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Carpenter School

Public | K-5 | 386 students

 

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Posted September 4, 2013

what a great community! we are so excited to get to be part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I've been a Carpenter parent since 2003. Hard to believe that child is now in high school! We have had an amazing and enriching experience at Carpenter. The staff is professional, experienced and friendly. The kids are happy and eager to learn. What I like best is the team spirit and ethnic diversity. This is one of the most diverse schools in SE Michigan, having over 70 countries and over 30 languages spoken in the school. There are several events during each school year to celebrate and educate the school community about this cultural wealth. It is awesome to see kids working together and learning about their world through personal experiences. We got a wonderful new principal (from our middle school) half-way through 2013, and it is wonderful to see even more positive things happening under his leadership. The parents and teachers are involved and treat each other and the students with utmost respect. I recommend this school to everyone I know!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Carpenter Elementary in Ann Arbor, MI The teachers here make sure to go out of their way to help their students! I feel confident that my child is getting a good education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I currently have 3 kids attending Carpenter and have had wonderful experiences with the principal, teachers, staff and other parents. I love the environment at Carpenter and love that my children enjoy going to school and participating in various activities in school as well as after school. Their excitement makes me become more and more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Our son has been in Carpenter from Kindergarten until 5th grade and done very well. The teachers have been excellent and Mr Collins is a great principal who is able to keep control of the students while guiding them gently in the right direction. We look forward to our daughter starting kindergarten at Carpenter next fall. The school commmunity is diverse being from parts of Pittsfield Township that range from low income housing to upper middle class. Therefore the students and parent involvement various from none to extreme with less than some Ann Arbor schools that have more higher income families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

Good school, very diverse and my daughter has a very good teacher. There is certainly a sense of community at Carpenter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

Any child would be lucky to be a part of the Carpenter Elementary School community. The principal, teachers, staff and parents are all wonderful!! the school is incredibly diverse and well-rounded. My son 'hated' school after attending Kindergarten somewhere else. Now he leaps out of the car to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2007

Carpenter elementary is a great school, with a very caring staff. Mr. Ron Collins the principle of Carpenter elementary is kind, works at the students level, he is fair, and is a great role model for the kids. He supports the teachers which in turn reflects from the teachers attitudes toward teaching. My oldest son loved and still loves Carpenter and it's teaching staff and my youngest son has two more years and he is thriving at Carpenter as well. It's a great diverse community the kind of community that makes you feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

My son attends Carpenter, he has been a student here for the past three years. I enjoy Carpenter -- they have a plan to make sure every student excels! The teaching staff here is excellent - They care!
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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74%

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68%
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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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

2013

 
 
77%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
20%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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 44% 69%
African-American 23% 18%
Multiracial 13% 2%
Asian 11% 3%
Hispanic 9% 6%
American Indian 1% 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 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Charles Davis
Fax number
  • (734) 997-1226

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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4250 Central Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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