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John Monteith Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 520 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted June 15, 2011

Monteith is fantastic! We moved to the area from a very highly ranked school in California and couldn't be happier with the principal, teachers, staff, and fellow students/parents. We found a welcoming atmosphere with a strong focus on individualized learning for our kids in K, 3rd, and 5th. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

One of the greatest things about Monteith is that even though it's a big school, it still has a warm, neighborhood feel to it. Everyone from the principal on down is friendly and welcoming. Teachers take the time to differentiate between students so that everyone is challenged in the classroom. I'm always impressed by the fact that the gym teacher knows every child in the building by name! I highly recommend Monteith Elementary School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

I agree, Monteith is an incredible school with dedicated professionals. We have been lucky with fine teachers, and an incredible office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Monteith is a wonderful school, it doesn't get much better than this. Mr. Howell is the best principal to date. The staff and students are happy... where else is that going on?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2005

We are parents of 2 daughters who have or will be attending Monteith. It is a great school. Yes, it is the largest of the elementary schools in GP. One of the reasons, is parents WANT to send their kids to this school. The early el (only area we have experience thus far) is excellent. The teachers and their supporting staff have been great at communicating to the parents and providing helpful hints to encourage their child's growth. We volunteer occassionally-maybe 20 hours a semester, and are always welcome. Mrs. Walby has done a great job following a principal that had been at Monteith for several years, as well as dealing with several of the current bond projects underway-parking lot, addition, etc. One thing missing-foreign language as part of the core curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

I've been a Monteith mom for three years and have two daughters there. It's a really great school. I volunteer a lot but unlike the reviewer before me, I don't come close to 20 hours a week and don't know any parent who does. Also, as a 'lunch mom' I can tell you that it's not up to us on whether the kids go out for recess or not - the principal makes the call based on weather and wind chill. There's never been a day when kids should have gone out but didn't. I'm not sure where the previous reviewer gets her/his information. As with any school, be careful of the parental gossip - it may not be true. Monteith has wonderful teachers and a stellar curriculum. Yes, it's the biggest in GP and lunchtime is rushed, but it's the one that all the parents want their kids in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

My child-former student who attended for five years with previous principal. Monteith-most students of any elementary in GPSS. Many parents, i.e. mothers, volunteered more than 20 hrs/week. If you can't be that involved you may not perceive the school as 'user friendly', i.e. not inclusive of new or working families. The low math scores (compare Kirby and Mason) reflect the lack of quality math instruction for fourth and fifth grades. No school is perfect, but many contradictions: violin offered, classes held in basement furnace room; hot lunch offered, lines so long and lunchroom (gym) so noisy and crowded bag lunch necessary to finish a 'thirty-minute- factory-lunch'; after-care offered for working parents at a fee which included use of school gym, yet parent or community (elections) activities took priority, kids given hallway or art room; lunch moms didn't like cold, kids given indoor (classroom) recess 10 days straight against PE recommendations.
—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.

77 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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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84%
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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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86%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

2013

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
25%
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:

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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 80% 69%
African-American 10% 18%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
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 8%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Keith Howell
Fax number
  • (313) 432-4502

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1275 Cook Rd
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
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