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Wattles Park Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 313 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2013

l went to this elementary and it is one of the best in Battle Creek Michigan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I am shocked to read about the school (although some of these reviews are years old) being "non parent friendly". I volunteer every single week and have never had a problem. Excellent school and the staff certainly wants EACH child to succeed. Job well done Wattles Park Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Although the teachers seem up to par the school itself has problems. Even after the renovations the driveway is still in terrible shape. Also, the kids couldn't even drink the water for 3 years, no one seemed to care too much about that, all they wanted was a new high school. The district itself doesn't offer hardly any extra activities compared to Battle Creek and Lakeview schools. If it wasn't a transportation issue my child would not be attending Harper Creek schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

We moved here in March of 2007 and I read these reviews and interviewed the new principal and met our children's teachers. I was very impressed and one of our children has special needs and we were given the courtesy and respect along with all the special help and support we needed. The teachers are happy, supportive and the support staff from front office, kitchen and maintenance always take the time to chat with the kids. I am glad we made the decision to have an open mind and check it out for ourselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

I totally disagree, I love this school. With a child who began life with developmental struggles, my child's teacher, peers, etc, have been so impressive. My child has made many friends, and fits in quite well. I volunteer as often as I want, the PTA is great, the principal is super nice and I just feel blessed to have my child be a part of this school. There is not one bit of an unwelcome feeling when I walk through the front doors. My child is excited to attend every day at Wattles Park. Please don't jump to conclusions, this school aims for success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

The school does not want to deal with kids who struggle. I have removed my child from there, got rid of the special ed and he is doing terrific!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

Great teachers make this a good school. Principal holds this back from being a great school. Very non-parent friendly and very closed-minded. But hey, the kids do get a whole 15 minutes to eat lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

This school is so cold and uninviting. I moved my kids from this school district after two years. I would not recommend it to others. The principal is not a 'people person'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2005

This school is still not parent friendly. The principal and office staff are not friendly and are often downright rude. Kids are not only rushed through lunch but required to wear their outdoor gear while they eat. Recent steps taken to improve saftey inside the school have failed, except to make parents feel more unwelcome, while saftey outside the school still has a long way to go. Some teachers refuse to have parents volunteer in the classroom. On the whole, this school is a struggle, and I'll be looking for a more inviting school for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2003

Wattles Park school used to be an overall great school for our children. The principal here limits lunches for the children to 15 minutes maximum. This non welcoming atmosphere discourages families new and old from being more involved with the schools activities including the P.T.A. I personally will be moving my child who has attended Wattles Park for 5 years to another school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2003

Most of the teachers are awesome. The office atmosphere is very cold and uninviting. They are not parent-friendly. The principal is not approachable. She will not make necessary changes to help make the students successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This school is not parent friendly, discouraging parent participation in the classroom. The office staff is rude to students and parents. They are not warm or friendly, they refuse to change a situation if a student is having problems.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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52%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

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61%

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77%
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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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

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48%

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54%

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54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

2013

 
 
76%

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85%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 84% 69%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 3% 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 38%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kim Thayer
Fax number
  • (269) 963-1174

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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132 Wattles Rd S
Battle Creek, MI 49014
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Phone: (269) 441-5853

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