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North Park Montessori Academy

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 206 students

 

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Posted June 5, 2014

We a very pleased with the staff and education our children are learning. The program is including 7/8 students also which is not reflected on its description. A great school for families to choose in Grand Rapids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

If you are a good advocate for your child you can get help. The Montessori style learning helps because the student can get up move and learn at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The teachers and principal are unbelievably dedicated to the success of your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

We've had a great experience at North Park. I would highly recommend the school to anyone wanting to support our public schools. My children were involved in both the traditional curriculum as well as the Montessori program. Our children were personally helped with their challenges along the way and they were able to excel, in the safe and friendly environment. They have great parent involvement and all extra curricular events we've attended have been great successes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Collaboration has taken this school from OK to excellent - this is a fun and exciting place to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

The teaching staff is phenomenol and parents are engaged. We feel like we made a great choice for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

my son love's this school he said it's the best school ever
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I love this school. I have two children here and couldn't be happier. The teachers are wonderful and the parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

I am super happy with my experience at North Park Montessori. The teaching staff is excellent and we are so pleased with the addition of Pamm Lee. What a caring, challenging, excellent Monetessori teacher. We came from a private Montessori to the public Montessori and couldn't be happier. The interaction between both the 'regular' public school and the Montessori program is seamless. Thank you everyone for making my daughters learning experience something we all treasure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

We have two children at North Park Montessori. The education they have received has been outstanding. Between the Montessori approach to education, the dedication of the teaching staff and the enthusiastic parental involvement, our kids have received a caring and challenging elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

I am very concerned about the bureaucratic nit-picking that goes on between the Montessori teachers and North Park regular ED. The classroom squabbles and the blatant shunning of the new upper level Montessori teacher. This person has years of experience working with kids and should have the red carpet rolled out before her .. instead she is meet with trivial political back biting bickering! Highly upsetting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

You will not find higher quality Montessori teachers in Michigan, maybe the country. We moved from the district in '05 after attending Wellerwood/ North Park for 5 years and miss it very much. The school environment is warm and friendly. The programs, theatre productions and hands-on projects, like the garden, contribute to the family atmosphere provided for students and parents alike. Parent involvement is phenominal at North Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

This is my daughters 4th year and my son's 2nd year. I recommend this school very highly. The teacher's are very supportive. North Park Montessori has alot of parent involvement. My children love the way they are challenged through learning and not just sitting behind a desk pushing pencils but hands on. The staff works great together and all that builds success for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

My daughter is 6 and has attended Wellerwood for 3 years. She has thrived! She began reading at 3 when she was tested over a year ago she was reading at the 4th grade level and she is just going into 1st grade this fall. I am sending my 4 year old to Wellerwood this fall. The teachers are caring and conocerned about all students. Montessori is not for all students but the staff will help guide you to determine is it is right for your child. Wellerwood is getting a new pricipal this fall and we are looking forward to his leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

Our son attended this school about 2 years ago. We sent him to help work on his speach development. In the middle of the year we had a meeting to discuss his progress. While meeting, the principal tried to talk us out of keeping him there because he made progress. We are excited that he made progress there and decided pulling him out wasn't the answer, the 'principal' told us that most parents keep children their at such a young age for childcare purposes. Needless to say I am offended and would recommend that if you are considering putting your child in this facility, you should reconsider it. Our childrens development is crucial to raising intelligent people and that kind of attitude from a principle us unacceptable!
—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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

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42%

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2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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91%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
39%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above 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 70% 69%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Multiracial 10% 2%
African-American 5% 18%
Asian 3% 3%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
American Indian N/A 1%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Robin Sorge
Fax number
  • (616) 819-3221

Programs

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  • Montessori
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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3375 Cheney Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (616) 819-3220

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