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Grand Rapids, MI
Students enrolled: 607

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2055 Rosewood Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 819-2900
(616) 819-2877
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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.

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a community member

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!

- submitted by a community member
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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

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

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

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

October 07, 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 student

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 student

March 09, 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

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 student

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 student

October 08, 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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Ottawa Hills High School
2055 Rosewood Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
(616) 819-2900
Last modified Ottawa Hills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ottawa Hills High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top