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Northern High School

Public | 9-12 | 1089 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 13, 2012

the academics are fine, but there is a lot of open prejudice and unfunny racist jokes made to the face of Asian and Indian kids. the kids would never do this to African American students, but they think it is particularly funny toward Asians. The teachers do nothing and it goes on in front of them. My kid is really suffering, and we are leaving the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Northern has an awesome tennis program and some great teachers! Anybody would be very lucky to come here because we are so welcoming to all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

amazing school. all of the faculty are great and really help you with everything
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

This is awesome! all teachers care about students, and they are also fun : ) The most important thing is.. they teach well~ and the equipment is well prepared for students to use~ Also.. kids are good!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

I go here and it's sweet. The teachers are immaculate. The janitors are super duper. The principal is the best. Go Huskies!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

This school gives kids the opportunity that you would never guess a school would give to your child. They have a selection of great after school activities and things that will definitely keep your kid happy and busy. Some of the teachers aren't the best but overall most are great. The teachers and staff members know how to settle a problem most of the time and they are just great. I highly recommend people to submit their kid into a Forest Hills School and it will answer all your problems with your kids education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

I did my student teaching at Northern high. I truly believe that you will not find a better school in the area. They have a great staff who is very caring and helpful. The principal is a great guy. The students are all very nice and respectful of each other and of adults. the only problem with northern are there sports, the aren't good at them. If you want your child to have a quality education and sports is not that big of a deal then definately send your kids to FHN.


Posted August 4, 2007

FHN is a well rounded school with programs for any interest a student may have. There's a variety of competitive varsity sports teams, with a Track, Swimming, and Tennis team that especially excel. And if a sport is not offered at Northern then often the student can play it at one of the other Forest Hills schools. The theatre program is known throughout West Michigan to be one of the best with shows selling out the gorgeous Fine Arts Center. Academically Northern's students score high on standardize tests. There is a wide variety of AP programs available as well as Co Op and work experience opportunities. Also Northern works with dual enrollment. The diversity of FHN isn't as amazing as other schools, but it has the greatest diversity of the three Forest Hills Schools. Overall Northern is a great school for any student to excel in their area of interest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2007

great school, affluent area, great sports
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

You will not find a more complete educational experience in West Michigan. The teachers are committed to knowledge and character development. The parents are involved, and the facilities offer something for everyone. The student body is a rare mix of spirit and tolerance. This is truly a 'complete' learning experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

Fabulous school. Before coming here we paid college level tuition for private school and FHN was much better. Entire Forest Hills district is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

This school has excellent AP courses, especially in AP French. There has always been a high degree of parent involvement which makes this a successful school. The art and music programs are exemplary as are theater opportunities.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted January 20, 2005

Forest Hills Northern is one of the best schools around, and while diversity is not a major part, stuudents here are a lot more likely to meet, trust, and form friendships with students from other races, than in a school in the country.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2004

A great school academically, but extremely sheltered and homogeneous. The majority is white and Christian, and few students understand diversity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2003

Parental involvement is a major factor to the student's success. At Forest Hills the parents are involved and the the students excel. 99% of the graduates go on to college.
—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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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49%

2013

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%
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 Students57%
Female53%
Male60%
African American25%
Asian63%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
African American56%
Asian74%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female43%
Male52%
African American25%
Asian47%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students64%
Female53%
Male75%
African American50%
Asian68%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
African American38%
Asian72%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
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?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

96%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

90%


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 79% 69%
Asian 9% 3%
African-American 7% 18%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 13%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Jon Gregory
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  • (616) 493-8644

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3801 Leonard Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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