School Details

Rochester High School

180 South Livernois Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 726-5400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1627 students 22 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2010-2011 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
  • Rochester Community School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rochester High School is a public high school in Rochester Hills. The principal of Rochester High School is Charles Rowland, whose e-mail is 1,627 students go to Rochester High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 25% of the 1,627 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Rochester High School is 22:1. Lutheran High School NW is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 80%
Hispanic 5% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 11%
Asian 11% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family just moved to Rochester Hills and it is an amazing community. My daughter is a freshman and says everybody is so welcoming. One thing you should be aware of is that the school is very culturarly diverse. I enjoy how much the school/teachers encourages involvement in sports as well as good grades. My daughter joined the RHS cheer team and i just wanted to say how amazing that program is the coaches are amazing and the girls are very nice. GO RHS FALCONS!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Some of these reviews are almost a decade old! The overcrowding issue was addressed and our third high school Stoney Creek HS was complete in 2002. Many renovations took place at Rochester High and Adams High. Our school district offers excellent academics the arts athletics and outstanding special education support. I have worked as a Paraprofessional for RCS for 18 years and have 3 children who benefited from all that RCS has to offer. I work at the elementary level and can say first hand that we work hard to see the whole child and help them to achieve their best. Since my children attended Rochester High School this is the school I have the most experience with. It's has a great well rounded student body and staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had three sons attend RHS. Each a totally different kind of student. RHS has met and exceeded any expectations I had for a quality secondary education for my children. Their counselor has been outstanding. Their teachers have been mentors as well as educators. Parent support is just how it should be at this level. RHS allows the students to grow and become confident and secure. Arts as well as Athletics are supported. As a parent of both athletes and fine art participants I find this unique. The teaching staff is beyond compare. RHS is an outstanding school. All of my sons received or will receive substantive scholarships based on their grades and participation sponsored and encouraged by their teachers. I as a parent could not ask for more.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a Freshmen at Rochester High School and it is amazing i love having all the windows and the kids are so nice and kind. The teachers are Great too! I love RHS

  • (9 years ago)

    My experience with a few of the teachers regarding communication between the parent and the teacher have been terrible.

  • (9 years ago)

    Rochester High is a great school with lots of extracurricular activities and excellent teaching staff. Parents are highly supportive of education which reflects upon student performance. Rochester's teaching staff are what inspired me to become a high school teacher. It is a big school with various bands art classes many sports and clubs.

  • (9 years ago)

    I rated this school as very good interms of academic but looks like parent involvement is not much seen. Very good facility in Music Ars and Sports.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a senior at Rochester High School and I have to say that my high school experience has been amazing. Yes the hallways are a little overcrowded but it's just more people to meet. The teachers are wonderful and very personable they connect with their students on more then just an educational level. The counselors and support staff are amazing. They go out of their way to help us students and there are so many programs and clubs to help deal with social/emotional issues. The atmosphere is amazing the kids are great everyone helps everyone and all the kids pull together. There are tons of different clubs to meet everyones interests and the teams are great. I don't think classrooms are overcrowded and to have 1 class with 35 students is not a big deal I've had some and it's never been a distraction to me or anyone I know.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has far too many students (disproportional to the other district high schools) and not enough staff equipped to deal with them. The district redrew the boundaries with the addition of the 3rd high school recently with an eye for future growth but this 'equalization' process will take years to come into effect. If your child is an all A student with no social/emotional issues then they will do well here regardless. However if your student has any kind of issues relative to needing extra academic support or is in need of help with social/emotional issues then you are up a creek without a paddle at this school. They are not equipped to deal with this and the student/teacher ratio is ridiculous. This report says the average students per teacher is 23 but my daughter has had as many as 34-35 students in one class. The teacher had an aide or else there were two teachers but the distractions were too enormous for my child to overcome. She left in her senior year to attend an alternative school with a better student/teacher ratio and better support in place to assist academically and emotionally.

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