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Ferry Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 381 students

 
 

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Posted May 7, 2013

Ferry has done sooo much more for my child than did her previous school, Richard. She was FINALLY placed in the Magnet program with wonderful Mr. Fisher. She is now HAPPY, is no longer getting bullied and loves school. She has a whole classroom full of friends instead of 3-4. The old school was not able to challenge her, just give her extra on top of the usual. One exception: Mr. Swansey- excellent teacher, understood her capabilities and really challenged her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

Ferry is a wonderful school! Excellent Magnet program for 4/5, just a great place to send your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

The school is very good and would be great with new leadership. Ferry houses several special educations classes and services; as well as a magnet program. Academic and behavior curriculum is best practices and systematic. Parent power at Ferry is strong. Its PTO is active and parent room helpers are prevalent. The PTO holds plenty of fund raisers and supports many after school celebrations. The PTO will provide a list of tangible outcomes for the funds earned. The principal is nice but lacks true leadership (a new principal would be nice). The teachers are positive, involved and accessible. The kids are typically respectful and playful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

It takes the talents of many dedicated professionals to create the quality learning environment that exists at Ferry School. The teachers, prinicipal, office staff, support staff,and custodial staff take pride in serving the students and parents of Ferry School. The building is maticulously maintained, the teachers are continuosly reflecting on the instruction they provide to meet the individual needs of their students. The principal is the instructional leader of the building and sets high expectations for the instruction our students recieve. There are clear behavior expectations set for the students and a conscious effort is made to acknowledge the behaviors that demonstrate those expectations. When necessary, discipline issues are handled in a manner that supports the District Code of Conduct. It is the dedication of our PTO and the willingness of our staff to go above and beyond that brings the Ferry Family environment to life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 10, 2012

Oh my, I must disagree a bit with the previous (Feb 2012) post! Ferry is a wonderful school with very dedicated teachers! This is my oldest's last year there and she has had a great experience thus far. No, I am not happy with the Spanish program (I disagree that the kids should lose library time/instruction for it), however, that is a district issue, not just our school. In the September packets, PTO information is included that DOES tell you what the fundraising monies are used for. There are great events for the kids every year- such as the Fall Festival, Santa Dinner, family fun nights, and the Ice Cream Social. Money is used to enhance classroom libraries, the school library, and other great (and often necessary) things. I feel that my kids are receiving an excellent education and elementary experience at Ferry! Both daughter and son have had no problems with any of the teachers or any other students. I haven't noticed many rude or disrespectful students, although I am sure there are some out there, as are everywhere. However, good behavior begins at home! The district did implement a "Keys to Success" program last year that rewards students for doing the right thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

The kindergarten teachers seem excellent and they get kids excited about school with lots of fun activities on and off-curriculum. The principal seems to lack organization but is friendly and helpful. The students are learning a little bit of Spanish now, but they are not graded, so they are not very motivated to retain anything. The parents, often fickle and self-centered, seem to have run of the place. If a new teacher doesn't seem wonderful right away, they are gone in a few weeks. Kindness and respect are apparently not taught here from observing kids at the after-school program and on the playground.The teachers do seem happy, with no lack of resources. I would prefer they use proper English more often when speaking and in written homework sheets. The school is constantly doing fundraisers without telling us what the funds will be for, and I have yet to see anything tangible from all that money. Not a bad place. With a good manager, it could turn out more motivated students and better citizens. But I think the parents would protest that, unfortunately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Teachers are older, no young exciting teachers. Teachers are not well equipped to handle boys or any They do not offer differentiated instructions. Poor quality instructional personal. No foreign language offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Our school has a fabulous combination of teachers, administration, and parent involvement. There is a high level of comunication and participation among all. The children have a great set of values from home which leads to a safe, friendly environment. The children learn at their level: grade level, cluster, or magnet programs are available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

Pleasantly surprised with the teaching staff. Talk with the teachers they are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

Ferry's a great school. Attentive faculty and administration. Outstanding parent involvement. Good kids that work hard at academics and extra curr.
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%
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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

2013

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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64%

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66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
31%
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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55%
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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 85% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian N/A 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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Gloria Hinz
Fax number
  • (313) 432-4102

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748 Roslyn Rd
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
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Phone: (313) 432-4100

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