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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Union High School is a public school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 1,017 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 12% of students are at least proficient in math and 32% in reading.
Address
1800 Tremont Blvd NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Telephone
(616) 819-3160
Website
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Union High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
32%
Percent Proficient - Math
12%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
970
47 responses
Average ACT
20
26 responses
AP Enrollment
13%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$60,151
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$476
National
$949
Median Home Value
$155,094
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Prom
    21%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • School spirit.
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    17%
  • Teachers vs. Staff sports
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,017
Free or Reduced Lunch
85%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,313
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,735/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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What I like about Union High School is the student diversity of the school. How it’s a place that you go and encounter different cultures and races. It’s fun to be in school that is that way. Which means your are received with open hands regardless of where you came from. They have fun trips to different colleges to provide the experience you need and open the opportunity for any career outlook of your interested. There’s also great programs like GVSU TRIO in which gives you great trips to Western Michigan, Michigan State and University of Michigan, among others. In these programs they provide you with college coordinators that give you great tips on financial aid and how to start applying for scholarships at a early start. That is amazing!! You could even start taking AP courses and take early college credit. It’s a welcoming community where you also learn to be a leader a role model for those that follow ahead of you. Which motivates you do what’s right and set the example.
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My experience hasn’t been bad. But what I’ve seen has really gotten shaking my head. I hear people getting out of control. Arguing with other students plus if that’s not enough breaking school property like glass doors and more than once. In the beyond the year there were more than one gun threat to students. That can’t be happening there needs to be more control for students to feel more safe in their school.
It was a decent high school. We had a lot of problems with fights and threats to the school. For a while there were no pencils, paper, or paper towel. The school struggles to manage money properly. The students are pretty cool and the staff there really truly cares about them.