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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Black River Public School Middle/High School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Holland, MI. It has 547 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Black River Public School Middle/High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1250
63 responses
Average ACT
28
69 responses
AP Enrollment
43%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$55,769
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$831
National
$949
Median Home Value
$142,000
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.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
  • Project Term
    29%
  • Fall Homecoming game
    19%
  • Senior skip day
    16%
  • Spirit week/Pep Rally
    13%
  • Ratfest
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
547
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,007/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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I've attended Black River Public School for 13 years and have had an overall positive experience. Students benefit greatly from small class sizes and one on one communication with their teachers. The project term program at the end of the year is great for giving students new life experiences and teaching them about topics not covered in the normal curriculum. If you want to take a class not offered at the school, you can go to the Careerline tech center, take an online class, or enroll in a college course (Hope College is just down the road). If you're someone whose main priority is getting a good education, Black River is the best school in the area. However, if you want to play on a really good sports team or you excel in the arts, Black River might not be the place for you. Additionally, I think the english program is excellent and makes students great writers, but the math program needs vast improvement.
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This school is very small but that is what makes it such a high quality education. The teachers know all their students by name and have a close relationship with them as the classes are quite small. The classes are very quick pace and if not familiar with that environment, students may struggle at first to get ahold of the expectations for each class. But in the end, the education is very strong and all the teachers are extremely qualified to be doing what they are doing.
I have attended Black River for 13 years, I have had a great experience. As a college prep, it pushes you to be your best. The teachers are very helpful and are eager to answer any questions you may have for them. The facilities are old, but they have made the best effort to create a safe and comfortable space. Because of these reasons, I strongly recommend Black River Pubic School to any students or families interested in attending.