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Collins Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 461 students

 

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Posted November 11, 2013

PTO is very involved, has a diverse background of Kids. the principal is very involved. we are new to GR and the school and parents have been very welcoming and helpful .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This is a great school. I just wish Forest Hills had more diversity in all of there schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

Great school and teachers. A diverse group of children and caring/working parents. Friendly staff as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

Great school with great teachers supporting a fun learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

There are few schoold like collins Elementary. The staff is lively, the school is filled with spirit and the students are happy! What more can make it the perfect place to educate children? Collins is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

I have a daughter in 2nd grade at collins. Mrs Tencate's class and she is absolutely wonderful. Mrs Armbruster was her 1st grade teacher and she was the greatest. We are moving out of state and we are very sad. All of the teachers are fantastic, the office staff are great, and the principal knows every student. It has been a fantastic school....We will miss collins.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

I have a child in Mrs. Libra's third grade class and he just told me what a great third grade year he has had and I quote, 'Haven't I been lucky to have such great teachers at Collins?' He has been truly blessed by all the teachers he has had there and they have done a great job helping him to make great strides academically while helping him learn to handle his ADD at the same time.
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Posted February 13, 2008

How much can I say about this school, its teachers, administrators, and staff!!!!! My kids have been nurtured, loved, pushed, and even taught through the endless patience and skill of these incredible educators. I have 2 high achievers, both of whom have found teachers ready, willing and able to push them and love them and help them learn and grow and achieve. We love Collins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

I loved this school when I went there! I had a lot of fun with the games that we played in our class. The teachers there were fantasic. This is a great school everything is superb I love IT!
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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80%
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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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92%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%
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

Above 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
White 79% 69%
Asian 10% 3%
African-American 5% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mitchell Balingit
Fax number
  • (616) 493-8909

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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