School Details

Harper Creek High School

12677 Beadle Lake Road, Battle Creek, MI 49014
(269) 441-8450

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 875 students 20 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2011
  • Harper Creek Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Harper Creek High School is a public high school in Emmett Township. The principal of Harper Creek High School is Gary Garland, who can be contacted at 875 students go to Harper Creek High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 31% of the 875 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Harper Creek High School is 20:1. Battle Creek Alternative School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 93%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.7%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 0.9% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Harper Creek High School. The teachers genuinely teach and want to see their students succeed not only in the classroom but also after graduation in the real world. The administration has recently (school year of 2011-2012) hired several new teachers that are fresh out of college - these young professionals are able to better connect and reason with students than older teachers might due to the narrower age gap. The class choices are wide and varied and speak to all types of high school students; from new AP courses and required core classes the number of paths a student can take at Harper Creek High School are infinite. The new five block schedule which takes effect next school year continues to offer additional classes which hadn't been able to be run before (such as speech debate etc.) and has created entirely new courses that students of all kinds may enjoy (I know for example that there is a video game design class that has been recently approved for the curriculum). Additionally students are able to dual enroll at KCC the Math and Science Center and/or the Career Center. All in all Harper Creek High School is a cut above the rest.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think Harper Creek wastes more time on their discipline and athletics than they do academics.

  • (4 years ago)

    I recently graduated from Harper Creek. There are many good teachers in that school that take the time to teach you. However the administration is changing things so drastically that the teachers are forced to spend time walking on egg shells so they won't get fired instead of being a mentor for their students. I was in two choirs SADD and Asset Committee during my time at HC. The choir ALWAYS had to provide their own transportation and the school was never willing to help. However the football time is transported whereever they need to go. My sister is a varsity cheerleader. They do NOT recieve transportation to away games. The parents must provide it. That is absolutely ridiculous that they complain about having no school spirit and yet the one group that is suppose to provide that doesn't feel as if they are needed. I was NOT ready for college what so ever. There is only one counsler in that whole school who will give you the materials you need in a timely manner and help you with their best effort. Overall I would NEVER allow my children to attend this school unless they make some major changes including focusing more on academics over their stupid new football field.

  • (5 years ago)

    Harper Creek has become a joke. Seriously i'm a student and if we didn't spend alllll the money on a football field we wouldn't have to fire teachers. (like we are any good at football anyways?)

  • (7 years ago)

    Harper Creek is ok good technology escpecially in the woods department. A few minor bugs here and there but meh. Go HERM!!! <----WoodLINKS Teacher of the Year!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a former student who is sadly disappointed by the administration of this school. At a school rules are a must. But at Harper Creek the rules are changing at a rate that not only the students are unable keep up with but the teachers themselves are hard pressed to find time to effectively enforce all the rules. Also new academic policies create a no fail policy whereas teachers cannot fail a student and must pass that student with a D-. This is an attempt to make the teachers 'motivate' the students to do better but in reality it is only passing kids no matter what without doing any work which only inflates grades. This school does have great facilities and teaching personal but has poorly managed policies and rules to the point of students opting to leave for other nearby schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter goes to Harper Creek and we are strongly considering moving. She is an avanced math and science center student and Harper Creek is cutting all the higher level electives to save money and teachers are leaving. The school does not care about their advanced kids they focus on the failing ones. It's not fair. The school does not offer even half of what is listed in their course book my child tried to enroll in spanish 3 spanish 4 anatomy speech debate and several other courses only to find ther were not offered.

  • (8 years ago)

    Harper Creek High School is a state-of-the-art high school. Excellent teaching staff and administrators. Very good students and athletic programs. Many other activities. Very good community invovlement.

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