Harper Creek Community Schools
- BATTLE CREEK, MI
Harper Creek Community Schools Reviews
Rating 3.96 out of 5 28 reviews
Harper Creek Community Schools is an average school district within the small town of Battle Creek, Michigan. I’ve spent all my life at Harper Creek and I would rate this district as average. There are little to no opportunities for fine arts programs. The board is super cheap and fiscal about spending money. As a LGBTQ+ teenager, I got homophobic comments and some of the teachers didn’t do anything. There are only 7 AP courses offered, and you can only thanks them as an upperclassman. Luckily there are a couple redeeming factors. For students who are academically talented you may get the chance to double-up on courses, attend a STEM school in town, take community college courses, and take the limited number of AP courses offered. Another redeeming quality is the elementary staff and middle school staff are the most friendliest people you will ever meet! Even meeting them in public, they still wave “hi” and make me smile!
I feel that I was "heard" at HCHS and whenever I needed assistance or just needed to ask a simple question, the staff was readily available to me. I'm not easily comfortable in large group settings and with HCHS being a larger school, I still felt as though I fit in & was taught the skills needed to move on in my academic career and in life.
Attending this school gave a pretty typical experience. The teachers and staff are good people who care, but I don't think they have enough funding being put towards academic resources as opposed to sports, which is the primary focus of this high school.
I moved to Harper Creek Schools to better my opportunities. Since then I have been impressed with many aspects of this school, such as the facilities, education, and resources. Although these things are good, the school could defiantly improve on some things. Such as the food, diversity, and the parent involvement. Overall this is a very good school district with a lot of opportunities for students to do great things.
What I admire most about Harper Creek is that they equip students with many different choices in academic paths, and extracurricular activities.
I was a student in the Harper Creek Community School district from 2nd grade through 12th grade. Harper Creek has well-kept facilities, even if they are not the newest. In my experience, Harper Creek has always had a safe environment and is focused on every student getting the educational experience they need as a stepping stone for their professional career. For its size, the high school sports teams are generally competitive in their leagues and there are plenty of extracurricular activities that students can get involved in. Harper Creek also gives students the opportunity to take classes and Kellogg Community College and is involved in the pull-out program at the Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center.
Harper creek Community schools was where I attending beginning of kindergarten and graduated from there of 2018. From the academics to the teachers from the clubs to the sports it all gave me a look into real life & gave me my college readiness come the high level 9-12th grade. I truly learned time management & the skills of becoming an adult while attending Harper Creek. Being involved in student council & a member of DECA I got to became interested in business, it gave me that push I needed to decide my major & the key skills to make it in life. I know know how to write a resume+cover letter, a job interview, write out a check, fill out tax forms, etc all due to attending Harper Creek and getting the fulfillment of college readiness.
I switched to Harper Creek community schools in 8th grade. The change was sudden and challenging but I made it work. I enjoy many of the teachers and their willingness to help me thrive. If I could change anything I would start with the demographics. Although the school cannot change who attends the school, they could change how the people they treat that do. The school I attend is mostly white and I think the diversity would really light up the school and help it become brighter and give students most experience with different cultures and backgrounds students come from. I think this will help them a lot in the real world. Another thing I would change is the student teacher interaction. Making it a team, collective effort rather than forceful meaningless one. I think this could be carried out simply by asking students what they need to better learn and thrive in the school/ classroom.
Generally speaking, I like the teachers there. They're kind and look forward to helping students. Harper Creek has 5 AP classes to get you prepared for college. With the help of those classes and the teachers, anyone can be successful in high school. Something I would like to change about Harper Creek are the resource availability. We do have a library but the books in there don't really have helpful information.
The school spirit at Harper Creek is great, the sports and student life make it a great experience. The teachers are the best in town and have made an incredible impact on my life. I gained a great education here at Harper Creek and it led me onto the right path to my after high school career and life.
Currently I am a senior and am glad to have had the opportunity for AP classes as well as dual enrollment. I have taken quite a few in the last 4 years and have helped me prepare for my future.
I loved the teachers here at Harper Creek Community Schools. So many have a true passion for teaching and work very hard to ensure that students are learning and excelling in the classroom. With such limited resources, it’s amazing how much they can accomplish and strive to accomplish. As for things I could change, I would say the diversity. There’s very little at Harper Creek, and what little there is do not have much of a voice in the schools. It would be great to see strides being taken to include more POC and activities and events celebrating them.
Close relationships with teachers, coaches and class mates. Harper Creek was a great school to grow up in and learn from.
Harper Creek is a growing school district. There are awesome teachers at every school - willing to go out of their ways to make sure students are getting the best experience and education they can. Harper Creek hires the best teachers available. The sense of community of this school district is also incredible. People go out of their way to help their fellow peers. The number of clubs and student organizations were also superb, and student involvement was just incredible. The district is also doing a great job at keeping their students safe - they've implemented state of the art door locks to use in case of school intruders. Additionally, they have police officers in every school in the district and I always felt safer with the officers around. I'd love to see there be a more diverse availability of advanced courses for students. This would push the district to being one of the best in the area.
Although I learned quite a bit throughout my years at Harper Creek, I do not feel that I was completely prepared for college. Many of the teachers simply handed out worksheet after worksheet, which was not an effective way to help us students learn the material. For many of my classes, I had to strictly memorize the information for tests and final exams because the techniques used in class had not helped me truly learn and engrave the material.
While Harper Creek provided me with a solid foundation to persue college with, the school lacked diversity and often felt racist.
I’ve attended Harper Creek ever sense Kindergarten. Growing up in this community is something I never want to take back. Everyone coming together at sporting events showing off their beaver pride, is a feeling that I am lucky enough to have. The teachers here are very nice and they only want the best for their student and they are willing to go out of their way to give the students the help they need. The students, as well, really connect. To me I feel as the class I will be graduating with in 2019 will always have a spot close to my heart. I know they will be the people I see in public years later on and remember them just as if it was yesterday.