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Seneca Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1376 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014

Great school! My child came from Pickens County school district and I am very impressed with the teachers - communication is top-notch. I always know what is going on and my child is getting a wonderful education. The building is old and it took a while to get used to the layout, but other than that, very happy with this school and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

I moved into this school in the 8th grade this year and i was pretty worried at first. Although the support the teachers gave me and some students (now my friends) gave me helped me out and i don't think anyone will regret going to this school


Posted August 1, 2012

This past while I was attending Seneca really took my knowledge and understanding to a whole new level. I accelerated past my expectations even though I was on only in the sixth grade. The Principal has exceptional leadership qualities and the teachers and staff make it a fun and safe place to learn and grow. I would recommend Seneca middle school over any other middle or Jr. high school any day of the week. Sadly I am moving to a new school for 7th grade and hopefully I learn and grow as much as I did while attending Seneca Middle School.


Posted July 18, 2012

Horrible lunch foods! the hot dogs are cold an pink inside, the mac and cheese is not cook hard grey shells with cheese that has never ending clumps of hair, and i got food poisoning from chicken i ate there


Posted July 5, 2011

A teacher can really hold a lot of infuence on a student and unfortunately for my daughter Ms. Dreyer made 8th grade miserable for her! In the summer, when we received notice of this teacher, the neighbor kids had negative things to say about her, "everyone that has her, ends up with a C in her class". She makes the tests worth 85% of the grade and all the math homework they do, only counts for 15%! That tells me she doesn't like to grade homework. None of the kids like her teaching style and if they voice their complaints, she sends them to the principals office. I know many, many, many parents complained about her and there's nothing that can be done. Switch out of her class if you're unlucky in the draw...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

This is a horrible school and teachers incite students by teaching them politics. My 6th grade son comes home regularly complaining about governor Rick Snyder and how he is doing bad things to education in Michigan etc. When I ask him how he knows all this, he says that that's what the teachers are saying. What? Why? Why are the teachers talking this stuff with the kids? They should focus on teaching because my experience so far is that teachers lack passion and are not doing their job properly such as: - hardly provide any extra help if needed - unnecessary discipline and complain about the students for very minor stuff that should be ignored completely - don't update the "power school" portal for weeks in a row and then update with all kinds of complaints about the child. Teachers should update the grades portal regularly so parents can take timely action to correct any issues and help their children quickly. Updating the portal after every few weeks is of no use. - teachers think that if they make an adverse comment against the child then their job is done and they don't really need to pay attention to that kid if kid's performance lacks. - stress the child unnecessarily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

This is my child's first year at Seneca. I was quite nervous about her coming from a fabulous elementary school (Shawnee Elem) and starting a school that I knew nothing about. I'll tell you, Seneca is top notch! The students are fabulous, the teachers are the best and the principals are quite impressive as well! The teaching staff goes above and beyond for the students! My daughter loves going to school and learning! I know that she is in good hands everyday and getting a fabulous education. What more could a parent ask for? The school challenges it's students, gives the right amount of homework and is definitely preparing the children for the future. I would highly recommend this student to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

I think Seneca is a fabulous school! The teachers are dedicated and helpful, they help children above and beyond what is traditionally expected. There are many extra curricular activities for grades 6-8. The new building is beautiful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

I HATE this school. The students are horrible and are always making fun of you. The classes are ok but most of the teachers will let bullying slip right under their nose even though they say bullying is not toleralted. The counslers are OK although its hard to talk to them when people easily find out about you snitching. I hope to never go back to this school and I'm glad I switched from Seneca to Iroquois.


Posted September 28, 2010

Just a note, We have a new Seneca building and it is no longer located in Clinton Township. It is now located in Macomb Township and it is a beautiful building w/ an awesome pricipal and assistant. Most of the teachers are very good at what they do, w/a couple that need to be watched for their teaching abilities. There are plenty of ways the parent can help out, only if they choose to inquire. Same goes with our high schools. I here lots of parents complaining about things but they are the ones who never show up to make a differance. Nothing will change in schools if parents don't get involved and do it in a more positive way. There is nothing more important in this world than your kids. If you choose to have them, take resposibilty for them. Give the teachers and parents who do care, a break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

My name is Nadia am from Kuwait and am so much delited that my Kids are in Seneca School , they are hard working teachers of my Kids they are fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

We're very happy with Seneca Middle School. Students are separated by grade, which is something most 6th graders and their parents appreciate. Teachers are available to parents by phone or email throughout the day. Student progress is closely followed so that any problems that come up are caught early enough to be fixed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2006

I am sure Seneca is a wonderful school for the child with no academic or discipline problems. However as the parent of an eighth and sixth grader, I can only tell you that I have never been happy. I have been told on many occasions about the lack of funding in the overcrowded school. When I asked for extra help in Math for my seventh grader last year I was referred to a local tutoring services. I am glad there is telephones and computers in each classroom however, I am yet to have one teacher at Seneca pick up the phone or the computer and call me when my child is having difficulties. NO FUNDS = NO GOOD LEARNING FOR CHILDREN IN NEED.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

We weren't happy with the private school our child was attending, so we moved her to seneca. What a great place it has been for her. She had mrs. Ludwig for science in the 8th grade and enjoyed the class so much she's following up with more courses in high school. Seneca was a great experience, and a big thank you to mrs. Ludwig for getting our daughter back into learning.
—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 42% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

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78%

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76%
Social Studies

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

474 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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36%
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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 39% in 2014.

443 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

440 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

441 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

456 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

451 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

464 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
13%
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?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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 83% 69%
African-American 8% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 20%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Todd Distelrath
Fax number
  • (586) 723-3901

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47200 Heydenreich Rd
Macomb, MI 48044
Phone: (586) 723-3900

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