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Polk Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 292 students

 

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Posted February 26, 2013

We have had 5 children that attended Polk. We moved to the district because the school system had good marks overall. I was happy in our first year with the leadership and the teachers. The teachers are the shining stars here, but they have little guidance and support from the principal. After that first year it rolled downhill fast. Overcrowded due to school of choice, disorganized and a serious lack in the administrations leadership qualities. Two of my children were special needs students who were neglected by the district and I spent many days pushing the district to help them. They were not cooperative beyond rhetoric. Finally we left the area for a school system that has not only welcomed our children but is more than prepared and willing to see to their success -VanDyke Public Schools in Warren. Now our children are happy to go to school again and are making the grade with the structural support, opportunities and advancements they deserve. If you have a choice don't make it Polk Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

I really like the teachers, each year it seems as though they go out of their way to help my son. For that I am extreamly greatful. Each year my sons grades improve, I attribute that to the teachers. I think Ms. B is such a help in the office for us parents, she goes that extra mile for me anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

We too love the teachers, but agree the school is overcrowded. We are leaving the district, although we'll miss the teachers, its impossible for our children to learn anything anymore because there are just too many kids crammed into the classroom. Our leaving will make no difference, because the district values the $$$$$ rather than student overall. Its time to move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

This school has too many children in the classrooms and not enough more individual attention especially to the 1st grade and K.We are taking our children out and putting them in a charter school that has higher academic standards and smaller classrooms and more individual attention and more parent involvement. D#7 schools have changed immensely over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I have had 3 children go thru polk and we like this school very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

Overall a good school with the best in mind for the kids. No matter where you go there will be those who don't share your ideas, but when you come across the exceptional teachers who care. It makes it all worth while. Keep up the good work and keep your standards high. A Caring Mom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

My son attends Polk elementary and absolutely loves it.We have a week left of summer vacation and he has ants in his pants to get back to school.Everything about this school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

I love this school. My daugter has a health condition & everyone there has been exceptionally helpful with dealing with the situation. The staff there is outstanding and i am so glad that both my kids attend school there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

My two oldest kids started their education here and went to this school until we moved. They were in 4th and 5th grade. I cannot say enough great things about this school! I have one starting Kindergarten soon and cry with tears of joy that she was excepted here. Great technology, teachers working with you to meet the children's needs, excellent lesson plans, helpful secretary...this school has it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My hat is off to Polk Elementary School! The Staff is absolutely wonderful! They go up and beyond the call of duty for 'their' kids. Wish this school would teach the children through the eighth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. The curriculum is of the highest quality and the staff is simply amazing - they value our children as if they were their own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My daughter has been attending for two years and I have been very impressed, particularly with the principal.
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Posted August 10, 2003

I love this school. Both my children go here and the teachers and the rest of the school staff really care about all the students. From the school secretary (who is amazing) to the janitor in the evening. They all know the children and take interest in them as if they were their own. I cant begin to say enough wonderful things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 40% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

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60%
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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 45% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

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32%
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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 45% in 2014.

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44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

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60%

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62%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

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12%

2011

 
 
3%
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

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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

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 15% 18%
Hispanic 12% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Asian 0% 3%
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 75%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mark Brenton
Fax number
  • (313) 563-7189

Programs

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4651 Polk St
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
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