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Otsego High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 696 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 17, 2014

pretty decent school. the rules are alittle over the top or inconsiderate. not to many drug, alcohol or sex issues. any problems are just the typical school problems.


Posted May 10, 2008

Love the facilities, the staff, the community awareness and cooperativeness. Schools and community work well together to provide activities


Posted April 25, 2008

I love this school and always have. The new facilities are great and you can not argue with the fact that updated facilities help the teachers do their jobs. Kids will be kids they are always going to complain about school, I did when I went there, now I know better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

The district has the most state of the art facilities in south west michigan and the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

Our school is terrible, no funding, no scholarships, and barely any safety.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

Its fine but would go to a different school near by if able to! needs more extrecurriculars!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

I've attended Otsego Public Schools my entire life and have had no major problems and enjoyed my experience. They have some issues in high school such as class availability, but once the new high school opens and they switch to trimesters, this should be fixed. After the construction is complete Otsego will have a state of the art district that we should all be proud of and I would gladly send my children to in the furture.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2006

It seems that most of the posts here are about venting problems that are not specific to OHS. No school is perfect. If you are looking for faults in any school, organization, business or community they can be found. My experience is that OHS (especially the principal) is a tight-knit, supportive learning environment. Is the glass half-full, or half-empty. Remember, the grass is always greener on the other side of the school district boundary.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 31, 2005

This school i admit is a bad school and has very bad disipline problems. there are a few good quilities like the band and the leadership with in the student body. that leadership is defintly not in the adminastration, it is with the students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 13, 2005

I attended OHS several years ago. My children have attended several schools, as my job has caused relocations. If the option where available to me for them to attend Otsego schools, I would jump at it. It seems most of these 'poor' reviews are from children attending school, not parents. Otsego is a relatively small community, many of the children there have lived their entire lives in the community. This causes them to have nothing to make an educated comparison with. I had many of the same feelings until I had lived away for several years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

After reading the parents remarks on this site I just had to comment. Otsego has been an AWESOME school for me and my 4 sons. We are not rich and we do not get treated like crap. My oldest son IS a football player but he does not get treated special because of it. Two of my sons also have required the special education program and both have been treated with nothing but respect from EVERY staff member from Elementary to High School. I have lived here 5 years, moved here for the sole purpose of having my kids in a GOOD school and I have found it!! Seems to me that some students and parents need to learn how to mind their mannors and they would not have the issues I read about on this board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

I am a student at Otsego and if I had it my way I wouldn't go to this school. I would rather go to a school where we all will be treated equal. If you are a preppy, skinny, pretty girl then you don't get in trouble for your clothes that you where in the summer or even in the winter. But if you don't really have alot of money or you are not all that pretty then you get in trouble for having you mid-drift showing. This school should not be open anymore, they might as well close down the doors. I will not send my kids here when I have them. I will send them to Plainwell, or Allegan, they know how to use there money wisely and not spend it on a new school which is not even nessecary. This school is very poor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2004

I would never send my child here after attending myself and it sounds like nothings changed. All they do is put down and steriotype everyone and unless your rich or a football player than you don't deserve help. There were a few good teachers but of coarse they were all let go. Thank god you can choose what school your kids can go to cause plainwell is like 5 mins away. This school is very bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2004

Building a new high school is not the answer here, why build another building when the school cant even handle keeping up with the ones they have. Not to mention, it was stated in the INFORMATION PLEASE newsletter we are not competing with area school but keeping up with them, since when did Plainwell and Allegan build new high schools? They didnt, they took and updated their schools without the need to build new. I will be the first to tell you that this community needs a mill increase, but I can not see how the building of a new high school can and will effect more productive students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

This school does not provide adequate leadership for the students. Minor disiplin problems are blown out of proportion usually resulting in loss of credit. Major problems are swept under the carpet. Upper administration is unwilling to work with or listen to the parents. This school rates very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Leadership at Otsego Public Schools is poor. Children are punished for having learning disabilities. Instead of providing help, children are routinely forced into a 'study table' (which is really detention). Some students are already at risk for dropping out of school because of the shame of being slow/poor learners and test takers. This school is more focused on punishment than help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2004

I thought I would like this high school. I'm finding that they do not keep a close enough eye on these kids. They concentrate on minor issues with the kids, but not for long. They do not want to be involved or help when a parent needs to investigate things. They do not give these kids the proper help needed when it comes to discipline, or academic help. This school rates very poorly with me.
—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.

193 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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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29%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
66%

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50%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2012

 
 
33%

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30%

2010

 
 
27%
Social Studies

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
50%

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47%

2010

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
43%
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

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 92% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 1% 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 27%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Herve' Dardis
Fax number
  • (269) 692-6188

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550 Washington St
Otsego, MI 49078
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