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Kalkaska Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 365 students

 
 

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2 stars

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Posted July 17, 2013

I and my family have been to both large and small schools and have never been to such a poorly run school as Kalkaska Middle School. When bullying is coming from the principal down and not taken care of there is a real problem. If I had a choice to do it all over again...I would rather home school my child or send them to another middle school. The leadership and teaching staff totally needs to be revamped and should think of the students FIRST.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

They talk a talk but don't care about the main thing.KIDS. My child was having troubles in school with some kids, tried to get help from staff and was told she didn't want to hear it. Later with an attempted suicide the School still will not listen to what the problems are. They have never returned the phone calls to us as we are trying to get help. This school, staff and administration does not care about kids only money.!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

My brother went to this school and he has some specil needs problems and they didnt help him till 11th grade and my parents bugged the school sence he was in like 2nd grade so ya


Posted March 3, 2010

The Middle School has a Great Administrative Staff and very professional teachers. By the way, I think Chuck Hubbell should be voted teacher of the year for thinking only of his students and making school seem like a cool place to be and learn. Maybe naming a building after him would show gratitude from the community for his leadership and teachin style. Sincerely, Earl L. Coon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

The taxes are too high for the quality (rather lack of) transportation that is received. The teachers are great and my son is getting a worthy education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2006

This school is one of the worst schools I have ever whent to in my life. The teachers are rude.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

I have found out first hand the quality of school that Kalkaska Middle School has. My son has some special needs that require that he gets some extra help now and then. Most of his teachers were more than willing to commit to helping my son succeed. I only ran into one teacher that really didn't want to be bothered with giving him the extra help that he needed and had a very difficult time retreiving grades for him from this teacher to ensure that he was on the right path. This in turn turned out to an adventure in summer school this year. Knowing this, I still believe that Kalkaska has a long way to go to become one of the top schools in my opinion. Also there is a great need for the return of regular bussing for the schools. We as parents rely on a public tranportation system that is not very reliable and some children are forced to walk several miles to get transportation to school. Having said this, Kalkaska is definatly in desperate need of finacial support in order for our children to succceed in this finacially disabled community.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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27%

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20%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

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67%

2012

 
 
57%

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56%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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15%

2013

 
 
13%

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14%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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23%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
14%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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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 96% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian N/A 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 68%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Staci Short
Fax number
  • (231) 258-3576

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1700 West Kalkaska St
Kalkaska, MI 49646
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