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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Bay City Western High School is an above average, public, alternative school located in Auburn, MI. It has 1,256 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
500 West Midland Rd
Auburn, MI 48611
Telephone
(989) 662-4481
Website

Bay City Western High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1190
76 responses
Average ACT
25
78 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$52,396
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$688
National
$949
Median Home Value
$100,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 62 responses
Report
  • Football games
    26%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Number one fan. That we couldn't do this year.
    10%
  • Camp out before the Central game
    8%
  • Mr. Western
    8%
  • Senior campout before it was school sanctioned
    8%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,256
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,313
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.5%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,452/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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I loved the teachers at Western. They were always good at teaching the required material. They did their best to help me understand the topics that I had trouble with. The teachers were very concerned with student grades and strived to help the students to succeed. Additionally, the staff at the school liked to make things fun for the students by having "pep rallies" and being interactive with sports and other events of interest of the students. A couple of things that could be improved are school security and discipline guidelines. The security of the school could definitely be improved with all of the recent shootings that have occurred in Michigan and the rest of the country. Also, the school's discipline guidelines and methods do not teach students the correct way to act and behave. I think that they need to have stricter rules. Overall, though, Western is a great school and I definitely miss being there.
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Bay City Western High School is a really nice school. The teachers and the staff are welcoming and friendly and they all make sure everyone has a good day. If a teacher or a student sees a kid having a hard day they try to make there day better and help them the best that they can. The school could have better funding for sports team for so much money isn't all coming out of pockets for students and parents. Western has a lot of extra activities that students can be involved with. There is so many sports, clubs, volunteering activities you can do. The school makes sure there is always something for someone to be able to do and they are always willing to add new clubs to get a better outcome.
During the beginning of my journey through high school I looked at my school as lame and strict. As the years passed by and I have visited other high schools in the area such as Central high (for reasons such as sports), I came to appreciate what a truly amazing school Western High really is, the administration and faculty are extremely welcoming and friendly, always greeting you with a smile and "Hello" or a "Good morning", the teachers there want you to succeed and will work until you have, even if that means calling your parents when necessary! Highly recommend !!