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Arcadia Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 336 students

 

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Posted April 20, 2014

My three children attended Arcadia few years ago and it was a great experience. Mr. Vaca was the principal and he was great! My children did great thanks to the school and the teachers , who few of them have now retired. I was very fortunate that my kids got to have a great start at Arcadia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Arcadia Elementary is a wonderful place for both of my children to learn, grow and strive for the best they can be. The teachers and staff are caring, knowledgeable, supportive, attentive, very observant, and remember details about each kid which makes a parent feel like they truly care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

My son is in this school. It is a good school. My son loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I have two children at Arcadia, entering grades 5 and 3. We have been at Arcadia since my older child was in kindergarten, and every teacher has been very good, some have been exceptional. My kids are in the academically talented program, and are constantly challenged. The school is diverse, both ethnically and socioeconomically. I feel that this diversity benefits all of the students. The music, orchestra, art and PE teachers are all excellent, and the prinicipal is very well liked.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2013

Arcadia elementary school is awesome. the teachers are very patient and concern students very much. My son knew little about English, the shool provided special classes for him. It is very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

my daughter went to woods lake last year and they totally failed her in so many ways. she is at arcadia now and she is blossoming and learning. her self confidence is off the charts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The staff is loving and very caring about all students lerning and well being in life. I'm proud to be a mom of a 'Aracadia Star'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Arcadia is a wonderful school. The teachers here really care. I see so much effort being put into bringing all the children along to grade level and above. I see the kids being challenged and supported. This is a city school, many families are poor. There is a great diversity in the student body, including a number of Arabic children, many who arrive speaking no English. Those children thrive and master their new language so quickly with the extra help and care they receive. The school does a lot with what they have, but future budget cuts mean losses of significant programs without adequate funding.


Posted April 19, 2010

We have a great music program and Art program here at our school. The staff is hard working and dedicated to helping students grow and improve their skills and talents. The staff work hard to help all students be successful and achieve their goals. We have a positive, supportive environment with various opportunities to support all abilities and cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Arcadia has a wonderful and caring staff. Everyone, parents, staff, and students are like one big family. The teachers are very dedicated to help every child succeed academically. It has a diverse population that makes the students' experience so much richer. Students also have the benefit of many academic, health-related and enrichment support services provided by Kalamazoo Communities in Schools with collaboration of community partners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I love Arcadia because the staff cares about the students and their families. We are a diverse population, which enriches the lives of everyone who walks into our building. We are fortunate enough to offer Art, Music and P.E. to all classrooms on a weekly basis. We offer many programs through our Kalamazoo Communities in School program, such as the mobile dentist, tutoring, mentoring, warm kids clothes and so much more. Feel free to stop in and expereince all of our good things for yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2010

I LOVE Arcadia!! As many have said before me, Arcadia has a wonderful caring staff! Not only do they support the children and parents, they support each other! We also have many families that support our school and their children. No matter where a child comes from. No matter what the circumstances. Children thrive here because each day they are shown what it means to be a part of a community that cares about them. They belong! Join us! Great things happen a ARCADIA!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Arcadia is a great little neighborhood school. The teachers really care about what happens to their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2010

Arcadia has great teachers that are dedicated to the academic success of each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

I love how this school always has fun activities planned for their kids, even though they are in a poor area of Kalamazoo. Somehow, the teachers always manage to come up with the money needed for the activities, so that the parent's don't have to choose between food or their child's popularity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

I have 3 of my 4 children at Arcadia and they have been there since PEEP and I wouldn't send them anywhere else. They take the time out to get to know every child and help them as best as they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

We recently moved to Arcadia Elementary because of the Kalamazoo Promise. It has become evident that the needs of all students are not able to be addressed. The academics are only addressing the needs of the general student population or of 'special needs' children. The children that are above average do not receive academic instruction at their level and are left to fend for themselves to fight off boredom of general cirriculum. If you have an academically talanted child, find somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

My son is in 5th grade & has been going to Arcadia since kindergarten. I'm very pleased with the staff. They are all friendly and welcoming. I really feel like they care about their students.
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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51%
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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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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33%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

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33%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
5%
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
African-American 43% 18%
White 40% 69%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian N/A 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 77%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Gregory Socha
Fax number
  • (269) 372-9871

Programs

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  • Special education

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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932 Boswell Lane
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