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Redford Union High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 897 students

 
 

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Posted July 15, 2013

This school is horrible! I had to take my other kids out and homeschool them. My son was homeschooled and I decided to let him return for his senior year. The counselor Ms. Schecter was NEVER available. She took extended lunch hours for the entire day everyday. At the last minute she tells me my son won't graduate as he was tutored in homeschool by someone without college degree. She Never read the Michigan Education dept. website which states anyone with a high school diploma can homeschool. And I have college degrees! BSN, MSN, MPH, and 40 post-graduate credits towards my PH.D. His tutors for Chemistry and Algebra courses were Master's level Engineers at $950/month. RU is reminiscent of Det public schools. The teachers don't care about their students. His physics, pre-calculus instructors and Mr. Valden the computer teacher were excellent! RU went down hill when MR. Evans left! Anyway I had to hire an attorney and contact the school board so my son could graduate. I don't know why they didn't want my son to graduate but I was ready to go to trial. Currently he is a university student will graduate with a BSN in Dec. 2013! His gpa is 3.5 due to homeschool NOT RU.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

My son has been going to RU for 2 years now. Very few of the teachers seem to care about his grades, if he passed or failed. They will tell you to follow Parent Connect so they won't have to communicate with you in person. Parent connect does not replace parent/teacher communication. My son has an IEP and they have made up every excuse possible to eliminate it. They send him home with a travel sheet everyday saying that he is doing good, turning in assignments, finishing his Do Nows and staying focused, but Parent Connect shows that he is failing. What?? This school is a joke. Don't be deceived.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

i really like RU for my son he loves his teachers. The atmosphere is very welcoming there and all of the children seem to get along without race being an issue. Mr Rodriguez is very helpful with information regarding my son. Becky the secretary rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

My daughter is a senior this year and is college bound as is most of her friends. I think the principal and staff do a great job! The principal is always around and stays on top of things. They have many activities to keep students busy and many traditions that other schools don't have anymore! Keep up the good work R.U.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

Very happy with RU. We could use more money buy every school can use more money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

This is a terrible school. The teachers do not contact you when there's an issue. Recently kids were suspended for 1 day and no reasons were given other than these 18 students were disruptive. The 1 day suspension was revoked due to parents being outraged. The student is not first priority at this school. My experience with RU has been extremely disheartening. I have never experienced this before with educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

RU does the best it can with the money they have to spend. The teachers seem to care about the kids and the school, the principal is very visible and accessable unlike many other schools and the kids really like her. The sports programs do very well for the most part. The community takes pride in the school. Go Panthers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Redford Union is the best it teaches kids how to be adults,they have awesome programs for thier students.The teachers are amazing....Kim


Posted September 16, 2009

it is a very good school with very caring teachers. my son has done great in this school. and that is due to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

Ok so, everyone judges my school so much, but honestly i say only the people who go there every day can determine if its bad or not. This school has great kids who attend it & its very diverse. There are amazing teachers who are wonderful at teaching. We may not have a lot of money, but i know that i learn so much there everyday. I love my school and no one can change my mind. GO PANTHERS! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2009

i like redford union, yea it has its faults but what school doesnt... the teachers are great, the students all get along with each other as best as everyone can, and they keep great order
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

Honestly, i like Redford Union a lot. I'm a senior this year and enjoy being there. I like most of the teachers and the students. Its like all the rest of the schools with problems. Theres not one school around that doesn't have the trouble makers and what not. i think we are underestimated. Since Redford Union is considered a 'small' school, each student is has a huge impact. Redford union has educated me and prepared me for college in many ways different ways. I'm glad i go there. It may not be the richest school around but its one of the more diverse schools i would have to say.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2008

They do the most with what they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

i have to say that i really do not like this school at all. this is my second year and it seems like it keeps getting worse and worse and worse. they don't know there priorities at all. they'll buy a million chairs around the school to make it look pretty but they'll barely buy books, or desks, or things that us students need. and i absolutely hate the idea of 'freshman academy' because not only they had to put them in the main hallway, but they treat the sophomores [last years freshman] like were idiots, if half of the freshman last year failed there should be no reason why the this years freshman should pay for our mistakes it's retarded if you want to send your kid to this school i advice against it. but then a school's a school and thats why I'm still there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2007

I hate this school!!!! I am going to be a junior this year and it has changed for the worst. I would not recommend that you send your child here nobody learns anything. I am very disappointed and I feel that my education is getting ripped off. I am not ready to go to college and I try very hard. The hallways are crowded with people who don't want to be there. The classes are overcrowded and in one of my classes the teacher didn't care what you did if anything. I want to leave this school but there is no where to go. Parents if you want your child to succeed don't send them here its not worth anything!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2007

THis is a horrible school. My child was an 'A' student and not one teacher let me know that he had all 'F's until I asked. This school is only out get the student out of the school for any reason. Instead of caring about what the child is acutally being punished for, it is easier for them to suspend them. The rules are harder on a child not wearing an I.D. compared to a child getting all 'F's. That is when I was called, when my child did not have an I.D.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2007

I belive Redford Union is a great school even though I cant wait to leave it. The teachers really do care, but it's a two way street. If the student doesn't try the teacher is only going to push so much. I am currently a Senior at RU and I had the rocky start more than others did. I regret and it's all my fault. So I ask for parents not to blame the staff at all. It's all in the student, the parents and administration all to be involved in their high school career of your child. The teachers are great and are always there to help when needed. But there is a negative I've seen. The counselor's are impossible to see and the administration is not in tune. Other than that there is an exceptional music and art program. As well as the sports program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2006

continuity blew out the window, counselors, principals and even the superintendent changed too often. counselors don't know the kids well enough to direct them. I've had three children go through this high school, I'm so glad this is the last one and our last year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

Things have been rocky thus far, with overcrowded classes, schedule mix-ups, double-assigned lockers, lack of funds, lack of teachers for certain classes and other issues. I'm a senior, and I hate to see where the school is going. It seems that with the issues, students are losing their 'school spirit'. We're about three weeks into the school year, and I have to say that I am very impressed with the staff at RU. Teachers are helping students cope with the changes in the school this year and counselors are working hard to fix mixups. I'm most impressed with the security at RU. I've never felt that they were doing their job more than I have this year. I've seen more staff securing the hallways than I ever have. Things are still quite shakey, but RU is a great school and this year will be no different, despite the rough start.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2006

I am going to be in 10th grade at this school this year, and it seems like this school has changed for the worse of the past few years in quality. I had a class last year where the teacher didn't care wether or not we did the work or listened that much. This teacher said she would give out detentions and what not, but she never did and as a result most of the students chose to do whatever. I believe this school is going down the drain if it isn't already. Some of the classes have more then 15 students which effects the learning process. So in conclusion, this school is horrible.
—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.
Social Studies

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

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16%

2011

 
 
19%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
9%
Social Studies

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

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
34%
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 Students10%
Female5%
Male14%
African American1%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female43%
Male38%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students8%
Female2%
Male13%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students23%
Female18%
Male27%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female47%
Male41%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities49%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

92%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

72%


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 47% 69%
African-American 46% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
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 60%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Michael Humitz
Fax number
  • (313) 242-4205

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17711 Kinloch
Redford, MI 48240
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Phone: (313) 242-4200

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