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Marie C. Graham Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 382 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2012

My children transferred to Graham 2 years back and the school was very welcoming. I believe that Graham has the children's best interest in mind and try to do the best they can. Although I am not happy with my children's school I do not feel it is the administration or the teachers. I am questioning if it is the parents and the students. I believe that the staff has to many disipline issues to deal with and obnoxious parents! If we lived in a nicer neighborhood or could afford private schools then that would be my choice. But as far as public schools go Graham Elementary is a fine school and the staff is great :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

My daughter transfered here from Tenniswood Elementary because they did not have available seats and we love it. This is a great school with friendly teachers and a great principal. This summer they are going to renovate the school and I think it will be excellent. My child brings home everyday a book to read and there is a lot of parent involvement on different events. Mrs. Weiss is wonderful teacher, too. My child will attend second grade on this school and not on her home school. Thank you all teachers of Marie C Graham Elementary school doing a good job with kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

Teachers are wonderful, most go out of their way to give the students a well round education. The parent club is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

The individual care that is shown by the teachers is second to none!! The Parent Teacher Club is always looking for different ways to improve the student experience at Graham.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

Graham does not make new families feel welcome and comfortable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

We also attended Prevail last year and were very disappointed. My son(1st grade) and daughter (4th grade) are both doing very well at Graham. The teachers make the difference. Mrs Buxton and Mrs Christman are wonderful and both go the extra mile to help our children learn. Both my children are also very excited about the renovated gym that will open in a week or two.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

This is the first year for my daughter at Marie Graham. We came from an academy school, Prevail, and we were really dissappointed by them. I have to say it has been a wonderf ul school. We have not had too many issues with the school, that has not been taken care of immediately. Mrs Serruys is a wonderful teacher. Mrs. Sally is the best principal. And the school has something the academy did not. They brought learning with fun. And my daughter seems to do just as well, and better than she did in the Academy. She loves going to school and that is what matters. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

I was very dissapointed in the education that my son recieved at this school. That is the reason I moved him to a academy. Now I am having to hire tutors, do one to two hrs of homework study each nite to catch him up to where he needs to be. Very dissapointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

I love this school, my daughter isn't doing very well, but the teachers are doing their very best with my help.
—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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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44%

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37%

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37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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64%

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55%

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55%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

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73%

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64%

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64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
14%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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 71% 69%
African-American 18% 18%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
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 55%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Amy Finkbeiner
Fax number
  • (586) 783-6466

Programs

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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25555 Crocker Blvd
Harrison Township, MI 48045
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