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Countryside Academy-Elementary

Charter | K-5 | 325 students

 

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Posted March 17, 2014

I love Countryside Academy. My son has been a student at this school since kindergarten & he is now a senior & graduates in June. During the time my son has been at Countryside, I have saw nothing but a very caring & committed staff who truly care about the students. The teachers go above & beyond to make sure the students learn & they will contact parents with any concerns if necessary. I will be a proud parent on June 6, 2014 watching my son graduate as a Countryside Academy Cougar & even more proud knowing he will be going to college with all the tools needed for him to be successful!! THANK YOU COUNTRYSIDE STAFF!! YOU ROCK!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

I LOVE Countryside!! My son has been a student at Countryside since kindergarten and he is now going to the 9th grade. He has excelled and has done well in all subjects. Teachers are caring, respectful and challenge students. Teacher communication with parents is great! I've had teachers call and e-mail me regarding my son. My son will graduate a Countryside Cougar!! GO COUGARS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

We absolutely love the teachers at Countryside. This is my grandson's 3rd year there and I have to say- it is great! The teachers and are respectful to EVERYONE!! Not to mention patient and willing to talk with parents regarding any issues or concerns. As far as drug dealings and threats-- no obvious to me or to others I have talked to about the review from March 9, 2008. Unlike the person who posted that review, I will be bringing that to the attention of the school. We do recognize drugs are everywhere, but with parents & teachers in close communications with each other, any and all issues are addressed... that is why we love Countryside-- COMMUNICATION IS THERE!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

My daughter began this Fall in Kindegarden. I was a referred by a co-worker that brings her daughter here and she is in the 2nd grade. I really liked the home feeling, and the teachers were easy to talk with and get to know them quickly. I like that my daughter has learned to read and write and the school really focuses on challenging the children and keep structure and routine for my child. My child and I feel very comfortable and plan to continue to attend and my 3 year old, will be attending in 2 more years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

my daughter goes to this school and there are more threats,drug uses and deals, that i have ever seen this school is a horrible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

My daughter began at Countryside for the 2006-2007 school year, as a third grader. Having only attended a private school in the past, we were a little wary when she began. However, our doubts were gone after the first week. She blossomed here. The teachers and staff were caring and patient. Children were treated fairly and learned to respect others through the respect and caring they were shown. Academically, their approaches to math and science were unique and attention grabbing, so that my daughter came home with a complete grasp on subjects that had previously eluded her. With Study Island, an online site they accessed from school or home, kids found more ways to learn. Reading time at home is not only encouraged, but required. It's a wonderful school! My daughter would continue there if not for our family being relocated accross the state!
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

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23%

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34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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57%

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55%

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55%
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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20%

2013

 
 
38%

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23%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
59%

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46%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
5%

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?

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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?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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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
African-American 44% 18%
White 38% 69%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 3%
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 85%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lyn Sperry
Fax number
  • (269) 944-5695

Programs

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4821 North Street
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