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Ross Beatty High School

Public | 7-12 | 441 students

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Posted October 20, 2013

Wonderful school board, excellent teaching staff! Cassopolis excels in sports, Ranger pride is exemplary! Student medical clinic on site now. All three of my children spent their whole school career here and excelled. There is a brand new elementary building and old building is used for farm /FFA program! Superintendent Tracy Hertsel is a home raised Cassopolis man and is absolutely as stellar leader of the school system!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

As a graduate of the cassoplis system and a parent of and elementry student I belive it allows children to grow in a back ground of differnt people of color and ethnic background. Because the world is a blank canvis and your child has the ability to paint it as they wish to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

The high school is all right for the most part. We don't have very many choices for classes though. Also when it comes to the decisions, this school could do better. They make stupid decisions about everything. Most of the students think our school is poor, but we are not actually all that poor. The school board would rather waste our money on stupid thing then use it where it's needed. For example, the school board buys new flat screen televisions for school use, but classes rarely use them. Instead the library keeps them there where they are not often used. Also instead of using the money to buy those televisions they could have allowed a glee club or tried to create programs that would make students actually want to be there. I wouldn t want to leave if there was something worthwhile being there for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

I am an alumni for this school. I went there from kindergarten through graduation. Ever since I was in the 7th grade, when you move up from the middle school, I wanted to leave. The teachers are pretty good, but its the administration who needs to be changed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2006

If the Board would stop making all of their decisions, based on what the rich people in town think, it would be a better school. No wonder Cassopolis keeps shrinking, everyone's trying to GET OUT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2005

Its ok, the teachers are fine and everything. The prinicpal in the other hand really needs to get his issues straightened out.(sorry hate being mean)I think it would be even better if the semester and school scedule were not always changing. Most of the students feel like what they are saying is not getting through to the board of education or anything. Some of us are trying to pass with certian amount of credits if and when they change the year to 6 classes the full year, it will not help these students. It will push us back and most of us want to graduate on time. Other then that I dont see too much problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2004

Ross Beatty eduaction system is okay. Our principal, hes okay but there are times when he does do the stupidest things(sorry thats mean but true). The new dean of students hes okay too. But i rather have mr.anderson. The best teacher there are Mrs. Sanderson,Mr.Z,Hubb,Purlee & Mr.Brown. Mrs. McCully is cool too. Other than that Ross Beatty is an okay school. Its not the best since most of the kids want to leave, like me. The only good thing is our 2 hour delays every wednesday!! Ross Beatty comes up with new dumb rules every year. Other than that cass schools is okay.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2004

I was currently enrolled in this school. I went to Cassopolis public schools from grade kindergarten on up through tenth grade. I now live in Mississippi, and it has made me realize how great Cassopolis really is. I spent my whole life there wishing I could leave. Now all I wish for is to be able to go back. It really is a great place to grow up. Stephanie Thompson
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 9, 2003

Ross Beatty's education system is absolutly terrible! The prinicble has no clue what he is doing, he isn't getting anything done, and the dean of students also doesn't get anything done and screws up the system. Cass doesnt care about your childs education! If you want proof, look how many students left that school because of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2003

I can see things getting better under a principle that really cares about the school and its community.


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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 39% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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18%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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49%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

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40%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

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19%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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61%

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63%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
10%
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

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
16%
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 29% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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8%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
13%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT participation

88%

Average ACT score

17

Graduation rate

>95%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 69%
African-American 30% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
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 64%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Sam Adams Elementary
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:55 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Sieko
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (269) 445-3112

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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22721 Diamond Cove St
Cassopolis, MI 49031
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Phone: (269) 445-0541

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