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Central High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1291 students

 
 

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Posted November 14, 2013

This school is commplete garbage, terrible to say the least. I moved into the district a month before school started, but somehow this school(Their staff particularly) Could not get me into it until a week after school had started, My mother I and were quite disappointing to say the least, considering I had to learn and make all the work they had done already, But That was just the start. Upon arrival of the school I had very little help with my schedule,school codes,powerschool etc. I did not have my lunch code, or computer code until about 1-2 weeks after I had gotten in, which was still 3 weeks after school had started. So I had no way of checking my grades or anything. I had quickly realized the building was in very poor condition, smelled foul, and was very unhygienic and dirty. The building feels as if it is thrown together or barely managed. The school was also depressingly dark, as in a complete lack of adequate light in the upstairs main hallways (or windows), so When I would get out of the building I would get a headache. My counselor is also pretty bad too. If you're considering having your kid go here don't, I can't even cover everything, save the hassle,don't go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2010

Fantastic school! Great academics prepared my daughter for Ivy League success. Also the kids support each other like no other. A real jewel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

My husband and I graduated FHC in 2002 and are so happy we did. Colleges and companies all over the country actually recognize the name and know about our high schools excellence. My husband took AP courses (Advanced Placement) which some people may not realize are Honors Courses. Even our standard classes are above the Honors programs of most other schools. Nearly all of our teachers had advanced degrees and genuinely cared about preparing us for not only college, but the rest of our lives. FHC was a safe place where we could develop our intellects beyond what the average person could. The diversity was not great, there was variety but the quantity of such was small. The music/art/sports/extracurricular activities are too many to count.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 29, 2007

The academic programs available at Forest Hills Central High are quite disappointing. We moved here from another state where our children were in the Honors Programs,and were taken aback to find out they don't exist here. We were told that the children would be 'challenged' but so far that has not happened either. Another problem with the school system here is the segragation of the grades, and the guidance counselors make no effort to help, nor will they go out of they way to make any type of exceptions. I will be very glad when the oldest is done there, I have no plans to let the other children attend high school here in Grand Rapids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

I graduated from Forest Hills Central in 2004. I am pleased to say that I had a very great high school experience. This school and these teacher have prepared me very well for college, and life outside of high school. I participated in choir all four years and found it very rewarding and satisfying. I was also a member of student council and I was in contact with the administration, which has gotten better since I've graduated, or so I have heard. Parent involvement is very high and there is a lot of participation from students in athletics and other extra curricular activities. There is also a wide variety of different classes. I enjoyed being a student at FHC because of its academics, but I also felt safe ansecure.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 12, 2004

I graduated in 2004, and I feel that Central High has fully prepared me to succeed academically in college. The quality of education I received at FHC was great. Most of my teachers held a masters degree or higher in their field. Some even had experience teaching at the college level. The music department is very well led and highly successful. My only complaint is the lack of cultural, racial and religious diversity in the district and the city of Grand Rapids.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 8, 2004

I have a son, who graduated class of 2004. He is now one of two young men, from FHC, who are attending the U.S. Naval Academy. I feel the academic offerings at FHC have prepared my son for a very challenging college career. This school offers Advance Placement classes, Japanese as a foreign language and etc. I have a daughter who will be a junior at FHC and her experience has been the same. Teachers care about their students. There are a lot of sports for kids to participate in both varsity and club. This gives your child a place to fit in. The music program is wonderful. Besides, all of these great things that are offered here in the FH public schools, the average child can get lost in the system. Parents need to get involved with the teachers and all will be good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

We have had several exchange students attend this school in the past, and each time it has been an effort to get them enrolled. We would like to host another student this year, but know we are being told that no exchange students are being accepted. We pay our taxes in this school district but find it a challange to enroll a student here. We are trying to teach our son about different cultures and this school has not done anything to help. I truly hope the present staff is gone by the time our son is ready to attend this school.
—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.
Social Studies

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

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

2013

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

315 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

316 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%
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 Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female49%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian58%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female84%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities82%
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?

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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

99%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

>95%


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 88% 69%
Asian 6% 3%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Steve Passinault
Fax number
  • (616) 493-8721

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Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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