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Grandville High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1839 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 24, 2013

To the 'Parent' of March 7, 2010, your grammar definitely does not support your opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

As with most posts, I agree the teachers and staff are very polite and good at their jobs. My rating 4 out of 5 is a result of the parent climate. Our family is quite well off, and my son is good looking, wears very nice clothes, and average hard working student and athlete. He could boast about his pool, movie theater, lunch budget, sports participation, etc. The issue is the parents attitudes of "outsiders". My son was in foster care for most of his life. We're not Dutch or Christian. And there lies the problems. Parents won't include us in planning, celebrations, or participation. This is noted by their children, and in turn they treat my son the same. Also coaches are reminded very often, who gets to play, get attention, and be groomed. I won't buy my son popularity or acceptance. I teach him to look beyond looks, money, and influence. See others for who they truly are, and respect everyone. We will continue to be good examples to my son, his friends, and supportive of the teachers and staff of our school. We will also reach out to our fellow "outsiders". You are a very important part of the community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2010

Let me tell you, Grandville HS has educated me better than any college course I have EVER taken. All the comments about clothes, race, etc. is all due to a lack of self esteem. I was not did not ever walk around with the most expensive clothes, I wasn't the most popular.... I disregarded all of that nonsense and excelled. I took three AP courses, getting a perfect 5/5 on the calculus exam. Bottom line, your at school to go to school, if you get distracted, its your own fault. GHS offers TOP OF THE LINE education. Whether you take advantage of it is your own decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

My experience with Grandville High School has been nothing but wonderful. Each time I have had to contact one of my son's teachers with a question, they are always quick to respond. GHS offers every student the opportunity to excel, with a strong commitment to educational excellence and the facilities, resources and committed staff to back it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Grandville is a bit of a hypocrite. There is no diversity and I've seen many kids get picked on just for being of 'color'. There diversity group isn't doing much to make it real diverse. This school needs help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

Grandville High School is a very different high school. It is Very exceeding in it's academics, but when it comes to what you where and the way you act, It's a whole different story. GHS's teachers, well most of them really care about you, and really want to see you exceed, and do well. With all of the programs, and classes they offer It's hard not to find something you like. But on the other hand, God help you if you don't have money, in this school you're either 'Rich' or 'Poor', the rich students have the nice clothes, nice shoes, nice cars, etc. And it is very easy to tell. If you don't have the newest clothes, then you are cast out, at GHS it's like the clothes make the person, trust me. And on the sports side, your either the best or the worst, just like with the clothes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

Grandville is a great school district; I wouldn't choose any other high school! There is a wide selection of courses in addition to the required core classes, and most of these are well-developed programs that stand out (even in comparison to other schools). While every school has its own share of low-quality teachers, it is equally true that I've met some of the greatest mentors in my life at Grandville. I will say this for the school: the opportunity for a fantastic education is there. The student will get back however much (or little) he or she decides to put it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2007

I think you need two things to be successfull in Grandville, money and talent. I have seen firsthand that if a young child doesn't show promise in sports early on, he will be pushed aside for a student who does. I believe they groom their football team beginning in 3rd grade. I also see the more money and time you give, the more favor your child receives. So If you're considering Grandville, bring your money with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

My daughter has attended the Highschool for 3 yrs now. Most of the teachers are willing to go the extra effort if you show interest in your childs education. This is a very clicky school and lord help the child who doesn't fit in. Also the rules and punishment are not the same for everyone when it comes to disciplinary action- especially athletes-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2006

As a graduate of GHS I feel that it was a great school. The academic standards are some of the highest in the state, evidence being the 2006 Blue Ribbon Award. Discipline is also a major focus. The school is very safe and fights are rare. GHS is the kind of school that stresses the importance of academics above all else but also runs one of the best athletic programs in West Michigan. Most of the sports are competitive not only in the area but also on the state level. The campus is fairly new and very large, allowing for many state of the art resources to be used for education and sports. Music and fine arts are also two things that Grandville is known for in the area and around the state.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 15, 2006

Grandville High School just received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award for 2006, one of the highest honors a school can receive. The Blue Ribbon Award is given to schools that are models of academic success that demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence. GHS is one of only three high schools in Michigan to receive this award.
—Submitted by a former student


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Social Studies

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

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47%
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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.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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42%

2011

 
 
39%

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40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

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

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
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%
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

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

94%


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 80% 69%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Asian 4% 3%
African-American 3% 18%
Multiracial 3% 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 26%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Chris Vanderslice
Fax number
  • (616) 254-6462

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4700 Canal Ave Sw
Grandville, MI 49418
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