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Collins Elementary School

Public | K-3 & ungraded | 433 students


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Posted September 21, 2012

Teaching staff is good. Principal runs the school with her personal agenda which is not necessarily good for the children. Best thing that happened to the school district was when the superintendent left. (Pete Injusolian)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2011

The principal does not care for the well being of children. She runs the place like a boot camp. She even told 2nd and 3rd grade girls she was going to put cameras in the bathroom stalls. She needs to go if they want collins to be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2010

I love Collins Elementary because they have proven time and time again that the children come first with a good education they can do anything!
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Posted October 31, 2007

I had alot of trouble with this school and that is why my wife and I pulled our daughter out after only one year. Too much internal strife within the school over teachers salary made for a tense school experience for the children. The climax was reached when my wife was told she would no longer be walking our 6 year old to her class in the morning. It was reversed only after a meeting with the school board.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 5, 2006

I'm ready to home school and would love doing it as a group,contact me. From my experience with Collins, it seems as though they do not care much for the children's well being, or for parent involvement unless it's 'their way.' I alerted the school about the horrendous amounts of sugar that was served to the kindergartners on Halloween day, and I mean a plate full! Nutrition is a huge factor in our children's heath and well being, it's time for people to wake up! I was also reprimanded by the principle for asking the teacher to make parents aware of how and where they write their child's names on clothing. Many children have been taken and harmed by abductors being able to read the name and make the child feel familiar with that person.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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Source: Michigan Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 69%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial N/A 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 78%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Pam. Akin
Fax number
  • (989) 366-2077


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4451 West Houghton Lake Dr
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
Phone: (989) 366-2023


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