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Great Lakes Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 528 students

 

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Posted July 16, 2013

We love this school. Our kids learn a lot and are pushed to do their best. Great staff and curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2012

I Love this school, my daughter is doing really great there, i wouldn't go to any other elementry school. The teacher's and staff are caring and loving and are serious about a good education for there students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

There is a buzz about this elementary school. We are finding that our children are doing great things at this school. Caring about the world around them and learning everyday what it means to do your best. I would highly recommend this school. The teaching staff is passionate and works hard to prepare all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Great Lakes Elementary is a wonderful school. The school is filled with caring teachers and supportive parents. It is a true learning community. When you walk through the doors at Great Lakes you can feel that it is a wonderful place to go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

We looked at a variety of schools in the area, both public and charter, prior to deciding where our children's elementary experience should take place and we chose Great Lakes. Great Lakes' staff is unbelievable. They are caring, supportive, involved and accessable. I've never felt more welcome as a parent at a school. The school community provides a diverse educational experience for our kids. I volunteer weekly and am on the PTO and really enjoy the kids. Great Lakes' Principal is true advocate for our school and has the ambition and heart to make it one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

Great Lakes Elementary School is a wonderfully diverse school with a passionate staff of educators. There is a strong community culture at the school and it is one of the finest environments on the West Michigan Lakeshore to prepare young people for the challenges of the future.
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Posted January 17, 2009

Our school is a diverse learning community with very dedicated teachers. We strive everyday to meet the individual needs of the children and to create instruction that provides success for all students. There are many exciting things happening as our school begins the process of becoming an IB school. I wouldn't teach anywhere else and my children will also be attending Great Lakes in the near future!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 16, 2009

The teachers at Great Lakes are second to none! They are very caring and work hard to make sure every child is achieving. The principal, Mr. McDowell, is friendly, accessible, knowledgeable, and constantly working to make sure teachers know about and are implementing proven strategies/practices to help students be successful. We are happy to support our neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Great school! Wonderful opportunities for acceleration. I couldn't imagine sending my kids anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

I just Love this school.. They are so much in helpping other children.. I couldnt ask for a better school for my son :)
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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58%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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Math growth at this school

Above 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
Hispanic 47% 6%
White 31% 69%
Asian 13% 3%
African-American 5% 18%
Multiracial 4% 2%
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 73%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • David Stefanich
Fax number
  • (616) 738-6391

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3200 152nd Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
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