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St Monica School

Private | PK-8 | 379 students

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Posted September 29, 2014

Unfortunately the St. Monica's of 10 years, where academics blended with Catholicism, is gone. Note the enrolment decline in the last 10 years of over 100 students, despite the addition of a pre-school. The administration has continually downgraded the academics to a point where other local schools, and certainly other schools in bigger areas far exceed St. Monica's. Note how Math classes are taught and that there is no completion of a Language Year 1, becasue the Spanish program is taught 1 day per week. If you are considering St. Monica's you need to delve into the school's test scores. Though they have eliminated standardized testing to provide comparisons, MEAP results show the weakness of the school. If you want an academically strong Catholic school you need to consider St A's, which we originally excluded because of the downtown campus. But it performs far better than St. Monica's, primarily because it's Principal believed in academics. St. Monica's principal believes in multiple masses per week, multiple prayers per day and not in rigorous academic preparation. It's sad to say that St. Monica's has declined so significantly but we don't see signs of change from CSGK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2014

We have had children at St. Monica School for the past 14 years. Each has graduated happy, healthy, and well prepared for high school. The current group of teachers, administrators, and staff are professional and effective in their role, and among the best we have experienced. What we like best about the current administration is the same thing that may have prompted some of the negative feedback on this site. We appreciate that the school is not run by a few verbal parents, whose opinions may or may not be in the best interest of the larger student body. The current administration works to implement principles of best practice in education, even when unpopular or misunderstood by parents. We have trusted the teachers and administrators to do what they were educated to do - create an environment for learning and teach our children - and we have not been let down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

St. Monica educates the whole person and solicits parent to be an active member of their child's faith development and academic success. Mrs. Reits is a principal that makes decisions based on principles and not on who's the loudest wheel. She'll listen, but doesn't jump an every suggestion that is put forth. This may come across as a turn off. I think she's very courageous. I have three children enrolled in the school and they very at their academic abilities. They are happy to be there and love their school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Not happy, not impressed. Poor academics can not be glossed over by a veneer of "strong Catholic identity". An administration that fails to communicate with parents can not be fixed through cronyism. Complete program overhauls that are not vetted by parents result in families who are fed up and choose alternative schools. Lumping 3, 4, and 5 year olds together does not necessarily prepare them for the challenges of kindergarten and first grade. Be aware - should you choose to spend your hard earned money here it will be assumed that you are happy with the status quo even if you aren't. You will be kept in the dark regarding program, curriculum, staff, and teacher changes as it isn't any of your business. Just keep signing those checks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

St. Monica School has been a wonderful environment for our children to grow academically and spiritually. The teachers are wonderful and the school creates a safe supportive environment for all children to achieve. In light of other reviews regarding administrative leadership; I only say that administartors change over time. What doesn't change is the opportunity afforded by catholic schools to provide an academically challenging environment within the context of learning and practicing Christian values and Catholic teachings. This freedom to learn and practice your faith helps direct the course of so many students' lives towards becoming caring, Christian adults who will have been prepared to have a positive and profound impact in their own families and in our society. I would and do recommend St. Monica School and all the Catholic Schools in the Kalamazoo area to everyone. Thank you for this opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

the administration is awful they wont take care of any problems they're zero tolerance for bullying is so the staff doesn't have to decide who was defending themselves and who was the attacker they are both just automatically in trouble i would choose a public school over this school is because the only thing you lose is being able to express you faith you gain extracurricular activities and a chance to get a better education


Posted November 18, 2011

The mission and public credo/marketing of the school is absolutely wonderful. As a catholic it appeals to my family. The teachers are proficient and the many of them work very hard to be good educators to the students. The parents and families are exceptional. However, there is a great deal to be desired in terms of administration and the overall operation and leadership. There is an overall stoic feeling to the environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

I have (3) girls that have attended St. Monica School since the 2000-2001 school year. We had to leave in 2009-2010 school year for personal reasons knowing we would come back. All I know is I have seen a reflection of the lack of education and one on one in their grades. We are definately coming back here and Hackett. This is worth every penny. I firmly believe what you do now will show the benefits always. This is my opinion based on our time here. I also believe it does not matter what school you thinking about sending you kids too they all have kids who are finding out more and more about themselves. In this transition you may find friends and you may not. We are all different no matter what always searching for others with similar interests. I am most important with education than socialization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I've been attending St. Monica ever since kindergarten and I love it. Most of my teachers have been awesome and I've made many good friends. Wheneer you have a problem, the teachers take care of it. Also getting to pray everyday, go to mass once a week, and learn our Catholic faith is a privilege.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2009

If your kid doesn't fit the mold, don't expect them to get what they need here. Portage Public Schools have many more resources at their disposal for all types of students and the education is free. If your child is exceptionally gifted or requires any type of Special Education, St. Monica''s is not equipped to deal with it. The staff is relatively inflexble and has difficulty adapting to students outside of the bell curve. The only thing that public schools lack is the faith based education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

As much as I dont like paying tuition, the whole package you get at St. Monica makes it worth it. I recall one time when my son had missed several days due to illness. We came in late, during standardized testing. The door showed large 'do not disturb-TESTING' sign on the door. We could see his teacher when he knoocked. She didnt look happy to answer the door, but after she saw him her face lit up. She told him how happy she was to see him and gave him a big hug. At the same time, three kids jumped up to help him with his bag, coat, etc. I leftand had to wipe the tears away. You wont get this kind of care from public schools. Plus, his class had only 17 students in it. That day made all the tuition worth it to this Dad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I am proud to be a teacher at St. Monica School. St. Monica offers an excellent, faith based education to children in Preschool through 8th grade. Our relatively new principal, Mrs. Becky Reits, has turned our school around, offering a vision for the future and striving for continued growth and excellence from both students and teachers. I look forward to each new school year at St. Monica as an opportunity to guide, educate, inspire, and nurture another group of children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 2, 2006

I am a currently enrolled student (8th grader) at St. Monica's, and I am enjoying it, but like most 8th graders, am ready for highschool next year. The academic's at St.Monica's are average to my out of state friends, but I don't mind simplicity. The teachers are wonderful and caring, and try to get the best grade out of you! With religion built into the school day, I know more about my faith then I ever thought was possible! Church every Friday in a nice warm building, also helps us reach out to our faith. The music program (band) could use some work, but its fun. It'd be nice for a real art room though. The sport programs are great too, and everyone learns and enjoys. Parent involvement is a must for St. Monicas, and they help run the school, it seems. Hope this helps!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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84%

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77%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

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60%

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40%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

2013

 
 
24%

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56%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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67%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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18%

2013

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
22%
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 42% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

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46%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

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97%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
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Social Studies

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
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 39% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

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65%

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2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
44%
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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55%
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26%
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
African-American 1% 19%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Becky Reits
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (269) 345-8534

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  • Latin

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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

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Portage Public Schools
Comstock Public Schools

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