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Berkshire Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 811 students

 

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Posted August 11, 2009

This school is a public school and i as an adult found my child verry happy at this school. The teachers are wonderful and there are very many oppertunities for them to learn new things! i am proud i sent my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

It excellent school I went there , great educated teacher, I love mrs. szlama for a art teacher , and mrs. west, and mrs alder, and more If I could name all the teacher I would you would never get bored too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2008

I really like the teachers; they are nice and help you understand what the subject. I'm not that impressed with some of the older kids though who make fun of the 6th graders. The principal is awesome!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

This school takes away everything. All of us (students) are unhappy with the way it works most of the time. They shuffle us into boring activities, and make us sell magazenes that people don't want, so the school can get money. Nothing there is good. Maybe the teachers are, but the school cirruculum isn't that great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

Berkshire is an excellent school! The teachers are committed to the students; many are willing to work with parents to help the child. The principal has been at the school year for two years and has worked diligently to support the children and their needs. He treat the children like they're his own. The assistant principals, counselors and the rest of the administrative staff are committed to the students as well. The school provides academic support programs and a variety of extracurricular activities. My son has been a student since sixth grade (now in eighth), and I am very pleased with his experience at Berkshire Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2003

I often have officiated lacrosse games at this school. The programs are top notch and extremely well run for the best interests of the students. I wanted to take this opportunity not to complain but to share the frequent disappointment at the high levels of litter routinely found on the school grounds. I always thought this was a bad message.


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About these ratings

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.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

285 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
26%
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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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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

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 69% 69%
African-American 23% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
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 14%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jason Clinkscale
Fax number
  • (248) 203-4802

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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21707 West 14 Mile Rd
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
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Phone: (248) 203-4703

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