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Forest View School

Public | K-3 | 210 students

Forest View is a Character Counts! school committed to achievement for all.

 

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2014:
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Posted April 17, 2014

My school is a safe place for student learning. The staff works collaboratively to meet the needs of all students. I like that the staff works hard make connections and build relationships with all students. We value each child's ability and work to meet their needs. I also like that the students at this school know that their teachers care for them and are known by other teachers and staff in the building. The school secretary is helpful and welcoming to the building.The principal listens to concerns and input from parents, staff and community members to help make informed decisions about our school. There have been many great changes over the past few years at Forest View. I am proud to work in the Lansing School District at Forest View!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 7, 2014

I am a proud teacher at Forest View. Our staff has an excellent working relationship and I know I can count on any staff member for help and support. At Forest View we truly believe "it takes a village." From the principal to teachers and support staff, we believe every student is ours, collectively and we work together to help each child develop academically and emotionally.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 17, 2014

The staff at Forest View has been an inspiration to my whole family. The support my family has received has been amazing. If a problem arises, the staff work together to resolve the issue at hand quickly and respectfully. My child is nourished more then I expected in and out of the classroom, through after school activities and family fun nights. This school participates in character counts where the children learn valuable lessons in responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, citizenship and caring. I am a proud Forest View Elementary parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

Forest View has a staff that goes above and beyond for all students. The staff develops relationships with families and helps students improve both academically and socially. The character Counts program teaches students to be respectful, responsible and caring to each other. Students love to come to school at Forest View!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2011

Let me first state that I can walk into this school freely and walk down the halls largely left alone and right into my kids classroom. No teacher stops me, not staff questions my intent... nothing. Not that I would ever dream of harming a child in any manner but I do present an imposing image with my size. The notion of not so much as a teacher stopping me is enough to make me wonder who else can do it. I am pleased with my 2 boys and their significant improvements over the year there. But I am concerned with the overall lack of supervision in the cafeteria, class rooms and the playground. Almost daily I have to listen to my boys tell me about some kid in one of those mentioned places hitting, kicking or otherwise touching in a bully sort of manner on my boys or other kids. When I mention this to the teachers and the principle I am waved off and told actually 'There is not much we can do here...' And they actually asked why my kids will not be attending that school next year aside from the move... I send my kids to school to learn not get picked on and in trouble when they retaliate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

They are so good at treating my daughter with respect and dedication!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

Lansing schools are a wreck!My daughter has ad/hd and ocd,and needs supervision. Forest View lacks at supervision of children before and after school. As well as on the playground. I can not tell you how many times i have been called by teachers to report nit picky issues about my daughter! When i called the principal about my concerns I never recieved a call back! Twice!I woudn't recomend this school. However,there are SOME good teachers in this school yet,the other issues out wiegh that. I will see about switching schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

This was a good school when we moved to lansing 3 yrs ago. Since Dr. Turpin left it just isn't the same. Huge problems with unsupervised kids, bullying, etc...some excellent teachers are there but it doesn't make up for what lacks administratively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

Up until last year when the new principal took over, Forest View was a great school. The previous principal had a handle on the kids and knew the parents that came in to volunteer. My children were safe there, now it is a different story. Since the new principal has taken over the saftey of children in Forest View has gone down hill and the administration's answer is always, 'It's not my fault.' On the other hand, the teachers at Forest View are wonderful. I have not had any problems with the teachers that my children have had at the school. Hiring a new principal would make this school the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I have 2 children who attend Forest View and a great concern of mine is that there doesn't seem to be much parent/teacher involvement and the supervision issue needs to be addressed. There needs to be a system implemented where our children can remain safe before, during and after school (between pick-ups). Parents need to get involved and then some positive changes in this school will happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

Forest view is not what it was when Dr. Turpin was there. I agree that there is not enough supervision especially on the playground. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated. The new admin. is weak. I am considering changing schools for my kids. It makes me sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

This school was once a very good school. This year with all the changes in the staff and administation has left this school in a wreck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

My daughter began kindergarten at Forest View in 2004. As a first time parent you worry about letting go of your baby for the first time to start school. The teachers and principle are wonderful and always willing to answer all your questions. It wasn't very long before even I was happy she was there. She learned so much and excelled in everything she learned thanks to the wonderful teachers there. My son is almost three and I am looking forward to starting him at Forest View. I know it will be as wonderful an experience as it was for my daughter. Thank you Forest View Elementary for making this new experience so easy and enjoyable for all of us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

The Administrative staff does not use all its resourses to help get parents more involved and it does not use outside resources that are available to them - Some of the teachers are outstanding and most of them are leaving in the 2005 school year. If the Administrative staff were to change I believe this would be a good school to recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I have shipped my children across town so that they could attend this school. My son is now in middle school and consistently has high scores on all achievement tests. I attribute much of this to the wonderful start he got at Forest View.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

17 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
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:

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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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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 39% 69%
African-American 37% 18%
Hispanic 11% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 5% 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 79%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • Emily Wahl
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (517) 755-1339

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3119 Stoneleigh Drive
Lansing, MI 48910
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