Students enrolled 442
School leader Tonya Norwood

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20225 Beaconsfield Street
Harper Woods, MI 48225

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(313) 245-3084
(313) 371-5548
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3 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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December 23, 2013
I have three children in the harper woods schools and I am very pleased! Coming from grosse pointe schools there is definitely a different feel but all in all it is a family atmosphere. So many complain about the teachers and curriculum but those are mainly the ones you only see at ptc not during all the events, pop up visits on your child, building a relationship with the child teachers and administration. It takes a village not just the teacher and with that being said I enjoy the programs they offer, I love the new principal and the staff!! I am pleased to say I am a parent of Harper Woods Schools. I do not have to deal with racial issues, bias, nor the no relationship with the school so all in all its what we do as parents to make the school history successful for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
This school is terrible!!!! It makes me want to kill myself just walking into it! Most of the teachers care about their students but others just downright don't care! It sickens me and all of my colleagues agree. The students are ill behaved and don't know when enough is enough. No home training, lack of attention skills and most of them don't want to be there. The students who do can't concentrate and can't stand the students around them. Most contemplate suicide and self harm because of it. A school is supposed to join students and teachers together, but this "facility of learning" does otherwise. This is not a school, is a prison!!!! I'm glad I pulled my child out of it

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Harper Woods is a good school. It may not be the bast at times but we have improved as a school. We follow the I Can system with grading and it is the best grading system. Our teachers can be one on one with students but it does depend who the teacher is. When I first came there I cried because I though it was a ethnically diverse school but it wasn't. Overall the school is good. I like it so far. Just wish Hs and Ms weren't in the same building.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2010
I am currently a senior at HWHS. I've read many of what you have to say and I also see that a majority of you are parents and I'd like to ask those parents a question. At anytime during your son/daughters time at HW were you ever actually at the school during the school day and see what the going ons of the school were? Because from what I have read I'd have to say no. I see many of you if not all of you blame the teachers and administration. well I can tell you that the teachers are great and they do teach. They teach the kids that want to be taught and don't have time to deal with the kids that don't because they have better things to do and to the person who said that the teachers and administration don't care about the African-American students thats bull

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2010
This school is a big disappointment........when I moved to Harper Woods I moved my children from DPS to Harper Woods HS and I wish I had kept them in DPS. The teachers there do not care about the African-American students and the school allows the students to roam the halls. My child fell behind her counterparts at DPS. I don't think anyone should ever send their child to this school. My child is going back to DPS where they really teach the children.

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March 11, 2010
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no rating November 26, 2008
I'm very concerned about this school ... My daughter graduated from there and went on to college... She's always been honor roll student to say the least, but sh'es struggles with college courses... Wonder why! I would please research your child school and please research a high school wit hcollege prep only...

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September 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2008
i'm actually a senior at HWSS this year...and let me tell you....i agree with the person under me. The staff say they can help you and then make excuses of why they can't do anything about the problem. When i first got into high school here things were lookin decent, but as the years went on the teachers got more carless and everything went down hill from there...but hey ... send your kids here, theres a lack of students!

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July 08, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 08, 2007
I would not recommend anyone to send there child to the high school. There is always problems at the school and they never get resolved. I had a student at the school and I am glad they do not attend the school anymore. When you need help or need to talk to someone they are never around or make excuses as to why they can't get with you, or they make promises to be there for your child and the parent and they are not. I also feel that they do not prepare this students for college like they say they do. So I do not advise anyone to send there child to this school the school may look nice but don't let that fool you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2007
I'm an senior at HWSS and I started going there my junior year. When I first started attending there I must say the expierience was very exiting, I felt like I was part of one big family. I'm proud to be HWSS ure graduating class of 2008.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2006
I'm a graduate of HWHS, and currently attending The University of Michigan. When I first entered UM, it was quite clear that I was well behind my peers even though I graduated with a 3.89 GPA. The school cirriculum does not challenge its students. When they finally offered AP classes it was only for one year--then they switched to a less effective online version. The advisors were rarely helpful and at times felt distant and cold. College preparation was minimal. The funding for women's sports is absymal in comparison to the men's sports. One thing this school has, however, is dedicated, fun, caring teachers. They just need better cirriculum to work with. Zanni, Lenhardt, & Antieau are great! Lenhardt was even on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'. The building itself needs work--but I believe they are building a new school which will hopefully revamp the spirit of the school.

- submitted by a former student
January 17, 2006
In my opinion Harper Woods High School is one of the most limited high schools anyone can ever come across. I have been going to Harper Woods school since 7th grade. I am now a 9th grader. The school has cut off alot of extracurricular activities. Gates are put up during lunch time to stop people from getting to one side of the school to the next. The overall atmosphere of the school has changed in the past year. It's more like a prison-it's just like a Detroit Public School. The school has cut back on many classes that can help students like me prepare for college. This is not a school I would recommend anyone to send their child to. It offers me nothing,and there is no challenge in the school work. The only good thing about this school is the spanish class. The teachers are boring and lazy.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2005
I go to haper woods middle school. I am attending 8th grade. Please Parents...Send kids to different school. I was 4.0 last year but my best friend who is in 7th grade and goes to a different school is learning the same math as me and I'm in 8th grade algebra. This year we are disecting a goats eye..she did that 2 years ago. We don't learn as much as we could. I am wanting to move so much. Sometimes I cry beacuse I want to achive and do excellent but I don't think I can if I go to Harper woods secondary school. I've been here since 1st grade and I still don't think that I've ever been to a REAL school!

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2005
With any school, you get out what you put into it. I do not agree with the negative assessments some of the parents have made. We have found the teachers to be very responsive and caring when we've had to contact them about missing assignements, etc.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
This school is improving every year! This year a number of advanced classes are being offered through the internet. They do a lot wiht what resources are available to a school this size. People need to form a partnership and encourage their children instead of blaming the school. THe teachers are caring and put in a great deal of extra time to sponser outside activities beyond the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
I am a graduate of HWHS and I would just like to say that the highschool has some of the most dedicated and skilled teachers I have ever had. Ms Zanni is BY FAR the best spanish teacher I have come across in my 8 years speaking spanish. Ms Lenhardt is so enthusiastic and really makes learning fun for her students. Mr Culler is an awesome math teacher. He really prepares his students for college math and is always there if you need extra help (as long as you ask for it). Mr Antieu is one of the science teachers I have ever had. He makes science fun and applies it to everyday life. I can honestly say that I will never forget these teachers and the lessons that they have taught me, not only about school but about life as well. Thank you!!

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2005
Beacon and Tyrone Elementaries are good schools but when you reach the middle and high school look out! The teachers appear to be concerned about your child's education, but ask for feedback and you receive nothing. The principal is too afraid to offend people and thus fails in directing both the students and the teachers. There is relatively no communication with parents. The last day of school I learned that my child failed 8th grade, but during the year whenever I asked how she was doing I was told she was ok but could be doing better. If you live in Harper Woods send your children to a private school or else move. They do not offer our children what is needed to compete in today's world and they do not communicate with working parents.

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February 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2005
My child attended the first AND LAST!!!! semester of 9th grade at HarperWoods High School. Most of the teachers are uncaring. He missed a lot of school during the first semester due to illness and turned in doctor's excuses but it was hard for him to make-up all of the work he missed because of the inconsideration from most of his teachers (he finally made up all the work) I believe the teachers graded him on the fact that he missed a lot of days and not on the work he did and the fact that he made up all of the work he missed despite the struggle they gave him. My child didn't deserve the low grades that he got and he will be attending school elsewhere. I know other parents that live in HarperWoods but refuse to have their children attend the HarperWoods schools because of teachers'inconsideraton.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2004
You get what you make of the school, but to get the best education, the student has to do the research. The teachers, who are bright, have a lot to offer but not all of them offer that extra bit that would help the kids achieve. The kids have to ask for extra help. This is partly because some of the kids are not driven to learn at all. I am sure the teachers become frustrated by the lack of ambition from so many of their students. Because the school is so small courses like A.P. and languages cannot be offered. Too bad.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
This school isn't bad at all! I've been getting a 4.0 all year. The teachers really teach well. Sure there are a few problems, but what school doesn't? I would recommend this school to kids who want to learn and have fun at the same time.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Send your kids to private school! Lack of A.P. programs and every day school programs are a disadvantage to the children of Harper Woods. It may as well be a Detroit Public school.

- submitted by a parent
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Harper Woods High School
20225 Beaconsfield Street, Harper Woods, MI  48225
(313) 245-3084
Last modified Harper Woods High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harper Woods High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top