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Gabriel Richard Catholic High School

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2011:
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Posted June 17, 2014

All of my siblings have attended GR and can attest that the school was much better off with Brother James. I currently attend GR but am disappointed as science is my favorite subject, but the science teachers are the worst I've ever had, especially in biology. Also, I am less than pleased with the counselor as she has denied me and my friends of taking honors courses due to arbitrary grades. If you have a "C" in English, you are not permitted to take an honors history class. How does that make sense? Although, if you are interested in the literature department , GR does have an excellent teaching staff. I've had many great English teachers but Mr.Lopez is by far the best. Overall, if you're looking to send your child do a private school downriver and you're considering Cabrini, pick GR.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2014

Gabriel Richard is an excellent high school. The staff is highly qualified and dedicated. The curriculum is rigorous and robust to help students prepare for college. The families help to make this awesome school community an inviting place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

Gabriel Richard is the best high school in the greater downriver area and in all of SE Michigan for many reasons but the best way to gather information on a school is not by reading reviews, you must go to Gabriel Richard and see first hand what makes this school so great. Observe and talk with the students, talk with the teachers, administrators and alumni, come to a school event and see for yourself. We did exactly what I am recommending and it became very clear to us that Gabriel Richard is truly a great school. We currently have 2 of our children enrolled and Gabriel Richard has lived up to everything we expected and continue to expect from a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

I went to Gabriel Richard in 9th grade and they put me behind in mathematics. I took geometry at a public school in 8th grade and passed with an A. But when I went to GR, they would not allow me to take anything above Honors Algebra 1. I also encountered a bit of racism. I left for public school after I finished freshman year and I am enjoying it much more. I feel I'm getting more prepared for college at my new school and that GR was a waste of my mom's money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2014

Very poor treatment of staff. Principal always takes side of parents who have a grudge instead of listening to the staff. I would never send my child to a school where it is acceptable to mistreat anyone including the staff and coaches.


Posted January 29, 2014

Gabriel Richard is run by unqualified people and is a disgrace to Catholic Education. The students have no respect for administration or teachers. Teacher turnover is ridiculous. No counselor wants to work more than a year. This principal will be the downfall if the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

The school is underdeveloped especially in academics and the students are clueless. I believe this school will close soon due to lack of enrollment and academic issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Apparently the previous post is not by a teacher at Gabriel Richard but rather a competitor. One can look up statistics of the school to find out they have 12 AP's the highest downriver and test scores are in the 96th percentile in the state. The Average ACT is 23.7 also a fact. Teachers, students, parents and alumni are actively engaged. It is a good time to be a Pioneer !


Posted April 17, 2013

The earlier claims about 99% of grads admitted to 4 year schools is COMPLETELY FALSE! The current principal is unqualified, unprofessional, inept, and downright lazy. This school once set the bar in excellence; now the bar has been thrown on the ground. Once this was a vibrant community with qualified and dedicated staff, along with real community service. Now, disrespect, theft, and mediocrity are the norm. Sadly, this is leaving a lot of good students wondering why. Why GR? No thanks. GR does not provide a safe or Christian environment to students. Recently a Teacher used foul and inappropriate language to students and this but one example.
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Posted February 20, 2013

Gabriel Richard fosters a great learning opportunity for all students. With the academic standard, community service involvement and commitment to faith they specialize in building character giving your student unlimited options for the future. 99% are admitted to 4 year colleges and universities and over 4 million in scholarships are awarded yearly. Sports teams are competitive and staff care. If you are looking for a personalized education for your child, this is the place to be.


Posted June 18, 2012

This principal is not for our school. He is a little boy who wants toplay with his friends. Faculty is HORRBLE. No Guidance counselor. He has let good people go, He is shameful
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 19, 2011

This school is on the way out. Enrollment has dropped and there is nothing to attract students. Faculty is too old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

Gabriel Richard is the best school in the area. It has the highest Average MEAP scores and ACT scores. It prepares students for the challenges of college and life in general. Both my children graduated from GR and have gone on to great success in college. They both attend a major nationally ranked university and have made the Dean's List every semester. GR has prepared them well. As far as the disgruntled parents that have written reviews, I am sure their children would have had problems anywhere. The fact that the one parent was upset and wondered how 2 wrong out of 5 is a D, it isn't. Actually, it is a D-. 2 wrong out of 5 is 60% which equates to a D- at just about every school in the country. Possibly, the child's problem might be his parents. They definitely have a problem with math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2010

I am a student at Gabriel Richard. I am currently a senior, and I will be graduating this year. GR was the best thing that has ever happened to me. The teachers give you all the responsibility to do your own work, study, and prepare for class which prepares you for college. The grading is hard; I'm not going to lie about that. You have homework every night, but in the long run it is to benefit the student as much as possible. I am an average student at GR. I currently have a gpa of 3.16, but my ACT is a 26. 27 on math, 27 on science. These teachers prepare you for the real world. The school itself molds each student to be a respectful, mature adult. When talking with High School students in everyday conversation, you can tell the difference between a student who goes to Gabriel Richard and a student from anywhere else. Gabriel Richard is worth every single penny.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2009

I'm disappointed. I was told it didn't matter if you were catholic or not, but not being catholic has become a big issue for my child at GR plus I think the grading system is too difficult. How can 2 wrong out of 5 be a D.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

This is an amazing school! This school should serve as a role model for all High Schools. This is my sons second year at Gabriel Richards and I cannot express what an outstanding school it is. They have exceptional programs and college prep classes. The staff will work with students of all levels to help them reach their highest possible protential. My son has made great progress and I thank all the staff at Gabriel Richards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2007

GR helped prepare my son for college so much better than most schools. I heard him and a friend discussing this very point the other day. My son attends WSU and his friend CMU, and both said that GR prepared them for college and made college seem easy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

My Daughter graduated in 2005 and currently attends Wayne State Univ., My son graduates this year(2007)and will also be attending college,Richard has done a great job preparing my kids for college,Brother does an excellent job with the kids and parent participation is excellent,my kids loved Richard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

I'm a fairly reacent graduate and I couldn't be happier with the education that I received at Richard. I'm currently a student at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and I feel that my time at Richard prepared me well for the challenges I face here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 31, 2004

My third of four children has just graduated from Richard. This one is attending college like his older brother and sister did. His brother graduated from CMU, and his sister will in 2 years. I have enjoyed the school and the faculty over the years. They are dedicated to the students, and I feel that my children reflect the hard work of the community here at Richard. I allow my children to help decide where they want to go to High School. My youngest child has already decided that next year, he wants to attend GR. I agree whole heartedly.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 69%
Hispanic 6% 6%
African-American 2% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Joseph Whalen
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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  • Archdiocese of Detroit
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15325 Pennsylvania Road
Riverview, MI 48193
Phone: (734) 284-1875

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