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Western Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 679 students

 
 

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Posted May 11, 2009

My kids goes to this school sometimes teachers are unfair to them ,there is no reading club ,spelling group which is very important to motivate thekids of our future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

Its an amazingschool! I wouldnt want to go to any other school! I love all my teachers! The environment is always 100% fun and encouraging! I love how my teachers include everyone in the lesson to make it interesting! I love WMS and everything about it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2008

I have a child in Western Middle School. We feel VERY privilaged to be able to attend Western School District throught school of choice. My child feels very comfortable there and is getting a GREAT education!! I would HIGHLY recommend Western District!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

The sports at Western Middle school are very unfair. The students are unfairly slected for the sports. They let some and not all students know about programs. (like basketball, some students are practicing before the school year starts. I am not sure how others are supposed to know about these sports starting before the school year. Also the kids that play these sports are always the ones that play all the sports(what a supprise!) The Teachers and coaches all know them and the other kids dont have a chance. The school wonders why students lose intrest in school, well all students would like to be included in some of the school sports, and feel like part of the school pride. Instead the same students are picked for the sports over and over again. I have two kids that have graduated from Western school,and one still there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

I think Western Middle School is one of the best schools in the area. If you cannot afford to send your child to a private school, I would recommend sending them to Western. My husband teaches there and I teach in another school district, therefore I am privy to information that most are not. Like all schools the teachers and administrators are not perfect, but they do strive to do what is best for the students. There is a real focus on preparing the students for their future. Technology is a big priority and they are one of the few school districts in the county that offers foreign language (Spanish) in the eighth grade. The contractual students per class is below 30, unlike most school districts. The principal has morals and high standards and the guts to do what is right even if some people don't like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

There is a major problem with the administration at the Middle School. They are out of tune with the students needs and what the parents would like to see. The administration at this school is ineffective and demoralizing to the students. Also, if your child is a minority student, this is not the school you want to send them to. They will experience being singled out by the administration as well as punitive punishments for the slightest infraction. They seem more interested in removing the 'different' students and keeping the status quo. Fortunately, the other Western Schools are not at all like this one.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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54%

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48%

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48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

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75%

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73%

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73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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29%

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35%

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36%
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 39% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

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49%

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51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

2013

 
 
70%

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66%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
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 35% in 2014.

208 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

208 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
16%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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

Average

Reading growth at this school

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 91% 69%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 44%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. David Hood
Fax number
  • (517) 841-8803

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1400 South Dearing Rd
Parma, MI 49269
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