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Holly High School

Public | 9-12 | 1155 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted March 17, 2014

This school helped my son go from. Fail to excellent, they helped me reliaze my son has autism ,and his previous school. Didnt even care,love this holly school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

We spent a considerable amount of time researching high schools for our children and compared several private and public schools in the area. Holly High School provided the most advanced classes and challenging on line courses, while also providing a wide range of athletic opportunities. Great facilities with great leadership and professional, caring teachers. This school has come a long way in the last decade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

beautiful, clean, huge, i believe its pretty involved in the students, they teach the students responsibilty, and has alot of extra help. my daughter will be graduating next june, YEEAAAAHH
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

This school is rapidly evolving into one of the better in the entire STATE! It was recently ranked as the 34th Best High School in the State of Michigan (US News and World Reports). It's AP and Online offerings are performing better than much more affluent districts. Even though Holly receives the minimum in state funding its ACT, MME, and AP scores are consistently at the top of Oakland County. The staff cares about all learners and has numerous intervention strategies for at risk students. An excellent place for your children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

There has been so much funding cut in this district but even before that, there was no adult education and little-to-no incentive to keep upper grades in school. The only incentive that my child received to stay in school was in a behavioral class, filled with other behavioral students which held her back with their own behavior...but the teachers were positive and accommodating. The problem was that the behavioral students got away with everything and that nothing was done to correct their behavior, and that since my daughter had a gifted IQ she was still held-back educationally. She was still bored and still left to her own devices. They did nothing to help her redirect herself and stay out of trouble, thereby compounding the problems that led her there. There is nowhere in the district for someone who does not function within the classic institutional setting and with a normal IQ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My son is graduating soon and I am confident that he is prepared for college. Remember a person will benefit from any school only if the effort is put forth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

This is a horrible school I came from a 9 out of 10 rated school (Grand Blanc) to this school my 10th grade year and this was the worst transition of my life. The people who give this a high rating dont know any better. The district is way behind. I was learning things in 10th grade at holly that I learned in 7th grade in grand blanc. I did make some good friends and realationships but I didnt get prepared for college and my career.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2010

Dont listen to the parent who says kids get a terrible education. Maybe this parent wasnt involved in there childrens learning as we can not expect the teachers to be the only educatiors of our kids. Children put forth effort when they see there parents are interested is seeing them succeed. As for getting there hands on anything... Im not sure exactly what anything this parent is talking about, but anything is available in any district and if you know where your kids are, what your kids are doing and who you kids are involved with then maybe there wouldnt be a problem to complain about. We should Love our children, respect our children and expect them to learn and most of all help them and praise them, let them know We care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Holly staff are great about communicating with the students. They all have an extra interest in their well being. I have seen many times, a teacher reach out to a child for their greater good. My kids all love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I graduated from Holly High School in 2008. Now that I am away at college I feel prepared in many different aspects and I definitely give credit to my high school. My teachers were always very personable and I knew that I could count on them with any question or concern that I had. I refer to lessons that I learned in some of my classes on a daily basis. I was involved in after school activities and had a very decent gpa. I would recommend the HHS Bronchos to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2008

I think there are problems in every school and a lot of times the children and parents involved can be a part of the problem as well as the school. Holly Area Schools were a great place for my children to learn in. It is a safe environment with teachers and administration who truly care about children. I have been an active parent with the schools participating in the Literacy Steering Committee as well as a volunteer on the committee that researched accreditation of the high school. There are a lot of people behind the scenes who are concerned with the children at Holly Schools and my hat goes off to them. I hope any person reading this review would consider living in our community and placing their children in our school district. Thank you, Leah Ladner-Parks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

This school has terrible education, and your kids can get their hands on anything! Please really talk to parents about this school.


Posted July 6, 2007

My son attended Holly High School. I had a pleasant experience, as I followed his work, thru emails, phone calls, and visits from both him and his brother. I thank you for a job well done. r/s Soledad C. Bondeson-Whitman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

I am currently attending Holly High School. I am a senior and will be graduating in 2006. The school provides a high academic quality and challenges me and my fellow students to push ourselves. I am very fond of many of the staff and many of them provide a workable learning atmosphere and have guided me appropiately through my high school career. The sports there are progressing but the will to win and succeed is so great, and the students work so hard to achieve more. Holly High School is a fine establishment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2005

I attended Holly High School until I was a Junior. I felt that it was a fantastic school and a great learning experience. The classes at Holly are 110% better because I feel that the teachers were more involved and that they cared about each students well-being. There are a few things that I did not like about Holly though. I felt that the assistant principles were unfair to students. I also did not like how the attendance appeal commitee handled things with students. Their logic was when a student missed a lot of school and had an appeal from the semester before the students had to make a choice. The student either had to go to their alternative high school or drop out because they wouldn't be credited for either semesters. This happened even if it was a serious illness. Overall I enjoyed the school greatly for the education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2005

I attended Holly Highschool for several years and now have the distinct pleasure of watching my younger siblings do so as well. I find that the curriculum is challenging enough to keep students interested and staff far more than talented enough to keep students engaged. Despite other comments I've seen here in my families 16 year run with the district I have neither seen nor heard rumor of any one being unfairly discriminitive nor abusive of the tenure they've been granted through years of dedication to students. I found the level of technological advancedment far superior to surrounding disctricts. A great many extra cirricular and otherwise scholastic programs are run superbly and of a variance that reaches the interest of nearly any student. My graduating class saw a large output of Artisans and students going on into technological fields. Holly is a wonderful school, suitable for any student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 1, 2004

I am a sophomore at Holly High School and I will graduate in 2007. I really enjoy going to school there. The overall atmosphere there is awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2004

I attended Holly High School, graduating in May of 2003. I have since gone on to college and found that I had a much better education and was offered more classes than many people I know. Like any other school, there are the few teachers that stink, but the only way to fix that is to get rid of the 10 year. It is a great community to live in and a beautiful school to attend.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 30, 2004

We are very happy with Holly High School. The teachers are very accessible and EDLINE helps keep parents well informed. Holly offers many AP classes and unique course offerings like TV Production and CAD. The teachers are helpful and genuinely care about their students. The building is beautiful and the technology available is state of the art. There are many extracurricular opportunities and the only sport not offered is hockey, which would be a very welcome addition to many. Holly's curriculum is aligned with state benchmarks and every effort is made to keep teachers up to date concerning new teaching strategies. With great leadership and a vision for the future, Holly will continue to grow and develop. Go Holly!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

Holly is a great place to raise a family. The schools are very supportive, and offer a quality education. The new high school has been a real bonus for the community. They continue to move in the right direction, under good leadership. Go Holly!
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Social Studies

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

371 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%
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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.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
32%
Social Studies

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
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

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

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ACT participation

90%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

"85"%


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 91% 69%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 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 33%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Peter Lofiego
Fax number
  • (248) 328-3204

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6161 East Holly Rd
Holly, MI 48442
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