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Welcome to Houghton Lake Community Schools!


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As not only the new superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, but also a new community member, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the jewel of Northern Michigan! The 2018-2019 school year is my twenty-seventh year as a public school educator and advocate! My professional journey has provided me with experiences in various sized school districts, teaching English and mathematics at the secondary level, and leading at the building and district levels. However, never have I been as excited about a position as I am here at Houghton Lake!

Houghton Lake is located in the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and surrounds Michigan's largest inland lake. The district covers 550 square miles and is comprised of 12 townships. Residents and visitors greatly enjoy all forms of four season outdoor recreational and sporting activities. The community is a great place to raise a family, work, play and retire.

The Houghton Lake Community School District currently serves approximately 1,300 students in prekindergarten through twelfth grades and through our alternative education programming. Houghton Lake has a caring, committed, and highly professional staff. Student success, social development and academic achievement are primary goals of all staff. As a Blueprint school for rapid turnaround (, Houghton Lake Community Schools has a laser-like focus on building systems, processes, instructional practices and programs that support the whole-child to achieve at a high level both in and out of the school environment. More information about the Houghton Lake Blueprint plan can be found at

In 2018 The Mackinaw Center named Houghton Lake Middle School a top 100 elementary/middle school for Sustained High Performance, earning an “A” ranking (for more on the report view: The 2018 Best U.S. High School rankings by U.S News and World Reports awarded Houghton Lake High School a Bronze medal (

Our mission is for all students in the Houghton Lake Community Schools is to show annual academic progress leading to readiness for career, college and community. In the process, we strive to make Houghton Lake Community Schools a destination district for families and students!

Please browse our Website to learn more about our schools. Feel free to contact me via email,, or phone, (989)366-2031.

Go Bobcats!

Julie A. Brown
Houghton Lake Community Schools
6001 W. Houghton Lake Drive
Houghton Lake, Michigan 48629
(989) 366-2031

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4433 W. Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629 | Phone 989-366-2000 | Fax 989-366-2070