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Ottawa Hills High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 607 students

 

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Posted October 20, 2013

Ottawa Hills is a school full of students who face immense challenges. Most come from families who do not emphasize the importance of education and thus are not involved. The front office staff is offensive, difficult, and frustrating to interact with. Administration is concerned only with meeting minimal criteria, and squashes any attempts made by teachers or students to achieve anything beyond that. The result is a hostile environment, because everyone is frustrated and burned out. If you are a student at Ottawa, you can be successful, but you will have to work extremely hard, and with absolutely no encouragement or support from home or school administration. The teachers at this school are very good, but unfortunately they are often handcuffed by a clueless and often absent administrative body. Call the front office, and try to have a friendly conversation, the results will astound you. You have to experience it to believe that someone can be that rude in that line of work.


Posted September 25, 2012

Ottawa Hills is not for the faint of heart. I have subbd there and was shocked by the behaviors of the students. Each class had only 4-8 dedicated students while the rest of class kicked chairs down, called me names, ripped up their assignments and threw the remnants on the ground. I called security, and no one came. They were too busy. I called security again and got the answering machine. It's incredibly frustrating to come to teach and end up babysitting. I sincerely hope that Ottawa Hills will someday thrive again; but I can't realistically see myself as a part of the solution. I won't be guest teaching there again. I just feel badly for the few students that want to learn. It's too hard to think amongst all the chaos.


Posted January 31, 2010

As a retired Grand Rapids Public Schools high school teacher (28 years of service) it saddens me to rate Ottawa Hills High School with 1 star. Certainly there were dedicated students, parents, administrators and teachers. But their numbers are depressingly low. I continue to hope for the very best for Ottawa, but candidly the future does not look bright. One has only to spend 5 minutes standing in any hallway during class change to understand the seriousness and depth of the problems facing Ottawa. Perhaps a better indicator is the amazingly low number of parents who bother to show up for their own child s parent/teacher conferences. I truly hope I am proven wrong and Ottawa makes a quick and paradigm shifting change for the better. Go Bengals!


Posted January 16, 2009

I am a parent of a student at OHHS. I feel that the school has potential to be one of the best in Grand Rapids. There are some issues that need to be handled. Kids should not be allowed to roam the halls as much as they do, security needs to be tighter, attitudes of staff need to adjusted, and more control in the classrooms is needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I am currently a student attending OHHS and i believe that Ottawa truly has the potential to be at the top as well as any other school does. For the adults who claim that there is no hope for our school, this shows how much support we have. I am a student who has earned my 4.0 gpa and i dont believe that because there are bad apples in the bunch we should all be classified as hopeless children. Parents should remember that it all starts at home. Teachers arent there to babysit your children but they ARE there to teach. I think that if our community actually cared about the children in it, we would be able to raise test scores, and eventually have our students passing. i know there's more to it but at a broad scale this is what i see.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2008

I feel that there should be a higher level of respect for all involved within Ottawa Hills. The principal, who acts childish at times, needs to buckle down more. They need to have security at all doors within the school so that middle school children, who skip school, don't roam the halls, as if they were students. Some of the security people are lazy and mean to the wrong children. Some of the parents are not involved enough with their kids there (Just because your child is in high school doesn't mean they don't need u) The GRPS needs to implement other ways of disciplining These kids need the proper guidance and the motivation of role models to guide them through. Also, the staff in the office, there are two in particular, who are rude and need an attitude adjustment. U have to set an example people, not a bad one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2006

the parents of the students don't get involved and thus the education ends as soon as they leave the school doors. if there is ever going to be any education going on in that school there must be education also at home. so in my opinion this is a terrible school for your students to go to. Caledonia high School is a lot better than O.H.H.S, so if you want you child to get a better education send them to a good school like C.H.S or even forest hills but defiantly no Ottawa Hills High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

Being a graduate of OHHS I am glad to see that it is improving. The was a stretch in the early 2000's that I didnt know if they would be able to get out of. It starts with the administration, who now seems to be in control. It will continue to rise but the parents of the students need to take an active role in the lives of their children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 15, 2005

I believe that Ottawa Hills has the potential to be the top public school in the Grand Rapids Public Schools district. The issue is that parents are NOT involved. How can tachers be productive and really educate their students when parents don't bother to find out what's going on in their son's or daughter's education? Parental involvement in after-school programs, sports, tutuoring programs, or likewise will GREATLY increase the level of effectiveness the school has on its students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 9, 2005

I think that Ottawa Hills is a very great place to be for learning. The teachers give the students the opprtunity to learn instead of not breaking it down to them. They also make sure that the students are learning and not failing. Like other schools OHHS does need some work. We need alot of parent support because it would make the school more safer than what it is now. Also I have to commend Mr. Burt and Mrs. Allen for doing a great job with the music department.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2004

From my experience, I learned more from attending this school than the previous private school I attended. while the school needs major improvements in the quality of the curriculum, the environment is slowly but steadily improving. however, more parental involvement is necessary in order to reach that higher level. From my experience, there are teachers that truly care and love their jobs; there are some that may not. All in all, what this school needs now is not any type of condemnation but support. It is on an incline, but without the input and support from parents, there will be a constant lack of communication and understanding. As long as there is parental involvement, OHHS has the capability of becoming a very prestigious school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 15, 2004

Ottawa Hills is really taking strides to improve the school.There are now currently 5 schools in the building which are New Century Montessori,9th Grade Academy,POHI,Buiseness,Leadership and Enteprenurship,and comprehensive high.This was done to make smaller schools so us students could get more one on one learning and become closer to our classmates.Overall the school has improved but there is still more things that can definetly improve like the quality of the luch program and the security.There are still a lot of kids in the school who dont come to learn but to play around and fight.The school has an excellent Band and choir program.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 8, 2004

I think that O.H.H.S is not a really educanional enviromnent. The students their does not show up to school every day. Sports there is more important then school worl for staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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55%
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26%
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ACT participation

69%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

55%


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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
African-American 77% 18%
Hispanic 13% 6%
White 5% 69%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
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 86%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Rodney Lewis
Fax number
  • (616) 819-2877

Programs

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  • Special education

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
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  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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2055 Rosewood Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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