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Gull Lake High School

Public | 9-12 | 959 students

 
 

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Posted March 25, 2014

Gull lake is an amazing school... If you value looks over substance. Every student gets an iPad! Wow! Sounds amazing, right? Well the school put no effort into setting up a curriculum with them, so most teachers ban them from use in the classroom, waste of millions there. The teachers are mostly mediocre, with a couple hidden gems. The bullying problem at Gull Lake is immense. I myself have been bullied for not being straight, but GL does nothing to solve bullying. They put on a huge show of starting the "Power or 100" club, and even making this year's marching show an anti-bullying message. But that's all they did. Make a big show. In reality, the problem continues to grow unchecked, as the administration does nothing but give the perpetrators a slap on the wrist. All in all, if you want to show off what a good looking school your kids go to, choose Gull Lake. If you want your kids to be successful and happy? Look elsewhere. GL is just one gigantic masquerade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2014

Our family has been a part of the community for a few years now and we started with a positive opinion of this district. We had heard there were plenty of resources for learning, like technology. We had also noticed they seem to be commited to not letting teachers go when there are budget cuts. I am sorry to say that I have been disappointed in a few areas, though. In particular, the teachers seem to put much less effort into teaching than we were accustomed to. The staff overall does not address social issues. I was expecting to find higher quality programs at gull lake, but mostly they just have newer stuff and not even the best. And I have never been to a school where the teachers asked parents not to come to special events, but I have had two between my children already who do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

I have been going to Gull Lake schools since the middle of 1st grade and all of my experiences have been negative. While in Middle School I had a tough time in certain subjects and it seemed that the teachers didn't care to help me even when my parents wrote them emails and I personally talked to them. I also had (and still do) have friend issues because of this school. The school is divided into different cliques regarding the events you take place in. If you are great at athletics and an A+ student you will find this school marvelous. However, if you are a B student who loves to do musical theatre this is not the school for you. Any programs regarding the arts at Gull Lake are terrible; while I cannot vouch for visual arts programs because I haven't taken them the performing arts programs are terrible. PAC (the theatre program) is struggling and the same six kids are casted in mediocre productions. The band programs teachers don't know how to handle their classes and are utter chaos. I would not recommend this school to ANYONE.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2013

I do not recommend this school district to parents and students. The district may have money to buy things, but there are schools in the area that will put far more into educating your kids. I have two children in these schools and neither is happy with their experience. Being a teacher myself, I previously had the idea that most teachers will work hard to give kids a great education. My two children came in to Gull Lake ahead in every subject, but now they are both behind in math. I work hard to tutor them now in free minutes, but once they are behind it is hard to catch them up. I wish the their teachers would have told me immediately and helped them more, but they do not seem to care much. I have been helping out regularly at both schools. My children have had trouble making friends because of this atmosphere that others have described on this site---the kids manners may range from good to bullying, but most of the time I observe a general rudeness that paid teachers don't address. I am also aware of one referral that was made to the office for behavior that would have been an automatic suspension somewhere else. There are a number of teachers that are not with state standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

I have four kids in the GL schools, from elementary to high school. No school district is without it's faults, however, none in the area compare to GL. Don't just listen to the reviews below, but check graduation rates and likelyihood of attending college and being successful. I've had 2 kids graduate from GL and were definately prepared for college. Sure, they may have gotten better grades at a lesser school, but that's the point. They are challenged and the teachers seem to care. Most of the staff at all of the schools are younger and are more engaged. Even the seasoned teachers are good, though we've had a few problems with near retirement teachers, but I think the unions breed that. All in all, if you are looking to move to the BC or Kzoo area, GL is a great place to be and you won't be dissappointed. And remember, people who want to complain are more likely to come to these sites, while those of us who are content tend not to find that outlet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

My kids have been going to Gull Lake for the last 6 years. Overall I think it is a good school. I think there are a lot of great families in the district. The school does a great job in the areas of academics and preparing your kids for college. I have had great experiences with teachers as well. The school lacks in extracurricular activities. While they have all of the basic sports, a good band program; I would love to see them enhance the school with a swim program and to broaden their theater program. The school has undergone many recent enhancements, such as a new high school, a homeschool partnership and bringing back all day kindergarden. There is definitely a small town feel to the school. Overall I have been happy with the school, but feel like more options in the way of extracurricular activities would be nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

I had to move my kids out to a neighboring district so they could get the education they needed. The principal and teachers were not responsive to the needs of my children, nor would they address bullying, which is a huge issue in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

I graduated from Gull Lake High School and had an excellent experience there. I will never forget the impact that several of the teachers had on my life and education. Though the lack of racial diversity is indeed apparent, socio-economic diversity thrives in this relatively large district. I frequently found that sports, marching band, or other extra-curricular activities bridged the divide and brought students together from different backgrounds. The A.P. classes that were offered while I was there allowed me to walk into Michigan State University with almost a full semester already finished, not to mention that the teachers of these classes had a huge impact on me. I had all these experiences in the old HS building, which has since been replaced by a brand new one. I still keep in contact with my teachers and though I no longer live in the area, I met many of my all-time best friends at Gull Lake.


Posted September 18, 2011

I do not care for the Gull Lake district. One of my children has graduated and one is still in high school. Neither of them cared for it due mostly because of the arrogant cliques. Also, the teachers care more about the unions and their benefits rather than really helping the students learn. The head of the high school science department showed WAY too many hours of movies in class three years ago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

I was raised in the Gull Lake school district. I felt that if a student wanted to be involved, that there were plenty of options available. I was able to both play sports and be a member of the marching band. Advanced classes are available for those who excel, and remedial classes are also available if needed. My only complaint would be the lack of diversity. Well over 90% of the student body is white. Even though this is the case, I feel that minority students were well respected. The class structure prepared me to succeed at the University of Michigan. I had a wonderful experience and was provided a heat education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2010

Bad school.like somebody said there's a huge divide between rich and poor,black and white,urban and rural.there are some decent teachers but alot are just crazy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2009

it is an easy school and the home work is not hard but i used to go to a cathlic shool there the work was hard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2008

I've found GLHS to be a pretty tightly knit community in terms of...just about everything. The teachers are just as involved as one would expect out of someone who comes in every morning to do their job, with few exceptions. The Vice Principal takes care of all disciplinary action, except when it's necessary to bring it to a higher level. There's plenty to do at all times, and I love this place. It's pretty much my second home.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2008

My children have attended Gull Lake Schools for the last 3-4 years, and they love it. My daughter attends 9th grade and my son is in 8th. They both are enrolled in the advanced classes. I find the homework very stimulating for their ages and the sports that Gull Lake offers is outstanding. It is a little tougher to get accepted onto a High School team as the coach seems to favor those kids who he has already worked with, but overall I as a parent am very happy with the school and will be very proud of my children graduating from Gull Lake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

What a terrible school. I graduated from here a few years ago and have mostly negative memories. There is absolutely no diversity or culture here. If you want your child to be raised in a radically religious Aryan bubble, go for it. This school did absolutely nothing to prepare me for the real world. I want my four years back.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2008

I currently attend Gull Lake, and I love it. Everyone is very nice, and I will be a senior this year. I have had nothing but good experiences at Gull Lake.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2006

I'm a former graduate of this school and I thought the school was great. Overall the students at this school were kind and I felt very safe here. The teachers were nice and helped whenever you asked. My only complaint would be the lack of principal involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 29, 2006

My oldest child is in his first year at Gull Lake High School. He is in many of the advanced classes and I can not say anything negative about it. Most of the teachers have been very supportive, and will often meet after school if more help is needed. There has been good communication between parent & teachers for parents who request it, and some teachers have e-mail notifications for class assignments, happenings and special projects. It is beneficial to the student to understand that THEY are the ones that need to make things happen when things do not go as hoped. The teachers and guidance staff respond positively to students that RESPECTFULLY challenge the status quo. Unfortunately, as with many districts, Gull Lake High School has its share of students that are disrespectful and expect a free ride through school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

I am a graduate of GLHS and I hated it. I felt the teachers favored certain students as did the coaches in athletics. The principle while I attended school was non-existent; the vice principle did everything. Teachers did not go out of their way to help students learn or get them involved. I was glad to get out of that school. It used to be that Gull Lake had this great reputation for a good education and athletic program, but the time I spent there was a joke.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2006

I have had two children graduate from Gull Lake. Even with the 'Kalamazoo Promise', I would not choose to change schools. I feel the safety is very important and competing with peer intelligent students is benificial for college. I am disapointed in the English curriculum. Very little paper writing was required. Every week a 2-4 page paper should be required. As with all schools there are social, ethnic and other demographic groups. Usually when someone does not fit in they should look at their individual attitudes.
—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.
Social Studies

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

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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Social Studies

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

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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64%

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66%
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 Students38%
Female36%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female76%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female34%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial31%
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students47%
Female46%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial38%
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female70%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities66%
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

22

Graduation rate

94%


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%
African-American 4% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
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 15%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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