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Northwestern Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 504 students

 

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Posted January 7, 2013

I have two students that currently attend Northwestern. I also used to attend this school. My husband and myself really enjoy the teachers and the principal. We had a problem involving another classmate and the principal took care of the issue right away. My children went to a previous school last year and only one was getting good grades and this school the teachers take there time and make sure they get good grades. I'm proud to say both of my children are passing with A's and B's!!! They both love the school they attend, and we are glad they had a smooth transition from one school to another. Thank you to the staff and Northwestern Junior High, go junior bearcats!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

I attended Northwestern from 2004 to 2007. While I was here, I was continually harassed by staff. I still have a collection of I.S.S. slips from 6th & 7th grade -- the stack is literally about two inches thick, and mostly for asinine things like having headphones around my neck (not on my ears) with no media device attached to them. Apparently, they were "disruptive" regardless of sound coming through them or not (that's the backwards logic being forced onto children these days). Unfortunately, the harassment came from other students, as well. It wasn't all bad, though. There were a few select teachers that I adored, one of whom was my mom's math teacher when she went here back in the 70's. The secretary was also very nice and kind to the students. Sadly, both of those wonderful people retired while I was attending. My sister will be attending here from 2012 to 2015 and I fear for her safety. Expect your child to be assaulted by another student at least once during their enrollment here.


Posted August 22, 2011

There is a website for this school but it does not keep parents very informed at all. The calendars are never in place with vital information and there are no updates posted that I can ever find. Very disappointed and concerned about new merge with another school being closed.
—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 42% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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9%

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14%

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14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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39%

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45%

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46%

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46%
Social Studies

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2%

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9%

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5%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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4%

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6%

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8%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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31%

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38%

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35%

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35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
23%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
4%
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

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 47% 18%
White 37% 69%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Bernard Brown
Fax number
  • (269) 965-9525

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176 Limit St
Battle Creek, MI 49037
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