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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Plainwell High School is an above average, public school located in Plainwell, MI. It has 799 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
684 Starr Rd
Plainwell, MI 49080
Telephone
(269) 685-9554
Website

Plainwell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
60 responses
Average ACT
26
70 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$47,869
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$659
National
$949
Median Home Value
$115,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
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  • Friday Night Football
    33%
  • Powder Puff Football
    23%
  • Homecoming dance
    17%
  • Pep Assemblies
    13%
  • Prom
    7%
  • I was in the band, so events were required
    3%
  • Testosterone volleyball game
    3%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
799
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,980
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$9,513/ year
National
$12,239
64%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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Plainwell High School provided me with challenging academic courses, an opportunity to receive an Honors Diploma, numerous advanced placement classes and a variety of sports and clubs. The teachers are top notch; they will work with you before or after school if needed and they have always given the students clear expectations for the class you are taking. Although Plainwell High School is not diverse with ethnicity, it is with the various clubs and activities that are available to students. Plainwell High School is a very safe school with no incidents during my time here. The culture is positive, students here take pride in their school. The administration is approachable and have an answer to any question one might have. The parents are present at every event; whether working or cheering on a team. I am 100% prepared for college, giving credit to Plainwell High School!
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Not much racial/ethnic diversity but definitely a lot of unique people here (can't blame the school, it's more just a Plainwell thing). A lot of great teachers; funny, caring, understanding. Handful of teachers that make you wonder what got them into that position, though (Surely it's not the pay; this is America, after all). The building could use some renovations. I would prefer that the bathroom stalls actually lock (or at least close). Again, probably just an issue with the American public schooling system, and certainly can't have anything to do with the brand new gymnasium floor. Most students get along, not much bullying or fighting. Could do a bit better in the counseling department.
Through my High School experience, it was quite difficult. Being someone who wanted to over achieve, it was never encouraged. When I found ways to take advance classes they didn't have to offer online, they were not as encouraging as they should have been, and at first refused. When completing the online courses, a proctor was needed through the High School, and there was always miscommunication between the two. The teachers were always friendly though, and ready to help, even when the counselor's would not.
When it came to resources, we were given the best of the best iPads, yet we never used them for their purpose. We still used the old textbooks and paper homework. The food was what you would expect of a High School in America. Very fatty, although they did give a sandwich/salad bar as an option.
In the end, even though I feel I did not get the best academic readiness I needed in college or for the real world, I made friends and learned to use my resources wisely.