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Forsythe Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 655 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 27, 2014

From a student perspective, Forsythe is like most schools, good in some ways, while also having some qualities not as desirable. My teachers this year were overall, not what I was expecting. One teacher put together arts and crafts projects with barely any meaning, while others lagged behind other classes, getting off topic daily. I was pleased with one teacher who challenged me and encouraged students to do their best. As for the principal, people really don't understand how hard it is to be principal these days. They have limited flexibility when it comes to removing unsatisfactory teachers, and if they appear a bit rude, it may only be because you have caught them at a bad time. I think the quality of education at Forsythe could be better, but is alright. This is my view on the school, and may not match with other's views. I am just trying to but in a student's point of view.


Posted September 6, 2013

Appearances are not what they seem. The principal is very controlling and manipulative at the expense of students and the community. It makes it into the type of school where even a charter school would be a better option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

I had a meeting with the principal yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by her warm and caring demeaner. I have had other unpleasant experiences with her, but yesterday was a great experience. I felt she really cared and wants to help resolve our issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

The principal creates a negative and unhelpful environment. While it could be a good school otherwise, don't expect much due to the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Athletics are great, academics not so great. Principal does not know how to treat children with respect.. When teachers repeatedly ask the kids to get their parents to write a letter of complaint to the superintendant about her, that says something! Several teachers should have retired years ago, their old school teaching is boring and their inability to accommodate kids' different learning styles is a shame. Having had two other children go through Forsythe with the previous administration, I am sadly disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

Forsythe is a great school. I've had 2 children go there in the past and they loved it. The teachers were great. They had a great learning facility at Forsythe. Any child to go there is a very lucky child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

This middle school does an excellent job of creating a warm and caring environment where children feel safe to pursue an education that is bound only by their own curiosity and work commitment. The teachers are excellent, highly educated and committed, there are many clubs and teams where all are welcomed, the music program is outstanding and support staff takes a real interest in you and your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

Most of the teachers at this school use approaches to instruction that are outdated and incredibly boring. Very little imagination is demonstrated in this school. There is also a annual science fair where students are forced to participate and little instruction is provided. A positive is that a lot of good athletes have come from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2004

Having had a previous child in this school, I have the following comment. Math teachers have different instructional methods which do not allow all students to comprehend the material at the same level of expertise as others. I tried Sylvan to my dismay, and later enlisted another agency for my child. A different approach with a tutor who could explain the material in more than one way has resulted in this child receiving A's in math.... I would highly suggest staying on top of certain math teachers' approaches... your child may not be incompetent but rather the teacher's approach and/or inability to explain the material in a different way is the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 42% in 2014.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

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82%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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63%
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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 39% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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63%

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67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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82%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

2013

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
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 35% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
35%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 64% 69%
African-American 10% 18%
Multiracial 10% 2%
Asian 9% 3%
Hispanic 5% 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 21%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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