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Discovery Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 968 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 12, 2013

Good school, but I hear about so many expulsions, detentions, and suspensions. There is drug use and alcohol that I hear about in the bathrooms, even for the sixth graders. Teachers make me feel uncomfortable and you have to choose your friends VERY wisely.


Posted June 6, 2013

I currently have a daughter in 7th grade at Discovery and my son graduated last year. I like the curriculum, the music program, and the willingness of the staff to work with you on assisting your child. The teachers and the principal are accessible via email and/or face to face visits. The principal is stern (in an old school way) letting the students know what behavior is expected. The only criticism is that diversity is lacking in cultural activities and teachers. However, the principal is attempting to address the diversity issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

Yah discovery I am a 7th grader there the school is clean nice it's an awesome school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

Worst middle school. The rules are ridiculous! If my child were to be beaten up, and my child tried to fight back, or even just block themselves, they'd be suspended. They give 'turning the other cheek' a whole new meaning! The principal isn't exactly mean, but he doesn't do anything. The assistant principal is a nightmare. My all A student had to text her father, just once, and she didn't want to go to the office, as the office workers have the largest attitudes imaginable (other than one, but they're not the one you talk to to get into the office). But anyway, the assistant principal suspended her, because rules are rules. I respect that it was a rule, but the way he conducted the suspension, like all other suspensions, was mean-spirited. The assistant principal also punishes everyone for one kid's mistake. As for the teachers, they are the reason I gave the school a 2 rather than a 1! Some may be harsh, but the majority are very nice. My child has learned more with the nicer teachers than with the strict ones. All in all, when my kid leaves discovery will be a very very good day. You're probably better off with Pioneer or Canton Charter.


Posted March 19, 2010

Im leaving this year and I'm sooooooo sad about it!!!! It's a great school and the choir program is INCREDIBLE!! Forever Dulcissima Sisters
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2010

Being a first year middle school parent, I was a little nervous about sending my daughter there. However, she ended up loving her school thanks to the inspiring teachers she has. She's discovered that she loves social studies due to the fact that she has an amazing social studies teacher who is younger but very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm. The administration is great and the support staff is wonderful. I am very happy to see that my daughter is enjoying her middle school year so far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

My son is on his second year at Discovery. I find it to be an exceptional learning experience. The school is extremely clean, and when we went to the open house everything was very well organized. I have been very pleased with all the Plymouth/ Canton schools. We should be very proud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I have mixed feelings about the school. Initially my child was very excited about going to middle school but now he hates it. There is so much, too much, homework. It makes no sense to have a child be in school all day and then have to come home and do 3 hours of homework 4-5 days a week. Also, the teachers seem more interested in covering the topic and not so interested in whether the students actually learns it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

About half the teachers seem to enjoy their job, while the other half seem disgruntled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

In the beginning, the school appeared to be the choice school. Heads were turned as bullying took place many times. Disciplinary action was not always fair, putting the responsibility upon the parent to pursue necessary action. Many teachers are outstanding, but there are a few who react in a personal, rather than professional way, which is not always best. After two years, we are very disappointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

Discovery Middle school is great. My daughter just finished her first year there, with honors. The band program is fantastic. The band teacher knows what she is doing and loves her work. I am grateful that my children have such a wonderful opportunity for the top rate education Discover offers.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

289 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

288 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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51%
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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 39% in 2014.

304 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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75%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

305 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

305 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

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82%

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77%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
21%
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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Math growth at this school

Above 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 72% 69%
Asian 12% 3%
African-American 10% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 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

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Roche La Victor
Fax number
  • (734) 416-2895

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45083 Hanford Rd
Canton, MI 48187
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