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North School

Public | K-5 | 554 students

 

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Posted November 15, 2013

This school is a great example of the commitment that Lansing continues to have, despite all of its economic difficulties. North is lead by an outstanding Principal who has a heart that is bigger than the building. The staff is professional and caring, with a special shout out to Mr. Heiler, Ms. Brace, and Ms. Laurens, who are among the most creative teachers I have ever met. The number of English as Second Language students and Special Education students would tax any school, but the North teachers just roll up their collective sleeves and handle it all. If I had another child in the elementary schools - this is where I would want them to go.


Posted February 11, 2013

The principal is the best. This school is multicultural and multilingual...therefore, present with many challenges daily. The Principal rises to the occasion as well as the support staff. A special mention for Mrs. Heiller the Kindergarten teacher. If your child happens to be fortunate enough to be in her class, know that your child will be ahead of all the other first graders. These two educators are ranked amongst the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

My oldest went there for kindergarten and doing what any child does got investigative with the other kids. I do not condone such behavior but I do grasp it and understand it. Several times I was called by the staff to come and deal with the above issue of my child touching others or acting inappropriately with other kids. He informed me of the situation or his side of it while at the door of his class room. I am standing there with the principle and the supposed behavioral specialist and I look down at his table and watch as a little girl goes under the table and makes a 'gobbling' sound in the crotches of each of the boys as they laugh. Both the principle and the counselor responded that they didnt see it even though it was right under their collective noses. The principle even laughed while it was going on! My son was suspended for 3 days and CPS was involved as part of their supposed investigation. I withdrew my son after CPS informed us that it was little more than frivolous and that none of the other kids mentioned were even punished lightly for their involvement as well. It was a nightmare experience and my son being the only white child was the only one punished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

My Son enjoyed his 3rd grade year. Mrs. Hoffer & Mrs. Johnson are excellent teachers. I have also enjoyed having a new Principal Mrs. Barlow what a breath of fresh air. I am looking foward to the 4th grade year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2007

I really enjoy North. I went there and now my oldest is leaving there, while my youngest is entering. The school does extremely well with integrating special needs children with non-special needs kids and the children gain as a result of this. Sign language is taught in the school- an added plus! The principal has a great handle on each of the children but may need a bit more development with interacting with the staff. Most of the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

I want to say, never have I been so impressed with the staff of North Elementary, I appreciate the willingness to be a B.O.B. (bending over backwards!) to help a student succeed. My daughter has a teacher that is willing to do this, and I am seeing the results, and she is a shining example of her teaching! Thank you!
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Posted February 26, 2004

My daughter goes to North and her teacher is the best. She not only teaches her about math reading and other subjects but also about respecting others and herself. She really makes my daughter do her best.
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Posted July 23, 2003

My son has went to North since kindergarten and he has had the best teachers. My daughter is starting this year and I can't wait, because I know she will get the same quality teachers as my son. Mrs. Ahmad is one of the best leaders in the city in my book. She knows the students by name and is fair in all that she does with the children. I would definantly recommend this school to any parent. They would feel comfortable knowing that their child is being taught by some of the best and cared for while they are gone all day.
—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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%
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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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13%

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22%

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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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41%

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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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24%

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15%

2011

 
 
30%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%
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:

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

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below 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
African-American 30% 18%
White 26% 69%
Asian 20% 3%
Hispanic 17% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
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 77%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Shelley Barlow
Fax number
  • (517) 755-1719

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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333 East Miller Rd
Lansing, MI 48911
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