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Highlander Way Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1088 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted May 12, 2011

This is our school of choice. My child's experience has been excellent. We have been very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

My son has never hated school more than he does now, he does not get the support that is needed to help him succeed and many of the teachers gossip and are very unsympathetic. They tend steriotype. My son has had nothing but bad experiences. The staff does not give anything positive to help the kids want to achieve. they also pick and choose is is good and who is not, my son constantly feels like he is being put down by the staff, there is one of the counslers who is good with my son though but teachers will not let him speak with her very often
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

i go to this sxhool and i abosolutly love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2008

I am a proud HWMS Parent. My sons were in the 6th and 8th grade last year. It's hard to say that the entire staff is great, but they certainally have over 90% who love children and love to teach. Our children have been very successful and happy with their experiences at HWMS. It is one big team effort of which they include the parents. The extracurricular activities are second to none. Our children's middle school experience has been very memorabl and positive. We thank everyone for all the time and effort they put into working with middle school students. Thankyou HWMS. Leigh Damaske
—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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

275 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
38%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

331 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
16%
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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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

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 95% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Melanie Post
Fax number
  • (517) 545-1455

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Howell, MI 48843
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