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North Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 801 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2012

I'm going here as a sixth grader and have to say that this school is pretty amazing! And to people who say they don't teach good and don't stop bullying well, your wrong. ALL my teachers are GREAt teachers and they are all really helpful and kind. This school is wonderful and i REALLY recommend it. Btw my teachers are: Runyan, Campbell, Miller, Wenzel, Ivan, and (not sure if i spelled it right but) Przydzial! They all are awesome and deserve way more than their treated!! GO VIKING! -Proud North Middle School Student


Posted November 10, 2011

I recently went to this school for 7th and 8th grade and just left this year for high school. i personally liked this school and most of the teachers. for example Mr.Hutchinson the 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher was completely rude to me the whole year. I was told by him that i was going to fail in life, become homeless, and end up in a woman's correctional facility. when i was the highest scoring kid in the class. other then that i feel i got my education out of this school.


Posted November 10, 2011

I am very upset with this school. This is my child's first year at North Middle School and I am very disappointed. The classrooms for 6th graders are close to 40 students, so basically they are getting no type of education. The district keeps getting money from mileages, but laying off teachers to have my child in an overcrowded classroom is unacceptable. I am in the process of finding my son a better school. If you want your child to have a sound education, I strongly advise you to send them elsewhere. I will also add, I have been a parent of Belleville school system for 7 years and this is my worst experience...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

I am furious with a comment someone had posted about MY SCHOOL!! You are absolutley wrong about North!! North DOES NOT have a long way to go!! Everyone and everything there is AWESOME!! Loved the teachers i had last year and cant wait for the teachers i will have next year!! How dare you rate it 1 star! I rated it 5 stars!! North will always rock!!!! How rude!! GO VIKINGS!!!!!


Posted March 5, 2009

I very recently attended North Middle School and ended up being the 'Valedictorian'. I would in no way describe myself as one who disrupts education or dawdles when getting to class, but I agree 100% with the recent posters who stated that passing time is too short. The four minute time span gave me just enough time to go to my locker and get to another class. Not once did I ever have time to use the restroom no matter how quickly I walked and the strict rules dealing with the distribution of bathroom passes kept me from being able to throughout the day. Out of the three years I attended this school, I would estimate that I went to the bathroom a total of three times. A longer passing time is a dire concern to the upkeep of the students' concentration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

I disagree with the poster below . I have found the Principal to be kind and very understanding. She has taken care of every problem I've talked to her about. My child has been going to North for two years, and has never been late to a class. They have more then enough time to get from one class to another. If your child is late it's because they are playing around in the hallway. I think there needs to be more commutation with the parents. Fifty teachers will be layed off in this Fall. Many programs will be cut. But the parents are not told where the cuts will be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

I feel that our school's principal is very demanding and she doesn't give the students or teachers a fair chance at being their own characters. I wish she would allow students to be more free. Also, my child constantly complains of being tardy due to the fact that they only have 4 minutes of passing time. How are they supposed to go from one side of the building to another that quickly while also having to go to their lockers and to the restrooms. Many students would be willing to add 15 minutes to the end of their school day just so that they could have 2 extra minutes of passing time. Anyway, I give the teachers props for having the guts to stay at this school and deal with not only the principal, but also some of the students. I can't wait for high school to begin!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

Awsome school, not too many fights.... the only thing they could work on is the electives
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

okay i go to north middle school and i really love! the kids and the teachers are really great! The only thing i dont like about it is the passing time. like how you only have 4 mintues to get to your next class and if you go to the bathroom you would be late to class and they will make you stand for the whole hour for meaning like 40 seconds late!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

This is a great shool and there extra curricular programs are wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

Well Im going to North and everyone is friendly! I love this school! This is one of the best schools to go to!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2008

I just moved to this district so i can't rate it, but based on what i have heard and read about the test scores and behavior of the children at this school, it troubles me. I live in Canton and unfortunately, where my home is, i have to send my child here since busing is needed (not unless we do private). I want the best education for my child, but if the school can't get over 70% on their test scores, this problem should be addressed. I don't want my child's education to suffer. I am quite concerned. Can someone ease my mind about this?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I am a new student at North Middle and I love it! Somethings are not as good as they could be e.x. being passing time, you only get 4 min I have to go from one end of the school to the other and I dont have time to go to the bathroom. Then when you ask the teachers say 'Why didnt you go during passing time?' Overall the school is very good but it could be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2007

Academic programs are awesome for gifted and general education students. Sorely lacking in special education accommodations. Unbalanced and inconsistent discipline by administrators. Bullying not taken seriously. The lack of discipline inhibits a student's ability to benefit fully from the excellent academic possibilities provided. Teachers lack consistent expectations. or Perhaps the expectations are there but the follow through is not. Many do not prepare students for future employment expectations. Middle school students need clear expectations and consistent, for sure and for certain consequences. Lack of disciplinary consistency between elementary school, middle school and high school. Teaming works great when it is working. Teacher voice mail is worthless. Teachers rarely check it! Best way to communicate is through teacher e-mail sysem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2007

North Middle School has a LONG way to go in my opinion. There is a lack of discipline and security. The teachers and administrators have a reactive mentality instead of a proactive mentality and as a result they have no control. There are constant disruptions in the school and as a result the environment is not conducive for learning. The parents need to step up and assist the administration and the administration needs to be open and receptive to parental involvement and begin to work together to make sure that our children are getting the best education possible. North could be a great school if everyone works together to make it one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

I think North MS is an okay school.. the teachers are some what nice i think tkhe criculum is fairly easy. i think [they] need to make the lesson plan more fitted for each age group. i think the academic programs are good North intends to help the children with poor grades and I think the gym lessons need to be more creative all the same things are taught every year a class is waisted who wants to learn the same thing they learned last year in gym? Overall i think North is a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

I am a student at NMS.The school is alright.As far as the teachers's and school rules go most of them are pretty dramatic for ex:no cellphones,standing in the back if tardy,you only get 4 minutes passing time and I have to go from one side of the school all the way to other side and when you ask to go to the bathroom they say how come you didn't go during passing time.Overall the school is 'alright'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2005

I was also a former student at NMS. I had the advantage by being able to have great teachers at North, but many others weren't too special. Some teachers didn't take the time to get to know the students. The academic programs on the other hand are quite rewarding. NMS offers a GT program which challenges the students. They also have A junior Honor Society, and Student Council, ETC. Although, the involvement of the teachers in the Academic programs was less. The rules are extreme sometimes as well. For ex. If you are late, stand in the back, and you can't give hugs to anyone,( so if your friend is crying or in need of a friend, comforting him/her isn't acceptable with hugs) and there isn't much passing time which also affects the concept of the students being ' on time ' to class. Overall, it is a DECENT school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 13, 2005

North Middle School is a Fantastic school. I am a former student of this school, and will be a freshman in Belleville High School next year. It educates it's students very well. Every student puts forth their best effort. The teachers are doing an outstanding job, and they educate their students very well. Most students and teachers are all involved in the extracurricular activities. They take pride in their school and support them. Making sure the students at North Middle School are educated is what the teachers are there for, and they enjoy being there. The school makes sure that parents are involved in most aspects of the school. Disciplinary actions are in the students best interest, and prevent them from making the same mistake in the future. As a student in North Middle School it has shown me that we are being well prepared for the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2005

Seem to run it like a military school. Extremes are the norm. Parental envolvement is strickly used for their gain and parents input is avoided. To much 'Politic-ing' at play here! Some teachers are great, but more not so. Some should retire and some should have retired years ago or moved to another branch of educational service. Burn-out is a reality and not good for the students who bare the brundt because of it! There should be parental review at the end of every year on staff. Academics special classes are somewhat behind the times and technologies, ex. sewing class, waste of funding.
—Submitted by a parent


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

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 35% in 2014.

346 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

349 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

363 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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

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55%
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26%
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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 50% 69%
African-American 45% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

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Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Robert Wilkinson
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47097 Mcbride Ave
Belleville, MI 48111
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