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Oakley W. Best Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 716 students

 
 

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Posted March 15, 2014

Great School! So many opportunities for my kids in this school district! Teachers and administration are amazing and truly put the students first and go above and beyond for them! I highly recommend enrolling your kids in this school! You won't regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

I enrolled my son and daughter at O.W. Best Middle School last year and I have nothing but great things to say about this school! The teachers are beyond amazing and they all do everything in their power to make the students at Best successful and go above and beyond what any teacher in the past has done for my kids. My kids tell me everyday how each and every teacher at Best makes learning fun! Best offers so many things for students to do after school from sports, clubs, and dances to tutoring & open gym. Moving my kids to O.W. Best was honestly the best decision I could have made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

I am a student in O.W Best and let me just say o.w. best is the best thing that ever happened to me! There's rarely any drama, the lunch is awesome, and the teachers offer anything to help others to understand. Their sports are so fun they give us so much! Then the electives are amazing everything's all brand new. Words cannot describe how much I have learned in there. The best thing is that you'll never EVER get judged there you're always treated as an equal! We always do these stop bullying programs and we have peer mediation. Every morning when i wake up I always have a smile on my face when i say time for school!!! (: So I seriously recommend you put your kids in here and you WILL NOT regret it. - A.K. (student at O.W. Best <3


Posted February 22, 2014

The teachers are good and know what they're doing, the school has strict rules which is kind of unbelievable at times, but this is when children experience things, so in my opinion it's good to have the rules. I think it's a great school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I am a student from Best, and I have had I son transfer there from a private school and currently have one in 6th grade. I have nothing bad to say about Best. Heck, some of the teachers that are there are students that my wife and I went to school with. Most of the stuff that happens in Best, comes down to what is happening in the home. My kids are taught to respect others, we are an open talk family that no matter what we will talk about anything. Also, when it comes to parenting I become a drill instructor when I have to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

This school has a policy of no fighting and is quick to suspend, but has no anti bullying policy which would help prevent the fights that seem to be a daily occurance. My child was only at this school for 3 months and was harrassed by other students on a daily basis. When she reached out for help from the principle, she was told to get out of the office and threatened to be suspended if she returned with "her drama". I find it quite disturbing that my child has never showed or been involved in these behavioral problems at any other schools she has attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

I am a parent and would not recommend sending you kid here. The school principal is a bully himself, his fundamental belief seems to be that pushing kids around is how to improve their academics. The school is so focused on discipline that the will call the parents because a kid ran to lunch but will not contact you if the kid if failing academically. We don't care if you kid passes, only if they follow every rule we have seems to be their Motto
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

OW Best has the best Principal, Vice Principal and awesome teachers. It is a good learning environment with diversity of students. The school is well organized down to the principal making sure no kids are hurt when being picked up from school. I can't say enough good things about this school and the entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

My student has been there for 3 years and currently I would not reccomend sending your child there because the school is not focused on the learning as much as it is focused on the discipline. Also there is way to many drug problems. so far this year their has been at least 5 incidents where a student has brung grugs to school and at least 3 when students have brung alcohol. Also the school does have some race problems because some of the teachers do discriminate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

If you ask me, the school's primary focus is not academics, but behavior. They spend too much time taking from the good kids and making incentives for the bad kids to behave themselves. The problem, however, is that they lack discipline. Basically, sports and behavior plans for bad students come before academics and art and music programs. The teachers are great, but the school is not run very well because they have no bullying policy, and they let the kids get too out of control. I am an eighth grader there, and watching my peers take advantage of their lenience is completely disgusting,
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2010

this school is indeed a very good school. my child goes to this school and just loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Im currently in 6th grade and i love ow best. Its the best school ever!!! We get slushes and a big choise at lunch,The teachers are always helping,The prinsable is not bossy,The lockers are new,And i didnt now how to open my locker but mr.Bertasio showed me :) Its the best school ever. Mr.mollet is very funny.I love my school and i dont wanna leave :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2009

very good school recommend it lexi & anina
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2009

I have learned great things to say about this wonderful school. Extra credit help is always given to a student. Teachers are so bright. Never a child has had a problem with their instructor before. O.W. Best is literally the best. School spirit and school activites are high. Preps have gone up 30% in 1 school year thats just amazing. My child has inproved by so much and in this school even the student will say there is way on not getting a 4.0 In this school. Has such a good curriculm. My gosh how amazing this school. I recommend this school to every child. =)*
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

I just finished OW Best, and I have to say that the past three yrs were the best of my whole school career. In sixth grade, I had Mrs. Potter for LA, and she touched me in a way that no teacher has or had. Too bad she retired! In 7th grade, Mrs. P kept me laughing while Mrs. Perttula used amazing ways of getting us involved, especially during the Holocaust unit. and this year. This year was unforgettable! Mr. Allen was the best honors math teacher ever, Mrs. Mosher had us reading the best books ever. Mr. James is THE BEST band teacher in the whole wide world and Mr. Bergeron was the best Drama Teacher i've ever had! Mr. McKinney is something else! on the last day, we painted r hands pink and slapped them on poster boards! Best really IS THE BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2009

I am currently an 8th grader at best middle school and i have learned so much the 3 whole years i have been there. the teachers just make your child develop more than any other private school. The best of the best teachers at O. W. Best are: Mrs. Mosher, Mrs. Moran, Mr. McKinney, and Mr. Bergeron. Those teachers only teach 8th grade but they help your child prepare for High School. The Curriculum in District 7 has sky rocketed over the years and i will always remember my tough but fun years at best following the pep ralleys and the meap festivals and the band concerts. BAND IS THE BEST E.C.A ( Extra Curricular Activity) The Teacher, Mr. James is the best and i will always come on open house just to see him again he is awesome. I will miss my middle school years!!! <)=-{}]
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

The teachers at this school do everything that your child needs, whether it be coming in early to help with homework or sending assignments to your child when out of school for a little while. While the rules may be a little strict, they better the school experience for students in the grades of 6-8. They have great programs within the school including Band, Gym, Art, and they also have many extra-cirricular programs and sports. They have NJHS (National Junior Honors Society) and peer mediation, along with counseling, where you can talk to people about problems dealing with family, school, friends, etc. O.W. Best Middle School is a great choice of a middle school for your child.


Posted October 9, 2008

My child is a special education student at Best. I am so dissappointed in the way the school has handled the situation. The teachers are very reluctant to help and could care less that he has a disability. I would not recommend any child with a learning disability to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

It needs improvement in all matters. There are some teachers who are good and some are just there for the paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

I am a former student of Best and i absolutely loved it. The teachers are great, it is never a boring day there. Unlike most schools the students actually can understand what is being taught. I only went to Best my 7th and 8th grade years, but as soon as i got in i felt very welcomed. The work might be hard but the teachers motivates you to think, and they teach you what life outside of school is like. Thanks to my all time favorite teachers, Mr. Mckinney, Mrs.Mosher and Mrs. Leschenger!
—Submitted by a student


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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 42% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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62%

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54%

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Social Studies

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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15%

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15%
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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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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33%

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26%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

227 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

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24%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
8%
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?

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Math growth at this school

Below 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 70% 69%
African-American 20% 18%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Asian 1% 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 69%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Jon Znamierowski
Fax number
  • (313) 278-2470

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