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Royal Oak High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1420 students

 
 

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I didn't even want to give this school a single star. I am a former student and I've got to tell you, throughout my years at ROHS, I only had a handful of helpful teachers (quite a few of them are only there because they have seniority), had a teacher that wasn't certified teaching English my senior year (which she used as a chance to push her "Holocaust Guilt" agenda) and ate food that had, at points, made me incredibly ill. Not to mention that if you come from a single parent household, the "counseling" and office staff (if you can even call them that) look at you like you're a leper; not to mention they are the most unhelpful, dishonest group of people in the counseling profession. I only found solace in a handful of excellent teachers. If you can avoid having your child in this district, I highly recommend you look elsewhere. They do not do anything to stop the harassment some students must deal with daily (and speaking as an LGBT student, it WAS daily), and the worst part is that they will try programs and events to promote anti-bullying, but it really is all for appearances, and the students know it. That's why they don't take this district seriously, and now neither do I.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2014

I went to this school and its absolutely horrible. First of all, the staff is very rude and they don't care about the students at all. Its basically a jail, all 4 grades have to share the lunchroom since they have a new rule that no one can leave for lunch anymore. The food is barely edible I've seen mold on it before and it tastes like cardboard. They are so focused on enforcing all the strict rules that they can't bother to give the students a good education. Very rude and disrespectful people. I can't think of anything positive about this school, take my advice and go somewhere else.


Posted December 19, 2013

Good programs music, sports and special education. Good communication with teachers, principal and active parent committee. Great school. In previous years parents weren't as active, just depending on the parents and how busy they can be with work. Teachers and principal are very helpful and stay in communication with me regarding my children at the school (two of the three are special education needs) AND good transition from middle school to high school. My kids went to Royal Oak Middle school and the transition was seemless. Good teachers, Good principal, and good special education teams to work on IEP and get state funding to help my kids out. Looking for a good school i recommend this place. I am a care-giver for my sister's kids after she passed away of cancer, so i am going to mark myself as "OTHER"


Posted July 3, 2013

While the teachers are exceptional, my experience at ROHS was a painful one. The administration does nothing to support students or staff, and the underlying tension is difficult to ignore. I would seriously consider looking elsewhere. I am an honors student as well, and would have really appreciated more class options, smaller class sizes and just a more genuine atmosphere. This school is run as a business, not a learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2012

I am a student here and I could not ask for a better high school experience. There are so many opportunities to get involved in many different clubs an activities. All the students in my classes are extremely nice and willing to help anyone. All of my teachers are also extremely nice and understand all of their students busy lives, while still pressuring us to excell in all academic areas. However, I am in honors classes so I cannot speak on behalf of other classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2012

The post made on February 10,2011. Five stars for you. I agree totally. I think some parents don't get it you have to be involved in your child's education experience and stop blaming the school teachers and staff are not thier to babysit your highschooler but to instruct your child if your child needs help it's thier responsibility to ask questions. Allow your child to get involved. Sports can be costly try band,orcherstra, community service or working part-time so they won't be idle. As a parent join the PTA, volunteer that will show others and your child you care about the school and your child's education and well being. If education is a struggle for your child contact the school counselor or set up a meeting with the instructor and principal. Moving to this community soon. I'm exspecting great things.


Posted January 3, 2012

Royal Oak high was so much nicer when I went there. It's a joke now. Not even worth considering. I really wish I could send my son to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

My daughter is a senior at this school and I am i the process of looking for her another school. The harassment that is accepted and tolerated by the staff is unreal. I wouldn't recommend anyone let their child go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

My kid came to this school from hazel park, Unfortunately that was a big mistake on my part. Too many students in this school end up in jail. Her grades have dropped from B's and C's to D's and E's this year because the school is not taking responsibility for providing these kids a good education. The lunch program is a joke, we pay full price for lunch and it's very expensive compared to HP. Plus they went to extremes taking the "unhealthy" foods out of the school - according to my daughter most of the food is gross and tastes like cardboard because they're too concerned about no trans fats and no oils and no sugar.. My advice is to just steer clear of this school. My concern is for the happiness and academic achievements of my daughter, both of which ROHS fails to fulfill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

I currently have two kids at Royal Oak High, a senior and a freshman. We've had a very positive experience at the school and give it a high recomendation! The academics are excellent, lots of opportunities for honors and AP course work as well as programs for those with learning disabilities and everything in between. There is a lot of great school spirit in the form of sports, clubs, performing arts, positive after school activities and charitable fundraising opportunities. My boys say fights and drug issues are minimal, not the norm. Honestly, I believe whatever does go on is typical of any highschool or place where there is a high concentration of teens searching for their identity. If you're an involved parent/family/student you can have great experience at Royal Oak High. I have to wonder at the couple of negative reviews I've seen if any of the writers got involved in positive things around the school or if they were more apt to sit back and hope that someone else was going to make things positive for them. Getting involved and having a sense of ownership and pride in your school translates to good things happening and a positive experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

The academic side of the school i sfine, but there is a culture of bullying that is tolerated by the administration and staff. I am a graduate of the school from before it was consolidated with Dondero, and that culture has persisted since the 90s. There is also quite a bit of racial/soico-economic strife there now due to the consolidation with Dondero.


Posted February 4, 2010

My children have attended Royal Oak Schools for the last six years and I wouldn't consider moving them to any other district. The service they receive is wonderful. One is very advanced and there are multiple opportunities for growth and challenge. One performs more in the normal range and loves school and is truly engaged which is a blessing since she is sooooo socially oriented. I have the option of my children attending Groves High School (ranked number 2 in the state) and choose to keep them in Royal Oak. Well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Our experience with Royal Oak High School has been overwhelmingly negative. From the point of registration where no staff was available, to long waits for class schedules, locker assignments, building tour and textbooks. Administrators appear to be unconcerned and unavailable. Failure to provide basic services in a timely and professional manner are a reflection of the quality of education offered at Royal Oak High School. The only positive are the teachers. Two thumbs way down for Royal Oak High School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We have Challenge Day & the Reaching Higher program! Our school is committed to a good learning environment where diversity is accepted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Royal Oak High School is wonderful. The teachers are attentive, dedicated, well-qualified and really care about the students. The administration is proactive and puts community awareness, health and wellness, high quality education that meets student needs as their top priority. My daughter has attended for a few years now and has worked hard to earn her high grades and has learned a lot. The music, drama, and Model UN programs are also exceptional. I can't say enough. I won't put my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

Royal Oak High School is terrible. Regardless of whether I attended Dondero or Kimball my freshman year, my sophomore and junior years have been a nightmare. The school has been under constant construction, although little has been accomplished and ROMS puts the high school to shame. I've even had a teacher who spread gossip about other teachers, the administration and students. On the plus side, at least we have ceilings and tiles on the floor now...
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2007

Currently attending R.O. High. It was a tough transition, especially for the kids from Dondero having to be displaced, but things have turned out great. The school is still under renovation, but never are classes disrupted. I really love going to school there, and the teachers and other staff made the transition extremely smooth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

Was pleasantly surprised with the consolidation, the students had less problems than anticipated! But the amount of students, fights and drugs is overwhelming! The teachers are wonderful and to be admired!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

I love the school and the environment. The curriculum is vigerous and the students kep upwell. The performing arts program is phenominal and score great ratings at various festivals. This school is absolutely wonderful
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

Great School. It has alot to offer. the performing arts program is very great and show it in their ratings at varioius festival. The new band level is astounding. The teachers are phenominal in every subject. the curriculum is diffiicult but the students meet these challenges.
—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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2011

 
 
43%
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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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

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72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
38%

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28%

2011

 
 
31%
Social Studies

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
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 Students47%
Female50%
Male43%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial68%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female36%
Male45%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial36%
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students60%
Female56%
Male63%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial68%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities74%
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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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

98%

Average ACT score

22

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 81% 69%
Multiracial 8% 2%
African-American 7% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
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 22%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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1500 Lexington Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: (248) 435-8500

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