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  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
420 responses
Average ACT
29
473 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%

Teachers

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

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,327/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  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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As I reflect on my past 4 years, I truly had a great experience at Forest Hills Northern. The student government and leadership provide a variety of activities (clubs, sports, and spirit week) outside of school for the students to enjoy throughout the year. The teachers are very helpful, and they truly cared about us, and formed a great bond during my time here. I have many great memories and I have made some wonderful friends for life.
Forest Hills offers a variety of classes for your desired career path and skillset and they mentor you through the college preparation and process so that you are informed and ready for the next stage of learning.
Our school system has been diligent and very informative during the pandemic as we have had many educational learning changes over the past 8 month from virtual, hybrid, and in-person classes. They believe our safety is their first priority and they have done a excellent job communicating the changes through email, text and videos.
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.