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Isbister Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 435 students

 
 

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Posted October 31, 2010

Small school. Great principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Isbister has an outstanding principal, teachers and staff who work together to make the school a friendly and fun place to learn for the kids. I give them an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Great teachers, that love what they do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

We have a principal and staff that are in total harmony together which makes the environment positive for learning. We, as a family, are going on our 7th year at Isbister and I've yet to find a negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Great principal, great teachers, wonderfully involved parents. Isbister is a real community hub for families, and the quality of education programs is top-notched.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Isbister Elementary is such a a great school. We have wonderful families that give their time and energy to make the school work. We have a great principal that cares so much about the school and wonderful teachers and staff that are wonderful teachers, people and role models.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

I love Isbister because they have great teachers, staff, & many parents that are involved with the kids and school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It has a very open door, family friendly atmosphere. It is an extension of our home, so the kids are happy. The teachers and staff encourage a love of learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Isbister is a caring, fun, nuturing environment for our kids...thanks to the administrators, teachers and parent volunteers. We are lucky to have such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The leadership provided by Principal Harrison is remarkable. He is so involved with everything that goes on at that school. He gives a personal touch to it all. The teachers are first rate. The staff incredibly friendly and helpful from the office staff, maintenance and environmental services. The PTO is incredibly giving and parent involvement is amazing at Isbister.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Isbister has it all! Wonderful children, supportive parents, caring teachers, and a terrific leader!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Great staff who work to make Isbister a caring, nurturing learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

If ever a school and it's staff felt like an extension of home and family, it is Isbister Elementary. This is true from the principal to the part-time lunch room attendants. My children have never had an in school experience that was not pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Isbister has an exceptional, caring staff that goes above and beyond. The parents are very involved and the kids respectful behavior reflects the support they receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I love Isbister school because the staff and families are so supportive of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Both my grandchildren attend Isbister. From the times I have been to school functions I have seen a very involved staff and happy children. When students like their surroundings, it makes it easier and more fun to learn. Isbister is a first rate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The staff members are fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Terrific kids with wonderful parents who are willing to help in so many ways!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

The teachers and active parent involvement has created a safe, family, friendly environment for kids to easily learn, and create longlasting relationships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Strong principal and PTA. Great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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58%

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51%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

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86%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
17%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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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 83% 69%
African-American 5% 18%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Lee Harrison
Fax number
  • (734) 416-7681

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9300 North Canton Center Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
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