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Ann L. Dolsen Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 511 students

 

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Posted November 5, 2012

Over the summer our family moved to South Lyon and we are extremely pleased with Dolsen Elementary School. The principal. teachers, and office staff have been extremely helpful and welcomed us to the school community. Our children are being challenged and love going to school everyday. We are looking forward to our next few years at Dolsen! Go Dolphins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

When my daughter moved from Novi schools I was very nervous to send her to Dolsen Elementary, but when I met the teachers and staff I was very pleased with the help from them. They all made my child fit in with all the kids. My child loves her teacher and has good friends. We couldn't find a better school then this one. I would like to request the principal to make the cirriculum a little challenging for the students, also put in more choices in the lunch menu. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

My daughters teacher is so great but the principal is a JOKE. Because of her some terrific teachers are leaving for other schools, and honestly my kids will not go back to Dolsen next year because of this principal. Come on South Lyon Superintendant get it together and see she is a PROBLEM!!! If it werent for the teachers I would have rated this school 0 STARS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

Great school. I like the fact that it's small and my child is not just a number. We just moved from Novi Schools, for several reasons, and could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

All three of my children attended Dolsen Elementary School. The teachers, principal and all other staff members are awesome. They genuinely care about the individual needs of each student. The small school has a family atmosphere that assists children and families in a variety of positive ways! I am proud to say that Dolsen is one of the best elementary schools in the state of Michigan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

Great school all-around! Excellent teachers, involved parents, good extracurricular activities! This school is getting kids' education on a good start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

I couldn't be happier with Dolsen!!!! The smaller class size is a plus and the office staff is amazing. I have dealt with several school districts and this elementary school is amazing! Can't wait to send my last 2 (out of 4 children) here for their primary education:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

I think that this school is very poorly ran. There is not enough experience in the staff. I have one child enrolled and wish I could transfer. I will never send any of my other kids there again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Because of its diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

My two oldest children graduated from Dolsen Elementary and went on to Middle school. They loved the experience they had there and now my daughter is in 2nd grade and is loving the experience she is having at Dolsen Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Because the best kids attend there.


Posted November 11, 2010

I have never worked with a teaching staff who is more dedicated to reaching each and every student. The school works as a positive community where everyone is working together in the best interest for the students. I love working at Dolsen!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2010

I love the smaller size of the school and the closeness it creates. The staff, especially the teachers are wonderful, the curriculum is great and I don't foresee myself ever moving out of the district until my children are done with school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

Ann L Dolsen Elementary School is a great school. Every staff member I have met are great people. When there is a problem or concern they are never hesitant to address it. I am always very comfortable with my children there and know they are getting a solid start in education and are in a very safe and capable environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

The one on one attention the children receive. It is a smaller school, and the faculty and children all know eachother. We had the option to attend a newer school in the same district, my children and myself opted to stay at Dolsen and we have have been very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

It is a smaller school with about 340 students. This makes for a tight knit community atomsphere. The teachers are caring and providing the students with an excellent education. One teacher even took her personal time to see her students at thier activities outside of school - baseball game, dance recital.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

It is hard to choose one thing in particular that I love about Dolsen! It is a small school with a family-feel. There are always smiling faces and welcoming hellos. The teachers create very inviting learning environments, & my students are proud to say they go to Dolsen! They love to get up and go each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

My Grandchildren are getting a fine education here. They love going to school everyday.


Posted November 11, 2010

Our daughter goes there. The teachers and principal are so very nice and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

Why do you love Ann L. Dolsen Elementary School?
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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
25%
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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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

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Math growth at this school

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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 81% 69%
African-American 7% 18%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian N/A 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 18%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Megan Goodemoot
Fax number
  • (248) 573-8371

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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