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West Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 855 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 25, 2011

Wonderful counselors, great teachers- good experience overall. Academics are high. My only complaint is that some teachers give too much homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Strong academics and a strong music program help make this school great. The counselors and the principal are very responsive. The school does a great job of recognizing and rewarding the kids who work hard and earn good grades. National Junior Honor Society is a positive experience with lots of activities and positive reinforcement for the members. The no-cut sports, track ,swimming and cross country, have also been good experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Excellent staff and great curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

West Middle School is a great school. I have rarely been to a school with a more friendly office staff. They are helpful even though there is a high level of activity in the office. The teachers are top notch. Some people think that the rules are too hard to follow but I found the rules appropriate. There have high expectations for the students and take education, good attitude and work ethic seriously. I was also impressed by the respect that is shown to students by staff especially by Mr. Bondy, the vice principal and the new principal, Mr. Smiley. We are very pleased with West Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

My son went to this school and I regret not pulling him. He was bullied from the 1st day and no one did anything about it. The staff is aloof and uncommunicative for the most part, the office staff is cold and the vice principal is a joke. I swore if my daughter had to go there, the vp had to be gone. I hear there is a new principal. I hope he straightens things out around there and helps everyone to realize they are there for the kids, not the other way around. Someone needs to help this school!
—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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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82%

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72%

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72%

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72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

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80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

2013

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

2013

 
 
70%

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60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

286 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
20%

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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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 85% 69%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 6%
African-American 3% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Clinton Smiley
Fax number
  • (734) 416-7648

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44401 West Ann Arbor Trail
Plymouth, MI 48170
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Phone: (734) 416-7550

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