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Halfman Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 240 students

 

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Posted June 11, 2014

Excellent school -- too bad it's closing down. The kindergarten program was wonderful and the teachers & office staff were amazing. They're building a new elementary school that will combine both Edison and Halfman students into one school. From a security standpoint, the new school looks great. I hope they continue to provide a good education for our children! The high school in this district has been negatively impacted by the "Schools of Choice" program. Poor conduct, low test scores, physical fighting and bulling have been on the rise, since they have allowed students (that currently do not reside in our community) to enroll, via the Schools of Choice program. As a concerned parent, I believe we should not enroll students unless their permanent residence is within the district, like it was for decades. Halfman, in general, was a great school. On a positive note, the teachers will be transferred to the new school. We look forward to the new school and hope construction is completed by January of 2015.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

Firstly, we moved here a month before school began with little knowledge of the area or school district. We relocated for my job, needed a house stat, and had to get our children enrolled in Kindergarten and 2nd grade immediately. We came from a rural area with an excellent school system, competitive Meap scores, and overwhelming parental involvement where they were forced to draw names for chaperones and activity helpers. At first the difference between the districts startled and worried me. My daughters seemed to be in shock as they seen peers being suspended for the first time, were exposed to a colorful new vocabulary on the playground, and discovered older playground equipment. I was in shock to see half empty halls at conference time and a tiny little PTA. That said, we have been impressed again and again by the ingenuity and commitment the staff has toward their student population. They genuinely care, and show it, more than our higher rated former district. What they lack in funding, they use creativity and hard work to supplement. Our girls have learned a lot this year but still remain sweet children. The fault lies in the families and homes, not these teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

i think that this school needs more activites after and before school to help out my child because hes been complaning about not having a latckey before school


Posted June 15, 2009

Halfman Elementary is far below what I would have expected. My daughter's teachers were great and I hate to have a bad opinion of the school when these individuals were doing their jobs properly. Unfortunately when combined with other issues at this school I would feel neglectful if I did not pull my daughter from this district. Number 1 issue with this school is the parking. All streets surrounding this school are completely jammed and parents idle in the road either letting their kids jump out there or waiting for them to walk out. Also the Pricipal is not what I would consider welcoming. The few times I can into contact with her she seemed angry and sour and makes me think she would be better not working with children. The playground is shameful. Limited/missing/delapitated equipment for K-6 is embarassing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

I have been less than impressed with the school. They do not do individual instruction, nor do they test in the beginning of the school year to assess the students abilities. My son was in kindergarten at Halfman last year and they did not go on one field trip,l which I think is a shame for a kindergarten class. The curriculum was weak and frankly he brought home work that I could have completed with him myself at home. Needless to say he no longer attend Madison heights Public schools. The district has a lot of work to do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2004

Halfman elementary is a great school. My teachers are really nice and help me out with whatever I need. I feel very safe in my school at all times because our school is located in a good neighborhood.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%
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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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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39%

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52%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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63%

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44%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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32%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
2%

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?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 67% 69%
African-American 28% 18%
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 87%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Joanne Vader
Fax number
  • (248) 543-9323

Programs

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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25601 Couzens Ave
Madison Heights, MI 48071
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