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Kingsford High School

Public | 9-12 | 575 students

Advanced Placement Courses, above state averages in all common assessment tests

 
 
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Posted December 1, 2009

Its the best school that you would ever go to. I know kids that want to move to michigan just to come to this school. And the kids that have just started here love it they say they were all welcomed with open arms.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

Awesome teachers and students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

Kingsford High School is a really small and personal learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

i love the school becuase i had the best year of my life there as an exchange student and the best teachers of the world are there, especially one and her name is Mrs Ritsema.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Kingsford High School was the greatest--I would not have wanted to attend anywhere else. There was not any overcrowding and all the teachers knew your name and you knew everyone in the school. there was not much violence or any of the other problems that seem to plague the school systems today.


Posted September 16, 2009

I love the teachers. Every one cares about the students, enough that they're willing to let them earn their grades. Also, our principals are really funny!


Posted September 16, 2009

Excellent education opportunities for students. Excellent parent and community involvement


Posted September 16, 2009

High academic standards and an awesome music program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

Kingsford High School provides a great learning environment for teens. The teachers really care about the students and the guidance counseling and administrative staff is top notch. The school offers multiple opportunities for higher learning, including AP courses, online courses through Michigan Virtual High School, and dual enrollment through Bay West (Bay de Noc Community College). I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2005

Kingsford High School is one of the better and wealthier districts in our area. Their school is well equipt with technology and their teaching staff is well trained. They offer an extensive range of courses that is unrivaled to any other school in our area. They also have a very good support staff trained to help both teachers and students. Parents in this district are very active in their children's education and extra curricular activities. In addition, they offer many college scholarships and grants to graduating seniors and their drop out rate is almost non-existant.
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
32%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
31%
Social Studies

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
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 Students33%
Female26%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female36%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students53%
Female45%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female77%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities79%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

94%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

>95%


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

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Northern Michigan Univ
Michigan Technological Univ
University of Michigan
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • IT support
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Woodshop
  • 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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • SADD

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
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Lyle Smithson, Jr.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (906) 774-2883

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
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
  • 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
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Electrical
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Student council/government
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • School Booster Clubs
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Northern Michigan Univ
Michigan Technological Univ
University of Michigan
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 60%
Military - 5%
Vocational - 5%
Workforce - 10%
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431 Hamilton Ave
Kingsford, MI 49802
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Phone: (906) 779-2670

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