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Moorsbridge Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 549 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

While on a tour of the building, it was clear to me that many of the students in this school are naturally very bright and self-motivated. Overall, I felt that the staff is very dedicated to the children and it is clear that many of the parents put a priority on being involved with their children's education. There were several parent volunteers in the classrooms when I visited. The current principal appears to be competent but she is very business-oriented and I feel that she is still finding her footing as the new leader. I didn't feel as if she was as connected to her staff as she could be. In my opinion, she has not learned to delegate as well as she could. I feel her leadership style needs a little refinement. The best leaders make everyone under them feel empowered and confident. After watching her interact with some of her staff members, I felt that she was a little too imposing. I am not certain that she has learned to trust the judgment of everyone on her staff...which inevitably will have a somewhat negative pull on the atmosphere of the school. All that being said, I would still highly recommend this school. The overall environment seemed very supportive.


Posted April 3, 2014

I have 2 kids in this school, and have heard great things under the old principal, Mrs Haas; I would like to see more math and analytical programs, and they need to be more proactive and teach kids to get along with everyone. I have seen kids form clicks and groups, and they start as early as kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

My daughter is in kindergarten and attends moorsbridge elementary. This is an excellent school. The teachers are caring and the principal is amazing as well. She is very hands on and interacts with students on a daily basis. Any behavioral issues are dealt with immediately. Also, the students learn math and reading at high levels. They offer accelerated reader program, along with "book buddies" and "Baggie books" just to name a few of the techniques used in learning. Also, parental involvement is encouraged and appreciated. I love this because I like to come to my daughter's recess and/or lunchtime to volunteer and see her. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Moorsbridge is a wonderful school with an excellent staff of teachers. There's not a bad one in the bunch. The office staff is super helpful and always greets me with a smile. The principal gets an A+ for keeping a tight ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Love this school! The principal is dedicated, organized and quick to resolve issues. I disagree with the previous review because my experience with the office staff has been nothing but warm and friendly and they are always happy to answer questions. I have had 2 children attend this school and both have had great teachers. This is also the perfect school for children wth special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Great school. Fantastic Principal - very involved and present throughout school and at functions. Friendly and helpful office staff. Wonderful teachers. (Only one a disappointment and this teacher has since moved on.) Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I am very surprised to see the latest post. This school is top notch in every way. I have found the office staff friendly and have helped me out many times. Mrs. Haas is very dedicated and knows the children by name.. The teachers are dedicated and have taught my children what they need to succeed in school. You want your child to attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I feel that the pricipal is a real leader and great to deal with. She gets the job done and fast when I had a couple of issues with a teacher. The office staff, however, is unfriendly, and not easy to talk to or deal with. Have only been at this school for one year. The teacher is just ok, nothing special unfortunately. I am most impressed with the wonderful librarian, principal, and janitor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Very dedicated staff! Very child focused and very willing to make needed accomodations for students with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Great school...teachers go the extra mile. The atmosphere in the building is so positive. I'm very impressed with the dedication and experience of the staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

teaching staff above average. very dedicated. The teaching staff is very positive and student centered
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

Excellent school! Moorsbridge has an excellent principal and staff. Expect a high quality education from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

I would not recommend this school especially to anyone who has a child with any type of special need. Admistration and most staff are very rigid and non-tolerant towards differences of any kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

When we moved from the east coast we were disappointed in the level of effort put into out Kindergardner & 2nd grader. But now their in 2nd & 4th grades and the school seems to be reponding better. There is a tallented and gifted program called PEP for advanced students. This program begins in th 4th grade. I would highly recomend this elementary for late elementary aged kids. Also the school takes the security of the kids seriously. Beware there are plans to re-district...
—Submitted by a parent


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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 40% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%

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65%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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82%

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82%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
19%
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:

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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

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 81% 69%
Asian 9% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 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 10%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

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  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

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  • Orchestra

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  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:43
School end time
  • 3:42
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lori Kirshman
Fax number
  • (269) 323-6490

Programs

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Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Community offered sports programs
Girls sports
  • Community offered sports programs

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
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Parent involvement
  • Parents have multiple ways to be involved at school. parents can work in the classrooms assisting with reading, math and other subject areas, volunteer in the media center, teach junior achievement or project charlie, chaperone field trips, work the computer labs for accelerated reading tests, plan classroom parties, serve on numerous parent teacher organization committees and fund raiser events.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
West Middle School
North Middle School
Central Middle School
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7361 Moors Bridge Rd
Portage, MI 49024
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Phone: (269) 323-6400

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