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Angell School

Public | K-5 | 294 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2013

Angell has received two Beating the Odds Awards from the State of Michigan. Relative to other schools with the same demographics, e.g. ethnic, free and reduced lunch, special education, gender, Angell far exceeds similar schools in terms of student achievement. Angell has been ranked by the State of Michigan in the top 99% of all schools for the last four years.


Posted September 21, 2013

Angell is excellent. The teachers are conscientious and caring. The school secretary is terrific. The principal is visible and has provided needed resources for the school. The school has high expectations and Angell is ranked 20th in the state among all elementary and middle schools.


Posted March 31, 2013

Considered the best school in Ann Arbor, but smart, successful people have smart kids. So, not sure you can credit the teachers for its success. Lots of parents take Kumon outside of school. It is what teachers do with bottom 30% of the kids that show the true worth and they are not doing that well here. Principal is outstanding (best in town). Music teacher thinks it is great to have shows where kids tryout for parts and there are big winners and losers. Totally discourages kids from the arts and quiet kids never really get a chance unless they raise their hands (after 5 years, kids stop raising their hands). It is like only teaching the kids to read who want to. Extremely harmful and damaging for the kids. Music shows are great because the kids who can memorize line and sing are showcased and those who cannot are left standing on the bleachers- year after year. It is about the music teacher here vs. the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

I was a student who graduated at Angell and I loved it there. All the teachers helped with learning and they also prepared me for middle school.


Posted September 28, 2011

Very mediocre school. People who have grown up in A2 speak very highly of it for some reason. Extremely poor principal responsiveness to problems/questions. Curriculum is at least 1 year behind grade level outside the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

I am a fifth grader at angell and I like it here so much. The environment is friendly and I feel safe at Angell.


Posted May 1, 2011

My son loves and enjoys to go school here, great place to learn, communicative teacher, and good surroundings
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

I think Angell is the best school in Ann Arbor. I learn a lot in Angell so far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

An amazing elementary school! My children learned so much from the skilled and dedicated teaching staff. This is the best elementary school in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

This school is considered the best (?) one in town. But I feel several issues to be clarified: 1) Our child's home work was never marked and returned 2) Teaching style is not very structured, maybe depending on teacher to teacher 3) Too many unnecessary activities, good for students with social ability and leadership. But kids need to learn basic math and reading. Our child is happy anyway. 4) The advantage is that this is a small school, so all kids know each other and know their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

I am a former student of Angell. This is an amazing school and I miss it so much. My youngest sister will be graduating this year and my whole family will truly miss it. I love each and every teacher there, they have such a great staff. They also have an amazing music department. In two years they will start teaching languages there. Angell has just had a turf soccer field put in and they are dedicating it to a very important man who passed away this October. The Ice Cream Social is on June 2nd, please fell free to come and check out our amazing school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2008

I attented Angell for many years, and it was a great place to be. The teachers are very involved and everyone there was welcoming and really made me feel at home and safe. Even after graduating I still feel like part of the Angell community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2005

Nice and friendly enviroments for kids. Lot of extracurricular activities. Especially music is very good. Gym and outside playgrounds are excellent. Reading groups and reading buddies boost children ability and interest in reading. Teachers are supportive and well prepared, with some interest in experimenting with new methods. My daughter was in first grade for only a few months, but she loved it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2005

my child attended angell school for a number of years. He no longer attends angell. bullying tends to be allowed at angell. it appears that the rule of order there is that if no one is hitting, then everything is ok. any child can say anything he or she wants to another child, up to and beyond the point of verbal harrassment, with no repercussions to the bully whatsoever. i am disgusted with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

My daughter went to this school for her second grade level only, but was brought from a below kindergarten reading level to fourth grade level with similar improvement in math. This school has amazing community involvement, allows for a hugely diverse student body and actively encourages parent involvement. First class elementary ed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

This is the wealthiest elementary school district in Ann Arbor, and so there are quite a few 'snobbish' individuals. The parents, especially the stay-at-home moms from the central city area, can be VERY clickish and can make it very difficult for the parents of new students to get involved in activities such as PTo, ice-cream socials, etc. However, there is a very high level of involvement by these same parents, so maybe there is a trade-off. One of the school board members has a son in school here, and he is very interested in the goals and needs of the educational mission. Overall, pretty good school, especially if you can deal with the snotty attitudes, the kids don't seem to notice too much.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which 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 proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which 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 proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which 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 proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 69%
Asian 28% 3%
African-American 10% 18%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Gary Court
Fax number
  • (734) 994-8938

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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1608 South University Avenue
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