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Portage West Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 681 students

 
 

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Posted October 7, 2011

I love WMS! This is my son's 2nd year there, and our first year was wonderful! It was a big adjustment coming from a small charter school to such a large middle school, but the teachers that he had were super friendly, the office staff was wonderful, and even the assistant principle made an effort to make sure my son felt welcomed. I can't say enough about the wonderful staff that is there at West. The academic emphasis is great and they are quick to follow up on any behavior/bullying issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My child is finishing up their 2nd year here at Portage West Middle School & I couldn't be more happier with WMS. They offer excellent academic program & extra curriculum that challenges my child without overloading. Maintaning a 4.0 pt. taking both plus math & english classes, while playing on school teams & attending after school clubs. Finishes the majority of homework at school. Any homework brought home is completed in most times in 30 mins. or less. As a single parent/single income my child states never having expirenced any teasing or any comments concerning our lower income/smaller home. Having problems in elementary finding friends, has too many to count good friends in all grades at WMS, many who live in those big, beautiful homes. And has loved WMS from the first week of 6th grade. My child & I are extremely happy & pleased to be part of WMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

THis school is amazing in education, however, the children here arnt very nice, most of them are docters children or other people with a high paying job's children go here. The kids tend to make fun of other kids, say if they dress poor or live in a small house. It is very cliquey here, so if you are looking for your child to fit in, I would recomend portage central middle or portage northern, there are a lot of 'popular' kids that like to put down some of the students. You can compare the social life to the t.v show 'gossip girl', I would totally recomend this school for education, but not for making friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2009

This is a great school academically for the average kid. The homework load is immense and the school takes pride in its homework volume. The teachers are fabulous but some work needs to be done to have a healthy culture for the kids. It is very cliquey and kids that are perceived as differnt for any reason are ostracized by the general peer group. This needs to be a top down solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

i just started hear and im already loving it the teachers are nice and helpful its great things here great friends and stuff its the greatest school i might ever hane gone to
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

Two of my children spent 3 years here. They had a great education and a great exposure to other ethnicities and religions. The students put on an excellent musical every spring. Honors (called plus) classes are available in math and language arts, but the regular classes are an excellent education and do not prevent a student from taking honors or IB classes in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Academic programs are very good and there are great programs for students that do not have special challenges. Children with special needs are are more of a minority in this school, who's student population tends to be more economically advantaged. There is general lack of understanding regarding medical conditions, and there is judgement about what conditions are 'real' by staff. Work needs to be done on the tone of the way professional staff present themselves, and resond to what they perceive in their own personal prejudices. There are only a few who truely know how to deal with a child that does not fit the usual mold and these few have hearts of gold.
—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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

227 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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Social Studies

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

227 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

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41%
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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 39% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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67%

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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 35% in 2014.

228 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

227 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
26%
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

Above 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%
Asian 10% 3%
African-American 6% 18%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
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 15%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Denny Roehm
Fax number
  • (269) 323-5890

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7145 Moorsbridge Road
Portage, MI 49024
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