling a very serious problem. Teachers were mostly coaches who treat no sports students as misfits. Counselors never gave good college or course advice. It was as though I had been written off. Teach catholic values but what is practiced will eventually cause students to leave the faith in later years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2014

Sports are important only if Daddy pays more than your tuition. The teams are not good because the spots are held for special kids. s The other's aren't even told about tryouts, etc. It's "pull kids that are athletes from outlying schools" and let them sit the bench while the super star money people get their training and spot on the team. Huge crowd from our area Fenton, not very nice young people. They are talking about each other most of the time. Sad for a "Catholic Based" school. Our grades have been calculated wrong several times and we have had to fight for grades. You don't want to do that in High School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

Way over priced $8,000. A. Year I paid $3,600. For 3 months Teachers failed to assign tutorial help as a needed Great reputation as a comic. Religion teacher failed to inspire or. Educate If your child is a self starter he will do well here. Parents do your homework don't rely on reputation I'm new to. Flint area. Schools Good luck
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

Love the school. All students seem to get along. Atheletics are some of the best in the state. Teachers interact well with students. It's like one big family. Best school in the area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2013

Powers Catholic is the best school in Genesee county. My daughter is now in her senior year. When my family suffered a family emergency I knew that my daughter would be looked after and knew that this school is family. Everyone from the staff to the student support her. My daughter is thriving and is growing up to be a remarkable young women. I know that she is prepared for college and is very proud to be at Powers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

My spouse and I are both products of public education and we live in a great school district. That being said, I have been very impressed with the quality of education my child has been receiving. My student is challenged everyday both academically and spiritually. I particularly LOVE that the student body is both socially and ethnically diverse. While no school is perfect, I have met very few students both past and present, who did not enjoy their time at Powers. With their new campus schedule to open in the fall of 2013, I honestly could not see why anyone would not take a hard look at sending their children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

I have a child at this school and have already had one graduate. According to the one that graduated, they prepare you for life. But, we have noticed favoritism fort the students with important local celebs and if your child doesn't fit that category, you may be surprised to find that the limited-numbered things, sports or extra curricular, they may get left out and it;s obvious and hurtful. With all of that said, my current student wants to remain there. So, maybe decide if your local school is beneficial for a specific student and if not, try it. Just the christian part that makes me sad. No one should be judged at a Catholic school and no one should have power because of what your family does or is. Especially in the Flint area. hahaha
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2012

While I am a graduate of this school I recently had a child that attended Powers for four years. I am very disappointed in the quality of the educators, the curriculum and the general school environment. First, the educators do not show the level of professionalism one would expect in any school. The blatant nepotism and favoritism shown to those families of influence is astounding and not expected in a school that should be promoting Christian values, excellence and achievement! While the school does tout the fact that they have many young scholars that secure noteworthy college scholarships, I do not believe that the high school has much influence in this regard. I have since sent my other children to our public high school and have been very impressed. Bottom line...save the tuition for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

We recently removed our child from this school for lack of academic quality. Going into junior year, our child has not written a research paper. The advanced lit. class never had an indepth class discussion or was assigned an essay. Teacher actually read Edgar Allen Poe to class in monotone. Chemistry teacher seemed inexperienced for high school level. Many issues this year, not just our family. Principal Furnas is wonderful. Wish them the best. Feel like we wasted a large sum of money this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

Powers is an amazing school with great teachers and amazing athletics. They provide a great education in an environment that isn't found anywhere else. Everyone at the schools cares for each other, like a family, no matter what you look like or how you act you can always find people that love you for exactly who you are. The principal is fun and outgoing and some how manages to remember everyone's name, even with so many students. Everyone in the school is great and if I had to choose again I would definately choose Powers =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2007

While Powers is a good place for learning Christian values, its overall educational program is a bit lacking. While fairly strong in literature courses, its math and sciences (along with computer sciences) programs are weak and do not prepare students well for college. The school community as well is a bit lacking. If I had to do it all over again, I would have sent my children to Carmen-Ainsworth, where the math and science programs are excellent, and I wouldn't have felt like I was spending my hard-earned money for little to no gain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

The quality of the academic programs is unmatched in the area. Extracurricular activities flourish and give every individual the chance to be a part of the community. As a whole parents are involved to the great benefit of the school community.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2004

Powers Catholic High school is an excellent school for students of all types. The teachers care about the student, and they try their best to make sure the student learns the material. They are well rounded in everything academics, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2004

Outstanding teachers and leadership. Students grow spiritually and academically. Many students go on to do great things. Several students became physicians (>10) from my class, others became other leaders in the community. Most students go to college. Academically excellent with strong athletics and other extracurricular activities. My niece and nephew go to Powers currently and are doing extremely well. I am proud to be an alum. We do great things because of strong support from family and teachers passionate about educating students in all the ways that really matter.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Great school! The learning enviroment cannot be beat. The teachers are there because they care. The resources available to students and parents is phenomenal. The attitude at this school is college bound. Exceptional qauality education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2003

PCHS is an excellent school! I would reccommend it to any parent looking for quality education, college preparation, and a safe/disciplined environment for their teenager.
—Submitted by a former student


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

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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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32%

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35%

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34%
Social Studies

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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60%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%

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74%
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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 69%
African-American 7% 19%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Sally Bartos
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (810) 591-0383

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G2040 W Carpenter Rd
Flint, MI 48505
Phone: (810) 591-4741

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