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Howell High School

Public | 9-12 | 2615 students

Howell High School strives to be a community of excellence
 
 

 
 
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3 stars

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2012:
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Posted May 2, 2014

Howell High School - Howell High School Programs and staff are awesome. There is a place for everyone at Howell!! If you cannot find something you like you are not looking or listening to all the opportunities available. At the high school, there are so many different programs a student is sure to find something they like. AP Classes/Dual Enrollment, Support classes, Athletics - with No PAY TO PLAY, one of the best Performing Arts Department in the area, CAD/Cam programs, Culinary Arts, Medical Careers, Construction trades, Machines class, Pilots school, Photography and art, Marketing and Social Media - I know all these because my students have to pick classes and they want to do them all. There are clubs and activities for many different interests. The size contributes to a student being ready for real world experiences. There are just so many opportunities, the hard part is picking, and not having enough time in the day to take advantage of all the opportunities. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

Very disappointing... I remember when I was in school (a mid-sized Florida public school, then a similarly sized Chicago Parochial high school) things were radically different. We had homework we did from actual textbooks. We received graded homework in a very timely manner. We did hands on Science experiments. I see nothing but an overwhelmingly large number of printed out pages coming home. Textbooks are rarely used at all. Teachers teach "something" but it's often confusing for the students. If over half a class is doing poorly, then it's likely the teacher NOT one student. This school also profiles the wrong children. My son was giving lunch money to friends privately so as not to embarrass them. He was accused of selling drugs. Teachers openly argue with him. This demeans him, infuriates me but ultimately highlights their lack of classroom control or their lack of knowledge relating to the subject matter at hand. I have made them aware of his insecurities but the teachers still continue to berate him publicly. I am currently trying to remove my son from this toxic environment. There are quite a few good teachers but at least 3 VERY bad apples.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

Howell High School is a wonderful school with dedicated educators that invest time in all of their students to encourage them to reach their full potential for a bright future! Howell High also offers a wide variety of programs that accomodate to the needs and interests of the large school. Howell is leading the way with their participation in the Reaching Higher program which gives the students life skills to reach their highest potential and be the future of our cummunity. I am very glad to be in a community that offers such great schools and resources for our children


Posted April 17, 2012

Although there are some good teachers, most offer no extra effort to the students. Students that show signs of struggling with the classroom content are not provided with assistance, additional materials, or other forms of intervention to correct the situation. Teachers rely on posting basic information in a web-based application for parents to read - getting any form of person contact or direct meeting with a teacher is impossible. Counselors and some of the building administrators try to address situations but large caseloads inhibit the process. Central office appears to be out marketing positive sound bites about the district rather than leading any type of significant improvement effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2010

There are a lot of good teachers (and some not so good) in this school but it is just too big for a child to get any personal attention. "Guidance counselors" are assigned more than 1,000 kids each and it takes weeks to get an appointment. Scheduling is a nightmare. This school feels more like a factory, than a place of learning. This school's social atmosphere also remains depressingly racist, and the administrators and teachers do nothing (are unable to address) this matter. Two positives: due to the size, there are a lot of AP offerings for advanced students, and the school remains committed to providing arts/music options for students, even during a time of budgetary challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

This school is awesome...very crowded but awesome. The kids seem to stay kids longer at this school and the really seem to care about each other. Academicley its outstanding...even as large as it is kids dont seem to 'get lost' in the crowd. They range from kids with special needs to pre-collage corses. The band is over 100 kids and any sport you can imagine, your child can do including golf, skiing, soccor and so on. The parents chipping in is awesome. They all care about the kids and what the can do to make this school a better inviorment. Recommended A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

Four of my kids have gone to HHS. It has some very good qualities and my oldest child was extremely successful academically. The choral music program is much more highly developed than other high schools and was the bright spot for all of my kids. The discipline is pretty strict, which is good, but I've seen quite a bit of politics at work, which can cause decisions to be made based on who carries the most weight rather than what is truly best for the students. I think this might be getting better. I hope so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

The academic/extra curricular programs seem to be fine. There is alot of economic disparity which can sometimes make it a challenge for kids to choose the right friends not all are college bound. It is a large school. Can be fine for a self disciplined motivated child/family. Not for all.
—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.
Social Studies

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

638 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
39%
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 29% in 2014.

580 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

580 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

581 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
27%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

580 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

583 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

Math

All Students31%
Female29%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless8%

Reading

All Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless77%

Science

All Students34%
Female30%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless8%

Social Studies

All Students51%
Female44%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless39%

Writing

All Students49%
Female54%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

92%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

87%


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 95% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 0% 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 23%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • CollegeBoard AP District Honor Roll (2014)
  • CollegeBoard AP District Honor Roll (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • 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

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jason Schrock
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (517) 545-1496

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • 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
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
School leaders can update this information here.

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1200 West Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
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Phone: (517) 548-6206

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