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Union High School

Public | 9-12 | 932 students

 

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Posted March 16, 2012

PARENT/ALUMNI REVIEW My husband and I are GRPS grads (Union '99 and Creston '95 respectively), and it is because of our experiences at the secondary schools that we homeschool. Despite taking honors classes and having a handful a caring teachers/coaches, every day was "Lord of the Flies". It certainly shaped my adolescent years for the worse. There were fights at least once a week. The halls were so crowded that you'd get pushed into fights already in progress. No respect from students, and the staff was apathetic to it all (can't blame them!). As adults, we wouldn't put up with kind of behavior from our co workers. Why should our kids be subjected to this? Not much has changed in 10 years. When I was helping my husband coach, I walked the halls between classes and the behavior was atrocious. It was like watching animals in rut. The feeder schools are putting out poverty stricken, illiterate, socially/financially dependent young citizens. In my opinion it starts at home. The parents (many who are GRPS alumni) lack a moral compass and value system to pull themselves out of poverty and regain middle class values. If you care about your child's education, look elsewhere.


Posted February 15, 2008

Well i would just like to say that i really love Union High School...I've been there since freshman year and i plan on graduating from that school..when Mr.Shalhoup came in and took charge I immediatly knew that our school was going to change for the good...I really do enjoy going to school..for me they have a good system..when something that doesnt seem right to us, or to the staff Mr.Shalhoup has a meeting about it and explains to each class and i personally enjoy hearing whats going on at our school..its not a 'bad' school as many people of the community see it..I should know,Since I attend UHS. The school itself is not bad, just those few kids is what ruins our name.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2008

I was at first 'iffy' about the new principle they pulled in, unlike most students, I actually care about school. Shalhoup was quite a surprise. He earned the name 'The Godfather' for a reason. During assemblies, if a kid is disrespectful for even a second, he/she is escorted out and most of the time suspended. This kind of discipline is what Union needed. Most of the teachers are really great, some seem like they could care less (but who could blame them when their students feel the same?). The only problem I see with the school in general is that, being interested in arts, there aren't enough advanced art classes (or teachers) to help me further my skills.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2007

The quality of Union High School has increased tenfold in the past year. The current principal is dedicated to putting quality and community back into Union High School and it shows in the classroom, in the hallways, in extracurricular activities. I am a parent volunteer at the school, active in PTO, Athletic Boosters, and Band Boosters - which all have dedicated and enthusiastice members. Look for good things to come as it expands it's curriculum oppor-tunities, especially in the arts; through various grants, awards, and donations the school has recently recieved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

i use to go to union and there is no issues with it. i actually really like the school. there is great people there and i miss it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2006

I feel that this school's overall quality in GENERAL has decreased over the last few years. There are only a few good teachers, most of the staff don't do their work. I see little to no support for students. There aren't many choices in art programs. Administrators don't know how to handle problems. Students behave in bad ways ( I feel parents are to blame for student's behavior, though).
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2006

I think there are many passionate teachers there, I for one graduated from Union and I wouldn't trade my four years there for anything. The staff treat you with the same attitude and respect that you treat them. And you wonder why your child isn't respected there, maybe they should change their attitude. Talk to the teachers, find out what the problem is instead of just blaming them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2006

this is the worst school i have ever seen they don't care for the students at all there is to much favortism among staff and students. the rate of crimes in this school is unbeleivable although the school staff would never admit to it,there are a few very good teachers here that care but not enough to make a difference, the vice principle and some other staff have their favorite students and tend to forget the others or single out students and harasse them throughout the year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

i attended this school for all 4 years of my high school career. i'll admit that coming into the school from a small catholic school was rather intimidating but once you find your spot, you're fine! i wouldn't give my experience at union for the world, it is an excellent school, but you do get out of it what you put into it... if you don't try to do well, you won't to be quite honest
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 18, 2005

I am a former 5 year student of this school. The first year that I started at that school, I didn't think it was all that bad. Then the next school year wasn't that great but not the horrible year. I thought my junior year was the worst school year of all. Then my fourth year wasn't that bad, then the fifth year seemed kind of bad. I do not think that the administrators enforce the rules at this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 29, 2005

My daughter is in the ACE high school at Union. The program is excellent. I've had no problems with the teachers or students at Union ~ the teachers have been great. Basically, you get what you give when it comes to raising children. I'm very pleased. My daughter has had an excellent experience with the GRPS. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

there are a few really great caring teachers in this school but there are others that just don't care at all. this used to be a really good school what happened? I for one as a concerned parent have thought of withdrawing my child and putting them in alternative schools, this school is just to dangerouse with kids getting jumped and beaten,as well as the level of thefts. there are many truly dangerouse kids in this school that are allowed to remain in this school, why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

I am a former student from this school. I know that the ratings seem low, but this really was the best school for me. If only more parrents had gotten involved while I attended here the stats would be higher. While I attended Union, they booted out a lot of the old run down teachers. The extra curricular activities are their, the students just have to make the best possible effort to go for them. Sports wasn't my thing, but I still found things to greaten my time at Union. I had after school Dual enrollment art the last two years of being there. That allowed me to earn 9 college credits. Also, I helped build sets, and control lights for the musicals we had done. over all, this was really a school that was whatever you made it. I loved it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2005

While my daughter is happier here than she has been at any other school in many years, I am extremely frustrated by the lack of response I get from teachers. My child is not doing well at all, yet is highly capable. I try to be an involved parent, but I do not get return phone calls or emails. So much for wanting parental involvement. It is given lip service, but little else. I am at my wits end with good test scores, terrible grades, and no one will work with me to turn help her turn it around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

All of my kids have gone to this school and it was good until the current principal took over. The school has been going downhill ever since. The principal doesn't try to keep any control and the kids do what ever they want. The teachers try, but with bad leadership their hands are tied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

Good school. Teachers that care. Coaches that stress the classroom and respect. Excellent prep in language arts. My child was able to take the AP exams and earn 12 credits of college english. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

As a student who graduated from Union in 2000 and having a sibling who graduated in 2003, I feel that the school is going down hill. It's not only the fault of the staff. Parent involvment has gone downhill in the last seven years. The school can only go so far with parents that don't get involved in their childs education. If you want you child to succeed in this school, it has to be your goal to work with the staff to make that happen. Students in the school have gotten the 'I don't care' attitude. The staff of the school does not go out of their way to make sure that students are learning. Please if your child will be or is attending this school, take it from me, get involved to make the best out of it.
—Submitted by a former student


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Social Studies

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

373 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 Students3%
Female3%
Male4%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic1%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White4%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities4%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female37%
Male21%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learners14%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students4%
Female4%
Male4%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic1%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities5%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students7%
Female3%
Male11%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities8%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students20%
Female26%
Male15%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities24%
English language learners9%
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

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ACT participation

88%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

67%


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
Hispanic 52% 6%
African-American 22% 18%
White 16% 69%
Multiracial 8% 2%
American Indian 2% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 86%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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1800 Tremont Boulevard Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616) 819-3160

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