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Bennett Woods Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 387 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 8, 2014

I am not sure why the parent gave Bennett Woods one star... seems ridiculously harsh. My children have never been in a class with more than 23 children except once (their was an intern in that class and she was wonderful). My oldest was in third grade and has loved all of his teachers. It's a wonderful environment and I couldn't be happier. Great teachers, students and parents- and more than bells and whistles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

People need to look past the bells and the whistles. A child's education is much more than the nice facilities that they learn in. Bennett Woods has about 24-30 kids per class. That is far too large for any teacher to really get to personalize and teach to every child's individual learning needs. Just because a school looks nice physically doesn't mean that children are happy or cared for. Not to mention, Bennett Woods has an average of 10 student interns each year. This means, your children are being practiced on by college students who are still learning how to teach. Not the quality of education I want for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Great Facility, Great Teachers, and Great Principal and staff. Lots of involvement from the parents as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

Fantastic facility, nice teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

Bennett Woods houses the young fives begindergarten program. I had the priviledge of enrolling my twins in this program. Mrs. Olson the teacher is absolutely phenomenal! She has fostered a love of school, love of learning, and respect for others. What better ground work could you lay for kindergarten and the rest of their school careers? The art,music,and PE programs were also excellent and appropriately geared for this age group. What a well rounded program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

Our children love Bennett Woods, we have three children attending this year. The teachers are wonderful in every way. The entire staffing go's beyond the extra step.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

This is a fantastic school, with wonderful teachers , wonderful students, and a wonderful staff. The core curriculum is strong and the art and music program is outstanding. For example, students are given the opportunity to learn string instruments in 5th grade. We are moving next year, and I fear our new school will never compare.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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59%

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70%

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69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%

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85%
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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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82%

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81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 59% 69%
Asian 24% 3%
African-American 6% 18%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 5% 2%
American Indian N/A 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 18%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Noelle Palasty
Fax number
  • (517) 351-1912

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Okemos, MI 48864
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