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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
City Middle/High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 833 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
1720 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Telephone
(616) 819-2380
Website
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City Middle/High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1240
127 responses
Average ACT
28
79 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$48,994
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$780
National
$949
Median Home Value
$119,294
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 87 responses
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  • We have awesome field day events
    24%
  • The teacher vs students homecoming game
    22%
  • Class Trips
    14%
  • Swirl/Prom are well done
    13%
  • Powderpuff/buff games are good
    11%
  • Holiday Concert. Drumline is amazing
    5%
  • Earth Day spirit week is eco friendly and fun
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
833
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,313
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,735/ year
National
$12,239
59%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.41 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses
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The way the school taught was impressive. Administration could use work. Student councilor was terrible. Office staff were extremely helpful and nice. Security had too much power. Not many sports. As the years progressed the amount of diversity kept getting smaller. Parents were too involved in things they should not have been. Tried to incorporate music and arts to compensate sports but the main goal was still academic. Chose to keep GRPS teaching with the IB curriculum, that was bad.
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City High/Middle School definitely set me up for a better career headed into college and what comes after, using the IB experience to shape me into someone ready to become a functioning adult in the real world. I feel as though I'm prepared to tackle what the future holds for me due to my experience at this school and with the IB curriculum. However, with all great things there comes a downside, in this case being an extensive workload which occasionally leads to overwhelming stress. I believe that this is worth it for the benefits of what comes after with your test scores and the merit of having the IB diploma.
City High Middle School is an amazing place for students who want to be highly educated and are hard workers. City is an IB (International Baccalaureate) school, so it follows both the criteria of Grand Rapids Public schools and that of IB. I have been going to this school for 5 years and the most challenging part is the workload. Doing so much work with little pay off caused me to lose a little bit of my drive and not really understand the value of doing everything to the best of my abilities. Much of the difficulties are thoroughly explained before attending this school and vary from person to person. For example, some students might love and appreciate the challenges this school has to offer while others might not be able to handle the workload and it could cause stress or anxiety. Overall this school does a good job of giving students a worldview and helping students who are eager to learn.