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Oscoda Area High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 637 students

 

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Posted September 23, 2013

I graduated from here in 2013. I must say the students and teachers are all very welcoming and nice. However academically two years ago they were one of the schools in michigan with the lowest test scores. It is very easy to get by, practically everyone passes, the volleyball coaches are very unfair, the swimming coach is excellent, and I love the one music teacher they have. As far as drugs go, I know there easy to get if you want them, duel enrollment is a great option for kids, and I had an overall good experience here. Would I recommend it.... If your in Iosco County yes. If your moving from metro Detroit like I did your going to notice this school is a lot more behind.


Posted October 3, 2009

Social Studies department is tops!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Because it is a good school and my daughter is learning a lot...the teachers are great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2007

I have had two children graduate from Oscoda High School. The quality of the school buildings is good; the quality of the academic programs is low. Besides a sports program there is very little interest by the school to promote much else. I was highly disappointed in my children's education. I would advise anyone moving to the area to take a look around. There are a couple of alternatives for parents such as school of choice with neighboring districts or parochial schools (although not for high school). In my opinion the teachers try but they are held back by school leaders that believe curb appeal is more important than what is taught. Also, this spring the school board decided that the fine arts was not really important. Obviously they must have missed the research that says students who are involved in fine arts do better in academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

If you plan on living in northeast Michigan and compare districts I think you will find Oscoda is right there with the rest of them. In fact, the facilities are by far the best. Too bad the athletics that goes with them isn't. Academically it is at-least as good as any in the area. Now if you want to compare it to wealthy suburban districts or private schools then obviously it will lose out. As for drugs in the community? Can you say that any district is without their problems? It just strikes home much harder in a small community because everyone knows one another. I honestly don't believe it is any worse than what is in suburbia. If you think you are going to move to rural America and escape drugs you are sadly mistaken. Especially a part of rural America with a bleak economic future like Oscoda.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 28, 2005

OHS passed its zenith over twenty years ago and has been skidding, yea, plummeting downhill since. The curriculum meets the state requirements, but little more than that and many teachers seem to be demoralized, having little heart or energy for providing an extraordinary experience for students. Though these remarks aren't representative of all faculty, many HS teachers have been ridden hard by students, parents, and administrators and receive little parent/community support for extra-curricular activities. The community is apathetic, small-minded, and self-absorbed with economic depression, offering weak support for education. Senior year curriculum is an embarrassing academic joke. There is a new HS principal this year, but the touchy-feely principals at the feeder schools are so concerned with passing students along that the HS receives many students unprepared to succeed. I m glad we moved this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

As a student at OHS i must admit that there are problems. However, it is hard to promote and execute a 'great' school environment when parents have such negative views, with no means of change in the future. It is also hard when so many children are leaving and budget cuts force programs out of the district. And There ARE positives, such as excellent teachers who ARE welcoming and eager to help, ecspecially if you get the chance to know them. You also cant expect them to respect you if you go into the school district with a bad attitude. In terms of extra curricular activities, Encourage your child and he or she will be just fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2005

Oscoda high school is by far the worse school i have ever enrolled my son in. The teachers where rude and cocky, and my son learned almost nothing. It's a horrible school. I wouldn't send my son back there as punishment. the principal on the other hand was very nice and tried to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

I have two elementary children in the district. Both are having a difficult time. This district is not parent friendly, they treat us like enemies. The pricipals in the elementary especially Cedar lake could use some advice on public service. Although the board is making an effort it is hard to change. The new report cards are not adequate. They just show how well your child did the past semester. I am more interested on overall. Who cares how they did on the space unit. How about reading and math level compared to peers their age. And the Chicago math program is the WORST. Confusing I out right refuse to encourage my child to learn it. The old tried and true is doing just fine for them!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

This school is out of touch with its community, does not welcome parent involvement, has seen an influx of students leaving for other districts, has used social promotion to advance children who cannot read, discriminates against the learning disabled and is not and has not been fiscally responsible for it's funding. The school board lacks credibility with the community and the parents. There was a time this school did well, when Wurtsmith AFB was operational and the school had to be accountable to the United States and its soldiers. However, since the closing of the base, it's been a continued downhill slide with the School board being more concerned with money than they are with providing a good education to ALL it's students. I personally know of at least a half dozen students who were socially passed and graduated without reading and reading comprehension skills. Some are now adults. A shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

As with most schools these days, Oscoda Schools have gone through many changes. One thing that doesn't change is the districts concern about the overall education of the children. There will always be troubled children which pose a risk, but many services and rules, have been implemented to assist in these areas. Two of my children graduated from OHS and are doing well at this point in their life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

Oscoda Area High School is the best school in the area. It offers the most class and activities for the students. If the academics are compared with the other schools in the area, they are about the same. I felt that I have learned a lot at my time at OHS. It is safe and a good place for an education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 22, 2004

Oscoda High School was not a safe place as far as contact with students involved in drugs. The education was superior as far as I was concerned. I was totally prepared for college and even surpassed many of my private schools roomies who had the best money could buy for education. The problem in Oscoda lies in the fact the drugs are over-looked and the board of education protects indiviuals involved. If you report an issue with administartors it is ignored. You have to bite the bullet to get through safely and take your lickins as they say. Teachers were giveing, and the best I have ever had. I have a 3.9 at Michigan Tech now. So I was prepared. The drugs are bad here!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

I went to this school, and even though I graduated with honors, was definitely not prepared for what was in store for me come college. I know of children being promoted without the proper skills just to get them through the school system and out of the administration's hair. I am definitely not satisfied with the education I received while attending this school.
—Submitted by a former student


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Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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24%

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31%
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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 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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23%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
17%
Social Studies

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
28%
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 Students23%
Female24%
Male21%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female27%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students41%
Female32%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female54%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

87%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

74%


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 93% 69%
African-American 2% 18%
American Indian 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 68%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3550 East River Rd
Oscoda, MI 48750
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