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Unread 11-12-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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Default How are Plymouth-Canton schools?

We are moving to the Plymouth-Canton area, zip code 48187 to be specific. I have a child who is in 10th grade and another one in 3rd grade. They are struggling with their studies and we've heard some good things about Canton. What is the district like? How good is the district? How is Canton high school and Fiegel elementary?
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Unread 11-12-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Plymouth/Canton high is excellent. Not the very top, but close. It is really two schools on one campus. It is huge. Very much like a college. They offer a lot of variety and excellent opportunities. I would be happy to have my kids there. You do not get much better in that area except some Ann Arbor schools, Northville and maybe Novi. Chelsea too, but Chelsea is not really in that area. South Lyon is equal. P/C is better than pretty much all of the others in the immediate area.

Keep in mind a "good" school is all opinion. Good for one family may be less good for another. It depends on what is important to you. Test scores and online ratings are only a tiny piece of the picture. A starting point, but finding a truly good school for YOUR family takes a lot of work.
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Unread 11-12-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Oh i see. But what makes Plymouth/Canton schools ''good''? What makes it better than the other schools? Are the teachers descriptive? Do teachers teach well? Does the staff give students expensive and reliable materials?
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Unread 11-13-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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As with all schools, the biggest issue is the quality of students who attend. Schools get a reputation for quality based on:

Word of mouth
Successful graduates
SAT/ACTTest scores

Ratings
which in turn consider any number of the following:
Graduation percentages
AP classes and AP test scores
Percentage graduates going to further education.
Percentage graduates going to four year universities.
Percentage graduates receiving merit scholarships
percentage graduates receiving advanced college degrees.
class size - teacher/student ratios
extra curricular activities
number and type of non-standard classes offered
Number of merit scholars
Diversity
Size of library
Sport teams achievements
number of students receiving assisted lunch program
Sp. Ed availability and success of program.
Size and quality of facility.
Improvement in test scores over prior years.

There are many different ratings and they all consider and weigh different issues. However eventually, between ratings, test scores, and word of mouth, a school develops a genral reputation.

One of the better things about P/C high is its size. Because it is so large it can offer a wide variety of classes. Although it is two high schools on one campus, students can move between the schools to take classes not available at their home school.

A lot of what makes a quality school is dmeographics. Students with educated parents who push their kids to do well and who have the education to help the kids at home, tend to perform better. Many parents perceive that their kids will do better if they are surrounded by better performing students (sometimes this is true, sometimes not).

Ultimately because persons with higher education tend to make more money, the more expensive areas often have better schools.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Canton, MI
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Oh i see. But what makes Plymouth/Canton schools ''good''? What makes it better than the other schools? Are the teachers descriptive? Do teachers teach well? Does the staff give students expensive and reliable materials?
My kids are in P/C schools. Generally, I have no complaints. The school system is super-organized and is generally well funded. They had to close a school last year as a result of State-wide cuts. It did not impact me but some people were obviously upset. One of my kids will be going to that monstrosity of a high school complex. It's actually 3 different high schools. The size is a little daunting but it is what it is.

In your particular situation, there are likely programs to help the kids along.
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