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J.A. Lanigan Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 500 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 20, 2014

Interesting dynamics at this school. They have a few of the best teachers I have ever seen along with at least one who is completely incompetent and should've retired years ago. Parent involvement is great. The Principal is a really nice guy, but he needs to grow pair with regards to bullying. This school is in the roughest part of town, so you are going to get the worst bullies. If it were me, I would take Draconian actions against these kids, not try to pacify them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Our son Studied in Lanigan for 3yrs and there's no doubt he was provided with an awesome education by Mrs.Irwin,Mrs.Todorrov and Mrs.Lelek.He's now in 7th grade in a Lutheran private school and is doing great...As a parent I volunteered in the classroom and enjoyed very much.. Thaks Lanigan Elementary..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Lanigan is an excellent school. The teachers and principal are dedicated to the growth of all students. I have two children at Lanigan - one who has had some behavior challenges, and one who is an accelerated learner. Together, with parent and teacher collaboration, both children are achieving their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

I LOVED this school sooooo much! I wish I could go back! But I grew up, I am now a 7th grader at East, and can honestly say, I love this school! My teachers were wonderful, the principle is nice and funny! There was a mean teacher, but she only lasted a year before being fired. My 4th grade teacher was (and still is) my absolute favorite (Mrs.Turney) she is so sweet and kind, and very helpful! I recommend her a ton! I started school there in 2006, so obviously its changed some. I do think the school was a lot better before it started going up to only 4th grade, and upper elementary became something. But over all I think it is a very nice school. I see these things talking about bad experience and I think how???


Posted June 3, 2013

This is our second year with children at Lanigan. I really don't have anything to complain about. There is no perfect school so of course there have been small things but nothing that couldn't be solved by reasonable communication with a teacher or staff member. My kids teachers are encouraging and push them to do their best. The PTA is very active and there is a great community of parents at this school. The experience has surpassed my expectations. I am particularly impressed with the media center/library and music program. My kids are happy and we are kept well informed by the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

I attended this school from kindergarten to the fifth grade, and the experiences made it difficult enjoy school or the learning process even after I left. My second grade teacher would flip over kids' desks if they were untidy and yelled at me several times for using too many tissues when she made me cry, which happened daily. She would have us take tests and come up to her desk for her grade them in front of you, then send us back to fix answers with no explanation of why they were incorrect. For hours, she would send me back to my seat until I broke down and cried, often mocking, calling me a baby. Eventually I started to resent school and became rebellious, so I spent nearly all day in the principal's office alone--literally, they forgot about me in there. If I had a dollar for every time someone put me in a room and forgot about me for hours I could have bought a private school education and left. They labeled me with a learning disability so I sat in the LGI room in the THIRD GRADE moving pawns across a piece of paper to demonstrate the concept of ADDING and SUBTRACTION. There were a few wonderful teachers there, but those in charge had their heads in the dirt.


Posted February 12, 2013

I am satisfied with the academics and building maintenance. The running club is a great activity and is well organized. I am not as pleased with the lack of opportunities for activities and involvement after school hours for parents and families. This school is a full school Title I facility and I would like to see a lot more outreach and engagement to get families connected with programs and resources in the community. The school/home communication is also severely lacking; for example, I did not get information on how to access my child's report card or Zangle account and after three weeks, I emailed the teacher and had to request a paper copy of her report card. When I discovered a few "Not Proficients" on the document, I was very surprised because these areas were not brought up with me before I got the report card. Overall, the school seems to foster a culture of mediocrity as demonstrated in MEAP scores, the attitude of certain staff members and leadership and the lack of communication and community engagement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

As a working parent, I wish there was more consideration of my schedule. At times, I found that extremely important events or meeting (non PTSA) were scheduled during day hours. In general, a good school but needs a more challenging curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

I took my daughter out of this school because she was not being challanged enough. She was repeating subjects she learned in a lower level. She became bored and began to act out. My husband and I put her in a charter school where she is being challanged above her grade level. This school is good for average education, not so good for excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

I have visited this school and think it is rather creepy. The principal is narcissistic and some of the teachers also have a similar attitude. I did not feel welcomed at this school. Moreover, test scores are not so great. I would not recommend this school to anyone.


Posted January 15, 2009

My son is a 5th grader at Lanigan he has had great teacher and really enjoys school. The worst I can say about this school is that I am going to miss all the great kids and staff when my son moves on next year. The best school in FPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

absolutely love it. a very open and close nit community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

I am a parent and my daughter goes to this school and I recomend parents to put their kids in Lanigan
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2004

This has been a wonderful school for my kids. My son had difficulty with speech and since the beginning of the year has made such an improvement, he is almost to where he should be for his age. I have to thank all the special ed and teachers that have touched his life.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
72%

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65%

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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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39%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%
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

Below 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 58% 69%
African-American 22% 18%
Asian 9% 3%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian 0% 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 35%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Kauffman
Fax number
  • (248) 489-3728

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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