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Garden City High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1377 students

 
 

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2 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 28, 2013

Buses are back for some students! More adult supervision would improve the safety on campus and reduce bullying


Posted May 29, 2013

I have had kids in the garden city school system since 2003 and have NEVER had any problems. My kids have had excellent teachers thus far and I look forward to the next year. I have a child in the 4th grade and a child in 9th grade and both are doing great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

Very unprofessional! This school does not assess the problem of bullying. I once brought it to the school's attention that I was being bullied and did not want to attend a class where 5 other girls were going to "jump" me, and the response of the secretary and associate principal shocked me! They stated that they didn't have the time nor the patience to deal with any problems I had. Many teachers also do not solve any bullying issues! My sister was being threatened during class and the teacher did absolutely NOTHING about it.. after that same class, my sister was attacked from behind and the school blamed the whole incident on her! A word of advice would be to avoid attending this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2012

t is my child's first year in this school. it was not easy for her fist report card marking she didn't pass some classes. after talking to the staff we where able to come up with a plan to help her. they where on top of everything and because of their fast acting on helping getting her back on track she will pass like she should. i believe if the kids are showing they want to learn and are willing to work hard the staff in this school will help with whatever they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

I am a freshman at Garden City , it gets me down that some of the teacher you can tell , don't want to be there just as much as the students . Don't get me wronge , some are outstanding , but others lack interest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2011

Garden city high school is a really good school to go to the basketball program it awesome too. the teaches are not to strict.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2010

My daughter is soon to be a sophmore & her freshman experience has been much better than I thought it would be. The teachers & staff have been wonderful! The only problem I would say the school has is alot of the kids who have that thug mentality. That's not really nothing against the school, more the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

i am a student here in this school. i find that the administration is faulty, the teachers are either way too strict or way leineint. The drafting program is a case of "way too strict" he needs to start soft and work his way up. the stuff he gives out takes up to three days when he only gives you one. and WWII is way to relaxed (for example). he plays music all day and tells jokes. alot of times the assignment is on the board when you walk in, and he doesnt talk the whole hour. THIS IS MADNESS
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2009

I was shocked that Garden City recieved 6 out of 10. it should be 10 out of 10. The teachers are so supportive of everything you do, the coaches and sports teams are awesome, and there's so much school spirit its crazy. The things you hear about my school, like its dirty and theres fights everyday and drug busts once a week, are NOT true. The pom team has won nationals 4 times. The cheer squad gets invited to preform at Pistons and Lions games, and even the Holiday Bowl, in California. In order to have a good time in high school, you have to be involved. And the kids who write negative things about this school, are obviously not. I absoulutely love garden city, and i think we need to bump that rating up, mmmkay(;
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Has a great environmental protection group, EPIC, and initiatives for a better tomorrow...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

There is a place called Spotsylvania? Anyway, I am a student in the Printing/Graphic Arts program and i agree that this program is outstanding. I am thinking of pursuing some type of career in this industry now that I have had this class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2009

This school is great especially the graphic arts room. Better than spotsylvania
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I don't think the attendance policy is unfair at all 6 absences is way more then enougt that's 18 days.I have only missed 2 days so I think that's your own problem college isn't going to be any easier. What I think is bad is all of the fights I mean 5 in one day they really need to tighten up on there policies or punishments I don't think that's what we want to be known for is fighting other school I know I don't .
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2008

i agree the attendencey policy here is completly unfair. you have to get a c+ or higher on exams to pass the class if you have 6 absences. and the new trimesters DONT help! you dont learn as much and remember as much in the little of time. the school needs a lot of work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2008

I am a graduate from garden City high school, I personally would not reccomend this school to others, my experience was alright, but i have seen so many other good students fail or be borught down with the school system. The attendance policy is insane! 9 per semester, two tardies is one absence. and excused absences count? this is just made to bring down the goo dstudents who may get sick, or have problems at home. There are some things we cant control and must be out of school for. when your recieveing a 4.0 and have 9 absences you should not fail, youshould recieve credit., the point of school is to learn, and obviously with a 4.0 the students have learned even if they were absent 9 times in 4 or 5 months, or tardy a few times. The attendance policy needs work!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2008

I have 2 daughter in this school. We have had the same counselor since my oldest one with in 9th grade this year she is in 12th. Everytime I email her or any of the teachers I get a reply from them or if I call they call me back. We moved here because of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

I can't believe what some of these people are writing about the schools. I also am a full time Mom, employee, caregiver for my parents and am in the high school on numerous occasions. I have been involved in sports, choir boosters and project graduation and the PTSA. We have a great school, administration, support staff and teachers. The kids are great respectable young people. This school is like every other school as far as cleanliness. Sure there are papers on the floor. When you have over 1,000 kids in it how do you keep it clean. I have 3 young people at my home and it is hard to keep it spotless nonetheless with over 1,000
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

I have two sons in GCHS currently-one a senior and one a freshmen and my experience has not been good. The counselors change year by year, sometimes month by month and return calls days later. The teachers are either too relaxed, too demanding or just out in left field. I definitely would not recommend this school system in its current state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

i think this is a ok school. the teachers are nice and the kids here are ok too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2007

I feel that garden city schools are great! the problem is with the parents. There are alot of parents who complain about the schools however, they do not do anything to help. I am one of the few parents that is around alot and the kids and the staff are great. I work full time and take care of aging parents and I still make time to be invovled with the kids. Parents need to step up and be involved
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Social Studies

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

341 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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

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51%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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14%

2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

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2010

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
39%
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

100%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

91%


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 86% 69%
African-American 11% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 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 43%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Derek Fisher
Fax number
  • (734) 762-8531

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6500 Middlebelt Rd
Garden City, MI 48135
Phone: (734) 762-8350

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