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Bird Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 585 students

 
 

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Posted January 27, 2014

Excellent teachers, committed special education faculty who are led by a very organized and loving principal. We are so happy with Bird School and recommend it to anybody who can attend. Our child needs special education services, but is in a mainstream class and the staff (all of them) are wonderful at making sure my child gets special education support while remaining in the mainstream classroom. There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer in the classroom and also help out the school as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

Goes above and beyond to educate/love/provide a well-rounded sense of family/community on a daily basis. My kids are so delighted to go in the morning - and come back with such wonderful stories of what they have learned. I feel like everyone from the secretary - the janitor are ALWAYS eager to help and takes the time to address you by name. The new principal is on point. She is awesome and taking control/organizing such wonderful events. I have seen three principals come and go and none have come close to that of Principal William. She is "with the times". As far as technology is concerned Bird is on top. My child is learning languages of the world and a master at powerpoint presentations. Events such as the fundraisers and the Fun Fair are a hit! I am so fortunate to be able to have my kids as students here! and if you are fortunate enough DO NOT pass up the opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2012

The only problem with the school is the size. The district attempted to redraw the boundary lines with the school district to provide room for all day kindergarten next year. Unfortunately the parents with the loudest voices stopped the small boundary change for Bird so the school will be busting at the seams....actually it already is. This is really the only problem with this school. The teachers and staff are kind and dedicated. It has a very active PTA and it has been fun planning and working with other parents at Bird. The principal has been on board for almost a year now but seems qualified and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Great school with the hardest working teachers I have ever found out of the four districts my family has been a part of. The only negative is the new Principal seems a bit unstable, but my understanding is that she won't be there much longer. The teachers are so energetic and enthusiastic about their jobs. It's really a wonderful environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

Wonderful environment for learning and growing as a person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

My daughter went to this school and got teased. And the principle and teachers didn't get envovled. Horrible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Bird school is one of the best! They strive for excellence in all areas, developing the whole child - academically, socially and within the community. It is a very strong community which lends to a great environment for the kids. Tons of parental involvement in the school. They also do employee innovative teaching techniques to get the kids engaged and motivated. Now that I am in another state, I only wish our new school could compare to Bird. The only minor drawback is the school is small - but that does not detract from the academics or social development of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

The quality of academics is very high at Bird Elementary. My husband and I relocated from the greater Boston area where the schools were considered the best in the nation. In my opinion, Bird School ranks just as high on academics, while still managing to incorporate creativity and fun in learning. My kids enjoy it here more than the east coast. We are very happy with the staff, principle and parent support. The only negative is that the facility is overcrowded and the leadership on a district level seems to be somewhat weak (not responsive, not parent friendly).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2005

Bird school is surely the finest elementary school in the district. The teachers truly work hard in providing the best education to the students. The only negative side to Bird is that there is very little diversity: It is a predominately white christian school. Other schools within the district are much more diverse. The principal is finally retiring this year. I give her credit for running the school so well, however, she is one of the most anti-social administrators I have yet to meet. It's very rare to find a smile on her face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

Bird Elementary is outstanding due to the high level of parent and staff involvement and coordination in continuously improving the educational environment for the students. While the building is one of the oldest in the district it is still perhaps the best of a great group of elementary schools in a fine district.
—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 40% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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84%

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83%
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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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72%

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69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

2013

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
27%
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

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 92% 69%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 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 6%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Catherine Williams
Fax number
  • (734) 455-9521

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220 North Sheldon Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170
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