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Rochester High School

Public | 9-12 | 1627 students

 
 

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Posted May 2, 2012

Our family just moved to Rochester Hills and it is an amazing community. My daughter is a freshman and says everybody is so welcoming. One thing you should be aware of is that the school is very culturarly diverse. I enjoy how much the school/teachers encourages involvement in sports as well as good grades. My daughter joined the RHS cheer team and i just wanted to say how amazing that program is, the coaches are amazing and the girls are very nice. GO RHS FALCONS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Some of these reviews are almost a decade old! The overcrowding issue was addressed and our third high school, Stoney Creek HS, was complete in 2002. Many renovations took place at Rochester High and Adams High. Our school district offers excellent academics, the arts, athletics and outstanding special education support. I have worked as a Paraprofessional for RCS for 18 years and have 3 children who benefited from all that RCS has to offer. I work at the elementary level and can say first hand that we work hard to see the whole child and help them to achieve their best. Since my children attended Rochester High School, this is the school I have the most experience with. It's has a great, well rounded student body and staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 9, 2007

I have had three sons attend RHS. Each a totally different kind of student. RHS has met and exceeded any expectations I had for a quality secondary education for my children. Their counselor has been outstanding. Their teachers have been mentors as well as educators. Parent support is just how it should be at this level. RHS allows the students to grow and become confident and secure. Arts as well as Athletics are supported. As a parent of both athletes and fine art participants I find this unique. The teaching staff is beyond compare. RHS is an outstanding school. All of my sons received or will receive substantive scholarships based on their grades and participation sponsored and encouraged by their teachers. I, as a parent, could not ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2006

I am a Freshmen at Rochester High School and it is amazing i love having all the windows and the kids are so nice and kind. The teachers are Great too! I love RHS
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2006

My experience with a few of the teachers regarding communication between the parent and the teacher have been terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Rochester High is a great school with lots of extracurricular activities and excellent teaching staff. Parents are highly supportive of education, which reflects upon student performance. Rochester's teaching staff are what inspired me to become a high school teacher. It is a big school with various bands, art classes, many sports and clubs.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 11, 2005

I rated this school as very good interms of academic but looks like parent involvement is not much seen. Very good facility in Music Ars and Sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

I'm a senior at Rochester High School and I have to say that my high school experience has been amazing. Yes, the hallways are a little overcrowded but it's just more people to meet. The teachers are wonderful and very personable, they connect with their students on more then just an educational level. The counselors and support staff are amazing. They go out of their way to help us students and there are so many programs and clubs to help deal with social/emotional issues. The atmosphere is amazing, the kids are great everyone helps everyone and all the kids pull together. There are tons of different clubs to meet everyones interests and the teams are great. I don't think classrooms are overcrowded and to have 1 class with 35 students is not a big deal, I've had some and it's never been a distraction to me or anyone I know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

This school has far too many students (disproportional to the other district high schools) and not enough staff equipped to deal with them. The district redrew the boundaries with the addition of the 3rd high school recently, with an eye for future growth, but this 'equalization' process will take years to come into effect. If your child is an all A student with no social/emotional issues, then they will do well here regardless. However, if your student has any kind of issues relative to needing extra academic support, or is in need of help with social/emotional issues, then you are up a creek without a paddle at this school. They are not equipped to deal with this and the student/teacher ratio is ridiculous. This report says the average students per teacher is 23, but my daughter has had as many as 34-35 students in one class. The teacher had an aide or else there were two teachers, but the distractions were too enormous for my child to overcome. She left in her senior year to attend an alternative school with a better student/teacher ratio and better support in place to assist academically and emotionally.
—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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

2013

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
45%
Social Studies

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
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 Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
African American8%
Asian76%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial35%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners45%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
African American61%
Asian78%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners30%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female38%
Male51%
African American13%
Asian61%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial29%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners15%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students62%
Female55%
Male67%
African American40%
Asian70%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial29%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners30%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female70%
Male63%
African American40%
Asian85%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners35%
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

98%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

>95%


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 71% 69%
Asian 11% 3%
African-American 10% 18%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 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 25%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Charles Rowland
Fax number
  • (248) 726-5405

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180 South Livernois Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
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Phone: (248) 726-5400

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