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Okemos Public Montessori-Central

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 275 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted December 3, 2013

Central is AMAZING! I'm in awe of how and what they can teach the children. These kids definitely get a strong academic foundation and develop fantastic interpersonal skills. We love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

Not certain I will refer this school for my niece. Conversations held by instructors in the presence of parents, regarding another instructor (not present) being too touchy/feel w/ kids, making them feel uncomfortable. Kids are the priority, not coworker relationships.


Posted August 23, 2013

The School is outstanding. My daughter is going to this school for past 2 yrs. They have lot of activities like Book fair,Science fair,Concerts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My daughter attended kindergarten at Okemos Public Montessori last year. I was impressed with the family/community feel of the school. My daughter responded well to the Montessori style. The staff offer parents opportunities to learn about the teaching techniques used. I have found the teachers and principal responsive to concerns and willing to work with the children and parents to resolve issues. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

My son, now in 6th grade, says that Montessori is about learning, not about teaching. He loved this program, and plans to stay in the district's Montessori program through 8th grade. The teachers provide materials to open the door for students to conduct independent learning at their own pace. This is a great environment for self-starters who are curious about the world and love to learn. Those who want their kids spoon-fed by their teachers should not send their kids here. The free-structured classrooms also may not be a good fit for kids with behavior and attention issues. The gifted and talented coordinator for the district works closely with the Montessori teachers to provide advanced materials for many of the Montessori students. A great setting for the gifted student who needs more of a challenge, as they are given much more opportunity to spread their wings, work beyond the average, and explore areas of particular interest. Many good and some truly great teachers here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2012

Okemos Public Montessori is the best school I've ever taught at! My coworkers are kind and helpful. The parents are involved and supportive. The student are...amazing!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 8, 2012

very good school but i cannot really understand what montessori instruction they give & how it's beneficial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

My son's first grade teacher was incompetent. She only provided review worksheets; no instruction. The principal could not understand the problem with this and could not define the difference between "review" and "new instruction". I am teacher myself and was shocked at the incompetency of both. I think this school gets high ratings by parents who aren't educators themselves and who are dazzled by the Montessori environment. But, if you scratch the surface you find a total lack of deep instruction. We left this school district and now my son is in a gifted program in another school. He would still be doing review worksheets if he were at Edgewood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

The impression I am left with after years of being with Okemos Public Montessori is the sense of family. Having a child with a teacher in 3-year intervals really forms some close relationships between teacher and students and families. You can't help but feel like one big family. Now that I have a child in traditional public schools, I can now really appreciate how valuable it was to my child's education and develpment and to me as a parent to have that long-term relationship with a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

Edgewood is a place where my kids can feel safe and be exactly who they are without judgement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

A Montessori program in a public school system is a wonderful option, and the community of parents and teachers is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Excellent school, excellent teachers, and parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The Montessori program builds confidence and independence. The teachers and staff are warm, talented, and enthusiastic about the kids and their jobs. All of this in a public school environment that doesn't cost us a fortune - amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I love Edgewood Public Montessori because of its wonderful, collaborative learning culture. My kids are challenged and nurtured in a non-competitive environment that seems relatively untouched by typical Okemos snobbiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

love that kids develop great personal responsibility in the Montessori program and receive a great education as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The best of both worlds. An excellent public education in an excellent district, a pool of children whose parents, rather than location, chose for them to be there, and the child centered learning of Montessori
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The community all has education as a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Edgewood strives for excellence in individual academic and personal development but, most signifcantly, how each child's development can benefit others in our local community and our global community. The family support given to this wonderful school is stellar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The children bear witness to the effectiveness of the public Montessori program, its excellent teachers and staff, and dedicated parent involvement. In my own children, much of their enthusiasm for learning, creative thinking, and ability to self-direct can be attributed to their educational experience at Edgewood Public Montessori, as can their sense of self and responsibility and their world view. It s a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I love the community of people that go to this school as well as the parents who are so involved. It is a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

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2011

 
 
81%
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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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95%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%
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

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 66% 69%
Asian 14% 3%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
African-American 5% 18%
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 13%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Ms. Susan Hallman
Fax number
  • (517) 349-0099

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4406 Okemos Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
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Phone: (517) 706-5400

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