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Paw Paw High School

Public | 9-12 | 639 students

 

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Posted February 22, 2014

Grades are inflated to project the idea that students are doing well. If you get the chance to talk to Paw Paw graduates (most, not all), you will understand. Read the reviews submitted by students, paying particular attention to the writing skills. Enough said. Teachers are mostly locally educated, attending local high schools and WMU. It's a shame WMU can't erase the former. Cliquish and not welcoming of students whose parents weren't born in Paw Paw, there is far too little outside influence to change this failing district. Avoid this district if you are relocating to the Kalamazoo area. Mattawan and Portage are better choices for larger schools. Plainwell is a good choice for a medium sized district. Each of these seem to be better supported by parents and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

This school is great teacher involvement. The students really enjoy the enviroment that they are offered. Over 97% graduate, at that's wonderful. Exams are 20% of their final grade, and that makes those that are blowing off the exams work harder to achieve their life goals.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
31%
Social Studies

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%
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 Students33%
Female28%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female35%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students56%
Female50%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female62%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities63%
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

90%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

89%


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 89% 69%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 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 34%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NCA Accredited

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40
School end time
  • 2:25
School Leader's name
  • Michael Dahlinger
Fax number
  • (269) 655-0009

Programs

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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30609 East Red Arrow Highway
Paw Paw, MI 49079
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Phone: (269) 657-8840

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