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Minges Brook School

Public | K-4 | 308 students

 

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Posted August 6, 2008

My son Jacob has attended Kindergarten at Minges Brooke Elem and I am impressed with all he has learned in Mrs. Buckley's class and look forward to him starting first grade this fall. The school is very nice and clean, the office staff always so pleasant, and I love how he was able to have different teachers when it came to art, music and speech because it taught him to open up more and how you can learn all kinds of wonderful things from different people. Mrs. Buckley's class would always send home a Friday Folder with projects and school work that they had done during the week, planned field trips and did fun activities on a daily basis. Jacob has learned so much and I am impressed what he has learned for just being in Kindergarten and look forward to him returning and my middle son starting there next year!!
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Posted July 7, 2007

I currently have a kindergartner and a second grader at Minges and I could not be happier. The principal cares about all you concerns and cares about each child. I believe that Minges has some of the best teachers around. I feel comfortable sending my children to minges I know that they are in a safe environment. If you want a great school Minges is the place to go. Becky Senn
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Posted September 19, 2006

This is my daughters first year at minges brook elementary, but so far everythig has been great. She has all kinds of things available to her, like gym computers,art, music,science,math and alot more and she is only in kindergarten. Cant wait to see what higher grades offer.
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Posted November 29, 2005

My son started here in developmental kindergarten under the old principal. I was not happy with his teacher or the principal. I was glad to see them both retire. Under this new leadership, the school seems to be much more organized, from the flow of traffic, to the student hallways, to school events, to the content of information sent home. My kindergartener is singing songs in Spanish and can run a computer better than me. They have a counselor that comes in to teach a class weekly on self esteem, bullying, etc. There is a huge amount of parental involvement here. I have two children now attending and their teachers are superb! I am very impressed with the new principal and look forward to many more exciting years here. The only thing I wish the school offered was more diversity. -Amy
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Posted February 21, 2005

my child attended Minges Brook under the previous principal. If all is the same, I would strongly recommend this school. Even with new leadership, the teachers are excellent. Some assign more homework than others, but felt that my child received a solid start to her middle and high school years. It was too bad that the strings program had to be discontinued. Good PTA and teachers encouraged me to drop into class at any time.
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Posted November 5, 2004

Minges Brook is under new principal leadership this year. I have 2 children that attend Minges Brook. The teaching staff is by far their greatest asset. They also have a great support(reading,counseling, computers, etc) staff. I am not overly impressed by the new principal. My observations of her are she thinks she is more important than the school, or the students. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the year goes. I hope I won't have to have to many interactions with her as I don't think I would respect her at this point just from what I have seen when I have been in the school. Only time will tell. Thankfully the teachers and staff are true professionals and they will compensate for anything lacking in leadership and they always put the kids first!
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Posted October 17, 2004

I have had two children attend Minges and I can't say enough goos things about it. We moved here from another state and were welcomed with open arms. The teachers are very friendly and they offer a wonderful learning environment. The teachers excel in their inside and outside involvement with the children. This is a place where children feel safe and nurtured. Parents are involved a great deal with this school. You sometimes have standing room only. This is a great school.
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Posted February 2, 2004

I am not impressed with this school. We moved here recently and I do not find this to be the best school that my child has attended. The teachers are not very friendly. Thankfully my child was able to talk to the school counselor. He is a real advocate for children. He helped my child make the adjustment to a difficult learning environment.
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Posted January 12, 2004

New to the school this year. My overall experience has been ok. The school itself is nice and small. They have a wonderful support staff. I do feel that the curriculum is awesome but question the amount of homework give at times.
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Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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32%
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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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 13% 18%
Asian 9% 3%
Multiracial 9% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 54%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Laura Williams
Fax number
  • (269) 565-4508

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435 Lincoln Hill Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49015
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