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Whittemore-Prescott Area H.S.

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 320 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2014

I recently graduated from this school last year, in 2013. The school isn't necessarily a bad school. But, it definitely isn't the greatest school. It all comes down to funding. With such little money, it's hard to have things to keep people interested in sending their kids to the school. I mean, for instance, the school had to get rid of band. I was in band up until 10th grade, then they cancelled it because I guess they couldn't afford to keep it around anymore. I mean, we only had 11 people in the band when I was in 10th grade. So, it was obvious that band wasn't that important to many students. Although I believe that schools need some kind of musical program for the students, it is what it is. Basically, despite the school's poor funding, and lack of certain classes, it's a great school. Every teacher I had, except one, was super friendly. They all want their students to succeed in class so they can graduate and move on with their lives. The teachers, for the most part, are strict when it comes to such things as homework assignments, but since it's a small town basically everyone knows each other, so it's rather easy to get along with teachers. I give it a rating of 5/5.


Posted April 26, 2013

W-P is a school district that is stretched to the very limits of its financial means, but still puts the kids first. The teachers and other staff genuinely care about the students and go to great lengths to see that everyone gets the attention they need. It's unfortunate that the school's curriculum and extracurricular activities are both so limited. It bothered me when I was a student there in the 1980s, and bothers me even more now that my own kids attend W-P. This isn't the fault of the school district (I always assumed it was a matter of funding), but it's still the kids who lose out by not having a debate club, or a journalism class, or a swim team (these are only a few examples). As hard as the staff works to get these kids a decent education and prepare them for life after graduation, there's only so much that even the most devoted educator can do without proper funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

This school is the best they can have. I still go here so I know I know the teachers are very nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

This school is a great school and I have attended since 8th grade and I am a sophmore now. The special ed department works hard not only to help their students achieve but also help them get out of special ed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

I like this school, It's my senior year and I've been attending since pre-school, if I had a child I would send them here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2006

This is a wonderful school. Everyone is friendly and kind to one another. The teacher's are committed and love what they do. Always willing to give extra attention to the kids who may need extra help. The office staff is very helpful and kind. They treat the parents and students with respect. The janitors do a great job keeping the school presentable. This school has school spirit and does very well in sports. My children have attended since Pre-K and I could not imagine having them in any other school but this one. Our schools are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

My experiences at W-P have always been positive both as a student and the parent of a student. The academics at W-P are above average in most areas. Extra curricular activities are very well diversified and most students will find something(s) that will suit their needs and/or desires.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Social Studies

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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24%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
26%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
10%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
4%
Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
28%
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 Students13%
Female13%
Male13%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female40%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students15%
Female13%
Male17%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students25%
Female27%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students33%
Female43%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
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

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

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ACT participation

87%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

69%


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 93% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 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 78%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Dorothy Miller
Fax number
  • (989) 756-3363

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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6001 Mills Rd
Whittemore, MI 48770
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