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Pewamo-Westphalia Jr. Sr. High School

Public | 7-12 & ungraded | 413 students

 
 

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Posted January 7, 2013

I attended this school and may be a bit biased but this is the best school in the area. Not only is it a top 500 school in America in terms of Education, but also it is very well known for its sports. I have had multiple job interviews that see that I have attended Pewamo-Westphalia and they love it because of the hard working background this school has. For the most part, kids are dedicated to their schoolwork along with excelling in sports so it is easy to make friends. Only downfall is diversity, but there is a reputation that P-W has for a reason and is well known in the area.


Posted January 17, 2011

I am a former student of this school, and yes they are known for having a great academic reputation but I think that is kind of set up. I basically coasted , had no problem getting good grades. One thing that this school lacks is diversity. Its all white. The parents and staff basically sheltered me and made me think that diversity is a bad thing. Now that I am graduated I go to school with all different types of races and i love it. I always see former students flocking home from college every chance they get because they are AFRAID of being around different people. That is why so many people never leave. It will be very hard to fit in at this school if you haven't lived in the district for a while. There are so many people in this town who never leave so these kids just keep coming through the school system and the administration ADORES those kids, they will get favored. If you don't have a connection of some type with these people you wont get much attention. Overall its an alright school, i;d say its overrated
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2008

This school was voted one of the top 500 schools in America by the USA Today. The academics are great and they have really good sports programs. Everyone fits in here. The teachers help prepare you for college, and there are great careers classes that get you ready for jobs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

Prepares you for jobs in the future great school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

Great academics and athletics would highly reccomend this school. Freindly and safe environment with a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

Well first off if you are not from this school or your family doesn't have alot of money you are not accepted. The teachers think they have unlimited power, they show up late for classes all the time, and then pile on homework like the kids have nothing else to do. They treat the kids like they are crimminals, they only look for the bad things. The thing i noticed most about the school is how late and lazy the teachers are. There are fights in the school over stupid things. The one bright spot is the pricipal. The man knows what he's doing but i dont think that the rest of the staff does.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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53%

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53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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75%

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78%

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71%

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71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

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71%

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63%
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 35% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

2013

 
 
68%

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24%

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24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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81%

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63%

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63%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
22%
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

Social Studies

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%
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 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
29%
Social Studies

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

99%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

>95%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

3 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 98% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American N/A 18%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 3%
Multiracial N/A 2%
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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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Todd Simmons
Fax number
  • (989) 587-3550

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5101 South Clintonia Rd
Westphalia, MI 48894
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