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Harbor Lights Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 956 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted December 31, 2013

Great school....Not sure why the rating from Great Schools was reduced from a 7 to a 5?????? Makes me question the rating scale for the website in general which I used to take very serious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

this school is wonderful! the teachers are amazing and hilarious. If I could pick any school to go to, this would be it.


Posted September 4, 2013

This school is extremely good. The teachers all have a sense of humor and are kind to their students. This school also has the wonderful option of allowing students to earn high school credit while still in middle school. Students can earn credits in foreign language, english, math, science, and social studies/history. I did the advanced program and I liked it a lot.


Posted October 9, 2010

Why do you love Harbor Lights Middle School? Great team teaching. International Baccalaureate ciriculum. BBYA book club led by librarians who are on the Newberry awards committee. Science Olympiad teams who place high in competition. A Grammy award winning music program and awesome athletic coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

My son has switched from an area charter school to Harbor Lights Middle School. From walking in the first time for a tour, I was impressed. We were worried coming from a smaller school to a larger school if he would get lost in the crowd. Advanced classes are offered in math, science, history and lang. arts. Students are not limited to classes at their grade level. They are placed where they need to be. Harbor Lights encourages excelling students sign up for NUMATS which involves taking the ACT test, something that juniors in high school who are preparing for college normally take. Extra curricular activites are offered including sports and academic activites. Science Olympiad, Math Counts and Lego Robotics teams have competed in regional competitions. Excelling students can even earn high school credit in middle school. The teachers are awesome, but tough and my son loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

Harbor Lights strives to meet individual student needs. The staff works hard to make students successful. The music department is exceptional and challenges the students;the concerts are always amazing !Career development is introduced and planning for future jobs is a topic of discussion in the upper grades. My child has enjoyed her time there and is enthusiastic about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2008

This school is very well organized, diverse and gives lots of great opportunites to students!
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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28%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
30%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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 39% in 2014.

295 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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 35% in 2014.

329 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
16%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 69%
Hispanic 33% 6%
Asian 10% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
African-American 3% 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Dennis White
Fax number
  • (616) 786-1091

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1024 136th Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
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