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Garden City Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 628 students

 
 

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Posted August 21, 2013

i went to gcms this year and i hated it some of the teachers were very like mrs.hartmann and then there was the mean one okay i was late one day because i was in the office and i forgot the pass for the teacher i headed back to class and she assumed i was skipping i was in her 4th hour so she decided to go tell her 5th and 6th hour i "skipped" witch its none of their buisness i liked mr.conn and mr.eisenminger they were nice but they retired this year mrs.sage was very nice too i asked my mom if she can move me schools sooner and she sad no i was upset i have to go through another year of this its very hard some teachers are very disrespectful to parent i cant wait to leave this school in a year and move to another school district im moving i would suggestbu not put ur children through this school.


Posted April 24, 2010

The teachers are great with the kids. They want the kids to be the best that they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

Im currently going into the highschool and i did not like this school at all. The teachers do a poor job and does not teach the same subject long enough for students to understand. Theres too many rules for students to go by. Students should feel like they do at home if not then they need to feel better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2009

i was a student here this year before summer started and i was suprised how nice the teachers were and how nice Mr. Conn was, but the hallways we always cruded with papers and junk also the classrooms were also the same until teachers started taking action but i was glad i went there because i met new friends and old ones P.S. long live class of 2014
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2009

I love the communication. If you have questions every last teacher responds. The principal reacts appropriately to situations. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

I have to disagree with some of the comments that have been posted about the administration of the GCMS. Thus far my experience with the GCMS has been very disheartening. The transition from one of the BEST GC elementary schools to the GCMS was to say the least a hard slap in the face. The Assistant principal is a wolf in sheep s clothing. He would prefer walk around a situation and not assume responsibility for what is actually taking place at that school or his part in what is happening. The principal on the other hand is a wonderful administrator, although he is only one person with no support. This administration needs to step it up a few notches and provide higher expectation to every student, preparing the students educationally for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

I Think Mr. Conn is a wonderful principle, he made my son and our family feel very welcome to GCMS. I changed my sons Middle School after the 7th grade. He was failing 3 classes and was almost afraid to go to school. Since becoming a part of the GCMS family he is on the honor roll with a 3.8 GPA. He now loves school and has made many wonderful friends. Granted, he has made changes himself, but I owe so much to the Teachers and Administration. This was the best choice we could have ever made for our sons future, not only in middle school but his entire educational years. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

It has humor. Almost all the staff has a great and uplifting personality, though the students can be a bit... out there, I am glad to be a part of the GCMS family!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2008

This is probably the best run school in Garden City. That's not necessarily great considering how bad some of the schools are. But this school has excellent administrators, counselors and teachers. Accessibility to the staff is extremely high. Whether we email or phone, our concerns are handled quickly and effectively. The Special Ed teachers and consultants are really great, but the Math department is superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

Im a student at gcms and yeah there are alot of student fights and drama but thats nothing that the school board or any adults can control. oyu can expect that at any school. It is a shame that it is a very poor school but the teachers, Mr.Conn - the assistant principal, and Mr.Sumner - the principal, do a pretty good job at making the 2 most memorable years at gcms for me and every student that goes there a great time.There are some really good teachers there and some great people. Im glad that i am a student there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2008

I like this school a lot but the only thing that is not safe is that the students don't get along very well and there are a lot of drama and fights! The teachers are really good and besides the fightiing this is a good schhol!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

It is a great school with some pretty great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2008

I like this school. the teachers are good and there is a lot to do. its pretty rad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2007

this is not a good school. theres too much drama and fights. the teachers need to stop putting me to sleep.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

I agree that the support from the staff at the middle school is less than adequate. My child attended last year and will not return this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

I would have to disagree with the comments regarding Mr. Conn. My oldest child's years at the middle school were so awful, that I will not send my other children to that school. I think Mr. Conn was the worst part of the entire experience. It is a shame that we have such a poor middle school when our elementary schools are very good. At the time when most children need extra support, the middle school fails to provide emotional and educational support. Thank heavens for school of choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2006

Mr. Larry Conn is the back bone of this school. The students, and parents all know him to be a fair, responsible caring administrator. My grand children are lucky to have him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

The biggest comment I have for the GC Middle School is that it is a good bridge between the GREAT elementary school system and the subpar High School. It seems the faculty spend a great deal of time nurturing the very good students, and very little time trying to motivate poorer students. My 4.0 kids received accolades, but I never heard of my other child's poor grades until the report cards came out.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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21%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

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38%
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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 35% in 2014.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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16%

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16%

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8%

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8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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64%

2013

 
 
56%

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51%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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5%

2013

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
9%
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:

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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

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 91% 69%
African-American 6% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Multiracial 0% 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 50%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian Sumner
Fax number
  • (734) 763-8532

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1851 Radcliff St
Garden City, MI 48135
Phone: (734) 762-8400

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