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Botsford Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 392 students

 

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Posted September 6, 2013

Botsford is an excellent school. Botsford even offers a "Gifted Student Program" for those students who excel. Very few schools offer such programs these days .even though such a program encourages excellence. Top notch curriculum. Involved teachers. Your child will receive an A-1 education at Botsford. We have now moved to Farmington Hills. I see no difference between Farmington schools and Botsford -- yet Farmington school have a "A Rating'. And Farmington doesn t even offer a Gifted Student Program. I m disappointed because my son was in that program at Botsford and there is no such offering now that he is in Farmington schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

this schools food is poor books are rubbish . teachers don't give discipline. playground is UN-sanitary


Posted April 11, 2012

awesome school, great children involved principal, loving teachers who care and great parents who help out with the school and all of the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

My daughter loves everyone at Botsford. My husband and I are very impressed as well. Mr. Schiffman and his staff are all excellent, caring people who really love kids. Thanks !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Have three children at this school, and we as well as our children love it, all of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

Botsford Elementary is a wonderful school. The staff and the principal work very hard to ensure all the children are in a safe and caring environment. They always have the best interest of the students at heart. My children have had nothing but positive learning experiences at Botsford. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

This school may be small, but it has a terrifc, dedicated staff. The smallness is also a bonus because everyone knows one another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2007

This is the best school for your kids. Botsford has an excellent staff of teachers and the principal does any excellent job with students, parents and curriculum not to mention all the time spent by the principal and staff for afterschool functions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2007

I am glad to read about the other current ratings. This school is poor in curriculum; teachers; discipline; cultural diversity and 21st century education. If you question the system, you are ostracized. I would advise against this school and if you are currently enrolled, read the statistical data and meap results- they speak for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2007

the school lacks leadership from the principal. he does not follow through on things or follow a consistent discipline policy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

This school is horrible! Not only are the academics behind but there is a huge amount of cliques among the parents. Mr. Schiffman is nice but he does NOT discipline anyone even when fighting. I refuse to send my daughter to middle school with these same kids and their parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

This is my son's second year at Botsford. He's in the 3rd grade now. What I like about Botsford is the family atmosphere. All of the staff members are nice and the teachers are excellent. They don't let your child fall through the cracks. If there is a special need it will be identified and worked on. The school has great 'best' activities for both the student and parent. Botsford is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

I agree with the previous feedback. Botsford is a small school where Mr. Schiffman in particular, and the staff in general, truly know and care for their students. My two children 'graduated' from Botsford, and I would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2004

Botsford is the best grade school in the district, both my children went through this school and I could not be any happier. Mr Shiffman is a very involved principal who works many more hours than a normal principal, helping out at Best events and Cub Scout programs as needed. I would highly recommend this school.
—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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%
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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

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77%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

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 45% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
11%
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

Average

Reading growth at this school

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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 68% 69%
African-American 18% 18%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 1% 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 58%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Joseph Schiffman
Fax number
  • (248) 919-0442

Programs

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Livonia, MI 48152
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