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6-8
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Dearborn Heights, MI

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22201 Powers Avenue
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125

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(313) 278-6200
(313) 278-2470
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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
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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 06, 2010
this school is indeed a very good school. my child goes to this school and just loves it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
August 14, 2009
very good school recommend it lexi & anina

- submitted by a student
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating June 07, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 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
no rating 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
July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
May 31, 2008
i used to go to ow best and i loved that school it gave me a safe haven for me to know its okay too be quiet and be the shy person in class i was able to become a new me, i had become involved in the school play with no acting experience and i had placed the star role..so at high school i decided to go out for the play in my freshmen year which is mist times impossible but i managed to fit the role and now im passionate about acting all thanks to ow best and all its teachers such as mr. bergeron, my mckinney and rs. negrus! Lovee lena (former student!) :)

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2008
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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 03, 2007
My Daughter attends this School,the staff seem very caring and involed,She has always been a bright student,but when she has a problem with just about anything someone seems to notice and trys to help her,this is concerning her School work or mood,they just seem to know when she's having a problem.They are very caring.I have to really thank them for being there for her duing her teen yr's.She is always talking about how they care about her in general.So thank you O.W.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
I went to this school for the past three years. It is not the best school, but has a pretty good amount of people so kids will make friends easily. I really like the teachers here. I loved Mrs. P, Mr. McKinney, Mr. Blackwell, and Mr. Datillio. They are the greatest teachers I have ever had. I am now in high school and I am really prepared. I am one of the smartest kids in all of my classes, and I have never had lower than a 3.2 GPA. In elementary school, it was all review, but this school taught me a lot. I enjoyed going to O.W.Best and im sure your kids will too. It is, by far, the greatest experience in my life, I am being completely honest, and I dont even like school.

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2006
I am a student of this school and I definetly have something to say about this school.First of all our test scores are one of the best in the state. this school for sure pushes students to an education but at their own pace. secondly, our band is a really good band. You would be amazed if you had the chance to listen to it. our band teacher is a great teacher being the fact that he had played for many popular music artist such as duke ellington. our sports teams are also great except our foot ball team but they aren't that bad. We also have many activities for the parents such as band boosters, parent/teacher discussions, and event planners. I definetly reccomend that your student attends this school.

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2005
I went to this school four years ago and I didn't know english that well and somehow by end of 8th grade i had the second highest gpa and no i didnt have special ed classes i had normal classes.The point here is this school is super easy and all a kid needs to do is do his hw and take an hour to study!There are some great teachers there like Mrs.P,you cant really say anything bad about this school because after all its a public school and in disrict 7 not the richest part of dearborn heights.The principal also seems really nice.There is one bad thing about this school if your working for sports program,o.w.best arent the greatest because most of the kids that are in the teams are inelegible.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2005
I have a son in the sixth grade now, and a son who 'graduated' from there 2 years ago. I think the school is very good. The new principal, Mr. Z., is awesome. He is stern, but fair. Just about all of the teachers are wonderful! The school will be offering remedial and honors classes next year, along with an extra elective - band, physical education, art or computers; students choice. This will only enhance the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
This school has becoming increasly worst through the last 3 years my child who has been in this school for 2 years now has had nothing but problems. Disctrict 7 is well aware of the drug problems at the high school which the middle school would be made aware of yet they again this year chose not to supervise the children. I would not recommend sending your child to this school

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
I am a proud O.W. Best parent, as well as a former student. This school was good 26 years ago and it has only gotten better! The teaching staff and administration are wonderful to work with. They have a genuine interest in educating the children and will bend over backwards to address any concern that a parent may have. My children love going to school and they have a great attitude about learning! They do pretty well academically too. I attribute my childrens success in large part due to the wonderful teachers in District 7. - JBE -

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
I am a student at this school and I think that it is good compared to other schools around here. The teachers are awesome like Mr. McKinney, Ms. Leschinger,Mrs. Perttula. Just to name a few. The kids are cool too. Theres always storys about like bullies and kids picking on eachother but your kid is garunteed to find a friend maybe more than one.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2005
Being a former student of O. W. Best, I am very displeased. and the academic standards seem not to have structure as to how the material is taught.On the other hand however, the proctors (in most cases)are amazing and for me have been lifechanging. But until Mrs. Mollett (Martell) leaves and becomes princibal at Bedford elementary in the '05 school year, the place has no hope and I would definately not recommend that you send your son/daughter there.

- submitted by a former student
November 22, 2004
Parents, this school is the worst. My daughter went here and a teacher actually told me he gave her bad grades because she is quiet! She also had problems with a teacher who told us she didn't turn in her work, and she told us he didn't even come to school barely, or when he was there he talked the whole hour. This is school is horrible and they treat certain students unfairly!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
Dearborn Heights District 7 provides a good education to those looking for one. I am a graduate from D7 schools and now have three children in this district. I would recomend these schools to anyone with one bit of advice. Your schools are what you make of them. If you are prepared to learn, with a positive attitude, and plenty of parent involvement any student will succeed. If there is no direction, no consequences for bad behavior than your child will not succeed in any district. To many children today are unprepared for school, improperly dressed, and lack direction. Do yourself and your child a favor and take an active part in their education. One day they will thank you for it.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2004
Let me just say something. I am a student at this school. It is horrible. Unlike many of the other kids that go here, i actually want to have a future. Thanks to The teachers are awesome but the school itself is horrible. Mr. Blackwell, Mr. Dattilio, Mr. Preussner, Mr. Bergeron, and Mrs. P are some of the best teachers that I have ever had in my life.

- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2004
I highly recommend O.W. Best to all parents. They have a wonderful staff and school spirit is plentiful. The teaching staff creates a great bond with their students, one with respect and admiration from both sides. I am very grateful that my son spent his middle school years there.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
I have had nothing but trouble with this school. Although the teachers are good, the councelors are terrible. My daughter had a problem and was told by the councelor 'this is my 8th grade day you will have to get in touch with me tomorrow'. I had gone to the school with concernes about my childs grades and was told to call the teachers. I wanted to start Saturday school and wasn't contacted. I have been to this school more than a 10 times and I have not received satisfaction from the front office once. I am now in the process of looking to move to a city with a better school system. I have spoken to other parents, and they too have problems.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
This school is great! My daughter went here but she recently had to leave because of a move ... she was so upset I was too she missed all of her friends this school has great kids! they deserve alot more credit then they get..... my daughter loved that school... now she is so upset that she had to leave well if you ever consider putting your child in this so then go for it! they also have a very nice staff.... **Anonymous**

- submitted by a former student
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Oakley W. Best Middle School
22201 Powers Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI  48125
(313) 278-6200
Last modified Oakley W. Best Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oakley W. Best Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top