Grand Haven High School Annual Education Report

April 22, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for the 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. Please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 if you need assistance.

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

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. Balanced Assessment System, Climate and Student Proficiency in Tested Areas / Increasing Student Engagement through the use of Technology:

  1. All students will experience quality learning targets, quality formative / summative assessments, quality feedback and learn how to set academic goals. 
    This balanced assessment approached will be the topic of many professional development opportunities for our staff. Our Balanced Assessment team leads our professional development at monthly staff meetings as well as all professional development opportunities throughout the school year. The Goal:  All students will become proficient in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies portions of the Michigan Merit exam / American College Test assessments / Scholastic Aptitude Test assessment.
  2. All students will feel safe, valued, and empowered in the school. 
    We have implemented Capturing Kids' Hearts building wide along with Bucs Above Bullying program to focus our attention on eliminating bullying within our building and throughout our district.  We expanded our focus last year to be inclusive all students through TEAM GH. One Family, One Team, One Grand Haven. Be Kind. Always. This intentional approach to be inclusive and focus on cultural competency will continue into this school year. This year we began the roll-out of our PBIS system with identifying the expected norms TEAM GH = Together, Excellence, Accountability, Mindfulness Grand Haven. The creation of our rubric, locations and expected behaviors has been development and will roll-out in the fall of 2016.
  3. All students will be proficient all testes areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. 
    Our staff worked collaboratively to assign the three text types of Common Core Writing into all curricular areas:  Argumentative, Informational and Narrative.  Each department was assigned one text type and wrote common writing prompts for each course within their department.  Interim Assessments are the focus for our math curriculum; VAEI Inquiry based approach is the focus for our science curriculum; College, Career and Civic preparedness is the focus for our social student’s curriculum and our ELA curriculum is focused on the MAISA Reading and Writing units. Our ACT and MME scores have been trending down and we want all students to be proficient and achieve college and career readiness. During this school year, we have worked to increase student achieve through the use of technology as we became a 1-to-1 Chromebook high school. The continued learning and growth from both students and staff continues and we look forward to that becoming richer in the fall.

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 2014-2015, 804 students (42.4 percent) were represented during the fall and spring conferences. In 2013-2014, 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. During the 2015-2016 school year, we had 6 students dual enroll in 10 different courses and in the 2014-2015 school year, we had 4 student 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, Coopersville High School in the fall of 2014 called the NorthWest Ottawa County Early College. Cohort #1 has 10 students participate, Cohort #2 has 33 students participating and Cohort #3 has 35 students participating. During the 2015-2016 school year, we have 78 students participating in years 1, 2 or 3 of the program. We are slated to have our first cohort complete the program in May 2016 with an 80% completion rate. 

AP Courses / Enrollment
During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, GHHS offered 14 AP courses.  2014-2015, of all sophomores, juniors and seniors, 422 students (30.8%) were enrolled in AP courses. 2015, 2016, of all sophomores, juniors and seniors, 386 students (28.8%) were enrolled in AP courses.

College Credit
During the 2014-2015 school year, of those students in AP courses, 257 (80.6%) received college credit. During the 2015-2016 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 186 adults who works closely with our students, have seen a tremendous amount of growth in regards to compassion and empathy of our student body. This piece is 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 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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