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Grandville Cummings Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 511 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2012

I have been very impressed with this school. I truly cannot say enough great things about the staff, the way they care about the students and the respect they have for each other and the parents. Concerns are heard and addressed immediately, not after it's too late. I truly wish more principals carried the education and desire to see students succeed as this principal does. He is truly amazing!,,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

High ratio of students to teachers. Not enough help. If your kid is different in any way they squash the creativity right out of them. Seems like newer / younger teachers are excellent, while older / tenured teachers know they are asbestos-proof and that's how they teach. Also, sticking a child in front of computer is not teaching. Kids need teacher connection.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

grat school! great principal,will missed it when my kids will go to middle school,wish i can take the whole staff every school my kids will attend until they graduate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

Moved from Kenowa district. Great School! Great teachers! Excellent parent community. Great Special ed teachers. Great for children with all abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I've had kids in this school for 15 years. I've never been more comfortable knowing my children were in the best of hands. Very professional faculty with kindness and compassion and complete dedication to their welfare and education!! This school is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

Great staff & excellent principal, which makes Cummings school a top-notch school. Staff are very dedicated to the education and well-being of each child. We transfered to Cummins 3 years ago and I was pleased from day 1 and continue to be pleased. I can not say enough great things about our school and I am so proud to be a part of the Cummings family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

Very poor. Children with disabilites or behavior issues get pushed to the side. They do not have the appropriate training or staff to deal with issues the proper way. They are ignorant when it comes to why a child behaved the way he did. If you can't understand the why, how can you teach skills to correct the behavior for the future. Stay away from Grandville Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

Always open to improve and or new ways to improve student learning. Parental involvement highly advertised and appreciated. Overall, a Great School!!
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

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36%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
15%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
30%
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
White 82% 69%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 38%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Scott Merkel
Fax number
  • (616) 254-6043

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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4261 Schoolcraft St Sw
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