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West Intermediate School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 536 students

 

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Posted January 13, 2014

I was so nervous about my child going to this school, just everything that you hear in the community. We have been pleasantly surprised. The teachers, for the most part, are great and the principal, Dana Calkins, is the best there is. West has come a long way since she has taken over and they are so lucky to have her. She is fair and really cares about the school and students. There are, of course, some negative things but this is how it is anywhere you go and I hear the same from my friends who are parents at other school districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

um I don't like this school the only reason I go is to see friends. Mr.wiltshart is very mean and don't know how to control his self around other student I think there should be nice teachers like mrs.Cilibrace(:


Posted September 13, 2008

This school was fun. I learned a lot and did a lot of activities. I think it was cool that they had a walk/run to raise money for local people with Cancer. My last year at West, we rasied over $40,000.00 I just think that's cool. I would recomend this school to parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2008

My daughter went to this school and her teachers taught her many things and her teachers were so nice and friendly. She felt so comfortable there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

I have had several children go through West Intermediate in the last few years and have been happy with every one of their experiences. I currently have one child who attends there. I have found the administration to be caring and involved. I think that the quality of the teachers is overall excellent. I would definately recommend West Intermediate to someone who is looking for a junior high school in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2006

They don't give kids much leeway to learn from mistakes or anything. I would not reccomend this school at all. There are a good amount of extra curriculars but the atheltic directore makes it very hard and not many students want to participate. Parents are not as involved as it seems they should be but then again the school doesn't really give them the opportunity. Most of the teachers are good but the administration is horrible.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 16, 2005

West Intermediate is a great school. I am very impressed with the teachers and the way that they can keep control over their classes without coming off as 'mean' to the students. This school has a friendly and welcoming learning environment, and the students are surprisingly well-behaved despite the high amount of leeway that students are given. The only things that really disappoint me are the lack of many extracurriculars and strong parental involvment. Other than that I give West Intermediate two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2005

This school is very critical of the children. I am not even sure they like children at this school. The teachers spend alot of time yelling. So much so that my daughter suffered from depression as a direct result of the environment. She is an honor role student and could not handle the stress of being belittled constantly. I would recommend another school, maybe sacred heart. I would not send any of my children to West Intermediate.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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59%

2013

 
 
68%

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56%

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56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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39%

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36%

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33%
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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 35% in 2014.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
22%
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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Math growth at this school

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 76% 69%
American Indian 16% 1%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 39%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Dana Calkins
Fax number
  • (989) 775-2229

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440 South Bradley St
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
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