Students enrolled 714
Hours 8:20 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Michael Pascoe
Transportation options Yes
District Grand Rapids Public Schools

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1720 Plainfield Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

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(616) 819-2380
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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November 04, 2013
I rate this school a 5 because I go there but also the have a great acidemic program where kids learn its amazing and where number 2 in the state

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
I am a current student at City, and I kind of liked it last year, but this year they just changed our schedule, and I feel like the homework load has doubled. We're getting assigned lots of projects due at the same time and not enough time to do them. I feel like my classes are mainly uninspiring, though they are more challenging than they would be at a normal school. I do, however, recommend the theater program-the directors that run the City musicals are amazing, and we always put on great shows that are fun for everyone to be in.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2013
Its probably the best and most safe school in Grand Rapids.. This school does a good job of controlling the behavior in the hallways and during class.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2013
I love the IB curriculum at this school, the sense of community, and the many opportunities for extra curricular activities. Students are given a lot of freedom through project work, but there is also quite a bit of traditional instruction. There is a focus on creating strong thinkers and autonomous learners that really contributes to the development of community at the school. Extra-curricular activities include drama, forensics, science club, advanced choir, middle school sports and more.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
I am excited for my children to attend. They look forward to the challenge. 2012/2013 year

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
Having just attended the graduation ceremony of our second son to have graduated from this school, I was reminded of one of the school's best qualities through the words of the students who spoke. Repeatedly I heard how getting to be themselves and pursue their interests without negative peer pressure makes them curious, happy people. Kids thanked their teachers, parents, administrators and parents for this. Kids of various talents, interests, and skin colors all said the same. I value that. Our oldest was well-served. Our middle is on the way out. Our youngest has a couple years remaining. That said, I completely agree with comment below regarding the Hub class.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2011
Recent changes this year has made for disappointing results. The new Hub programs conflict with after school activities like sports, etc. The longer school day has created less opportunity for students to actually do their homework at home. My students in multiple grades have seen their GPAs fall because of Hub. The continuing cuts in bussing of students has created nightmares for parents dropping off and picking up students from school in the overcrowded parking lots. Let's hope school officials can learn from these mistakes in the coming year.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
This school claims to be part of the International Baccalaurate program, but in know way resembles it. Yes, they have IB posters all around the school. Yes, they do REQUIRE band, orchestra, and choir and grade it as they would a regular class. But it does not challenge the students and it does not seem any different then your average middle or high school.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2010
This program is for serious students that can buckle down and get the job done. The parents are involved. The teachers and administration staff are motivated to have kids well prepared for college. The International Baccalaurate program seperates this school from all others academically in West Michigan

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
I found the leadership of this school (principal) to be out of touch with the youngest of students. the school is now seeking out children from inner-city areas and overall leadership persons are not prepared for the change. If a child is troubled yet qualified to be there do not count on any help in guiding your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My two sons received a great education and a solid foundation that is carrying over to their college careers from a fantastic group of caring and challenging educators.

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August 30, 2009
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June 05, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2008
Staff truly care about the students. My student was well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
This is really an awesome school. With great teachers and it's fun!

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 08, 2008
City High is a great School! Any kid would be lucky to go there. The parents are really involved, the teachers are amazing. At City they want you to suceed. After school help is there for anyone who is interested. There are tons of socail events that are a blast! It's a lot of fun, you have a great time and meet great friends! The teachers can be strict , but they keep you on top of your game.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
I am a parent of a student at City and I believe it is the best educational choice for my son. The academics there are challenging, and if a student struggles even a slight bit the staff is right there. I have never seen such a dedicated staff, they issue to each student multiple resources for help even all of their direct access numbers. When you walk in the front door you notice a difference right away! The kids want to be there, they help each other. They are a great group there. My son loves it!

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August 31, 2007
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March 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 15, 2007
I started at City in the fall of 2004, and I must say that I was unsure if this was the place for more, especially after reading the reviews here. However, once I settled in, I realized how great City really is! We have first-rate teachers who care about us and I actually feel like they want us to succeed. Our homework assignments are very rarely the busywork that characterizes most schools; they are instead focused on making us think and work creatively. Our programs are varied to include foreign languages, electives, and, of course, the core curriculum. The schedule for next year involves adding many more AP classes, which will only add to City's success. What causes that success? It's our students, our faculty, and our atmosphere: warm and welcoming. City is just the best.

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2006
City is the most amazing school I have ever gone to. Mrs. Degroot our principal talks to us and acually does actities with us. The teachers prepare you for college and they help you if you need it. You can call or email them if you don't understand your homework. The projects are there to help you not torture you they are fun. For example we just finished a project in geography where we had to sell a landmark and i had the Taj Mahal. we had to make to make a model of it and research history on it. That was acually a time when i had fun doing homework. If you want your kid to get an extremely good education than this is the school for it.

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March 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2006
City is a school where the children come first. Multicultural, multiracial and where kids are encourage to respect and be respected. Each child is expected to do their personal best. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principals are kind and they know each child by name. They are a great example of leaders and great educators and I will miss seeing them everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you, City High for bringing out the best in my daughter and giving her the encouragement and confidence she needs to become the best that she can be! '

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
'I am a former exchange student from Germany and attended city for my junior year. I can only recommend city to everyone, who likes to be academically challanged. In Germany many poeple believe in the prejudiece that American High-Schools cannot keep up with Gymnasiums (the highest rank a German High-School can achieve), but city surely can. I spoke to several other exchange students from around the world who attended different High-Schools all over the United States, private and public ones, and from what they told me and what I experienced city can only be one of the toughest schools in the country. This school is not only able to teach its stundents excellent academic skills, but also social competence. To the music program: As a trumpet player and know business major I was asked to play for several university orchstras, who usually only take superior music majors...

- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2006
I removed my daughter from this school this past year and decided to start her in homeschool. It seems that this has been the best option. The things that kids are exposed to at that school are not the type of things I want my daughter around. I'm glad my daughter doesn't have to be exposed to that for another year.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
I am writing to let potential city parents know that the negative comments of Dec. 2004 '-A Student' do not reflect this school AT ALL. While the lack of board funding for art and music programs is indeed restrictive, the academic programs and teacher quality together with the princeton-style humanities curriculum cannot be beat -- apparently in all of Michigan, as City frequently ranks 1st or 2nd statewide. It should also be noted Re: Music program that all four MS and HS bands received 1sts, or 'Superior' ranking in the MSBOA regionals -- hardly a 'lacking' component. This school is designed for academically motivated or gifted students, meaning every City student represents another not able to attend. Those students who fail to see the clear value of city might consider stepping aside for the sake of those less fortunate students who languish on City's lottery list.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2005
City is the best high school in the area. We are provided an excellent education in a safe and welcoming environment. Almost no one drops out and most go on to college. Plus, everyone is extremely accepting, and we are all very close-knit. City has provided me a great educational base for the rest of my life and many wonderful friends.

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October 16, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2004
I am also a former student, just recently graduated and attending a major big ten university. The education i received at city is priceless, the friends will last a life time and the teachers and staff are incredible. You can make this high school what you want it to be, there are many options. The school itself is of such quality that it could easily compare with prep schools across the nation. The skills I learned there will make me succceed in life and i can only hope that prospective parents and students give city a chance. It may have poor funding, but the education is the best around, and the universities in and out of state are aware of city's quality. The years I spent there were the best of my life.

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2004
I am not a parent, I am a former student and dont feel I could have gotten a better education at any public school in this area. For the funding allocated to this school, the experiences I recieved are far more valuable than any dollar amount.

- submitted by a former student
March 25, 2004
I started off in East Grand Rapids highschool and moved to City. The courses at East were much more challenging than here. I felt like I took a step backwards!

- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2004
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City High Middle School
1720 Plainfield Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
(616) 819-2380
Last modified City High Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
City High Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top