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10-12
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Grand Rapids, MI
Students enrolled: 1,926

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6230 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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September 15, 2014
I love being a part of the EK family.They offer excellent academic opportunities for their students.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
September 05, 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
May 14, 2014
The entire district offers great academics, great teachers, great opportunities and great diversity!! All around A+

- submitted by a parent
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
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
April 09, 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
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?

- submitted by a community member
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
November 02, 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
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
no rating October 14, 2010
Great education system with plenty of AP classes and teachers that care about our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Our 2 daughters received an excellent education and benefited from the incredibly diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating October 12, 2010
the diversity, the student opportunities, the community feeling, the high standards, parent participation

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
53 countries, 56 languages, 1 community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
We have excellent teachers, support staff and administrators in Kentwood and they care about our kids :)

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
East Kentwood is a great school to be apart of. I love it here. We have a lot of AP classes to choose from and we succeed in academics and athletics. However, I do feel that we could improve with ACT prep. Our school average is only a 20.

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2009
I love teaching at this school. Great staff, great kids, great programs

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2008
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November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
EKHS is the best school ever. The way people talk about it being dangerous, it is not. People say the kids fight all the time, i have seen one fight my whole high school experience and guess what, it was between two sisters, and they did not even touch eachother. Also when people say there is drugs, thats wrong too, no drugs anywhere. The acedemics is fantastic, they offer so many advanced classes. The athletics is awesome, everyone participates. EK helps kids get ready for REAL life, not just white or black life. Thanks for reading.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2008
this school is the best for my child because it has so much security it makes my child feel safe!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
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November 09, 2007
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September 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2007
I loved going to school at East Kentwood. It gave me the skills that I needed to succed in college. I also had a great time learning and interacting with the teachers and students. There is something for everyone at East Kentwood.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2007
This school is wonder because it has it a lot to offer that other shcools don't. East Kentwood is one of the best schools I 've ever been to.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2007
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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 15, 2006
i currently attend EK, and have gone through the entire kentwood schooling system. Up until I reached high school, the schools and teachers have been terrific. EKHS has the potential to be an outstanding school again, as it once used to be, but there are many flaws that stand in the way of it. One being the teaching staff. Most of my teachers in the last 3 years couldnt have cared less about what any kids have done in their class. Another flaw is the security. Actually its more like wasted money. they walk around and converse with kids and when theres a real fight there nowhere to be found. the few good things about EK is their athletics, pride and Diversity.

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2006
East Kentwood is an exceptional school overall. One of its greatest assets is the diversity of the student body. EK students come from a wide variety of races and cultures. EK also has excellent extracurricular activities, including a great athletic program and excellent vocal, instrumental, and theatrical fine arts programs. EK has also received significant upgrades to the campus, including a state of the art stadium, and renovations to the cafeteria, pool, and fine arts auditorium, which are soon to open. All of the teachers I have come in contact with were very caring for my success and were great teachers as well! The staff and security guards do their job well, but are friendly and fun to talk to. Overall a great school!

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2006
Excellent school to say the least.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2005
I am a current student at East Kentwood and i feel that this school has a lot to offer to any student. It's diverse and provides many opportunites for students.

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
I am a student currently attending EKHS. The school has fantastic potential but it is very undermined by the staff and ruleset. The academics are excellent and offer a great variety of classes. The only fault is the staff. I am not saying the entire staff is unreasonable. Most of the younger teachers are very eager to help understand and adress your problems. Besides the academics the school's extracurricular activities are great. They have a strong focus on excellence in the music and sports departments.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
EK is an excellent school. To say that it doesn't have it's problems would be unfair, but for a school it's size it is superb. As a former student I found the teachers to be very reasonable, and if people struggled it was largely due to a lack of effort on their part. Almost all of the teachers seemed concerned when their students were doing poorly and tried their best to help, many often going out of their way to do so. The administration is good, and people say there is too much crime/fighting, etc, but really there isn't. The academic curriculum is one of the best around, and the great diversity of people creates an excellent learning environment. I'm in college now, and you wouldn't believe how unprepared most students are, EK's challenging curriculum and block scheduling prepares you well. Send your kids to EK, they'll thank you. -Ray W

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2005
I attended EKHS and graduated several years ago. I certainly see problems here and there, but what school doesn't have problems? I would say the positives outweigh the negatives by quite a bit. The sports programs are great, the music department has at times been the top of the line and the facilities are above average. It is certainly true that some improvements could be made with the faculty, but when you have a school of nearly 3000 students it isn't the easiest thing to sufficiently staff. I loved my time at EKHS. I loved the sports events and all the pride EK takes in their teams. The security guards are a bit of a joke and provide a false sense of security. I think most of them could be beat up by a 13 year old girl. But hey, if it makes people feel safe. Overall, I recommend EKHS.

- submitted by a former student
November 23, 2004
Hi, I went to East Kentwood and I have to say it is the best school any student could go to. Well, I can't wait until their child goes to college, professors dont care how the students are doing they just teach the class. EK has improved, the school has been awarded the governers cup two years in a row. Also, Beel was the principal of the year. The school is also diverse which allows students to get a glimpse of the real life unlike going to a all white school or all black school. Finally, EK has a prepared me for an education that I can now appreciate while i am in college.

- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2004
I attended this school and I do have to say that the security they have is a big joke. I really didn't feel any safer when they were around.

- submitted by a former student
May 20, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2004
I have had 2 children attend EK. I can honestly say, there is room for improvement. There are teachers who care and there are teachers that don't. There are a lot of activities for students but there is very little flexibility for a student who is involved in outside activities. The teachers don't cooperate, it has been a fight every year to get absences excused and not count for the total before you loose credits. Many teachers need to retire and the new ones hired need attitude adjustments. The police are there almost daily for fights, drugs, you name it. The have security, if you want to call it that. If I had another child coming up, I would not enroll them at EK. EK may have been a great school at one time but not today.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
EK is the state's 3rd largest school. I have had two kids go through the entire Kentwood system. They are well prepared to succeed in the world. EK offers more AP courses than any GR area school. There are always challenges to mesh students from different backgrounds, but EK does it as well as anyone. The course offerings, music program, activities, sports, and support make EK a terrific place to have your child in high school. The one area I would pay attention to is the guidance department. I think the focus is on schedules of students. The counslors are challenged to find time to tend to the kids needs. You need to be aware and support your child here.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I went to this school. It is said that Godwin has the highest drop out rate. I personally don't think this is true. EK just transfers the students to the alteranitve school. They are not worth what they think they are. My older sister was also dropped from this school. I have an older brother he made it through and went to college. Never once did any teacher here encourge him to do so. If your family does not make above a certian amount, you are not worth helping becoming more then average. Or below average. They need to start paying more attention to the ones who are struggling.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
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East Kentwood High School
6230 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI  49508
(616) 698-6700
Last modified East Kentwood High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Kentwood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top