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East Kentwood High School

Public | 10-12 & ungraded | 1926 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 12 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

I love being a part of the EK family.They offer excellent academic opportunities for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

if your into band, orchestra choir or any sport you will do great at this school otherwise you are treated like garbage and your needs, education, life is ignored and shoved to the side. my 3rd child just started here my 1st 2 went all 4 yrs. 1 graduated one quit because of being ignored by teachers and bullied by other students, and nothing was done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

Great teachers , They really stepped up When my kids needed them. School has a lot Going for it. 18 years with kids in Kentwood
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

This school is amazing! The students are kind and accepting of diversity of ALL kinds. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and professional. EKHS offers so many classes, clubs, and sports! My two kids absolutely LOVE being EK Falcons! I am so happy we chose to send our kids here from Caledonia. Best.Decision.Ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

This school is awesome. The teachers care about the kids. They are the best! There is a huge variety of students, just like the rest of the world. Some kids have a hard time with school and they help them. Other kids do really well on their own. I know students that have gone on to pretty famous universities around the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

So many elective choices and great opportunities for kids. My son takes 4 dif AP classes! Love the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

EKHS is an amazing place. The teachers go above and beyond to help students succeed. A lot of them come in early and stay late and push us to work hard. The principals are always in the hallways greeting and encouraging us. They always ask about us. I love EK and wouldn't want to be any place else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2014

Sending my children to East Kentwood High School was a great decision!! My oldest daughter graduated from EK and started college with 24 credits thanks to AP classes. My other children on on track to do the same. EK provides rigorous classes, high quality music/theater programs, and a variety of athletic opportunities - there is something for everyone. At the same time EK has a very caring staff. We love EK!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

I had two children graduate from EK and was very happy on the education they received and the overall quality of their teachers. One of my children's favorite things about EK is the diveristy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

The entire district offers great academics, great teachers, great opportunities and great diversity!! All around A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

We've had two children attend and graduate from this school and have been very happy with the experience. Both children were able to enter college with sophomore status in private, selective liberal arts colleges. This was facilitated by the fact that they were able to take 12 AP courses while in high school. Both were also involved in the athletic programs and participated on state championship teams. Most of the negative comments you will see posted online or hear in the community are from people who fear diversity and are narrow-minded in their outlook on life. If you don't want your children exposed to a variety of cultures, viewpoints, and backgrounds then don't send them to this school. If instead, you want them to gain a broad perspective on life, then this should be near the top of your list. Don't be fooled by some aspects of the test scores. The students who take AP classes score as high as anyone in the state on those tests. EK's mission includes educating children born in over 50 different countries which may impact some aspects of test scores. However, we are proud of the fact that many children who do not speak English when arriving end up becoming college graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

The EKHS facility itself is up-to-date and clean with impressive gym, art corridor, other extracurriculars. The Global Tech 21 program and AP classes and dual enrollment programs break the large student body down into smaller communities with strong teacher & student relationships. Diversity improves self-confidence: It's 100% okay to be yourself. We moved to Caledonia and after trying the new school with nearly zero diversity, made unanimous family decision to go back & finish up at EKHS via school of choice. EK has zero tolerance for bullying or violence, and it is a well-organized school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

I would not send a child of mine to east kentwood. East Kentwood don't care about grades, they care more about discipline! EK is similar to a prison with security guards and over 50 cameras. It should be called Kentwood correctional facility.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2011

I am looking for a school to send my daughter. We have moved here from Traverse City and we live in Cutlerville. I would go to jail before I wpuld ever send my daughter to this school. Security guards? OMG! I grew up in Wyoming and Kentwood. I can't believe what an awful school this is now. I wonder why?


Posted November 11, 2010

We love the AP courses and all the other opportunities. We also love the diversity. The school leadership is fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I have a recent graduate and a current senior. I can't say enough good things about EKHS. The class offerings (18 AP classes!), the diversity, the arts, academic excellence, and the extensive extra-curricular offerings are unmatched in this area. My graduate entered college with 20 credits already earned at EK. He also had the opportunity to compete in the Nationals for the We the People program in DC, with my next son hopefully to repeat this achievement this year. I couldn't be more pleased. Top notch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

I have a love-hate relationship with EK. There are lots of choices available, in both classes and extracurriculars, but with the trimester schedule the time we have for said activities is very limited. For example, I am in Orchestra and Latin. Between the two, I use up all but two of my elective credits. Teen Leadership is required Freshman year, and everyone has to take one credit of PE and Health, so that leaves only 5 total openings for other classes the students involved in both music and foreign language. There are also way too many people for a good student like myself to be noticed. I honestly feel that I could come back in a few years and carry on a conversation with a teacher I never had and they would just think they'd forgotten me. Also, the diversity is great, but the drugs are present.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2010

Great education system with plenty of AP classes and teachers that care about our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Our 2 daughters received an excellent education and benefited from the incredibly diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

The wonderful diversity, excellent staff, the availability of AP courses, the Fine Arts programs, administration. Our daughters have and are receiving an outstanding education at East Kentwood High School; and all of the other Kentwood Schools they have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

564 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

567 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

564 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
22%
Social Studies

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

565 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

566 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
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 Students24%
Female23%
Male26%
African American8%
Asian40%
Hispanic9%
Multiracial23%
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a
Homeless9%

Reading

All Students52%
Female56%
Male47%
African American36%
Asian48%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a
Homeless36%

Science

All Students20%
Female17%
Male25%
African American7%
Asian27%
Hispanic5%
Multiracial14%
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities21%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homeless27%

Social Studies

All Students38%
Female36%
Male39%
African American18%
Asian40%
Hispanic21%
Multiracial27%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a
Homeless27%

Writing

All Students42%
Female46%
Male37%
African American21%
Asian43%
Hispanic23%
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a
Homeless27%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

83%

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 44% 69%
African-American 30% 18%
Asian 12% 3%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 53%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Keenoy
Fax number
  • (616) 698-2384

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6230 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
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