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Handy Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 975 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2012

Honestly as a student that went there, I find it a terrible school.. I went there for 3 years as I only live two blocks away and had no choice. There were a few teachers I had in 8th grade that singled me out for no apparent reason, my mother reported it to the counciller, both principles AND spoke directly to the teachers. They said things such as 'You're not going anywhere in life." "You won't graduate high school" "Why do you even come to school" It was one of the two hours that that class had 2 teachers..all they did was bully the students off of one another. One of the teachers that was the main part of the problem had gotten fired before for dragging someone down the hallway by their hair! Yet she is still allowed to teach? And when a complaint is made about her NOTHING is done? I bet you this year she is singling out another student. She would send me in the hallway daily-not exaggerating..actually daily! And a teacher called Ms.Brady would let me come into her room instead of sitting out there. She knew what happened. This teacher is - Ms. Lewandowski, and then Ms. Eurick was the other one, who later retired for more surgery. If they read this they will know who I am.


Posted November 2, 2009

handy is the best school ever! mr schimdt is a great principal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

Handy is my favorite school mostly because I attend Handy and have many good friends there. Handy has a great learning environment and the teachers are amazingly cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

The teachers are great, but the administration and disopline is not the best. They need to focus on real issues and take their jobs for granted. I had 3 students go through handy and have 2 still in Handy and in the time, it has changed for the worst. I do like how they have Wildcat Workshop and the exploreatory classes. Extra Actavities at Handy are great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Outstanding staff and students. Great expectaions for all students. Heavy focus on writing and reading. Wildcat workshop is mandated for all students everyday and 45 min. is spent on writing support. Computers, art, gym, woodshop, French, Spanish manditory for all students all year round. Serviced by 4 administrators, grade level counslors, 2 school social service workers, hall monitors, office staff and support staff. Library is new and well maintained. Three building computer labs for staff use on a daily bases. One Technology teaching team (stuents have their own lap tops) assigned to Handy. Deversified building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2004

Handy Middle School may be the biggest school in the state, but its also the best. Everyone may think that we are a bad school and that we aren't under any control, but the teachers, and other staff members keep us together. We are not the best for say smartwise, but we try our best. We are very good in our competitive sports and in other school related activities such as academic track. We have so much fun at Handy and I don't see why anyone would not want to come here.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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20%

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36%

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33%

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33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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62%

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57%

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56%
Social Studies

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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14%

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23%

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17%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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24%

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26%

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26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

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49%

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49%

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49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

323 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
7%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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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
White 78% 69%
Hispanic 11% 6%
African-American 6% 18%
American Indian 3% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 72%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian Dufresne
Fax number
  • (989) 684-1960

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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601 Blend St
Bay City, MI 48706
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