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Northwest Elementary School

Public | 3-5 & ungraded | 583 students

 

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Posted May 26, 2010

I think Northwest Elementary needs a lot of work. They are not consistent in how children are reprimanded, 1 child will get a 6 day suspension and the next will get 1 day, both of which did the same act. They do not know how to handle situations at school, so they will send it home to the parents to deal with, a day or two after something has happened. I am very disappointed with Northwest and that is why my child will no longer be attending this poorly run school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Northwest Elementary School has the best teachers! The teachers and staff truly care for all the children everyday, always! During this age children are at an age that support and guidance is such an importance aspect. The teachers help with many hands on activities, trips when we can afford them, activities at the school for families. Northwest Elementary is a wonderful contributor to the community of students in the Northwest School District.
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Posted March 16, 2010

I personally feel Northwest Schools are wonderful. My children have attended since Pre-school and I wouldn't have it any other way! GO MOUNTIES
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Posted November 27, 2006

Northwest Elementary is a good school. Since the community is made up of smaller towns, there is not one central meeting place. This creates no feeling of community. Therefore, they struggle with getting bonds passed. With the lack of funds comes lack of bussing, staff, etc. The teachers are caring and have gone out of their way for my three children. Charter schools aren't the answer. The lesson doesn't need to be taught to the school, but to the community.
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Posted September 9, 2005

This is a school that has many problems. They are severely overcrowded and with that comes MANY students left behind. Some student have to stand on the bus because there isnt enough seats. They also let the kids bully and abuse other students with really no consequences. I would not recommend this school. Try a charter school and teach these public schools a much needed lesson, our kids deserve better!
—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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

208 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

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61%

2012

 
 
56%

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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%

2013

 
 
45%

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32%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%
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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%
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:

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

Below 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 90% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 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 51%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Eric Kelly
Fax number
  • (517) 789-8467

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3757 Lansing Ave
Jackson, MI 49202
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