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Hamilton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 821 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 17, 2014

First off I would like to say that I was an A student, 12 sport athlete, well liked by students, and never got in trouble. On paper it appears to be a great school academically. In all honesty most of the teachers give you the answers on every single test and quiz, especially during the third trimester. All they care about is getting more state funds to buy the teachers new iPads and MacBook pro laptops every single time a new one comes out (and the teachers keep the old ones for personal use.) They do very little to prepare students for life outside of this very sheltered and stuck up community. A majority of the teachers openly talk about biblical stories and even bad mouth those with an open mind to other cultures and religions. If you're not a fake christian and/or an athlete you will have a very hard time "fitting in" with both the students and the teachers. If you are you can do and say anything you want and the faculty will turn a blind eye. They will even punish the student getting bullied for not speaking up. In all I think the school means well but they are just too close minded to recognize how little they are doing for not only the students but the community as a whole.


Posted March 4, 2014

As a fromer student of Hamilton High School, I can say that the teaching staff is pretty nice. You didn't have to be a popular student or a jock for the teachers to notice you. On the other hand the student body was a horrible. There is NO DIVERSITY and everyone thinks they are better than you! I feel that the community takes sports as their priority over acedemics. Apparently, Hamilton does not take bullying seriously. This problem goes against their reputation for a safe and sheltered community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2013

I will agree that a Hamilton is very cliqie, but that is a relatively small problem considering how good the teachers are. They are absolutely amazing! They do an amazing job to prepare students for "life after high school". And yes we have the popular jocks who will have no idea how to function after sports are no longer a priority. It is very hard to get into sports if you have not been at Hamilton from the beginning but other than that where you come from doesn't really affect how you are treated. You just have to find where you fit best and you will have a great experience.


Posted April 20, 2010

I am a former Hamilton student who left the area after graduation and attended college in the 'big city'. It was extremely difficult to fit in outside the area. Since Hamilton is a large farming community, the school tends to be very sheltered and not forward in it's thinking. Unless you plan to stay in Hamilton and farm, I would recommend a little more diverse school to prepare your child for college. While the school is safe, the education is not enough to prepare you for life outside the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

I am on my last child of three to go thru this school and I could have not asked for better. My wife and I discussed Hamilton vs Holland Christian schools and we are so pleased with our choice of Hamilton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Great team spirit and involvment by teacher, parents and the community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

I must say I disagree with the student below me. I also attended Hamilton, although only for one year I was there long enough to realize what a pathetic place it is. All of the students there have no idea what the the 'real' world is like. Most of them don't know anything else besides what lies within the boundaries of that town. They also refuse to accept anyone new that they havent know for years. The teachers,however, are wonderful people who really helped me succeed academicaly. The other students are extremely judgemental of anyone who isnt born and raised in the same town they were. I do not recommend sending your child to this school is they didn't attend junior high at Hamilton middle. The students are sheltered and rude.I can honestly say moving to a new school the following year was one of the best decisions of my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

OK i read through these reviews and they all say that the students are rude and have cliques, All schools have these. Hamilton isnt any different. This school is an amazing school. I just graduated (class of 2008) and i had a baby my freshman year. I left my 2nd semester and came back the next year, i was accepted with open arms from everybody. INCLUDEING the 'preps' and the 'Jocks' and i never really hung out with them. Yes there are those few stuck ups but thats for every school. The education is also a plus. The teachers are dedicated to their students and care if the students are passing or not, if the student isnt they will help them understand. This is an amazing school district in general and your child would be lucky to be here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2008

From having 2 children go thru the school system as well as myself and my husband both graduating from Hamilton, not much has changed. I can't say much for the educators but I do know there are cliques with the student body. If you don't hang out with the 'right' people you are not as 'valuable' to this school. My biggest complaint is that their focus seems to be more on sports than anything else at this school, certainly not getting an education. And a lot of the jocks and preppy people are in for a shock when they graduate into the real world and find out their noses being buried into sports isn't really going to get them very far. Academics are not the highlight, sports are. The funny thing there is that they don't really excel in any sports anyway so what's to get excited about?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2008

I had a great experience at Hamilton. The teachers challenge and support the students academically.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2007

I was a former student of Hamilton high and I can say from experience that the school is great! You my dislike it when you go there, there are clich s but everyone is in their own and as long as you have a positive attitude about what is going on you should be good. I was not a popular student and never really wanted to be. I had a good experience there, I miss the school more then what I ever thought I would. It was all that you made it out to be and a lot of the former students here don t really get that as I believe that they should I don t have the money or the look but I was friends with the people who did. They were too negative rather then positive. Hamilton is one of the best and safest schools to go to in this area of Michigan!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2006

As a parent I am extremely happy with the conservative environment provided by the staff and community. There is no place that I would rather raise my family than Hamilton. I would rate the academics as well as community involvement high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2006

As a former student of Hamilton High I can say the education was great. It is all about money in this school district and if you don't have it then your not in the crowd or if you don't wear the in clothes. Sports means more to this school that its education. If and when they lose a game it drags on and on. I guess you take it as you call it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 17, 2006

As a fromer student of Hamilton High School I can honestly say that that the teaching staff is absolutely amazing. You didn't have to be a popular student or a jock for the teachers to notice you. Almost all of the teachers I had were caring and helpful. On the other hand the student body was a horrible experience for me. There is no diversity and everyone thinks they are better than you. If your not in the 'in-crowd' then you are usually considered to be a 'bad' person. They have no respect or understanding for anyone who is not exactly like them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2005

as a student at hamilton now, i feel that this school is great. it educational and its one of the best schools. yes i can have its down side but its inproving!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2005

As a former student of hamilton high school, I can say that it was an awful experiene. the students are mean and have no idea about the real life. They are demeaning towards others, and if you are not one of the 'cool' kids, then your life will be miserable. There is no diversity at this school, and i would highly recommend NOT sending your children to hamilton.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2004

Hamilton Schools are a great place to send your kids. The staff is incredible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2004

This school is pathetic. There is no diversity. There is a lack of control over here. I am sure there are some kids that will succeed, but for the most part, most of these kids will learn nothing about real life and the real world. They are already sheltered living here, and this community needs to make an effort to make this a place where people want their kids to grow. So if you want to give your kid a great education cause good just does not cut it for you...then send your kid to the east side of the state. Between the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills school...your kid will succeed and gain some culture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2004

The teachers at this particular school are tremendous. They are caring and extrememly helpful in getting the students to where they need to be when they graduate. The student-body is another story. About half of the students are good people working hard for their futures. The other half is absolutely terrible. They are rude and think they are the greatest things since sliced bread. They are too full of themselves and in all honesty have no clue what the real world is like. The only other complaint I have about the school is that it isn't 'worldly' enough. There isn't much diversity and the students for the majority leave having no clue as to what the real world is or will be about. All in all, however, I would recommend sending your children to Hamilton High School solely because of it's tremendous faculty. The city is worthy of good mention.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

I am a former student of Hamilton and can honestly say it was the worst experience of my life. I was constantly teased and bullied in junior high and high school( elementary scholl was fine). I would actually have panic attacks every morning before I went to school. I would tell teachers and principals and they would do nothing. Many times they witnessed what was going on and looked the other way. At Hamilton if you are nor a jock or popular kid the teacher care nothing about you. It is by the grace of God that I made it and graduated. I do not recommend sending your child to Hamilton.
—Submitted by a former student


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

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Social Studies

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%
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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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%
Social Studies

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
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

92%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

>95%


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 94% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 21%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Doug Braschler
Fax number
  • (269) 751-7670

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4911 136Th Ave
Hamilton, MI 49419
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Phone: (269) 751-5185

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