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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
    B+
  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 917 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
1720 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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City Middle/High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1260
169 responses
Average ACT
28
82 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$54,018
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Median Home Value
$127,932
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
Report
  • 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
917
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
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
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,146
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
$16,134/ 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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I have attended City Middle/High School since seventh grade, and I absolutely love it. Of course, I've had my bad days, but that is something that every middle/high schooler will face. City is an IB school, and strongly emphasizes the impact of being a well rounded, principled student. I have encountered many teachers, and they want you to succeed. They genuinely care about you and it shows through their personal relationships that they try to individually build with you. I am very impressed with the diversity, since 41% are economically disadvantaged, and 53% are minority students! City was voted, as of 2020, the top school in Michigan, and I definitely believe that's true. We get numerous Ivy League acceptances each year, and they thoroughly prepare you for college. Any student with an idea or passion is able to start a club, and there are countless opportunities for students to succeed, have fun, and participate at City Middle High School
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City is a wonderful place. It is actually the number one high school in Michigan. The outstanding academics and the prestigious learning environment contributes to City's excellent social life. Also, City is the most economically and racially diverse school in Michigan. Such a great school!
The environment at City High Middle School is different from other schools. When you're pushed as hard as City Students are, it can be hard to remember that there's a reason we all go here; that we're in it for better opportunities. I'm trying to just appreciate that college will be easy in comparison to this.

Sometimes it seems like it won't be worth it, and that's a feeling which is hard to combat. The teachers are all there to help, but there's only so much that they can do when they're unprepared by administration. Overall, I'd characterize City with independence. Either you can do it, or you can't. It's mostly about the will to keep going through it.