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Western High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 886 students

 
 

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Posted November 15, 2013

The teachers do not challenge the students whatsoever and there is no way to move up in the grades without knowing just the right people. I know this like the real world but children shouldn't be just thrown into the world right away they need to be slowly weaned into the world. The principals just stay behind their desks all day and do diddly-squat playing games on their phones et cetera. The rules are not followed throw and there is no consistency between policies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

I'm a recent graduate, but keep tabs on school news. I'm glad to report it was a fantastic experience. "Physical" class choices are continuing to be limited, with less offered every year (it's now mostly just core classes being taught by teachers in the room). By moving advanced courses to online AP, we're able to take what interests us, but it's not comparable to having a knowledgeable teacher on-hand, and the AP teacher I had rarely interacted with us. The band program is phenomenal and is routinely rated top-tier. But, there's a cash-flow problem, though that doesn't stop the school from funding programs that really count -- they pay for AP exams as well as ACT testing. Many of the "historic" teachers (the "forming a human wall in the hallway to keep the press out many decades ago" teachers) are retiring and being replaced with fresh meat, for better or worse. Their lack of attunement with other staff and students is noticeable. It's sad to see some of the greatest teachers with a long history in the community go, but I suppose they can't be expected to work until death. Some of the replacements are good and from within the community. Western's certainly in a transition period.


Posted April 19, 2010

I have been a student at Western for years and I believe that Western has failed me in my longing for education. The class choices are very limited, more so each year, and my school counselor seems unable to do his job.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

Best high school around. Amazing teachers and class selection.


Posted March 19, 2009

I agree with most of the overall ratings. I wish that you had a rating for special needs students. You really have to fight this school to get what your child needs and is entitled to at Western High. It is a great program as far as the special ed staff; it's the 'higher ups' that are the problem. i.e. principal, ISD, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

Western is a great place for young people to grow and develop! I believe the district is experiencing some challenges that haven't been experienced before which makes people uncomfortable. The reality is Western is in a MUCH better position financially than our neighboring districts. I am hopeful that the Board of Education will make sound decisions to keep Western at the front in Jackson county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

I believe this school is an amazing school, and I'm not one who likes school much. It still isn't perfect. No school is perfect, but this is one of the top schools of the Jackson County area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2007

Western has great academics. The students do very well and most are in accelerated classes. There isn't a whole lot of choices for extra circular activities but the choices do vary from sports to key club(community service)and even a pep club, etc. The school has a parent and board of education meeting once a month and if you have any concerns that is the best time to bring it up because there is many other parents who attend.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Social Studies

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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27%

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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 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
32%
Social Studies

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
61%
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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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

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

92%


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%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 2% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
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 33%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Sue Vanriper
Fax number
  • (517) 841-8282

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1400 South Dearing Rd
Parma, MI 49269
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Phone: (517) 841-8200

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