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Scarlett Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 505 students

 

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Posted October 17, 2014

My son recently graduated from Scarlett and is moving on to Huron High School. I've had nothing but great experiences through his time at Scarlett (well, he's a teenager but mostly great experiences). The staff have been extremely attentive and he is now fully bilingual thanks to the free after-school programs from the U-Mich school of ed. I've seen bad reviews thanks to state test scores but my experience has been all positive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2014

I've had two children go through Scarlett Middle School. Both have come out well rounded, well educated and committed to furthering their education! We've experienced a few issues with 1 or 2 teachers, but what school doesn't have that? In 8 years of middle school, I don't think that's unreasonable. The IEP program is top notch and the administration worked with my child's schedule to make sure time out of class for additional help didn't conflict with core curriculum. As with all primary education though, results are best when parents, teachers and children work together to achieve the same goal. In my experience, teachers have been easy to contact and responded in a timely fashion, with realistic solutions and expectations. Sad to hear that Scarlett's old reputation is a deterrent for parents. This is NOT the same school as the last generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

..I forgot to mention something, the band, choir, and orchestra program will knock your socks off!!!! Ms. Fitzgerald is the band teacher and I cannot tell you how dedicated she is to these kids, did I mention the U of M partnership and how amazing this experience has been....Don't be fooled by the gossip, come and sit in these classrooms, you will be amazed......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

The school is very cheap . I remember when my daughter and her teammates had to pay five dollars and all they got were Little Ceasers pizza. The teachers are amazing though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

Scarlett has a strong principal and good teachers. If your student wants to do well and is motivated, he/she can be well prepared for high school by going to Scarlett. That said, the school has its share of problems. For one, the transient student population is high, as well as students that come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and that is a challenge for the school. It does affect statndardized test scores. This issue needs to be a major concern for the school district and the principal, but unfortunately I don't see anything changing from that perspective. Until the school district better balances out the proportion of disadvantaged students with its other schools, Scarlett will continue to rank low as it the remainder of the student population can't compensate for the test scores. This is a very challenging environment for the princpal. But that said, 40% of the school did make the honor role in its most recent term. That is good news.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

I am a 7th grade student at Scarlett! I loved my last 2 years at scarlett. Scarlett middle school has always been a awesome school and it always will be. People always say bad stuff about scarlett and I always thought that too but then one I tried it I LOVED it!!!!! It is an awesome school. Everyone there cares about one another. SCARLETT IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO BE!!!


Posted September 21, 2013

I love Scarlett, the teachers plan fun lessons and care about your success. Scarlett teachers stay after school hours to help students get their grade up if they need it. -submitted by current Scarlett 7th grader


Posted September 21, 2013

I have a student who has moved on to high school after attending Scarlett and another child still there. My kids are very different from one another but both have been well-served by Scarlett. We've experienced children needing additional challenge in class, as well as additional support for a class. The teachers provided what was needed in both situations. The principal is always available and knows each student by name. My boys have always felt welcome to go see him about any issues they were experiencing in middle school. I tire of people speaking poorly of Scarlett, only to discover their opinions are based on hearsay and not personal current-day experience. My children have experienced many passionate, dedicated, talented teachers at Scarlett. It has been a positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

As a parent to a current 7th grader, I think Scarlett is an excellent school. The principal is engaged and shows leadership and presence. The teachers are great and very involved! Scarlett is the most diverse middle school in Ann Arbor and this affects their scores in comparison to the other schools. However, the extracurricular opportunities and education given are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Scarlett Middle School has always been the worst of Ann Arbor's middle schools. It's ten-times worse than the other three combined and Dr. Edmondson was extremely over-rated. Teachers are the kind of hands-off "do-your-own-work" types who don't inform pupils or parents about tests or assignments, and let classroom bullies keep good kids down. It's just disgusting that teachers and administrators can have so little accountability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

This school has been horrible since the last principal (Dr. Edmunson) left. The new principal does not do anything and all the things that Scarlett was known for being bad for are coming back, slowly but surely. Over the last year I have noticed the school change from being one of the best middle schools in Ann Arbor to well on the way to its worst. Get it together Scarlett administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

All the bad press that Scarlett got years ago is just a memory. It's a great place for young people prepare for high school. The teaching staff is one that cares about achievement of each student.It's a no nonsense school but the students have can have fun within the learning environment. Earning a place in the Scarlett Academic Society is a goal that has raised a lot of kids from good/fair students to outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

my son goes to this school and it is 1000& good it has everything you can ever want you can even check the grades and asighments online.. all i know is my child is sucsessful because of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

Scarlett Middle School is THE standard that all other AAPS should be measured by. The leadership of Dr. Edmondson has turned this school around and it is now one of high expectations not just academically, but socially, morally. The staff are energized and the parents are engaged and supportive. Wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

Scarlett is the best school. Under Dr.Edmonsons leadership the school has really changed. Their sports teams are amazing. The 8th grade girls basketball team in the 2008-2009 season were City Champions. Scarlett is EXCELLENT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2006

Scarlett provides an atmosphere that is coupled with caring staff and high expectations. The leadership is strong and committed to success. Student population is diverse offering a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and interact with students of many ethnic groups and backgrounds. Laptops are supplied. Students learn and have responsibilities that can easily be applied to real world scenarios. Principals and other staff are engaging with students and parents. Poor behavior is not tolerated. The quality of the school has room to improve, but efforts to accomplish this is evident in many ways. The best thing is that the students enjoy being educated in this environment, which proves that children perform best under a caring roof that provides clear expectations with consequences and rewards.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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 42% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

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47%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

2013

 
 
19%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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60%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
11%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
African-American 35% 18%
White 32% 69%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Multiracial 11% 2%
Asian 7% 3%
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 56%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Gerald Vazquez
Fax number
  • (734) 997-1245

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3300 Lorraine Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Phone: (734) 997-1220

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