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Mcgrath Elementary School

Public | 3-5 | 395 students

 

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Posted February 15, 2014

i love it becuse the teachers are nice and the princible always knows your name


Posted August 5, 2013

Nothing but the best from this school. They have helped my ADHD son in so many ways. Amazing staff and teachers!!!! Go Eagles!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

4.5 stars! Communication home could be better, requirements should be noted in planners daily, but other than that, I'm very pleased with this school. My daughter loves her teacher, Mrs Fox (Miss Semeyn) and the office staff is very friendly and help with whatever questions you may have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I wish I could offer 4.5 stars. My daughter and her friends all are meeting their potential at McGrath. Teachers, principal and other staff are all involved. They all know my child's name. Extracurricular activities are great, and always worthwhile. Communication home can be a little slow, occasionally, but with more parent involvement this could easily improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I was surprised to read anything negative about this school. I've had three kids go through McGrath, and each of them have had a wonderful experience. They've shared some teachers, but my kids individual needs have usually been met with patience, kindness, and professionalism. If I had a fourth child, I'd send them here too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

I think this school is wonderful. I have a special needs child, and the staff have done amazingly well at meeting her needs. Especially her classroom teacher. Truly a great job. The teacher has had the whole class for two years in a 'looping' situation that has made the transition from fourth to fifith grade a smooth one for my daughter who does not handle change well. I cannot say enough good things about this staff and how much the care and do for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

I have been very pleased with this school. We have been so lucky every year to have such wonderful teachers! I especially would want to mention Ms Semeyn and Mr Howd! If you are looking for a school where the teachers and the office staff actually care about your child you will be very happy with McGrath.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

Hopefully, now that the current principal will no longer be at this school, things will get better. The staff there is so 'green'. Although many of them seem very nice and have the best of intentions, many of them are right out of college and lack the wisdom and know-how to handle all types of students. I think they expect the kids to be these little robots, all conforming to one way of teaching without different personalities, behaviors, etc. I do not know what they teach people in college anymore, but tolerance, patience, and old fashioned common sense do not seem to be part of the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2004

This school might improve with the new school year coming, now that they are getting a new princapal. However I will not send my children back to that school ever again. I will find a better school for my children. If you have children with special needs this school stinks. They say that they are going to do alot to help you and they do not follow through with hardly anything that they agree on. Good luck with your school search.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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72%

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64%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
47%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
33%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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 73% 69%
African-American 12% 18%
Multiracial 9% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Cheryl Hemond
Fax number
  • (810) 591-5824

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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5288 Todd Street
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