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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Forest Hills Public Schools is a top rated, public school district located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 9,772 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.

Forest Hills Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1270
402 responses
Average ACT
29
461 responses

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
9,772
Free or Reduced Lunch
8.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,751
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$114,789,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,327/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$117,173
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,363
National
$949
Median Home Value
$329,900
National
$184,700

Forest Hills Public Schools Reviews

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I enjoyed the academics the school offered, and the teachers are great! Also, my counselor was constantly there as a resource if I needed him. I enjoyed the community-like feel I got, being in a smaller school. The cafeteria had a lot of great options, and switched things up often enough to keep it interesting. They also take pride in their honor roll students, as awards and food are given to those as a reward for their accomplishments. There are so many activities planned during senior year to unify the graduating class, which is another amazing thing about Forest Hills.
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Forest Hills Public Schools are staffed with passionate, caring teachers. Almost every teacher I have had makes it clear that he or she genuinely wants to see students succeed. Forest Hills Central is extremely successful in preparing students for college and an extremely high percentage of high school students end up pursuing a higher education.
Areas for improvement, though, include updating and renovating the school. The school is outdated and could benefit from some fresh paint and new desks. The food also desperately needs to be changed. Our menu is far from appealing and there is no variety. Rather than utilizing the "Smart Snacks" guidelines as an opportunity to incorporate more healthy fruits and vegetables, we only changed to whole grain and low-carb versions of foods.
From an academic standpoint, FHC is a fantastic school. However, the lives of students could be positively influenced if administration directed its finances towards healthier food and a cleaner campus.
Forest Hills Public Schools is definitely an above-average school district. However, based on what I heard from other people who graduated from Forest Hills, it almost places us in a social bubble and makes it more challenging to socialize with others once transitioning to college. I would say the overall academics, admin, clubs/activities, and music and arts are very good. But the food, diversity, and some of the science/math teachers are a weakness from my experience. This is somewhat made up for by the exceptional English and social studies/history department, so I would say overall that the education and college preparedness is above average, but not excellent.