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Highmeadow Common Campus School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 312 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 30, 2014

My son goes is going here from last 3 years and I couldn't be more happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

Kids are nice, well behaved. Parents are actively involved, play a big role in kids education, and that explains their achievements. Some of the teaches are nice, too. But the role of school itself in kids education is rather mediocre. Curriculum is slow, dull and boring, not challenging at all, and insensitive at all to individual needs. Quality is not so great. Rather an empty promise. Kids deserve much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Teachers and parents work together to get the best for the children. Even the principle helps monitor traffic and helps with lunch services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

Great school with high standards and expectations of the students. Very diverse student body, essentially, each class is a rainbow (which I absolutely love). However, I would love to see more male teachers (there is only one in the whole school--the music teacher). I think that children would benefit from a more diverse male/female teaching staff. Also, for the school to be so highly ranked, the children are not taught any foreign languages...for me, this is what keeps this school from being a 5 out of 5 stars. Fantastic school overall, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

The school is great. I would like to see more engagement from the principal. Over the years the school has changed in the tone of it all.However,itremains a very nice school. The strengths of the school are the parents and children. Highmeadow kids stick out in a crowd (this is a good thing).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

As a first time kindergarten parents we have been very pleased with Highmeadow. The staff's overall enthusiasm for creating a dynamic environment for children and the creativity taken to do that is so far truly stellar. I was concerned that as working parents the opportunities to participate would be limited but have been pleased with the wide variety of ways to become involved. I would encourage any Farmington Hills parent to participate in the yearly lottery to send their child to Highmeadow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

I disagree. Our school only had a few changes and the culture is the same. You sound disgruntled to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

This school is getting worse since the new elementary structure. A lot of new teachers from different FH schools are taking over and number of students per class is climbing up. Quality is not as great as it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

The reason I chose Highmeadow for my two children is the compacted curriculum. It is the same curriculum as the rest of the schools in our district, but it is taught in a shorter amount of time each day. This is so important for keeping bright kids interested and actively learning, but at the same time kids who need additional instruction are able to get it. In the time that is "left over" from compacting the basic curriculum, kids in second grade and up choose from a variety of enrichments. As examples, my daughter has taken one on sign language, one on Caldecott winners, and one on inventors. The school as a whole is very cohesive, all the teachers are committed to doing whatever is best for each and every child, and the principal is a dynamo of organization, creativity, and problem solving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

My two children goes to HCC. Even though I work in MA I am keeping my family in FPS shcool district because of this school. They love it. The principal is an astonishing woman. Takes very good care of the children and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

I attended HCC for five years, and I loved it!! The teachers will go out of there way to help you with whatever is troubling you (giving up there lunch break etc.) , Woot Woot!! Go Mrs. Farber!!! (Sorry had to do that) They also have peer mediators and safety to help you. The Principal is very fun, and there are loads of things you can sign up for. @-} Always plant the tulip right side up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

My first child Attended HCC for the first time last year. She loved it. My wife and i only have positive things to say about the school so far. Now my other daughter was able to get into the school and she started this year as well. So far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

My kids have been going to this school for 3 years now. There is no school transportation, class size should be reduced to increase focus on students, the lottery system makes it open to all kinds of students and not necessarily the best students. The curriculum is in line with the public schools and I wouldn't recommend anyone that this is anyway close to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

high standards and dedicated teachers, especially with special needs students... adhd
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Both of my kids attend Highmeadow and I couldnt be happier. Great principal, teachers, and parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

WHAT A GREAT SCHOOL! I went here for 5 years and i couldnt asked for anything better. Go Mrs. Farber!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2008

i went there nad it was terrific i learned so much and it was a great invirment for kids (with safety's to help people out around the school, and peer mediators to help with problems) I loved it!!!! -Eva <333 (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2007

My child goes there and she loves it. It's much better than other schools and I know it for sure, because I volunteer there all the time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

I attended Highmeadow as a child. Currently i'm about to graduate from the University of Michigan. Highmeadow was an extremely positive experience for me. I enjoyed, as an elementary school student, having the freedom to select some of my own classes (called enrichments). It was a great idea allowing students to take on the responsibility of choosing their own classes at an early age. This allowed me to learn about topics i was truly interested in, and helped to instill a love for learning. The playground was nice as well. Highmeadow was truly a wonderful and unique school, that encouraged creativity. I doubt i would be at UofM now if it weren't for my experience at Highmeadow
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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85%

2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

2013

 
 
93%

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2011

 
 
92%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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84%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
71%

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

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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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

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
Asian 41% 3%
White 37% 69%
African-American 13% 18%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
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 2%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Dyanne Sanders
Fax number
  • (248) 737-9135

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30175 Highmeadow Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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