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Eberwhite School

Public | K-5 | 349 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted December 5, 2013

Dicken is a wonderful community that gets better every year. Our 5th year at Dicken and this learning community has great leadership of the Principal and PTO. Students are challenged to excel. The staff spends a lot of time assessing and meeting the needs of the individual child. The PTO benefits from parent and volunteer involvement that allows educational, healthy activities throughout the year (i.e Dicken Dash, Dicken Garden, Community of Cultures, Super Science Day,,,the list goes on). In addition, Dicken is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood with tree lined streets and sidewalks that make walking and biking to school a snap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

For academically strong children, this school is pretty good, though a bit - as a previous poster put it - "tired". Alternately, they don't flinch when passing children with failing grades, and they lower expectations when a child and/or their parent(s) don't put in any effort. They are more concerned about looking good on paper, being politically correct, and keeping up the numbers than the actual academic experience of the child. Major disappointment for the kids who need the school's help the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Eberwhite has become a school more interested in productivity than individual students learning experiences. Bullying is a problem and is not only perpetrated by fellow students but by teachers and the principal as well. Of course, this outrageous behavior all takes place under the guise of what is best for the students! The school is so far from a nurturing educational environment it is terrifying. If you want your kids to be able to follow rules only and not to be able to think for themselves than this is the place for you. They are very busy making sure kids are productive and the school looks good on paper. I never expected such a unthoughtful, unsupportive educational experience would be what my child would experience in a well educated town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

We moved to Eberwhite several years ago and are overwhelmingly thrilled with how wonderful it is. The principal is phenomenal. The teachers have all been excellent (i have three children here). Many of them have been there a long time because they love it and show that love in how they interact with each other and with the students / community. The community is warm, down to earth, welcoming, and diverse. There is never a shortage of volunteers, and i'm always amazed at the variety and creativity that pervades the classroom activiites and the fieldtrips etc. Academically it is leaps and bounds above the school we attended previously (which is in the district a few miles away) . Might i add, that there is an absolutely amazing music teacher (AMAZING) and fabulous gym teacher and, well, when you have so many brilliant staff under one roof, you just can't go wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

Overall it's been an OK year for my kids. However it seems like things are really disorganized. The teachers seem more frazzled and are less patient. Even the building looks dirty and tired. Does anyone ever mow the grass, trim bushes or pull weeds?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

We have been meaning to write this for quite some time, as we love Eberwhite School! The teachers work hard, the kids are happy, and both the current and past principal are and have been outstanding! This staff is receptive and works well with parents. The past principal worked hard at improving the site to make it welcoming to all families. Her dedication set the tone for the new principal, who is continuing on with a high level of service to the school. Eberwhite is a great place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

In our experience, Eberwhite is a mixed bag. The EDO kindergarten teacher is top-notch, really excellent. The wooden playground and the surrounding forest are great. However, the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers seem like they're just 'putting their time in.' The principal is not accountable to parents. Her decision-making is arbitrary. At school functions, her main focus is "inclusion/tolerance," especially since Eberwhite is a magnet school for developmentally disabled children across the district. This is appropriate, but academic excellence for the average, above average, or gifted student does not seem to be a priority for her. Overall, the curriculum does not seem very challenging. Many parents supplement with up to 1-2 hours of homeschooling/day so that their kids learn something. Several neighborhood families have recently sent their kids to private school. Eberwhite is not a bad school, but it is not a great school either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

There are many things to like about Eberwhite. One is that the kids can walk to school. There is a crossing guard that helps them across the main road if they need it. You meet a lot of parents and kids that way and there is a real sense of community. Also, there are "Eberwhite Woods" surrounding the school. The kids take "Woods Walks" and learn about nature "in their own backyard." And this year some parents started a garden on school property and distributed the harvest to the classrooms. Another thing to like is that after school many kids stay and play on the all wood playground, even in winter. This also adds to the community feeling. Finally, the hallways and bathrooms were refurbished this year, making the school more cheery and modern. The only things that could improve are probably the math curriculum (a little weak) and foreign language learning (none offered), but overall it is a very nice school in a great neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

Great experience transferring into the second grade from another school. We were very pleased with the over all classroom experience. My child has developed well this year and we hope will have an equal or better time next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

I think that Eberwhite is a bit overrated. I think the surrounding neighborhood is a great place to live but I think that the school isn't everything it has been talked up to be. Academically I think that the test scores are low compared to other schools in the district. My child was bored last year and learned very little. I think that the teachers could be more involved, more enthusiastic, more encouraging and a bit more sensitive to everybody's needs, not just the children that bring attention to themselves by acting out in a negative way. There were quite a few school functions where I did not see one teacher in attendance from Eberwhite. I think if they brought in younger more enthusiastic teachers, Eberwhite would greatly prosper!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

While I could go into detail about the quality of the staff, faculty, and curriculum at Eberwhite and what they have done for our two children, here is my most frank appraisal of Eberwhite. After 20 years in our current home in the Eberwhite district, my wife and I were ready to buy our dream home. We waited, however, until our youngest was in 4th grade and we received a guarantee that she could finish her elementary schooling at Eberwhite. It would not be our dream home if our daughter had to finish some place else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2005

I have two children at Eberwhite (2nd and 4th grade)and could not be happier with the quality of the education, teaching staff, parent involvement, and extracurricular activities. The teachers my children have had are tremendous. They welcome and encourage parent feedback and assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

My daughter just completed kindergarten (2003-2004) and she had a fabulous year. She loves school and learning and a lot of the credit goes to Mrs. Anderson, her teacher. She is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

A team approach to meeting the needs of individual students. Respect among staff, students and parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%
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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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96%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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70%

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59%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

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85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%
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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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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 75% 69%
African-American 7% 18%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 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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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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