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Westwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 403 students

 

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3 reviews of this school


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Posted October 20, 2013

Abandon hope all ye who enter here. The only school that I refuse to work in as a sub. It's simply awful and there are absolutely not redeeming qualities. If you think I am being too harsh, I dare you to take an assignment at this school.


Posted February 3, 2012

I have never subbed at a worse school. The students showed a defiance towards educators that I have never seen, even worse than the last chance alternative high school I been in. I had to turn up the drill sergeant teacher in me to get even a little compliance. Of course as with any school there where those student that were really trying to learn and preformed and they were poorly served. I was really frustrated and worried that I was a poor teacher, but several students told me it was always like this and all my other experiences have been so great. I also found the staff poor people were short and rude, it was the first time the secretaries the office weren t bright and shiny people. Very few smiles, truly a place .I wish them the best, and my heart breaks for the kids, but I doubt I pick a sub job there ever again.


Posted August 3, 2009

I only went to westwood for a year but it was the most fun i have ever had at school. The kids there were great and my math teacher Mr. Tran was the most supportive teacher i know. I really miss it there and just wanted to say that i miss everyone there.


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.

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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 42% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
5%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
22%
Social Studies

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
1%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
17%

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
1%

2011

 
 
1%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
20%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
1%

2013

 
 
1%

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

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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

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
Hispanic 46% 6%
African-American 25% 18%
White 20% 69%
Multiracial 8% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 0% 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 90%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

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Arthur Garner
Fax number
  • (616) 819-3301

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
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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1525 Mount Mercy Dr Nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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