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Belmont Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 344 students

 
 

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Posted October 4, 2008

We just moved to the area and after researching the area public and private schools enrolled our children here. We are glad our decision is affirmed daily.Test scores are the best.The principal is outstanding and the teachers are well educated and in tune with each child.Belmont has so many advantages over private schools with the same size class.Teachers are constantly striving to improve their abilities and work as a team with parents.Teachers are interested in what is and is not working and willing do what it takes to give the BEST to each child.We have friends who send their kids to the private school a couple doors down.It is clear the school is not even considered competitive with Belmont.Kids at Belmont can pray and talk about their beliefs if they want.The parents and kids are real Christians, Belmont doesn't have the bully problem the private school does either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

The principal, teachers and staff are AWESOME! This reason this is a NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON school is obvious.The principal is top notch. The teachers have so much education and training and are always meeting to review how their students are doing and how they can improve learning. These kids will be prepared for the real competitive world we live in today. The parent involvement is astounding. Te parents are not concerned about jus ttheir own children, but want to see all children succeed and have fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

I just transferred my son to Belmont after 3 years from the Catholic school due to professional, academic & curriculm deficiencies. The same elementary teachers referenced below are still not competent. My son was independently tested this summer and is 2 years behind in reading! I had to pay for tutoring over the summer that cost more than the 3 years of tuition I paid. Because these teachers continue to be deficient and have not been held accountable there are many families that have switched since 2004. My son loves & learns at Belmont! The Princpal is top notch! The teachers are highly qualified, care about and treat all students and parents with respect. The curriculm is cutting edge and the environment is more Christian amongst the students & staff here then the school he came from. Kuddos Mr. Armitage & teachers for a exemplary blue ribbon school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

Rockford is an excellent school district to be in! Belmont Elementary earned the title of a Blue Ribbon School and it definately lives up to it's title. I couldn't ask for any more from the teachers, their program is the best. The principal, Mr. Armitage is great! He is very involved with the students and knows each and every one of them by name! The parent involvement at the school is tremendous, and the teachers encourage parents to volunteer time in the classroom which is great. My daughter is now in 4th grade and when we were faced with a recent job loss and had to move, we made sure that we found a new home that was still in the Belmont district. I highly recommend Belmont Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

Absolutely phenomenal school! Considering it is the oldest school in the district, it shows the PEOPLE (teachers, administration) make the school and not the building. It was an pleasure having both my daughters there. Safe, effective, disciplined. Should be a role model for ALL schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

We switched our son last year when he was entering 4th grade. He came from a small catholic school. He was made to feel so welcome from the very first time he walked through the doors. There is more of a 'christian' atmosphere amongst the students and staff than the school he came from. Every time we drive by his old school he comments on how he feels sorry for the kids that still go there. He also wishes we had transfered sooner. Academically he is also at an advantage which was something the prior school had me convinced would not happen. Belmont is truly a 'Blue Ribbob School' in our books!!!
—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 40% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

53 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 45% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

2013

 
 
68%

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51%
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 45% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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58%

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2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

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81%

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74%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
28%
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?

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How schools in the state rate:

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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

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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 88% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
African-American 2% 18%
American Indian N/A 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 18%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Maggie Thelen
Fax number
  • (616) 863-6356

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6097 Belmont Ave Ne
Belmont, MI 49306
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Phone: (616) 863-6362

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