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Grandville Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 891 students

 

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Posted yesterday

If your student is not the typical Grandville computer genius, he/she will have a very hard time here. They do everything online, with only online help. Every student has a chrome book but they are not instructed how to use it. (Most just know because they have been using computers since toddlerhood). All assignments, tests and communication are through google docs. Who needs teachers? Keep your kids home, or send them to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, September 28, 2014

My son's first week in middle was hard. New challenges included finding his classroom, lockers, remembering its combination, making new friends and meeting new teachers . The second week he was so happy that teachers and even eighth graders had helped him. Everyone in the office was polite and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

A bit impersonal due to how large the student body is. It's hard to get to know teachers but overall I'm very happy with this school. Teachers we've had are all well versed in thier subjects and seem to really enjoy teaching. Great parent organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

There are some awesome teachers there who see that my son is a hard worker despite his dyslexia. They have worked with him and have allowed him extra time to take assignments home to work on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Elementary schools WERE fantastic, but with new 'consistent curriculum' the hands of all gifted teachers have been tied. Very few advanced courses to prepare for High School. Keep looking- East Grand Rapids, Forrest Hills, GR City Middle High are far better choices. Just watch out for administrative changes, districts can change very quickly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

The Middle School has a very strong parent organization, strong staff to parent communication venue - including the Infinite Campus Parent Portal where parents can log in over the internet, view grades, comments, missing assignments, email teachers, etc. Written progress reports, monthly newsletters are mailed to all parents; councelors are always available to help students in need - all they have to do is ask. Teachers also notify admin staff of potential at risk students and are continually receiving training and directives on noticing students who may be having peer, parent or other problems. In the past year, student and parent surveys have been returned and multiple steps to make improvements have been implemented. Site improvements have also made the building more inviting and nurturing for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

Elementary schools are fantastic, but things change drastically at the middle level. Kids become a small pebble in a big ocean. Staff do not notice students and do not inform parents. There are a great deal of opportunities for students available, but there is no working with those who are not highly motivated. Great potential in the school, but majority of the staff are not motivated to work with students and parents. Very impersonal.
—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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

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78%

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75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

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70%

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61%
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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.

421 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

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45%

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37%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

419 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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87%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

431 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
29%

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

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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

Below 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 78% 69%
Hispanic 10% 6%
African-American 4% 18%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Theresa Waterbury
Fax number
  • (616) 254-6613

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3535 Wilson Avenue Southwest
Grandville, MI 49418
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