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Pleasant View Magnet School

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Posted April 13, 2014

Pleasant View Magnet School is an amazing school. The Art Program, the Dance Program, the Music Program and the core instrucors are dedicated, experienced and talented. I am pleased with the curriculum and extracurriculars on their own, but when you add the Administrators its a parent's dream. Mrs. Shanahan is respected among pupils and esteemed among parents. She knows them by name and hand delivers each student a birthday card. Boku Hendrickson is a mentor to my boys and it is their consistent presence which really unify the school spirit. Patty in the office, is ever efficient and kind. The Art and Talent Performances throughout the year are a sight to behold. Worth watching again on DVD! When you enter the doors of Pleasant View a warmth surrounds you. The magically painted Viola suspended above the foyer tempts you to look around revealing brightly colored walls, theatre seats, drawings and sculptures throughout. If you're there first thing you just may catch the morning announcement filled with interesting facts,encouraging words and a hip tune. My boys love going to school. Everyday. That's a good feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I disagree with the review about the arts being "tapas." My child has been there for 5 years and has had. Wonderful experience with her teachers and her arts classes. At the elementary level, students receive instruction in music twice a week, and art, theater and dance fir one lesson a week. In 5th grade, students get to add intensive instruction in an additional arts class - such as dance, theater, band or strings. In middle school, students are able to select two electives, which meet every day. (Those classes include: band, choir, theater, dance, art, pe, creative writing, journalism and several others.). My child began reading and creating music in kindergarten! She has brought home beautiful art work. Many of the teachers incorporate the arts into their daily instruction, I know my child has incountered this with at least 3 of her classroom teachers. I am thankful Lansing has a school such as Pleasant View. I look forward to my child being there through 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

This school obviously has a great arts program. With the funding being cut this year from those types of programs I am happy I made the choice to send my daughter there for her first year of school. We absolutely love her teacher Lauren Gewirtz. She is great with the kids and I really appreciate her teaching style. We also love that she uses song and singing for her learning experience. There have been a few kids in the class that have made it a challenging experience for my daughter and others. I attribute this to more of their homelife and the parents style of parenting. She handles these situations the best that she can. The principal Mrs. Shanihan is great too. She actually remembers the parents and students. It is easy to tell that she is very involved with the school and the children that attend it. That kind of leadership and attention is much needed in our communities. We just really love and appreciate the principals and the teachers we have incountered. Now it is time for the parents to get on board too with compassion, patience, and active roles in the children's behavior and learning. I really love this school and so does my daughter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

This school is incredible. I moved 1 1/2 hrs to be close for my child to attend on a daily basis. The school is very rare, due to the fact that it has a performing arts focus and starts in Kindergarten - my child can go to Theatre, Art, MUsic (instrumental, vocal), and dance. School districts are talking about cutting back with art education and or doing away with it all together. While this school has an art focus. This school is not an elitest place that caters only to those that take test well, those that some call "gifted" all our welcome at this school. IT is simply an art focused education that is free and open to all. It however is first come first serve and even if you live in the neighborhood you have to register - it is a first come first serve basis.. the sooner you register for the school year the better, as I hear they are wait lists. This school while amazing has suffered from budget cut backs... But I love the teachers as they are amazing, I love taking my child to school and I love picking my child up. The school has a very very positive feeling and there needs to be more schools like this school. More kids need this focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

Awesome learning environment! Our daughter excelled at Pleasant View. Ms. Shanahan knows all of her students by name and has truly made the school a family. The dedication of the staff is phenomenal. The emphasis on arts affords the children many more opportunities than other area schools. The gifted and talented program kept our daughter engaged and excited. The level of parental involvement is also very impressive. We couldn't have made a better choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

I remove my child from this school because she was being physically assualted. My child was behind in reading. I volunteered at the school on a daily basis and no one bothered to tell me she was behind in reading.


Posted April 21, 2010

Pleasant View is a magnet school that focuses on the performing and visual arts and integrates the arts into the academic curriculum. It is a school of almost 600 talented children that are enthusiastic about learning! What could be better?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

It's just a great school. The staff is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Parent involvement in impressive. Behind every great school, are great parents, teachers, and enthusiastic students!


Posted April 21, 2010

It is a great school with fantastic teachers and principals!!! And it feels like family when you walk through the doors. Students and families are the priority here and you know it the minute you meet the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

The principal is really involved with the school and it's a safe and warming environment. The arts program is wonderful and it is a well put together program. Any extra funds would help especially with cuts to the school funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

Pleasant View Magnet school is a wonderful school community. Our school leaders exemplify that committment starts from the top; Principal Madeline Shanahan and boku Henrickson embody tenacity, persistence and an unwavering committment to our children. In turn, the teachers carry out this mission in their creativity and innovation in educating our children. I am privleged to be a part of the Pleasant View School Community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I love Pleasant View School because of all the arts programs that they offer. This school was designed for a child like mine. She enjoys singing, dancing, drawing and performing. The principal and assistant principal are the best in the area and have a true love for the children. Pleasant View is one of the top magnet programs in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Their performing arts programs are extraordinary. Children learn in many ways and are extrememly engaged.


Posted September 16, 2009

This is a visual and performing arts school which incorporates arts into their everyday learning, It has been proven highly successful and due to overwhelming popularity, the school has a waiting list and their funding is gone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Pleasant View is great and fun with all the performing and visual arts and it is easy to learn in the school enviroment!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2008

i love going to this school they are wonderful
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2008

PLeasant View is fantastic. The teachers are smart and caring, the principals are amazing leaders and interacting with the kids all the time and the art staff is amazing. I love the twice a year big performances at Hill Center and seeing my children on stage. It is a chance of a lifetime for them and their talent and confidence grows every year. Both of my boys are in after school dance classes, tap for one and hip hop for another. The drama department puts on a great play every year and my kids bring home amazing art work on a regular basis. With the lack of art education in so many other districts who wouldn't send their children to Pleasant View? The classroom teachers us art creatively to teach curriculum and this help all kids learn the subject material. Great job Pleasant View... keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Pleasant View is an excellent school. I would not choose any other school in Lansing for my children. Love the principle, love the staff. PV parents are the best. It is ethnically diverse which is awesome. The staff truly cares about the children and they are on their job. PV has close to 200 people on the waiting list. I have 3 children from 1st thru 5th grade and they all have been there since Kindergarten. I will not take my kids to any other school. The curriculum is great. Their standards are high. The parents are very involved and supportive of all of the programs. The performances draw droves of people and fill the large Hill auditorium. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Pleasant View is a great school. I am so proud to have all my kids enrolled their. The staff is awesome with the kids and the Principal Rocks. I would never change this school for the world. The parents are very involved and when u have a concern it is answered right away. Thanks Pleasant View! You rock!
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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11%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

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13%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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55%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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23%

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46%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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26%

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42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

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71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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5%

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12%

2011

 
 
16%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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30%

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30%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
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Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
23%

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27%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

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14%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

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14%

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10%

2011

 
 
10%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

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62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

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5%

2011

 
 
8%
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%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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
African-American 52% 18%
White 24% 69%
Hispanic 14% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Madeline Shanahan
Fax number
  • (517) 755-1609

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4501 Pleasant Grove Rd
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