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Ishpeming High School

Public | 9-12 | 266 students

 
 

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Posted February 16, 2009

It's a pretty good school, they focus too much on being the best sometimes though, our standardized tests have to be the highest, but overall I'm getting a good education and getting involved in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2008

Great school! I had two daughters graduate from IHS and both were well prepared for college. Great caring teachers, challenging curriculum, great test scores which helped obtain numerous scholarships, fantasic extracurriculars - especially athletics and chorus. In an area characterized by many good schools, IHS is annually the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I was very displeased with this school. Their test scores are deceptively high. The administration has made it such a priority that staff must teach for the standardized tests. As a result, I felt that my son who attended here missed a lot of real learning. I sent my other two children to another local school with a different attitude toward testing, and learning, and was much happier with the experience, and education they received. By the way, my younger two did just as well on standardized tests, and are thriving in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I was very displeased with this school. Their test scores are deceptively high. The administration has made it such a priority that staff must teach for the standardized tests. As a result, I felt that my son who attended here missed a lot of real learning. I sent my other two children to another local school with a different attitude toward testing, and learning, and was much happier with the experience, and education they received. By the way, my younger two did just as well on standardized tests, and are thriving in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

Ishpeming High School consists of wonderful teachers who care about their students. The curriculum is challenging and has helped prepare me for college. The only things this school needs to improve upon are its lack of a strong math program and favoritism towards athlestes.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
29%
Social Studies

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%
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 Students22%
Female15%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female33%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students56%
Female46%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
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

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

19

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 88% 69%
Multiracial 6% 2%
American Indian 2% 1%
Asian 2% 3%
African-American 1% 18%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Vicki Lempinen
Fax number
  • (906) 485-4750

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319 Ready Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849
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