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Plainwell High School

Public | 9-12 | 857 students

 

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Posted May 5, 2012

Plainwell High School is a great school with a great staff. Everybody works together to get the job done right for the students. My husband and I specifically moved to Plainwell because of the quality of education that our children receive. Go Trojans!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

The school is great. All the teachers are supportive of the kids and that really helps them succeed. Both of my children come home happy and are actually excited to go to school. I would not send my kids to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

My son has been going to plainwell for 5+ years.The school is very strong in teaching the kids with reading problems and special needs.My son goes into school an hour early every morning for extra help in reading.The school has worked with my son and has helped him out alot.The school has the best reputation around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

For years Plainwell has had a solid reputation as a solid if staid high school among others in SW Michigan. In recent years however it has really taken off, garnering consistently top scores among area schools in the Michigan Merit Exam (same as the ACT) - in the top 5 of 33 schools for all subjects and at the top for social studies. Since our kids have been in the high school (since 2002) they've move to a trimester system (first in SW Michigan), added a number of AP courses, have better extracurricular offerings, and have remodeled the high school. All in all a great place with a growing reputation for strong academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

Plainwell is a good place to go to school. I feel very safe when I go to school every day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2006

Academic programs are good and have improved over the years. They have an especially strong music program. Guidance counselors there are particularly helpful. They send a message to their students that education is important, and do an excellent job of communicating important information to students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

My husband and I moved into the Plainwell district specifically for the good reputation. Our oldest son is a senior and we have been extremely pleased with the quality of his education. The music program is particularly strong, and seems to be only improving in size and quality each year. There is good support from the community which is essential for a successful school district. Our son has been happy with all of his instructors, and the education he has received has earned him a place in a prestigous private college for next year. We wouldn't want our children in any other school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2005

I attended PHS a couple of years ago as an exchange student and was welcomed by everyone. The teachers were really helpful and if you pick the right classes you really learn a lot. You get the feeling that most of the students get along and enjoy going to school there. The improvements to the building and surroundings over the last years helped to make Plainwell an even nicer place to study.
—Submitted by a former 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.
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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33%

2013

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
37%
Social Studies

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%
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 Students28%
Female18%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female30%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students45%
Female40%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female58%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities58%
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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55%
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26%
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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

91%


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 94% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jeremy Wright
Fax number
  • (269) 685-9064

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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684 Starr Rd
Plainwell, MI 49080
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Phone: (269) 685-9554

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