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Willow Ridge Elementary School

Public | 1-6 | 507 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 18, 2014

I have one child who has graduated from Willow Ridge, and another that is still attending, and I must say that it is an excellent school. I am unsure about the experience that the previous poster had regarding students with learning disabilities, but I have found the opposite to be true. My children both have ADHD and one has vision issues, and the support they receive in the classroom and with the specialists within the school is outstanding and both have improved in their learning capabilities tremendously since attending. This is an excellent school and I wouldn't have my children attend elementary school anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

If your child has a learning disability forget it.. Principal not willing to help at all, blows off all concerns. Doesnt want to be bothered by parents concerns about teachers. Not so sure about the other reviewer... pretty sure he doesnt know or care about my child attending Willow Ridge. Teachers 1-3 grade Wonderful! Upper elementary terrible!!!! No extra help for the kids that need it, communication to parents poor! Someone should do something to help Grand Ledge schools they are FAILING! Serious improvements are needed. Cannot wait for my child to be done at Willow Ridge. Hoping for better experience at Hayes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

Great school and excellent teachers, My kids are attending willow ridge since 3 years. My kids are improved lot teachers are very helpful. Dr.Johnson is wonderful princepal and he take cares each and every body in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I really appreciate the teachers and cirriculum at Willow Ridge. This facility also boasts a wonderful kindergarten setting for the chirldren's first year in elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

The teachers and staff at Willow Ridge are fantastic. Great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

All three of my children have attended Willow Ridge Elementary and we love it. The teaching staff is wonderful. There isn't a bad teacher in the bunch. All the employees are friendly and approachable and truely care about the well being of your children. The classrooms are large, but the staff does a wonderful job and my kids are doing very well. The principle knows all 400 + students by name and always recognizes me as 'so and so's mom' which says that he is hands on in the building. Every teacher, staff member and student is expected to go by the 5 standards to live by; truth, trust, personal best, respect and active listening. This is emphasized every day during announcements. I would definately recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

School is ok, my niece likes this school. But the children of the school are not very nice to minority children like herself. The class sizes are large but I do feel like my niece is learning.


Posted September 16, 2008

If your child has a learning disability, the principal does not want to help you. He will think of any excuse to remove your child from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

I have had a great experience at willow ridge. The teachers have gone over-and-above their job title, even offering special tutor time with the children. Dr. Johnson has also been an encyclopedia of information for me. I haven't seen anything about dr. Johnson that the other parents have said. I did ask for information and was open to the insight they gave me. I was worried about sending my children to public school, but this school is a great environment for my children. The key is to be involved in your child's schooling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I'm thankful for Willow Ridge. For a public school in today's economy, they're doing very well. The biggest complaint I have is the class sizes. Nevertheless, Willow Ridge is still managing to do a good job. I agree with the other parent, there is no diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

I have been a teacher at Willow Ridge Elementary for the past 10 years under the leadership of Dr. Johnson. Dr. Johnson is the finest principal I have worked with. He knows every student (nearly 500) by name and is very visible in our building. He greets the children at the end of the lunch line, takes a recess duty nearly every day and consistently sees the children off at the end of the day. He knows how to work with our emotionally impaired children when they are having a rough time, and he takes an active role in our PTA. Dr. Johnson provides opportunities for staff to work together toward our school improvement goals and remains an active part of the School Improvement Team. For these and many other reasons, Dr. Johnson is a strong and effective leader who makes a difference at Willow Ridge Elementary everyday.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2006

This is my child first year at this school and I must say I love her 3rd grade teacher. But I do not agree with the leadership of the school. The school is not very diversed in ethnicity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

This school has great teachers and facilities. I saw the ratings on the principal from other reviews and disagree. I found Dr. Johnson to be very helpful and supportive of our children who have required some additional special needs (which can be very difficult to get since the needs are relatively minor).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Great clean school! Safe. The teachers have for the most part been concerned and caring. The principal does not want to offer any extra student resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

Principal did not want to deal with problems in the school. Always turned the real issue around to be the fault of the child of the parent who had contacted him with a complaint, no matter how minor. He is not a people person, does not know how to deal with real life issues. This is the only down fall of a wonderful school. The facility and staff are top notch.


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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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

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38%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

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79%

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73%

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73%
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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 45% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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62%

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49%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

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79%

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71%

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71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%

2013

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

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55%

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2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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77%

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73%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
5%
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 42% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
19%
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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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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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 78% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
Asian 7% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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12840 Nixon Rd
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
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