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Clifford H. Smart Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1009 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted April 28, 2014

Most of the teachers at this school pick out certain students they decide they don't like and create problems for these students. Gossip between teachers taint the reputation for these students. I went here but wasn't one of them but I witness this and many students know this to be true. If you don't fit the criteria...good luck. Clifford Smart, It's time to look over some of your staff and hire new Teachers that don't judge and really have a love to teach!


Posted October 24, 2013

Clifford H. Smart School - amazing school with great stuff and wonderful counselors! Our son which was really sad about changing school - is now so glad - he loves the school. Great Teachers, helpful and motivate - absolute awesome counselor which really knows how to catch kids and to find the right program and help for them. All the stuff are so helpful and friendly - advanced math program, great sports program, nice & clean building.... Thank you for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

I moved my son from West Bloomfield School because one of the teachers recommended it. Could not make better decision. Teachers are great. Advanced math program is amazing. Clean building, helpful people, and great crowd of kids. Online assignments & grades are great help! Kids have actual study book & electronic version on laptop.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Excellent Principals and teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

Awesome school, my child has learned so many great things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2008

I go to this school and it's wonderful. The teachers are all very helpful. So far, they've taught me everything I need to know and I know that my parents hold them in high regard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2005

CSMS is Great! We moved here last year and my daughter was nervous about starting a new school and making new friends. I had several phone conversations with her counselor before we even arrived in Michigan. By the time we had our first face to face meeting Mr. Gioletti had my daughters schedule ready(with her needs and wants in mind) and had informed her teachers of her arrival. He had even told some of the students about our daughter. When we arrived at Clifford Smart Mr. G took my daughter and intoduced her to some of the other girls in her grade, They quickly exclaimed,'Oh, Hi we've been waiting for you.' It was at that moment that I knew our daughter was going to be o.k. I can't tell you enough how impressed I am at the personal attention that was paid to her (and still is).We Love CSMS.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

328 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

2013

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

298 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

298 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
33%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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

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
White 91% 69%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Multiracial 1% 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 19%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Brian Kaplan
Fax number
  • (248) 956-3505

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8500 Commerce Rd
Commerce Township, MI 48382
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Phone: (248) 956-3500

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