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North Branch High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 802 students

 
 

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Posted April 22, 2013

I attended North Branch Area Schools for my whole life until my senior year when my sister and I moved to Warren. Before we moved i thought that NBHS was not the best because of the slight favoritism they show towards volleyball players, but after attending Cousino High School where if you are a football player or cheerleader you are practically a god. As far as teachers go, the teachers at NBHS were respectful and involved in education (there are always exceptions). The asistant principle, Mr. Sherman, has a bad case of little man's syndrome and seems to be out to make any student that does any little thing wrong punished to the full. This does seem help to keep the distractions of attention thirsty students to a minimum. The head principle Mr. Hiltunen is very kind and inturested in students well-being. Somehow he knows just about everyone's name. He knew mine and i had never been in trouble or done anything else to stand out. Overall, i loved the amout of respect between students and staff, must be the small town hospitality, and NBHS prepared me very well for the ACT with practise for it almost every day. I loved this school so much and hope it stays great for my children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2009

I moved my kids out of the system. I was not satisfied with the second chance / ok to mess up and retest philosipy. I would not want my doctor to have gone there.... Very close minded administation in the HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

i attend north branch high school and its my last year here. i came here last year and i absoluetly love it. its so well structured and all the teachers are so very nice.and all the curricular activites are so much fun. it may be a big school but its so nice and fun. i look forward to going to school here and seeing all my friends. im going to miss it when i graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2008

I am going to take my student out of north branch schools, they are so set on growing that students are getting lost in the cracks. I plan on moving my child to another school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

I must compliment all of the hard work and efforts of the Teaching staff. The support staff does an excellant job of interacting with the students and directing 'problem' situations to the proper Administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

I go to this school and i'd have to say after the new renovations its probably one of the best high schools in the country
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2007

I feel that the athletic part of school is held higher in esteem than the academics part. I agree that athletics are important, however schools need to start worrying more about our children's education than the score of a football game. Athletes need to pay to play, and schools need to put sports on the back burner and studies on the front. I had two children graduate from here and one was a total athlete while the other was not. My un-athletic child had to get special permission to join a conditioning class that was offered in school. Who are these people to say that one child is better for a class than another due just to a sport he plays? We as tax payers deserve to have equal classes for our children. Maybe if all children were considered equal, we would have less overweight kids. Get real North Branch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2006

I went to North Branch from K-12 and you now what I'm glad I did! All the schools have great things to say about them but here is one. It prepared me for college and help me graduated with honors. Yes there is a couple of things that could be fixed but very school as a fault somewhere! They have many different class to help you on the road to college! I also was on the track team, the school showed support for not only us but all the sports and clubs that the school as to offer! When your looking for a great school make sure you check North Branch High School! ~nicole~
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 15, 2006

Most of the teachers are very willing to help the students that are willing to help themselves. The athletics dept. lacks people skills. They are unapproachable. For some reason this staff doesn't allow quality, experienced, and mature outsiders in. A very clicky organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

I went to North Branch and I have to say that it is a great school. I went on to college and if it wouldn't have been for the school I wouldn't have known what to do. Coming from a large family where no on went to college before me, I really had no idea where to start but the school helped me get things going and get into school. For people who say the school is so bad, how many of you have sat down and talked with people who have gone to an inner city school and heard what they go through? This school might now be the absolute best, but what school is? Someone will find something wrong with every school. However I have talked to inner city people and I would NEVER trade North Branch High school for anything!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 10, 2005

I am pleased with the teachers not only at the high school but in the district. At the high school there are a wide variety of courses offered. The teachers are helpful and professional. I would not hesitate to reccomend this school to anyone. Although my student knows that he/she is expected to do homework and study at home it is obvious that not all parents are as concerend about what their children are doing. There needs to be more parental support and backing behind the teachers. This school has a lot to offer! Keep up the great job teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

I am appauled at North Branch High School. I have seen the laziness of the teachers and the way they allow the students to dress...something needs to change. If they are raising the leaders of tomorrow, then our world is gonna be in rough shape in 20 years time!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 15, 2005

This is the most horrible school I've ever seen. The administration is poor to say the least. They have the most unprofessional high school principal I've ever seen.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 25, 2005

I recently graduated from NBHS and have to agree that as a rural school system I couldn't have asked for anything more. The teachers would do anything in their power to help their students succed not only in the classroom but outside to. I felt that the councelors could have done better trying to prep our students on not only wanting a bright future, but on achieving it. During the freshman year it would have helped if they taught the students to plan out their classes over the four years to achieve sucess, and be there to help with their plans for after college. i was very dissapointed to know that there were a certain few who would turn their back on students goals and tell them to find another for they couldn't achieve them. They need to build up our students not knock them down!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 20, 2005

As an alumni, NBHS is a country school and the curricula somewhat reflects that. While I feel that the academia was not lacking with regards to preparation for college, the counseling could have used much work. Being a rural school, it should be understood that many students have parents who never went to college. I, for one, had incredible test scores, but didn't have a college listed. I had no idea what to do if I couldn't afford college. I was never once approached (and honestly didn't think of initiating contact) by the counseling staff. I am now a mechanical engineer working on an MBA, but it took me a long while and many mistakes to figure out how to do it on my own.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2003

The band program is the best of its kind. Can not give the instructors enuff credit for showing real teamwork.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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51%

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54%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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22%

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28%

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22%
Social Studies

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

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

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40%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

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45%

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44%
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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%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

93%


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%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 0% 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
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 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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6598 Brush St
North Branch, MI 48461
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Phone: (810) 688-3001

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