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Houghton Lake High School

Public | 8-12 | 649 students

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Posted July 31, 2013

This school, should not even be called a "School!" I am a parent of an 11th grader whom went to this school. I was transferring her out of H.L.H for many reasons, and get this; " It took 2 weeks to receive unofficial transcripts!" Supposedly ONLY 1 person is authorized to release, yet that 1 person didn't even know how! Wow and this is a building with staff teaching OUR CHILDREN! I think the EMPLOYERS need to be TAUGHT FIRST!! I went through the Principle, Superintendent, Administrative office, Secretaries, etc and NOBODY could release my daughters TRANSCRIPTS! I even went to a website called, "Parchment.com" (whom principle said too) Paid for unofficial transcripts, (which are normally FREE) and STILL waited on THE School to RELEASE, Really? Yet, Everybody BLAMES everybody else. If a child was to NOT know their work, they would get FAILED; yet the EMPLOYEE'S don't know how to do their JOBS! This school is a JOKE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

THE MOST TERRIBLE SCHOOL OF ALL TIME!!! There are WAY too many bullies and sometimes teachers say "Well, that's not my problem!" I mean, NO teacher in their right mind would say stuff like that! Anyways, bottom line is BAD SCHOOL, BAD EVENTS, AND WORST OF ALL... BAD ATTITUDE!!!


Posted February 1, 2012

This school is terrible. They take too much time in sports. Tutoring doesn't really do anything as well, because they don't even help you at all.


Posted May 18, 2011

I have mixed feelings about this school, the teachers do play favorites and if a student is not in sports, they are treated differently, and not for the better. Serious attention needs to be given to the attitudes of the teachers and staff. Just because a person is not in sports does not mean they will not be a good student. And if a student is struggling, they need help, not ridicule...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

I am very unhappy with this school and I am so glad to say that this year will be my last before I go to a different school. The teachers show favorites, don't listen to their kids, and are down right rude and show no respect for their students! Most of the kids there are also very negative, and the assistant principle will do nothing about it and won't listen to anyone but herself. The only thing good about this school is a couple teachers, and the principle who's the only one who actually seems to care about the students.


Posted February 10, 2011

i believe that houghton lake is a great school. i would rather be in that school and graduate from it than any other school. this school has improved alot over the years. houghton lake schools are amazing in every thing that they do even their education. i would not be in california and graduating this year if i had never gone to houghton lake schools all my life.


Posted September 8, 2010

I had my child in Houghton Lake's Collins Elem for just a few months after moving to the area. I pulled my son from this school because it was a horrific experience. My very well behaved and excellent-scoring child reported to me a confusing and coarse environment. I did try to check his complaints and I would just say that his teacher was unorganized & offensive & couldn't show me any lesson plans whatsoever - she literally worked out of piles of paper in dishwashing tubs?? She told me that my son "just can't learn like the rest of the kids". The principal and the office staff were extremely rude and acted as if I had no right questioning anything about the school. I drive my child to Roscommon Elem as a choice student every day and I appreciate the smiling faces, they invite parents as partners, and academics are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

I have four children in this school system. And I am not happy with the the school system. Most teachers have been there so long that they have lost interest in the kids development. The class room sizes are very large and the teachers don't have time for those who need extra help. No study halls and the after school tutoring is a joke. It is a study hall where you just come do your homework and no one is there to help you. As a parent your have to make the teachers do what is best for your child because they don't like to listen to parents. Our schools teachers are one of the highest paid and yet our kids scores are one of the lowest! Go figure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2010

As a former student of the Houghton Lake school system i can say from my own personal experiences with the school that its a sad district. Sad teaching staff with the exception of maybe one or two teachers. I came from the brighton mi school district in the 4th grade to houghton lake schools and was put into special ed after never being in it before my parents were told that i was learning disabled and i was stuck learning the same things every yr from 4th to 11th grade. I took control of my own schooling and asked to be tested out of special ed only to be denied and put into an accounting class to shut me up. I left houghton lake and went back to brighton and graduated without having to be in spec ed or anything like it then i went to college and graduated kinda funny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

This school is half in between a good school and a bad school. A couple teachers don't care about your opinions at all. They favor athleticism over actual smarts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2009

I have 3 children attending Houghton Lake Schools and have been very happy with all of thier teachers. It is amazing what the teachers are able to teach with the lack of funding and community support. There are few field trips, but the school brings in experiences to the school to save money. I am so thankful for the excellent teachers my children have had. They have kept all 3 of my childrens thirst for knowledge and have exceeded my expectations, despite cutbacks and lack of community support. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

They take too much time in sports, but honestly strive for the best in their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

The Houghton Lake High School is ran by a caste system. Very little real intellectual or creative stimulation from teachers and staff. Athletes who contribute very little or nothing to society or the community are given favorable treatment and treated like demigods by most of the staff. I'm sorry to say I graduated with honors from the mindless drudgery that is the Houghton Lake High School curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2007

The teachers at this High School are among the finest. The sad thing is the cuts that have affected all of the programs that involve learning. The transportation department has a new driveway, and new buses. The administrators received a raise, but the teachers were given large paycuts. They are working in this school to heal these hurts, but the lost programs have made the school a lower quality. There is no chorus class, wood ship, metal shop, AP classes, and the class sizes are huge. Before saying the quality of teaching is low, it would be better to look at programs available and class sizes. That is what makes a school great. Great teachers, programs, and class size. Houghton Lake high school has lost too many programs and packed the classes too full, with 40 and more in some classes. This hopefully will improve and then the school will be
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

The school is trying hard, but obviously doesn't have the whole-hearted support of the teachers. Don't get me wrong, some of them are good, but most won't do a single thing more than they have to. The current superintendent is trying to lead the school to a fresh start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

I am an alumni of HLHS and I admit that there are issues. However, every school, reguarless of size, community, and administration has issues. It is how those issues are managed and how they attempt to fix what previous generations damaged that matter. I now will soon be graduating from LSSU with two degrees in four years. I would not have been able to do that without the things that I learned from HLHS; it was the administration, coaches, and teaching staff that taught me to work hard and be dedicated. Now look at how I have done. Put in the effort and you'd be amazed at what could be done for out future generations.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 1, 2007

houghton lake is a very nice high school to attend. its very big in size for the area it is in the teachers are great and it has fun activities all through the school year its better than roscommon and bigger than any other school around it and cleaner.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2007

Once again, money is the big issue in this school. Teachers are underworked and overpaid. Kids should be the #1 issue, but money is on everyone's mind. I am very happy my children do not attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2006

I think that our school is not that bad. considering we are living in such a small town.MOST of the staff is nice.I like that our school is so small and everybody knows everybody. I am an Eighth grader and i should be at the middle school, but i am glad that we are over at the high school instead. I am in Band and I play softball nad basketball but i play for the middle school...However i have seen how the athletics are handled and i cannot wait to join them. Our school has some budjet cuts but we are making it work and we are hoping that our school will continue to run smoothly and effeciently considering our schools state of being...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2006

I am very disappointed with the high school. Favoritism is shown by the administration and staff. My child has special needs and they were not ever attended to unless I told them. My child dislikes this school very much. Many staff are overpaid and do little to help kids. Money seems to be the most important issue for the staff here. I dislike being negative, but I have had a bad experience. Some of the fat needs to be cut to save this school.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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24%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

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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

Social Studies

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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12%

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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

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55%

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48%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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22%

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17%

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20%

2010

 
 
20%
Social Studies

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

2012

 
 
34%

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44%

2010

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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46%

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49%

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37%
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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55%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

85%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

77%


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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.

3 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 96% 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 65%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:40 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brent Cryderman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (989) 366-2071

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Partner with COOR ISD for CTE

Resources

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • MidMichigan Health Services
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Club Lacrosse
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • InterAct
  • Key Club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Booster groups
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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4433 West Houghton Lake Dr
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
Phone: (989) 366-2005

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