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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
City Middle/High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 742 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
1720 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Telephone
(616) 819-2380
Website

City Middle/High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1240
93 responses
Average ACT
28
73 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,019
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$806
National
$949
Median Home Value
$113,600
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.26 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 82 responses
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  • We have awesome field day events
    26%
  • The teacher vs students homecoming game
    22%
  • Class Trips
    15%
  • Swirl/Prom are well done
    12%
  • Powderpuff/buff games are good
    11%
  • Earth Day spirit week is eco friendly and fun
    5%
  • Holiday Concert. Drumline is amazing
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
742
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,250
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 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
$15,527/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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City Middle/High School Reviews

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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.
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The environment of City Middle/High is open-minding and accepting. Students of can find a group of friends and a voice at school. The pedagogy of classroom is based on discussion and inquiry, rather than lectured based. This allows for student to build a deeper understanding of the content for each subject. Most teachers allow student to express their opinions and question ideas and beliefs. I would like to see better communication between the administration and students about events, schedules and changes that are occurring.
The teachers at this school were the best teachers in the district. They cared for the students and would take time to help students who were struggling. Offered one of the best college- ready programs for high school students. The program could be difficult at times and with the support from the staff, it made the end goal possible. Overall, I believe that City High/Middle School impacted my way of life, from the emphasize of composting and recycling to becoming open-minded and more accepting.