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Plainwell Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 599 students

 
 

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Posted December 8, 2009

PMS as it's known locally is now 2 years into the more traditional middle school model (away from teams). The transition has been rocky because it's meant more work for the teachers (most middle schools made this transition before now) but the students are starting to reap the benefits - a more flexible array of classes, including 8th grade classes that give high school credit. Science and math teachers in particular are superb - including a Michigan Middle School Science teacher of the year and a math teacher who is nationally certified (there are few of these in Michigan and 2 are in Plainwell). Great school with caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

With a son with special needs.This is the best school ever.They have did everything to help and protect my son.I feel this school is one of the best schools in west michigan .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

The decision to move away from teams for financial reasons has reduced the effectiveness of the middle school. Having known this school for several years due to having four children in the district, I can see the differences. Teachers are working hard to maintain quality education and communication, but without teams there is no infrastructure in place to deal with all the issues that arise on a timely basis. Losing five teachers in this building has hurt this school. The district needs to re-evaluate their financial priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

We are very pleased with Plainwell, our son is very happy here and thriving. Teachers have been great about communicating via email and at confereneces have offered helpful information. Office staff is first rate in assisting all of us, glad to be in Plainwell Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

the best school ever!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

As far as sports go the majority of the coaches have no real concern over teaching fundamentals or care if they destroy a kids desire to further his interest in sports. I've seen numerous kids quit because lack of coaching, or have a concern if the kids succeed. It's truly sad to see kids work hard, get no guidance and no opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

I am a student at Plainwell Middle and it is a very nice place to be. Most of the teachers are very kind and everyone likes them. The lunch food is also really good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2006

Although it's in a good district, this school in particular has too many teachers who do not care to put much time into their jobs. Class plans copied directly from the web, not necessarily appropriate for age group; most everything corrected by students, not teachers; most teachers not available to allow students any after school time for help (even though they are supposed to); and general inefficiency: frequent attendance mistakes that do not get quickly resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

This school is a decent school. Most of the teachers are dedicated and helpful, but some are lacking in those areas. The school does not have a program for advanced students, and it needs one. Discipline is not a very high priority, many things that shouldnt be are let fly. There are some behavior problems and there are drugs at this school. The sports offered at this school are; basketball, track, volleyball, and swimming. There are club sports teams offered for most other sports though. This school does have a very nice arts/technology program. It offers classes such as photography, woodshop, and computers. All in all this school gets a C- from me as a former student.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%

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76%

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79%
Social Studies

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

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45%

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39%
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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 39% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

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52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

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75%

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68%

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68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

222 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
21%
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

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 94% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
American Indian 0% 1%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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720 Brigham Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
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Phone: (269) 685-5813

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