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Warner Upper Elementary School

Public | 5-6 & ungraded | 878 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 18, 2014

I do not recommend Warner Upper Elementary at this time. There are far too many students (about 1000) of the same age (5th and 6th grades) to have any sense of control of behaviors. The behaviors and situations in the hallways are eye opening. The Farmington School Board needs to understand that their redistricting is not working, and that many people are moving their children to private schools to protect them and prepare them for a positive future. At Warner, there are a few teachers who are truly outstanding. There are teachers who should not be teaching at all -- ever. You will hear of many parents requesting teacher changes at the beginning of the school year. There is a powerful behind the scenes network of parent discussions going on about this situation. We moved to Farmington Hills years ago based on the school system. Now, we are looking to move out based on the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

I have found all the teachers in this school willing and able to work with the students. This includes before school, after school, and during lunch. Warner has multiple teachers who have expertise in Differentiation and have built their special education programs around this premise. There is co-teaching, direct instruction, and Viking Time. Viking Time is a period where students work on enrichments or receive needed support in areas they are having difficulty. Teachers meet in teams to review data from the MEAP and the NWEA to help guide instructional direction. I feel bad for whoever on here had a poor experience but I have not. I hope that they take their information to the teachers, principal, and teacher consultant. They have always been willing to meet with me.


Posted August 20, 2013

The worst school in the Farmington System! Principal is only a face man and gives all authority to Vice Principal who would have been a great officer for the German Gustopo! Teachers don't spend a lot of time helping kids that can't keep up with the load and expect parents to make up the difference. If you have an child with learning issues, you're better off finding a different school. The "Warner Way" as they call it does not work for a child with special needs.!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

Overall, I have found that the teachers in this school are working very hard to create a an Upper Elementary school culture. I have seen how the teachers are also working with students with special needs and those that are at risk by using data tracking to determine where more interventions are needed. These teachers seem open to discussion and value parent meetings. I have never had an issue where one was unwilling to let me voice my concerns and meet with me to help work on solutions. Also, this school has Operation Common Good which helps many students in this school and in the district who need support.


Posted August 9, 2013

NOT HAPPY with Warner. Some teachers have serious physiological problems, yell at kids, have no morals. The school has very political principal who has no interest in working with the staff. The politics of the school administration is disgusting. My children' academic achievements had significantly dropped. My youngest has no interest in going to school after a disastrous 5th grade. This is not a good school. If you have any option - DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILD in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

We have been very happy with the school. The teachers have worked hard to make sure my child got the extra attention she needed and the administration is good at communicating with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

I would give this school ZERO stars if I could. This school is HORRBILE! The administration or teachers have no concern for a child with special needs. They look at these children as discipline issues and push it on the parents! If a child is having difficulty in class, they do nothing except send the kid home with HOURS of homework. The only positive thing in this has been one of the counselors who is the only one who seems to care in this cesspool of poor teaching. It would be worth the sacrafice to drive your child to Power or better yet homeschool rather than subject them to this place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

My son has been here for two years and my daughter will be attending next year. I have seen nothing but good things happen at this school. The PTA , principal, and vice-principal are very active and there is always something going on to enrich my child's life. His teachers (Lyons and Farber) are wonderful and caring teachers. He gets a lot of support from them and they work well as a team when needed. I truly appreciate how this school has promoted a healthy environment for my son and have allowed him many opportunities to grow. The teachers attend professional development trainings regularly to help them be better teachers. This is a necessary in many fields of profession as areas of needs change and grow throughout America's educational system. I have nothing negative to say about Warner. I was apprehensive about the change from 5th/6th grade at first but I love it! I don't have to worry as much about older kids negatively influencing my children in the school nor on the bus. The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful when I visit. Parent involvement is key to a child's success in any school and Warner welcomes parents to volunteer and participate in their activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

My son is in 6th grade at Warner and he also attended in 5th grade. He has been fortunate to be placed in classes with good teachers. The music program is very good. The PTA and Proud Dad's Club work to provide extra-curricular programs like tennis, rugby, running club. The principal is very visible and approachable. It's a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

This new consolidation of the Farmington Public Schools system has really had a detrimental effect on Warner Elementary. There are over 1,000 5th and 6th graders at this school now. The teachers and counselors have very little relationship with the students, and there is almost no student enrichment (field trips, experiential learning, etc.). I am sure this was a great school prior to the consolidation, but its the kids who suffer while the teachers and administrators adjust to this new model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Warner has great family support. They have groups that are specific to fathers/male guardians that is unprecedented! The community and family support is none like I have never experienced in a school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The teachers and priciples are very helpful and are always available to the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

We have had a student in this school for two years now and have been very happy with Warner. Any problems (and there can be many at this age) are addressed quickly. The staff is most welcoming and open to parents and students. We are quite pleased with the promotion of Mr Watson from V.P. to P. this last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

Warner Middle School has a exceptional academic program. From the start the children are pushed to acheive their very best. The teachers work with the children to guide them through the wonderful three year experience. The sports programs are great too. All of the teams (except the football team) have been practicly undefeated. The band program is excellant and the strings program (though a lot smaller), is very close to the level of talent as the band. The parents of the school are welcome at anytime to chat with the vice principal anytime there is a problem. The school is all around a lovely place to send your child to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Wonderful Art program with a very qualified, personable and progressive teacher. Just go to the building and look at the walls leading to the Art room to know the attitude and quality of the teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

393 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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49%

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49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

392 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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76%

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78%

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78%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

400 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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14%

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17%

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22%
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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 42% in 2014.

397 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

389 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

414 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%
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

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 56% 69%
African-American 25% 18%
Asian 13% 3%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 1% 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 19%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mark Watson
Fax number
  • (248) 855-2831

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30303 West 14 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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Phone: (248) 785-2030

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