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Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 316 students

 

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Posted September 18, 2013

As an active parent at the school I see the daily ins and outs of the school. It has a great community involvement, parents, teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Wonderful Staff who are always welcoming to the kids and parents. My daughter was in the school from Pre-K through 5th, loved it and is a 4.0 student. My son is also doing well, again, loves his school. No school is prefect and academically I wish some things were different but with budget cuts, they are doing their best with what they have. No one wants split classes (kids, parents or teachers) and we need text books, but again with lack of funds, the teachers have to improvise and kids have to share books. My son is happy, learning and motivated to go to school... therefore, I am happy and I enjoy helping in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

The kindergarten class size was over crowded but the principle did eventually open a 3rd kindergarten class which has been a great difference. I know the district is struggling with financial issues but I still think it's a great school so far. My daughter's teacher and the Principle seem to really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

Unfortunately Whitmore Bolles has turned out to be a horrible school. Classes are so over crowded that my childs education is suffering. There are 30 kids to 1 teacher in my childs class. The old principal was amazing and ran a wonderful school. The new principal seems to be struggling to say the least. The PTA has only about 5 active members. I was told that because of the school districts financial trouble they are unable to hire teachers or provide teacher assistants or paraprofessionals to help with the large class sizes. What was once a great school turned out to be a huge disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great faculty! They make every child feel special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

Best school ever and I'm a teacher that was a sub in that school they have excellent performance and the kids love their teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 17, 2009

Whitmore is a great school. You can tell that the teachers and staff really care about the children and their success. I am thrilled that my son is having a great experience. Also, for 2008/2009, we have a new principal, Dr. Chocol. She is just wonderful. It is refreshing to see her outside during the morning with the children and at dismissal. She is very down to earth and easy to talk to. Many thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

I love WB. There was so much for the parents to do on a Volunteer bases. I was not involved with the PTA but found that there was so mcuh I could do for the school. They have a wonderful group of staffers and I am very pleased with the security. I love that they have a Deaf Education program there too. How wonderful to have my children learing about deaf people and how to sign!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Our son attended this school for half a school year. I wasn't not pleased, this school doesn't involve parental involvement on a volunteer bases, I am used to a school that thrives on having parents and welcoming them to come in. I then chose to remove him after several attempts to have some involvement with the 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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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31%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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59%

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44%

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44%
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 45% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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39%

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47%

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37%

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37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

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63%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%
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 45% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
7%

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

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

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 81% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Multiracial N/A 2%
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 49%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Kristin Waddell
Fax number
  • (313) 827-6805

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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21501 Whitmore St
Dearborn, MI 48124
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