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Holton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 285 students

 
 

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Posted January 18, 2013

Dis skool is prtty kewl. Da teechur mans r nice and rspectable. I hav alwayz lyked dis skool and da comunitee. Da water cld be better doe.


Posted June 6, 2010

This school has had potential for years but sad to say always misses the mark the teachers and staff are small minded and cater to a few favorites and the discipline is simply rediculous. Young adults are singled out or labeled in 9th grade too bad for us taxpayers. Will be school of choice for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

We moved here 10years ago and truly love this community, Our children also love living here they love their teachers and friends! Would recommend it to anyone! Lots of postive changes are seen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Holton is a 'cool' place to be!!! I have 3 children who attend, 2 in middle school and 1 in the elementary. They receive quality education and participate in many of the extra curricular activities and sports. They love who they are in Holton and I love the small school setting. My children are never overlooked or considered just a number. They are an indiviual with individual likes and needs, and are treated with respect. I wouldn't trade my children's school for anything in this world. They deserve the best and are getting it at Holton Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

My children love Holton, and I highly recommend it. It's in a rural area, with excellent teachers, and a high moral standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

My family for several years have been proud members of this school district. I have always felt that we were treated fairly by all three of the current pricipals, as I have a child in every building. However , I feel that the dicipline policy is unclear to the principals and is not being enforced fairly by the superintendant and the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

Im in this school now. I think its a great school. Absolutely wonderful. I know it could be worse. Some schools think economics is playing monopoly but not this school. Im happy here
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2005

I am a fairly recent graduate of Holton High School. I have seen many changes in the school system while I was attending the school and also now, as a graduate. I am currently enrolled as a sophomore at one of the top colleges in the country, and am proud to say that I have a 3.5 GPA. I must admit that while I was still in high school I thought that the quality of education I was being taught was not 'up to par'. Now though, after being out in the world and talking to other graduates of different high schools - I realize that the education I got from Holton was just as good if not better than most other schools in Michigan. The teachers at Holton care much more than at other schools, and the principal is a very reasonable woman. Holton is a good school. Period.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 7, 2005

I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Holton High School. The one on one education I received, from what I would argue as some of the best teachers in the state, has helped to shape who I have become. I am impressed with my education from Holton. I am a sophomore in college right now at a liberal arts college. Everyone here seems so smart and always bragging about honors they have recieved. Yet, despite how intellegent my peers seem, I can keep up to them easily. Holton is a great school, and has prepared me for the tough college I now attend. It is really too bad that the reputation of Holton is so bad, because those of us who choose to make the most out of the small school education have reached the goals we have set so high for ourselves. Thank you.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 3, 2004

All four of our children attended k-12 at Holton, and graduated from the Holton school system. All of their basic skills were learned at Holton Public School, all have a firm foundation to compete for employment anywhere they choose. Three went on to college and graduated with honors from each college in a career of their choice. All received an excellent education, and are gainfully employed in their individual career choices. The fourth Holton student chose a skilled trades field, and is earning an impressive wage in a career of choice. We are very pleased with the Holton education system, and we are active community members, who live in this community by choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

I believe the school could be a great school under better leadership. It is a small town school which should be a advantage, but the administration and the principal use this factor in a completely biased way that make it being a small school a disadvantage instead of a plus factor. The teachers seem compassionate, understanding, well trained and to truly care about the students well being and education, but are held back due to the attitude of the principal. In essence, they are stuck between helping their student in a positive way and following the principal's direction. In my opinion, the principal treats students as inmates who are expected to follow their leadership withour question, than as young adults expected to do the best they can, and who are bound to make mistakes. The superintendent and principal need to demonstrate more parental communication, student understanding, and compassion and less favortism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

I have to agree that the potential for a great school is there. However, I don't see it happening during the span of time my children are to be present at the school. Those in charge of authority are biased and judgemental of not only the children, but the small town effect in general. I have 5 children and not 1 more will be present at the high school until there are changes made. As a parent 'we' do have choices ~ and it doesn't have to be Holton schools unless we want it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2004

I believe this school system is in need of a major overhaul, starting with the school board. Any school system that cannot keep teachers, coaches, or administration for more than a couple of years at a time needs to re-evaluate on how the school is being ran.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Holton High School is a 'smaller' school that has great potential. The class sizes are small, which makes it nice for the kids to get more one on one help with their studies. The school is going through a lot of changes right now. But I truly feel that it is a plus for the students. I like the small town atmosphere that is in Holton. Everyone knows everyone is it seems to me that they are always willing to help out when needed.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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15%

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8%
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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

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39%

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38%

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50%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
12%
Social Studies

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
17%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%
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

91%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

86%


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 92% 69%
American Indian 2% 1%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
African-American 0% 18%
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 61%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Adam Bayne
Fax number
  • (231) 821-1774

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6477 Syers Rd
Holton, MI 49425
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Phone: (231) 821-1725

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