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Grand Rapids Montessori Public School

Public | PK-12 & ungraded | 416 students

 

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Posted December 11, 2013

I must say that having relocated from another state to GR we made a purposeful choice to enroll our child in GR Montessori. While the building is old and is in need some improvements, it does NOT reflect upon the school. It is very well run. The principal and vice principal are very approachable and professional. The teachers go above and beyond for every student and parent. Our child is LD and the IEP process is stress free! The teachers listen to our concerns and create realistic goals for our child. We couldn't be happier. Also, the parent organization is a great group of people who have made our transition to the Midwest wonderful. They are very active in supporting the school with meetings and fundraisers and are just a fun group. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that the office secretary is not as professional as the administration and faculty. She is very rude and highly unorganized. But don't let that stop you from looking into this school. You won't regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Excellent teachers and well behaved kids who get along with each other across wide age groups. This school is nicely diverse and has a creative community. Self directed learners. my son and daughter love to go to school. I recommend taking a tour to see the classrooms in action.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

The teacher quality is excellent. They don't just "teach" they involve the students minds and they care, a LOT! It isn't just math that is taught, it is math concepts. Students are eager to learn in such a wonderful peaceful environment. My first grader was welcomed with open arms. In her prior school, students had been too agressive and now she is more peaceful than she has ever been. Also, more successful than she has ever been. She has gained many friendships at North Park Montisori and I hope she will continue to grow at this great school. When adults talk to my first grader, they are amazed how smart she is and how well she can read. Communication is open, honest, and frequent as needed with teachers, receptionist, and Mrs. Sorge. Parents care and they are very involved with their children and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

The Principal (Queen Jones) is awful, she is mean and rude and not friendly. The sec retary (ms harris) has an amazing personality and really fits in well. Just wish the principal would support the staff and teachers. Children do better with rules and structure. Jones has none. She brushes off parent concerns and student issues. I wish they would get a new principal. The assistant principal is no help either. No dicipline!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

My child use to go here, until the Superintendant fired all of the Montessori Certified teachers Jr High and up. Now the Montessori children had non-certified teachers. I would have loved to keep my child there for HS, but if you cannot keep the system running as it was meant to be, then so be it. The elementary school is still an AA+++ Teacher cert system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

I have had four children in this program, one has graduated, and one is currently a junior. Two transfered to another specialty school. This is an amazing program that has been offered to public school children. Hands on learning that has equipped my children for a real future. It has sensitized them to a global community and enabled them to be a functioning part of it. Even, a catalyst for change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2008

I have two students in the GR Montessori program, and a 3rd who graduated. All three thrived with the multi-level classes, a 3 year cycle which allows them to learn by observation and being mentored (1st yr), develop their own learning and guiding styles(2nd yr), and becoming mentors and leaders (3rd yr). Montessori 7th-12 grades are very collaborative and students develop the ability to work together and independently in a collegiate or professional manner that translates well into college and the work world. We have experienced strong fostering of inner self-motivation into lifelong skills. This academic experience focuses on process oriented learning, rather than the test result oriented norm, which does a disservice to parents seeking the best for their child through test results per school or district. Test scores are only a small part of assessing the best educational experience and opportunity for individual success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

I've been in the Montessori program for 6 years now, and I cannot imagine being in any other school. We have the best teachers and the classes allow us to learn at our own pace rather than at the teachers speed. I love Montessori and I will miss it when I graduate. I really wish that people could see Montessori for what it really is rather than just making on-the-spot judgments. These past 6 years have been the best of my life and I wouldn't trade them for the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2008

I would like to hear more about your schools.
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Posted March 26, 2008

My children love to learn, and they learned to learn at this school. The test scores do not show the number of children who excel above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

I have three children that have attended this school. It is a great learning environment, and if your child is a fast learner, they can excel even quicker in this classroom. Having older students in the class is a positive learning experience for everyone. The children are excited to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

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33%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

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69%

2012

 
 
83%

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83%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
22%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
12%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
14%
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 39% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
16%
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 35% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
5%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
0%
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

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
10%
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 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
7%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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?

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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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Graduation rate

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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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 69%
African-American 30% 18%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 64%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Nikki Jones
Fax number
  • (616) 819-2406

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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