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Kenowa Hills High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1181 students

 
 

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Posted May 7, 2013

i am a student here, a sophomore in fact and so far the school is pretty dam great. but if you have a kid that is going to this school make sure he/she can get the support they need. talk to the office about your kid's I.E.P or individual education program. this has helped me significantly, and now every year the school gets more focused on education rather than sports as this used to be a problem. but all in all the number one thing your child will need is friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2011

This school deserves no stars what so ever there are very few teacher that are "likable" and actually help you they also will put false information on evals obtained for special ed, and have done "stalking" by their phycologist who will observe you during lunch and this is against the law because it is not permit to be done to see if you qualify for special ed, So I hope they enjoy having yet another lawsuit filed against them. Because thats what I'm doing. Kenowa I hope you Enjoy being even in more debt now! This is over the fourth suing/lawsuit kenowa has had against them now! I graduate in 2010 i am a former student


Posted February 3, 2010

I graduated from Kenowa Hills in 2008. There are some teachers that don't put the effort that is needed into their class and teachers do push their views, but I think that is common in most schools. As far as the kids go, I think it depends on who you hang out with and how much of a loud mouth a student has. I didn't have much trouble there with the students and the facilities were great! I really liked the school.


Posted May 21, 2009

I am just your semi-above average, kenowa hills Junior. This school offers tons of different classes for all interests. and if you for some reason, you want more selection, you can always dual enroll or just take an online class at the school. All of the teachers I have had or even met are all quite nice. Some students will say teachers are 'mean' but usually that just means that the teacher pushes students harder with more homework and projects, and better ending results. The extra curricular activities are excellent with many clubs and sports to suite any fancy (anime club for me). The band program is deffinitely the best thing in existence though. Overall, I would totally recommend this school, because the quality of kids you find in the school are entirely up to luck, and whether your student does bad is up to their motivation to do well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2009

The school was pretty bad. I agree that it is just another school. Teachers do press their views upon students. There are a lot of teachers who are slackers to be honest. There is not much discipline. Kids are always mean but in this school it is intense how mean they are they will try to change you and break you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2007

I'm a student at Kenowa Hills and I think it's a great school. The teachers are great and they offer many classes. Some students don't have the initiative to excel in their classes but if they do, it's easy for them to succeed. The only problem I have with the school is the lack of a pool. I've been on a swim team for about six years and when I came to Kenowa I was disappointed to learn that they had to share a pool with Grandville. It's hard to get transportation to Grandville every day because I can't drive. I love swimming and now I feel like I'm missing out on something important.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2006

I graduated from Kenowa, and now I have a student living with me that goes to Kenowa. It was a great, fun atmosphere. Some of the teachers are a little too dedicated in that it's time for them to leave, but the new teachers coming in are great. Most know how to teach in a fun atmosphere great for all learning styles. The administration/teachers could definitely push the upper level classes a little more, or even dual-enrollment, but even though I didn't take those classes, I still excelled in college and didn't find myself to be surprised at college-level learning. Kenowa is a great school system as long as you as parents know how to work with them and are willing to do your part.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 10, 2006

I have two kids who went through Kenowa. I was disappointed in the quality of education they recieved. There is a lack of discipline. I found communication was also lacking. There are some very dedicated teachers but the overall atmosphere is not to set the expectations for the students very high. Kenowa does have excellent extracurricular activities but if college prep is the goal I do not feel they do the job well. My son started college this fall and we found many areas he was either misguided or simply not acedemically prepared even when college was always his goal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

My daughter is a student at Kenowa Hills and I hear alot from her because its been a big change from a very small private school to a big highschool so she tells me alot. Basically, in her opinion Kenowa is awesome but needs to work on some things. She loves the teachers but she also admits there are some teachers who slack off and other teachers who press their views on things on the students too much. I guess basically that Kenowa is a great school but could use some work tweaking things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Kenowa is doing well academically in some areas, but they fall short in offering higher-level classes to students. They built a new high school a few years ago, and already they have come close to outgrowing it, and will in a few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

Kenowa is just another school, it has good teachers, but beyond that it falls short. Activities are being drasticly cut due to the budget crisis. Its gotten quite crowded and the facts of its greatness are misleading unfortunatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2003

I'm not a parent, Im a student. The education here is real good, and the teachers are very nice. Its just the other students judge alot, and it can make you feel uncomfertable. All kids are mean, but theres some people at this school who try to break you, and change who you are so you is like them and that aint right with me.


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Social Studies

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

272 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 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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20%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

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62%

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51%

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53%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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29%

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26%

2010

 
 
25%
Social Studies

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
51%

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42%

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40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

93%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

88%


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
White 84% 69%
Hispanic 8% 6%
African-American 4% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
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 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3825 Hendershot Ave Nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
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