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Amberly Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 551 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2014

The majority of the teachers at Amberly are top notch, truly caring about each student's individual needs. The leadership however is a disappointment; children should be treated with respect and kindness and I have witnessed quite the opposite with this principal. I really recommend looking at all of the Portage elementary schools before deciding on Amberly for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Our daughter has completed one full year at Amberly as a first grader. As parents we were impressed with her teacher, Ms. H, now Mrs. G, the principal, Mrs. Daoust, and the many staff members we met on a daily basis. Our daughter was challenged, encouraged, rewarded, and thoroughly enjoyed each day of school (unless there was a sub as then her classmates could get rowdy). I have seen the PTA, principal, and teachers working together to provide warm clothes and school supplies for those children whose parents can not. Parent/teacher meetings are seen as so valuable that gas cards have been given to those parents who otherwise would not have been able to attend. We are happy we made the decision to move into Portage and send our children to Amberly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

I am fortunate and proud to say we have had kids at Amberly for the past 12 years. All of our kids have been lucky to have caring, capable teachers and a great principal who gets to know each of her students. The front office staff have always been professional and go out of their way to make everyone feel they can call with any questions or concerns. Amberly has been a solid foundation for our kids' education...they each have teachers who have been instrumental in shaping them into the confident and strong students they are today. My husband and I highly recommend Amberly to every parent looking for an ideal start to a successful education for their kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

I cannot say enough good about this school. It was my childs first year of school. Her teacher taught her so much and was so caring. The PTA kept me informed and gave me many chances to get involved. The principal was always around and very friendly. I was so confortable there. I loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

Amberly is a school where ALL children are valued and encouraged to do their personal best. The school is full of teachers who stay current on educational practices and hold high expectations for all. The principal knows ALL the students by name and makes connections with each and everyone. She is a true educational leader. Amberly is a school community where parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education and are communicated with regularly. What a great place for children to learn and grow in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2007

Had two children who attended Amberly--both high-avg academically, one outgoing and the other on the quiet side. Both had great experiences at Amberly. Did have one not-so-good teacher, but none can be perfect for every individual. Parents who want to volunteer can be as involved as much as they choose to be. Office staff and principal do a fine job. Although I was not too active, I never felt like an outsider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

Disappointing quality of teachers. One or two are outstanding. Mrs. Simunovic in 4th grade is awesome. Lunch program and quality of children's safety during recess is very poor. Lunch hour has poor management skills. Strong parent involvement programs. Average students will do great here. Special needs students get adequate attention. Above average students get lost in the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2007

We also bought our home in this area because we heard Amberly was so great. Overall our experice was positive. We had a bullying incident but it was resloved with teacher/principle help. I did think the the APT (PTA to most) was one big clique though. Tried to help out and offered as best as I could, but always felt like an outsider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2006

We bought our house based on the school we wanted to send our 5 year old. It is one of the best schools here and parents/teacher relation is excellent. My son loves his school. Being non-Americans we loved the diversity we found here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

Amberly Elementary is a very good school, with excellent teacher and principal leadership. The interaction between students and teachers is excellent, and the parent involvement is very good as well.
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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60%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
23%

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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 73% 69%
Multiracial 8% 2%
African-American 7% 18%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 5% 3%
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 34%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Mary Daoust
Fax number
  • (269) 323-5990

Programs

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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6637 Amberly St
Portage, MI 49024
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Phone: (269) 323-5900

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