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912 Barton Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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(734) 994-1958
(734) 997-1232
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October 29, 2015
Unfortunately, since Northside was revamped as a STEAM school, with a new principal and an entirely new staff, I have found the climate there to be unwelcoming and cold. My overall experience with the secretary as well as the the teaching staff has had an unfriendly tone. Additionally, I have observed staff speaking unkindly to students and many students seemed stressed out from the environment, which seems to lack the caring and nurturing elements to teaching that children need.

- submitted by a community member

March 31, 2015
Terrible school. Do not bring hands-on learners here and expect there to be many opportunities for that kind of learning now. Also, do not bring your Special Ed child here unless you want to be completely left out of the process. We've had the worst experience possible.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
The new STEAM school has been a great addition to the Ann Arbor Public Schools. I have been highly impressed with the staff selected to teach at this school and the imaginative way that the district wide curriculum has been taught. This school takes a more hands on project based way of learning and is centered around math and engineering concepts while keeping reading, writing, art and social studies mixed within. I couldn't be happier that my kids attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2014
Yes, this is a totally new school compared to last year, with all new principal, , new "collaborative" desks, and most impressed with all the newly hired teachers, many from other Ann Arbor schools, that were hired for their ability to teach a project based curriculum. We have three children ages 7, 9 and 11 who we moved to this school last month from another A2 school. Saturday night my 6th grader said "I can't wait to go back to school. I can't believe it. I love it." While he has always done well, they love the project based approach and each kid gets an Apple Ipad to use in school. He loves his Ipad, too. The teachers are psyched about this new approach to teaching. All the kids are enjoying school so much. Thank you Dr. Swift, our A2 superintendent, for creating such a fresh and enjoyable place to learn and thrive. The principal Joan Fitzgibbons is awesome and down to earth.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2014
One of the teachers was rude to the kids. Otherwise, it's an average school, nothing special.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2012
Northside has been a very nice place for my three kids, they all have special needs and the staff has done a wonderful job with them, as parents we do stay very involved with their education, it makes a difference when teachers know you are also involved with them to bring out the best in your child.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2011
I moved to Ann Arbor for the public schools and diversity. Northside meets all of my expectations: wonderful diversity, great leadership, excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2010
Ann Arbor Schools are some of the best in the state, and Northside is pretty typical. It does have some of the highest diversity of Ann Arbor schools, since many University of Michigan Grad students - from around the world - send their kids here. Both of our kids have gone to Northside, and they've had a great experience. Our oldest is now at Clague Middle School, and getting all 'A's, so her preparation for middle school was excellent. The teachers always greet us, the principal is experienced, involved, and approachable. While many parents are actively involved, we often have families who don't like the diversity and don't get involved at the school. The only problem we've found is discipline problems in some classrooms and sometimes at lunch, and staff turnover. These are problems at all elementaries.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2010
We will be transferring to Logan Elementary next fall. My daughter was one of 51 kids in her class. There are two teachers but I feel that the kids are left to figure things out on their own a lot. I also have a lot of safety concerns with Northside. there is no fence around the playground which is right next to a parking lot. On the other side of the playground is a public restroom. I've seen kids leave the playground during recess go into the parking lot and get in a car. (I'm assuming it was her parent) she sat and talked for a while and then ran back and got in line when it was time to go it, without any staff noticing. If they did they didn't care. I've also seen high school age kids cut through the playground during recess without being stopped.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 09, 2010
The general feeling of Northside is a rather unwelcoming, gloomy environment. Teachers rarely greet parents, no art is displayed for the children, bulletin boards are bare and rarely does the staff attend any of the family events. The lunchroom supervisors seem inexperienced and lax. We pulled our son out of Northside after the first year. We felt he never received the extra help he needed in mathematics and fell through the cracks. His classroom was overcrowded and he did not seem to flourish. His teacher seemed very standoffish and a stickler for discipline. I felt very uneasy dropping him in the morning and wondering what other issue would crop up by the afternoon.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2008
While some older reviews complain of spotty teacher quality and an uninterested principal, this is clearly not the case any more. The PTO is active and very involved. The current principal also regularly demonstrates her commitment to the children's success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 18, 2008
My son attends this school (K) Under Title I, he went in one day and came out reading books from cover to cover the same day.

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January 19, 2006
Northside is a great school. Its diverse, has strong parent involvement, and has great teachers. I have two children in the school, and each has had a good experience every year. The Title 1 program is also an great -- offering students small-group tutoring on reading, writing and math.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2006
Northside is a great school with diverse students and strong parent involvement. I have two children in grades 1 and 4, and they have both had good experiences. The Title 1 program is also a great help, offering small-group tutoring in reading, writing and math.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2006
My experience with Northside was not good. My son was assigned to go to first grade there (2004 - 2005). The grade was over-crowded, my child changed classrooms in the morning and afternoon to have 2 different teachers. I was not impressed with the afternoon teacher and I agree with the other parents about inconsistent quality in teachers.

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December 30, 2004
My daughter has only been going to northside now for the second year,we moved here from Ypsilanti and you all have made a very good impression with me and my child with after school programs for reading and math has helped out alot. thanks. You all seem to push the childern more to learn better than Ypsi. My daughter is doing much better,and is learning more and more.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2004
We had one fabulous teacher at Northside which might have served as an example, but unfortunately, was seen as a lucky exception. Our family's experience at Northside was generally poor, where 'teaching to the test' was the norm and expressed frequently by an inexperienced principal.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2004
This school offered inconsistent education. For two years my son had top notch teaching. For the other years he had inexperienced first year teachers and he was not prepared for middle school. He was also lacking when it came to music education. The principal also seemed very inexperienced and not involved.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2004
My son attended Northside grades 1-5. He's now in high school. Our experience at Northside was wonderful! The principal is excellent and very involved and visible. He genuinely cares about the children and he gets to know them as individuals. The teachers are great as well. Northside is always implementing new and innovative pedagogical trends in an effort to provide the best education possible. Northside also has an A-1 ESL program and is very welcoming and nurturing for children whose first language is not English. English is my son's first language, but the rich cultural enviornment my son experienced while at Northside was a priceless education in and of itself.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2004
Norhtside school offers a caring and inviting atmosphere for learning. The principal is greatly involved in the school and shows a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to keep the teachers and students motivated about learning. The teachers are also caring and enthusiastic about learning. Parents are very involved in this school and show support to every issue that arises to improve their school. Excellent school, great principal. A very dedicated staff worhty of recognition.

- submitted by a parent
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Northside Elementary School
912 Barton Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48105
(734) 994-1958
Last modified Northside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northside Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top