Harbor Lights Middle School

Summary:

Harbor Lights Middle School is a public middle school located in Holland, Michigan, serving 817 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the West Ottawa Public School District, which is ranked 245 out of 606 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Harbor Lights Middle School has a relatively diverse student population, with 40.88% White, 40.88% Hispanic, and 6.36% Asian students, its academic performance has been mixed. The school's overall ranking has fluctuated between 138 and 307 out of Michigan middle schools, and it has maintained a 3-4 star rating from SchoolDigger. However, there are significant racial achievement gaps, with White and African American students performing much better than Hispanic and Asian students. Additionally, the school has experienced a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 18.5% in 2017-2018 to 28.1% in 2022-2023, which is significantly higher than the state average and many nearby schools.

Compared to nearby middle schools, such as Jenison Junior High School, Riley Street Middle School, and Baldwin Street Middle School, Harbor Lights Middle School generally performs worse academically, has higher chronic absenteeism rates, and serves a more economically disadvantaged student population, with 52.26% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Addressing these challenges will require a comprehensive, data-driven approach that focuses on targeted interventions, resource allocation, and collaboration with the broader community.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 1024 136th Ave
       Holland, MI  49424-9467


(616) 786-1000

District: West Ottawa Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
307th of 883 Michigan Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,375 Help


Students who attend Harbor Lights Middle School usually attend:

High:    West Ottawa High School Campus

Feeder schools for Harbor Lights Middle School:

Elementary:    Great Lakes Elementary School
    Lakeshore Elementary School
    Pine Creek Elementary School
    Sheldon Woods Elementary School
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Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  817

Racial breakdown:

White:
40.9%
Hispanic:
40.9%
Asian:
6.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  52.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Harbor Lights Middle School ranks better than 65.2% of middle schools in Michigan. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 57.65. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (40.9%), White (40.9%), Asian (6.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 52.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Harbor Lights Middle School is 17.6. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Harbor Lights Middle School is $14,375.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Harbor Lights Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Harbor Lights Middle School 307th of 883 Michigan public middle schools. (See Harbor Lights Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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West Ottawa Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks West Ottawa Public School District 245th of 606 Michigan school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Harbor Lights Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 58.56 413th 806 48.8%
2007 62.30 382nd 823 53.6%
2008 59.61 444th 839 47.1%
2009 71.09 262nd 847 69.1%
2010 67.94 321st 851 62.3%
2011 71.08 246th 858 71.3%
2012 64.53 293rd 900 67.4%
2013 63.40 303rd 919 67.0%
2014 63.45 313th 921 66.0%
2015 71.22 211th 919 77.0%
2016 79.74 138th 894 84.6%
2017 65.67 223rd 821 72.8%
2018 72.83 209th 838 75.1%
2019 61.13 258th 792 67.4%
2021 57.68 231st 675 65.8%
2022 63.80 221st 776 71.5%
2023 57.65 307th 883 65.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.39 51st 156 67.3%
2023 43.49 89th 163 45.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.49 146th 154 5.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.68 157th 377 58.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.11 267th 815 67.2%
2019 46.23 356th 672 47.0%
2021 46.99 251st 523 52.0%
2022 47.38 339th 691 50.9%
2023 37.64 520th 825 37.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.78 192nd 794 75.8%
2019 54.75 269th 658 59.1%
2021 42.48 275th 521 47.2%
2022 51.91 261st 657 60.3%
2023 49.86 332nd 770 56.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.51 187th 797 76.5%
2019 58.68 219th 639 65.7%
2021 61.91 159th 540 70.6%
2022 65.27 168th 658 74.5%
2023 55.48 288th 776 62.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.06 84th 104 19.2%
2019 20.22 38th 48 20.8%
2021 24.86 30th 39 23.1%
2022 22.23 45th 57 21.1%
2023 27.09 66th 87 24.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.45 162nd 366 55.7%
2023 68.53 70th 310 77.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.45 160th 266 39.8%
2019 35.51 92nd 137 32.8%
2021 30.57 54th 69 21.7%
2022 38.51 85th 138 38.4%
2023 27.15 186th 246 24.4%
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Rank History for White students at Harbor Lights Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.31 59th 678 91.3%
2019 81.55 93rd 624 85.1%
2021 86.67 52nd 577 91.0%
2022 87.39 67th 638 89.5%
2023 76.96 119th 688 82.7%
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Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Michigan Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Harbor Lights Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 912 35 92 129 4 n/a n/a 0 1172
2001 909 42 105 152 4 n/a n/a 0 1212
2002 809 57 98 272 2 n/a n/a 34 1272
2003 809 57 98 272 2 n/a n/a 34 1272
2004 777 52 107 280 3 n/a n/a 58 1277
2005 718 50 122 268 4 n/a n/a 61 1223
2006 601 53 101 254 4 n/a n/a 56 1069
2007 542 48 108 271 4 n/a n/a 57 1030
2008 519 50 97 285 2 n/a n/a 62 1015
2009 525 47 111 288 4 n/a n/a 54 1029
2010 532 41 110 272 4 n/a n/a 48 1007
2011 489 39 99 275 1 0 42 0 945
2012 488 45 87 307 3 0 35 0 965
2013 474 30 93 320 3 0 36 0 956
2014 442 29 82 337 4 0 39 0 933
2015 400 29 80 333 2 0 41 0 885
2016 425 44 72 338 3 0 29 0 911
2017 432 42 76 341 3 0 33 0 927
2018 424 41 66 347 2 1 34 0 915
2019 407 33 69 358 3 0 41 0 911
2020 382 31 65 354 4 0 32 0 868
2021 343 29 64 332 5 0 42 0 815
2022 315 32 55 324 4 1 41 0 772
2023 334 43 52 334 3 0 51 0 817

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Harbor Lights Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 1172 63.0 18.6 18.9
2001 1212 62.1 19.5 23.5
2002 1272 61.9 20.5 31.7
2003 1272 61.9 20.5 31.7
2004 1277 63.6 20.1 32.6
2005 1223 71.5 17.1 34
2006 1069 63.9 16.7 37.8
2007 1030 62.6 16.5 41.9
2008 1015 63.6 16.0 45.3
2009 1029 62.8 16.4 47.7
2010 1007 59.4 16.9 49.8
2011 945 58.3 16.2 51.7
2012 965 57.3 16.8 55
2013 956 55.3 17.2 55.1
2014 933 55.4 16.8 52.9
2015 885 54.0 16.3 56.2
2016 911 53.0 17.1 54.2
2017 927 52.1 17.7 47.2
2018 915 51.4 17.7 56.9
2019 911 50.3 18.1 54.4
2020 868 48.4 17.9 31
2021 815 45.6 17.8 44.2
2022 772 47.1 16.3 52.5
2023 817 46.3 17.6 52.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Harbor Lights Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 1172 63.0 18.6 18.9
2001 1212 62.1 19.5 23.5
2002 1272 61.9 20.5 31.7
2003 1272 61.9 20.5 31.7
2004 1277 63.6 20.1 32.6
2005 1223 71.5 17.1 34
2006 1069 63.9 16.7 37.8
2007 1030 62.6 16.5 41.9
2008 1015 63.6 16.0 45.3
2009 1029 62.8 16.4 47.7
2010 1007 59.4 16.9 49.8
2011 945 58.3 16.2 51.7
2012 965 57.3 16.8 55
2013 956 55.3 17.2 55.1
2014 933 55.4 16.8 52.9
2015 885 54.0 16.3 56.2
2016 911 53.0 17.1 54.2
2017 927 52.1 17.7 47.2
2018 915 51.4 17.7 56.9
2019 911 50.3 18.1 54.4
2020 868 48.4 17.9 31
2021 815 45.6 17.8 44.2
2022 772 47.1 16.3 52.5
2023 817 46.3 17.6 52.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Harbor Lights Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $570 (5.1%) $10,685 (94.9%) $11,255
2020 $630 (5.3%) $11,174 (94.7%) $11,804
2021 $930 (7.6%) $11,334 (92.4%) $12,264
2022 $880 (6.3%) $13,115 (93.7%) $13,996
2023 $800 (5.6%) $13,574 (94.4%) $14,375

Data source: Michigan Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Harbor Lights Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 258th of 792 Middle schoolsRanks 307th of 883 Middle schools
 2.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Harbor Lights Middle School)48.837.5
 11.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)50.433.6
 16.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)41.737.5
 4.2%
6th Grade Math (Harbor Lights Middle School)35.434
 1.4%
   6th Grade Math (West Ottawa Public School District)35.334.6
 0.7%
   6th Grade Math (Michigan)35.129.6
 5.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Harbor Lights Middle School)5637.5
 18.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)5535.4
 19.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)42.736.9
 5.8%
7th Grade Math (Harbor Lights Middle School)42.228.7
 13.5%
   7th Grade Math (West Ottawa Public School District)38.529.7
 8.8%
   7th Grade Math (Michigan)35.731
 4.7%
8th Grade Social Studies (Harbor Lights Middle School)26.723.5
 3.2%
   8th Grade Social Studies (West Ottawa Public School District)24.520.6
 3.9%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Michigan)2826.7
 1.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Harbor Lights Middle School)62.461
 1.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)61.555.8
 5.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)61.959.7
 2.2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Harbor Lights Middle School)43.440.7
 2.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (West Ottawa Public School District)39.737.1
 2.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Michigan)41.436.3
 5.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students911817
 10.3%
African American3343
 30.3%
American Indian33
Asian6952
 24.6%
Hispanic358334
 6.7%
Pacific Islander00
White407334
 17.9%
Two or More Races4151
 24.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients54.4%52.3%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Harbor Lights Middle School

Students who attend Harbor Lights Middle School usually go on to attend West Ottawa High School Campus

In the 2022-23 school year, 817 students attended Harbor Lights Middle School.

Harbor Lights Middle School ranks 307th of 883 Michigan middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Harbor Lights Middle School are 41% White, 41% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 6% Two or more races, 5% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Michigan Department of Education.

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