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Ballard Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 713 students

 

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Posted October 1, 2007

Ballard has a wonderful staff of administrators and teachers that encourage my children to do their best. They are kind and maintain up-to-date resources for all state academic requirements. Students and their families always enjoy the wonderful activities Ballard conducts throughout the school year. They have a strong PTO that is highly involved with teachers and students alike. I would highly recommend Ballard for your children. My 3rd and 5th-grade girls enjoy their school and will be very sad when they have to move on. I am certain my 3-year old son will enjoy his time at Ballard when it is his turn. Go Bulldogs!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

My son has improved tremendously since he's moved here to Ballard. His grades have really come up. He is now a B student and We adore Mrs.Morris. She's so involved with the children and really treats every child as an individual. They defiantly need more teachers like Mrs. Morris In all schools! Thank you Ballard
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Posted July 21, 2006

My son was in Kindergarten last year and we saw a huge improvement in many areas including math, social, reading and writing. His whole class could read simple books by December and write the entire alphabet upper and lower case! He was given plenty of opportunity to be involved in sports, art and music and parents are encouraged to participate in childrens learning. My son brought home books every night to read to me and we found the program very helpful. He is already reading beginner chapter books by himself and he has not started first grade! His math skills are terrific. The class learned money amounts, simple sudoko, counting by 2,5 and 10 to 110 and counting backwards. I did not realize how beneficial a half day kindergarten could be to young children. I have only great words for our first year!
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Posted February 25, 2004

At Ballard Elementary I have seen my son challanged to do better than average because he is capable and not stressed by this either. The curriculum is fantastic. My son enjoys all of the subjects and still loves going to school everyday. The writers workshop has made writing so fun for the students that they can't wait to share their work with everyone. I have been very impressed with the MEAP test scores from the students.
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Posted February 23, 2004

Our son Zak, is in the 5th grade. We think his teachers Mr. Danapilis and Mrs. Crites are wonderful. Our daughter Rachel is in Mrs. Marker's class and Mrs. Eickenburg's class. Rachel was diagnosed as very mildly autstic at the age of 4 and 1/2 at the University of Chicago. Then given the pronosis at another school of being cognitive impaired. Rachel has come so far at Ballard with the prognosis given to her last year, we didn't think she would excell this far and I don't think that she could have, with out her determination and ours and the caring teachers she has had at Ballard! She now shines like a star and I can't thank the teachers at Ballard enough. When I tell people that Rachel has speech, occupational thearphy, and specials they tell me how lucky we are in the school system we are and I tell them 'I know.' Thank you Ballard for your preservance and determination to work with the parents and children.
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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

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62%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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50%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
9%
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

Below 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 63% 69%
Hispanic 16% 6%
African-American 11% 18%
Multiracial 9% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
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 75%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • David Eichenberg
Fax number
  • (269) 684-9527

Programs

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  • Special education

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1601 West Chicago Road
Niles, MI 49120
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