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Hazel Park Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 657 students

 

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Posted May 27, 2014

my school is know world wide I will be going to one of the top 10 high schools in the country next year and I use to live in hazel park now I'm in berkley and I knew how it was those schools are bad dont ever take ur kids there they will be behind every other school trust me I know. ~ Dottie England


Posted January 22, 2012

IS THERE CHEER-LEADING AT THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE IM A STUDENT NEXT YEAR IM GOING TO THIS SCHOOL


Posted October 21, 2011

ITS NOT THE SCHOOL, IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, ITS THE STUDENT AND THE UNINVOLVED PARENTING.... YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU OWN EDUCATION!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

HPJH is an excellent school. Brand new, state of the art. My child had a hard time when he started there mid-year. All of his teachers sat down with him, layed out all expections, allowed him to as well, and made him feel so welcome. He has been excelling ever since. Good job. Thanks for taking the time!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

I think, as a parent i am very proud of the middle school teachers. My daughter has come along way and i am very proud of her as well as the teachers. So thank you and keep up the good work..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

well, I think hazel park junior high is one of the best schools I've been to. yeah, there may be a couple of fights now and then but in all honesty, e school has fights in it. The teachers are so supportive here. When I am havingvery a bad day and feel like nothing, teachers are there to listen and tell you to not give up. That ' Your' worth living. They care and love us students more than anyhting in the world. When kids get in trouble they may not have the best disipline but most of the time it works. If I had to choose a teacher to give the Best teacher who is loving and caring award it would go to Mrs. Bentz!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2009

Personally, I think it is pretty sad when the only thing parents like about this school is the band teacher. My son attends this school, and I could not be more disappointed. They don't teach well enough for the students to really understand. If I could, my children would not be going to Hazel Park schools. Period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

My son has been a part of this school going on two years. I want to say...They are doing everything right! he did the transition from elementary level great and the teachers are there because they want to be. Great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

I know the staff and adminastration work very hard. The extra curricular activities are second to none. They offer more sports then anyone else as well as band,choir, and talented gifted programs. The goals of the school is for all to achieve success. However, more parent involvement is needed for this to happen. Overall, this school works hard to put out a good product. As in all schools you get out what you put in. For those who feel cheated or let down I say, 'Look in the Mirror'.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2007

I love this school im in 8th grade and it is the best! teachers are so nice and mr.fisk and mr.ross are the best out of them all. I think they could work on some things but if I was an parent I would send my kids here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

The only good thing about the school is Mr. Ross, the Band teacher. He is top notch. Otherwise I would suggest going to another school. The MEAP scores say it all. The school is failing the students and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I have to agree with many of the parents.The fights, the kids don't have homework except for a 2hr/wk reading log. Many of the teachers are great! the sports are great. We are moving and I'll be sure to let you know if the grass is greener on the other side but I have to believe yes! The biggest problem is the Admin and Principal and VP! The blue building needs a turn over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

I believe the academic programs offered are challenging and offer students the opportunity to grow and stay interested in education. The band program is stellar and the sports programs are top shelf, especially the coaching. Parents are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their child's development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

I love Hazel Park Junior High School because I used to attend there until I was taken from my real parents so I had to move even though I really did not want to.I miss all of my teachers and the principal VP the counslers.You staff are very well to the students who attend there and I recommend all children to attend there when they are eligible.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 21, 2006

I want to say that my daughter is in the 7th grade at Hazel Park Junior Hi and she loves her class with Mr. Fisk. subject: Patriot, She say he is a fun teacher and he makes learning about music and instruments fun and interesting
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

What a beautiful brand new building, however, walking into the office I did not feel I was welcomed with a warm greeting. I was made to feel as if I was bothering the staff and I had a hard time meeting with an administrator. My child's math teacher was great and very dedicated, however, I did not feel this way about the quality of his other teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

The MEAP scores speak volumes. Many of these students are performing well below average. Something isn't working and the students are the ones who suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

The school is a good place to learn. Teachers are willing to do the extras for students in need. The administration keeps a good handle on behavior. The building is one of the finest in the area making the envirornment for learning good. When there are problems (and there are as in any middle school) they are delt with. As a note to one of the other feedbacks - the teachers and administration are most often in the halls except when teaching in their classrooms or dealing with business in the office. That parent's view sounds like someone with some of those problems need to be taken care of. Good school -- the bottom line.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 10, 2005

Poor leadership. Not sure what the principal and assistant principal do all day except sit in their offices unitl 4pm. Many fights. Need to get a handle on behavior and improve MEAP scores.
—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 42% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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Social Studies

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

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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11%

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11%
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 39% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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34%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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33%

2013

 
 
39%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
6%
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

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 72% 69%
African-American 25% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 79%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Douglas Esler
Fax number
  • (248) 658-2305

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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22770 Highland Avenue
Hazel Park, MI 48030
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