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Monroe High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1908 students

 
 

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Posted November 30, 2013

I was once a student at Monroe. I am now enrolled in online virtual school. I left Monroe for the plain fact that everything has gone down hill. And has been since I was a freshmen. I am now a junior. The problem I see most is the students. Students just don't care. And the students who do try never get the help they need. Almost like we are unable to reach our potential because we must go at a snails pace waiting for those who wont work, listen, or act appropriately. As for clubs and sports. I was never involved with them. So I can't tell you of their quality.


Posted January 16, 2009

Classes are far too large and the student to teacher ratio is out of balance. A good example is the music program where you have one teacher for nearly two hundred children. Extra Curricular activities are phenomenal and well supported.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

The principal does a good job, but the school board isn't the same. My daughter needed to make up credits and they wouldn't let her retake any classes during school hours. We would have to pay ridiculous amounts of money for online classes and summer school. My daughter is now attending Summit Academy in Romulus and has to drive 35 miles out just to get there. It's worth it because the online classes are free, and she can retake as many classes as she wants. She will now be graduating on time. Monroe High School's cafeteria is great compared to summit's and another good thing is the variety of classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

Now I'm only a freshman here but I like the school. Only one thing in the school bothers me and that is the food. I like most of it and sometimes it's bad so it's hard to know when to bring lunch or buy. A other thing is that the food costs alot an average meal( entr e, two sides, a milk and a juice) is like $2.50. I think that is too much they should bring it down to $1.50 that would be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

I currently am a freshman here. I love it. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2008

All 3 of my children have attended MPS. My oldest graduated in 1997 and the school was very good then. My daughter's are now in MHS and I will be pulling them out for the next year. I have seen a steady decline in the quality of education in this school system. I have been to all parent teacher conferences and several school board meetings but have had no satisfactory results. There are some good people working for MPS but they are frustrated with the way things have been run for the last 10 years also. Classes are too large,the textbooks are such poor quality they're useless. Monroe needs to wake up and change the way things are handled for MPS because the children are paying with their quality of education! PS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Monroe is not a very good school at all. There is not enogh supplies for the students and also not enogh time. 21 minutes for luch....I don't think so. Monroe cannot even reach Michigan requirments becasue there is not enogh time!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2006

I attend this school. There is not a thing wrong with this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2006

I currently attend MHS and I love it. Sure it has it's problems but every school does. I have a lot of friends and am gettign a good education. This school has more opportunities than any other school in Monroe county. Anyone can be successful here if they want to be. MHS has excellent extracurricular activities and excellent athletic programs. It is a great school that gets a bad reputation from the media and other people who aren't there to see what goes on everyday. Monroe is a large school that gets brought down by a select few.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2005

My child attends this school, and basically there is no common sense in the entire school district. Their attitude is one of if you can't get the material then tough, I cannot be bothered. They have put a great system in place to help parents monitor grades and attendance, but some of the teachers wont even enter the information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

The last of our 3 children is currently attending. Though there has been significant decline in recent years, a new principal has been hired from within who has been succcessful in building-up the technical/trades department. Math and English departments are solid. Foreign Lang. dept.(at least French and Spanish-can't attest to German) was very adaptive for my 3 transferring in with foreign lang. experience. The award-winning music department will suffer due to budget cuts/retirement of 2 outstanding teachers. The counseling department leaves much to be desired- with the exception of one phenominal individual.They seem to have a new system each year, and 300-400 students to know/serve per counselor. The sheer size of the school ensures that anybody looking for extra-curricular activity will find something. Most are well lead. X-country and swimming teams are very successful. Overall parent involvement is moderate-seems to be increasing. High involvement in extra-curriculars. State budget cuts have been devastating to all MI schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

I have had many dealings with MHS staff. They are very unconcerning of the students. The feeling of the teachers and staff is ' Oh well, if you make it good, if you don't thats the way it is.' Assisting students in help is very bad and ' I don't really have the time to help.' ' If you haven't learned by now you will never learn.' As a parent, I have tried conferences, sit ins, self help, tuitors, everything I know how to help a student with problems. Better caring teachers would help. If your child has no problems that is great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2005

As a parent of a MHS student, I find the school too large and the teachers only want to put in their time and are not there to teach. If the kids are to learn, they have to do it themselves so as not to bother the teachers. I don't feel my child is safe at the school, and is not getting the kind of education my tax dollars are paying way to much for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

I attended this high school. In my opinion it is a great school. You do have to know what classes to take though. There are some problems, but what high school doenst have problems. The principal is not too good at all. Assistant Principals are good though. I received a great education from MHS. Most teachers care. Talk to people and they will tell you what classes to take, according to your interests. Overall good school. I never once felt 'unsafe' at this school. If you dont 'mess' with anybody, they won't 'mess' with you.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 30, 2005

I attend Monroe High right now and I am looking to transfer. There are good academic programs, sports, music, art and other groups to be involved in. Some of the teachers shouldn't be there, while others are very helpful. Parent involvement I would consider to be low. I find it quite impossible to have a good learning experience attending this school and I can't wait to get out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2005

I was fortunate enough to be a student in the ending days of Monroe's Blue Ribbon status. It saddened me greatly to watch as this school broke down due to poor leadership. It eventually became something terrible, something corrupt; Something that I hope finds the correct guidance, in a hurry. The teachers; Some of them care. Most of them don't. It's in every child's best interests to seek such classes as speech, with Mr. Hasley, English with Mrs. Evans, and Mass Media; Those with a more discipline-readied mind should seek NJROTC, with Commander Ringle. These are a few of those that will help students endure their time at Monroe High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 21, 2004

The problems start at home. The lack of education is not anyone's fault but the childs. These kids are in their teens, they should be making their own decisions and choosing their own life path--maybe there is a lack of leadership at home and parent involvement. You can't expect a school to babysit your kid...They are not 1st graders. The students need to take responsibility for their own actions, parents bail their kids out way too much in this school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 29, 2004

This was a blue ribbon school. The teachers are for the most part quality. The school neads a new principal and a new school board. No longer what it once was but still a better than average high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2004

I strongly dislike this school. I really don't feel safe there. Some teachers are really great and do what they can to make sure students pass, others, well they could just care less.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2004

horrible school,they have teachers who could care less if a student succeeds or not.
—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.

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Social Studies

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

413 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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15%

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2010

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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15%

2012

 
 
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18%

2010

 
 
21%
Social Studies

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

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%
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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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

96%

Average ACT score

18

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 85% 69%
African-American 11% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 47%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Valerie Orr
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  • (734) 265-3401

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901 Herr Rd
Monroe, MI 48161
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