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Indian Prairie Elementary School

Public | K-3 & ungraded | 244 students

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Posted April 28, 2014

My Grandson was very shy. Not any more. 2 years at Indian prairie he is out of his shell and doing GREAT!!!

Posted February 7, 2011

Indian Prairie is a fabulous school with awesome teachers and parents! This was my son's first year of school and we had many concerns about him being able to adjust, but he has had a wonderful time and has been academically soaring since he started. The principal is "totally awesome" as she would say! She is fair, understanding, loving, and absolutely loves what she does and it shows. The teachers and staff are all awesome as well! I would have never dreamed that my child would be reading halfway through Kindergarten! I would highly recommend this school to anyone that wants their child to not only get a great education but also be in a great environment.
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Posted January 31, 2011

My child goes to Indian Prairie Elementary. I am very happy with her education here. The school is well run. The principal is excellent. She provides loving authority and discipline for the kids. She calls them her 'babies" and takes care of them like her own. When my child had some difficulties relating to her peers, the principal treated her like she would her own child. After a horrible experience at another school in Kalamazoo last year, Indian Prairie has been a breath of fresh air. The school isn't just focused on getting kids to school, they make a very concentrated effort to help them be well-rounded from in science, math, reading, writing, social studies, etc as well as art, music and physical education. I highly recommend this school. My only complaint is that it isn't closer to where we live. I drive her myself accross the district.
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Posted October 18, 2007

They are wonderful ! If you would like you child to have a great learning experience this would be the place. They have awesome ratings as well. Move to Kalamazoo, Mi and experience how the Kalamazoo Promise would help reduce your childs college tuition expense in the future when they go off to college. I am a local business owner with Millions Approved Home Loans and I am 110% supportive of this school and our local community. David, A Childs Parent
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Posted December 1, 2005

Indian Prairie is a wonderful school! It is just K-3 so there aren't a lot of sports and extra programs, but our 3rd graders did start Girls on the Run last year. We have cub and girl scouts programs and wrap around for Kindergarteners. My third child will be starting K in 2006 and we have been very happy with the teachers and other families at the school. I feel my children have gotten a good start to their education at Indian Priarie and my two older kids LOVE to read! The school has a family atmosphere since it is a smaller school.
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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 69%
African-American 22% 18%
Multiracial 12% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 37%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Hearing impairments

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Kelly Bertch
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (269) 337-1623


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
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Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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  • The Indian Prairie community of staff, parents and students continuously work in a collaborative manner to support student learning and to meet the needs of all learners.
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3546 Grand Prairie Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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Phone: (269) 337-0590


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