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Creston High School

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Posted January 27, 2013

This is my first year attending this establishment and I can honestly see why it is closing come fall 2013-2014. This school is horrible, yes some of the teachers do care about the students but the majority of the students do not care to receive the education that this school is offering. I am a high school senior and I have to say out of the three high schools I have attended, this is the second worse. The only school for me personally that beats this school out is Union High School but at least at Union, security actually stopped the students from skipping, talking back and overall disrespecting people. In the future, if i decide to have children, I will not be sending my kids to GRPS because of how far downhill it has tumbled over the past few years and how it looks like it will continue to decline over the coming years
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2010

I must say this is the worst school i have ever seen. The teachers have no control over thier students. Thier classrooms are very loud and disruptive. If a child gets in trouble all they do is suspend them. My children went from having A's and B's through school to having D' and E's when they got to Creston. Absolute worst school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I graduated from Creston in the 80's and now my daughter attends Creston. The teachers seem to care about the students and there are many more opportunities than the charter school she attended a few years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

this place is a dump. most of the kids are out of control, and the security guards don't do anything about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

Im a student and i think this school is improving since my freshman year.We now have a new head principal and alot of new staff that is there to help us learn.I think the students are a joy to be around and that we have fun outside of class and in extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2007

I've been at this school for 2 years now and things have been declining rapidly.Mainly due to over-population.On top of this 45% are not there for an education but for a place to socialize without a care for other people who actually want to learn .Nobody really has any respect for others including the teachers. I believe my education has been severely hindered because of the Grand Rapids Public School System.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2007

I think the school is the best high school I could pick for my children in Grand Rapids. I mean the teachers seem to care and every student interacts with another so they all get along I should say. And the races are all different so the students can get a feel for each other.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 11, 2006

I am currently a student at Creston High school, and I have to admit that it is one of the worst schools in Grand Rapids. The school has specialty programs just so that their graduation rate is increased, but these programs do not prepare students for life outside of high school. The GRAPCEP program is decent, though it has many flaws to it and at times is poorly organized. Few teachers show interest in students futures. Administrators at creston tend to discipline students for less than quality reasons, and do not discipline the students who really need it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

I'am a student at Creston and it has changed since my freshmen year, but in a good way. The teachers are always there to help and the students support the school! The school is not perfect but it's a good education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

I was a student at creston and I have to say Creston is one of the worst schools in Grand Rapids. The teachers dont care, they dont help you, you barely learn anything, the kids there are rude and dont even care about getting an education and just the whole enviornment there is pretty crappy.Not to mention theres way to many kids in classes so you practically get anything done.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2006

Of course Creston isn't the best school for a child but I would say for the amount of money they have they do pretty well. The teachers are always there to help and would never turn away from a student. The programs are wonderful. GRAPCEP and School Of Business. I'ts a nice environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2006

I am a student at Creston, I will be graduating with the class of 2006, and I don't believe that Creston is as productive as it should be. Don't take someone's advice who left ten years ago, its not the same. Make sure your student knows all about Crestons rules and regulations. Because had I known, I wouldn't have gone there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2005

I graduated from Creston and received a Bachelors degree from a 4 year university. I felt that what Creston lacked in educational opportunities was more than made up for by the diverse student body. Students are exposed to others from dissimilar socioeconomic backgrounds. Creston is what the real world looks like, not EGR! Opportunities to go far in life don't come from the High School you attend. 'Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing' A. Lincoln. Go Bears!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 13, 2005

A school that went through a slump and still overcoming it right now. The teachers and community keep this school running. A school that is looked to down upon most as bad is really a great school. mainly known for athletics,ROTC,and the musical programs you can excel alot here. They just got a new principal who is already doing great things for the school. A very diverse school where everyone knows everyone. My son will graduate there soon just like my daughter a few years ago. Some have doubt in GRPS but Creston is definitely the 1 high school that is always ahead of the rest in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

My mother graduated from here, I graduated from here, and my brother and sister graduated from here, along with many other family members. This is a great schhol with diversity and tolerance for others. The teachers are also wonderful and do a great job teaching!!
—Submitted by a former student


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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 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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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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77%

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Graduation rate

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 61% 18%
White 17% 69%
Hispanic 14% 6%
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Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A48%
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  • Mr. Ron Gorman
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  • (616) 819-2427

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1720 Plainfield Ave NE
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