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Dryden Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 306 students

 

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Posted January 24, 2011

I am really impressed by the staff at the school. We moved in the middle of the school year and I was worried about how my daughter would adapt. The teacher and the staff have made her change to a new school an easy one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

Dryden Elementary is a nice little school in a small town community. The teahers and staff are both professional and friendly. When I've had concerns or questions they have been immediatly addressed. I would like to see a curriculum night at the beginning of each school year to better inform parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

Dryden Elementary is a small town school that is really keeping itself competitive. The teachers and staff encourage and welcome parental involvement. We have a new principal suggesting and supporting ideas, while working to keep us up-to-date. We are in the process of replacing our old reading program, updating our computer technology and improving our playground. The teachers I have come in contact with are very connected to the students and offer a number of methods to help them succeed. Our test scores were great last year and we even led the county in some categories. Being a small district pays off for us because we are able to stay current without all the redtape involved with the larger districts! I would suggest sending your kids here and becoming involved to any parent considering it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Dryden Elemntary is a very up close and personal school when it comes to teaching. There are a lot of activities that involve the family and siblings that helps keep the community tight. The equipment as far as computors is very current although some of the books may be dated, but those books have been proven and that works just fine when a child is just learing to read. I am talking of lower grades including kindergarten. Teachers are top notch and being a small community, are involved and available at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Dryden Elemtary is a great place for kids to learn at all levels. The teachers are personally aquainted with their students and families. Parent involvement is outstanding, which is a benefit of raising kids in a small town. The principal is innovative and truly cares about the children in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

I would have to agree with the other reviews of Dryden Schools. There is very little resources offered for children struggling. What truely bothers me is the lack of privacy that the children get- if a kid is having problems the staff and volunteers/parents all talk about the poor kid and the whole town knows about it. The staff is not capable of teaching anything above or below grade level. The math program is beyond a joke. The music/band program is down right scary. The best thing I can say is that there is a large number of parents involved in the school and the parents in the PTA do a great job for the kids. Great community-poor schools Advice: Private/Home school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

Dryden Elementary School is basically a joke. They don't offer any extra help to students who need it. The math program they use is ridiculous, not to mention the amount of money spent on it. It does nothing but confuse the students and teaches them 3 methods to figure out one problem. The principal situation is a joke as well. My child's second year in the school, it was the first day of school and the principal quits.There is no structure or any organization at this school. It's as hokey as the town is. Be prepared to spend money on a tutor if you put your child in the schools in Dryden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

Dryden Elementary has nothing to offer those students that need extra help (Learning disabilities). I have been trying all school year to get an IEP for my child. Finally in May I will meet with an IEP team. Wonder why it takes so long. I am very disappointed with this school. Like so many have said....the teachers are not willing to go the extra mile. The kids get left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

I have 3 children in Dryden schools and all three are very different learners, one is a superstar (bored and not challenged) one is a little slower on the understanding (being left behind) and the third is middle of the road (doing well) I am dissapointed in the school system where extra help is needed. they don't seem to think it's important. I do love the teachers,they are all very friendly and willing to listen,but unwilling to act upon a request.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

Dryden Elementary has a very high ratio of kids per teacher. There are 32 children in my child's classroom. They have very poor special resources and tend to leave struggling children behind.
—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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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40%

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29%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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31%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

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79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
13%
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 42% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
18%
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?

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Math growth at this school

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 98% 69%
Hispanic 1% 6%
African-American 0% 18%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 3%
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 35%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Downey
Fax number
  • (810) 796-9621

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3835 North Mill Rd
Dryden, MI 48428
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