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Red Cedar School

Public | K-6 | 275 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2013

This has to be one of the best schools out there. Diversity is such a beautiful thing. My daughter came home every day excited because of the learning not only from the teachers but from other students from other countries. She'd come home speaking the language and teaching me new words and then go back to school and speak with the children in language as well. I knew at red cedar she was safe and secure. The principle there was so nice and my child was very happy. One thing I did notice though is that you will definitely have to facilitate the learning that they receive. Since this is an international school many of the children move at different paces. My child was somewhat advanced for her grade and so I had to work with the teacher to give her assignments that would challenge her academically. It's still a great place to learn. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Red Cedar is a wonderful school. Children from all over the world attend and mine are always telling me the different languages they would like to learn because their friends speak them. The children seem genuinely happy to be there and my children are always excited to go. I have been very happy with the quality of education, parents are expected to be active in their children's learning (reading program/homework). There are some exceptionally bright students in my son's first grade class and his teacher (Ms. Anderson) does an excellent job teaching to all levels. She keeps him interested and engaged when he would have been bored by the standard first grade curriculum. I have never heard a bad thing about any of the teachers in this school. The principal is wonderful and there are many events throughout the year that encourage the students and parents to engage as a community. It is a shame that this school is slated to be closed due to budget cuts. It has the nicest facility and is the only elementary school not on a busy main road. It is targeted for closing because many students are school of choice or international students and the parents don't vote in East Lansing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

Our family moved here from another state nearly three years ago and my daughter has attended Red Cedar for K and 1st grade. I am amazed at the difference in the quality of education being provided at Red Cedar and the one that my older children received in our previous home state. The standards are much higher here, the teachers much more engaging and there seems to be a real family environment. I also like the fact that, everyone seems to know each other here (teachers, staff and parents) without being intrusive. In addition, I like that Red Cedar is such a diverse school. My daughter learns about a new country every week and she has friends of all ethnic and socio-economic status, whom she learns a lot from. We have recently moved and my children are supposed to change schools (I will have two in elementary next school year) but I am hoping to get approval to allow my children to stay at Red Cedar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

. Red Cedar is a place where all students feel welcomed, supported and challenged to learn, grow and be their best. We are a diverse community of E. Lansing residents, Schools of Choice and International families who all value high educational standards. The students begin each day with Morning Celebration- an assembly in the gym- where the whole school celebrates birthdays, different cultures, says the Pledge and sings the Peace Song. This school is a hidden gem in East Lansing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

Red Cedar has been a gift to our family! A culturally diverse student population (over 50 countries represented!) makes for a rich learning experience. Our sons' creativity has soared in the nurturing, caring environment where each student is valued. We love the teachers we have had; I marvel at their capacity to teach each child the basics while also encouraging individuals to greater learning. It's well worth the drive!
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Posted February 28, 2011

I would pay any amount of money for my child to attend Red Cedar School, if it were necessary! The warm atmosphere, coupled with the high academic standards, make this the optimal learning environment. This is a certified green school with lots of natural light. This structure provides the ideal space for implementing instruction. The principal deserves an award for making school feel like home and for implementing innovative educational ideas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

Some teachers are nice. Some are not.
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Posted August 23, 2008

Most of all I liked the requirement for the children to read and the accountability of the parents. The homeworks were reasonable. When my child transferred to a different school, the reading requirement was dropped and the homework assignments were much smaller. That's why I considered the Red Cedar school as an excellent one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

Excellent, diverse population with over 30 different countries represented in one 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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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55%

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65%
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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

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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

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The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

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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

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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 45% 69%
Asian 18% 3%
African-American 17% 18%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian N/A 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 37%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Lorraine Ware
Fax number
  • (517) 333-5094

Programs

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  • Special education

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1110 Narcissus Dr
East Lansing, MI 48823
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