Grand Haven High School Annual Education Report

January 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for Grand Haven High School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no label is given.

Our school has not been given one of these labels.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

Pupil Assignment

Grand Haven High School’s students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement

GHHS has a detailed plan that outlines school improvement strategies centered on our three building goals. Increased Student Engagement through the use of Technology, Increased Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement through the use of Five-Dimensions of Teaching & Learning, and Increase the overall Climate at GHHS so that ALL students feel safe & supported:

  1. All student will be engaged in subject matter & content expectations through the use of our embedded technologies. Through the use of Technology Coaches and Teacher Learning Labs, our staff are embedding 1-to-1 technology with the use of Chromebooks into each and every lesson. Google Classroom has become a common theme around engaging students during the class period, school day and after school hours. Students are engaged with one another through blogs, chats and classroom forums to deepen their understanding of the content. The support and professional development our staff receives from one another through Classroom Learning Labs has enhanced the technology being used within each lesson. Through the use of many Google Apps - i.e., Quizlet, Kahoot, Socrative, etc., our staff are developing opportunities for our students to receive on demand feedback around content. The engagement of our students continues to increase from day to day.
  2. All students will experience quality instruction through the use of Five-Dimensional of Teaching & Learning. This teaching observation & evaluation tool has provided the opportunity for some extremely rich conversations between staff and administration. Teachers are continuing to grow their practice through Classroom Learning Labs as peers demonstrate the used of these embedded practices. The Purpose Dimension is our newest piece and focuses on Learning Targets, Performance Tasks and Success Criterion. All parts of a Balanced Assessment System are strengthened through using Five-Dimensions of Teaching & Learning.
  3. All students will feel safe, valued, and empowered in the school. At GHHS we use Capturing Kids' Hearts, Bucs Above Bullying and Love a Buc, Help a Buc programs to focus our attention on the social/emotional aspects of our students’ growth. TEAM GH. One Family, One Team, One Grand Haven. Be Kind. Always. is an intentional approach to be inclusive along with a focused approach to cultural competency. Our PBIS Matrix has been implemented and we continue to teach the behavioral expectation in every area of our building through School Improvement Lessons (TEAM GH = Together, Excellence, Accountability, Mindfulness Grand Haven). An added component to our Climate Goal has been the Mental Health Initiative with the Live, Laugh, Love curriculum taught to all 9th grade students and Mindfulness used within School Improvement Lesson times. We continue to support the Mental Wellbeing of our kids by using Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) techniques in situations of high need. Mental Health & Suicide Awareness/Prevention is a critical focus for our building.

Michigan State Standards

Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. We continue to transition from the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations to fully adopt a more rigorous curriculum in English Language arts, math, and science. We will use the state standards in social studies until new standards are adopted. A copy of the core curriculum, its implementation, and how it may vary from state curriculum can be accessed by contacting the Office of Instructional Services at 616.850.5075.

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Our school program is effective because of the consistent support from our parents. In 2015-16, 925 students (47%) were represented during the fall and spring conferences. In 2014-15, 804 students (42.4 percent) were represented during the fall and spring conferences. In 2013-14, 976 students (50.9 percent) were represented during the fall, winter and spring conferences.

Dual Enrollment

GHHS students have the option of enrolling in college courses while attending high school. We currently (2016-17) have 8 students dual enrolled in 20 different courses. During the 2015-16 school year, we had 6 students dual enroll in 10 different courses and in the 2014-15 school year, we had 4 students dual enroll in 5 different courses.

Early College

GHHS began an Early College program with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Spring Lake High School, Allendale High School, and Coopersville High School in the fall of 2014 called the NorthWest Ottawa County Early College. Cohort #1 had 10 students participate, Cohort #2 has 33 students participating, Cohort #3 has 35 students participating and Cohort #4 has 32 students participating. During the 2015-2016 school year, we had 78 students participating in years 1, 2 or 3 of the program. We currently (2016-17) have 84 students enrolled in Early College. Our first cohort complete the program in May 2016 with an 80% completion rate.

AP Courses / Enrollment

During the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, GHHS offered 14 AP courses. 2014-15, of all sophomores, juniors and seniors, 422 students (30.8%) were enrolled in AP courses. 2015-16, of all sophomores, juniors and seniors, 386 students (28.8%) were enrolled in AP courses. Currently, 2016-17, we have 605 students (43.4%) enrolled in AP courses.

College Credit

During the 2014-15 school year, of those students in AP courses, 257 (80.6%) received college credit. During the 2015-16 school year, of those students in AP courses, 277 (82.4%) received college credit.

It makes me extremely proud to share our success along with our areas of focused attention with our community. Grand Haven High School is a comprehensive high school with 1900+ students coming together each and every day growing to become respectful, contributing citizens of our country. The 205 adults who work closely with our students have seen a tremendous amount of growth in regards to compassion and empathy of our student body. This piece of information is not reported within data, standardized test scores or college and career benchmarks; however, it’s an integral part of the social and emotional education we take very seriously. This summary report cannot do justice to the amazing things taking place within the walls of Grand Haven High School, you need to come see for yourself. We would be happy to take you on a learning walk to show you all that happens here. You can schedule that with the building principal at 616.850.6071.

Team GH … One Family, One Team, One Grand Haven. Be Kind. Always.

Together, Excellence, Accountability, Mindfulness Grand Haven!


Tracy Wilson, Principal

Grand Haven High School

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