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Potterville Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 279 students

 

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Posted July 16, 2007

I am so pleased to have my kids in this small and friendly school. We came here as school of choice. It has been well worth the sacrifices to make that happen. We have moved to the community and our children are thriving. The new principal here has really set a 'students first' plan that has allowed the teachers to really show their caring for everyone. They are a great staff with the best interest of their students at heart. No school is perfect, I'd like to see more extracurricular nonathletic choices, but I still would not leave this school. We are lacking a little on parental involvement, but that too seems to be coming around with this new principal. Overall, Potterville Middle School is an awesome learning environment for all learners. If you are looking for a great small school, this is an excellent choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

My daughter is currently a fifth grader at Potterville Elementary, so I cannot speak for the middle or high schools. However, I can say that the Elementary school is fantastic. The current administration is top-notch and all of her teachers have been well above average. I have nieces and nephews that attend some of the larger schools in the county and I believe Potterville to be the absolute best due to their small size and hands-on approach. The Elementary principal seems to know the name of each child and is seemingly always friendly and willing to discuss any parent questions and concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Highly recommend all 3 Potterville Schools! Tons of support from the community as well as the entire school district! Band, Choir, Football, Track, you name it - this small town's got it! THIS is where you want to raise your kids! If ANY parent wants to come in to the schools, on any given day, and sit in class with their child - they're totally welcome! Want to volunteer for lunch room or after school projects? bring it on! This town is growing and so are the schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

I think Potterville Schools are excellent. All schools have their problems. We are school of choice and have been that way for 6 yrs. I like that I know most all of the kids in my daughter's class and know most of the kids in her grade, either by face or name. If I had to do it all over again would I, yes, we love PPS and hope to see her graduate from Potterville Public School system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2005

This school is fair in comparison to surrounding schools. The size of the school is small, with an avergage of 50 children per grade. The benefits outweigh the negatives. I like the fact that I know who my children are friends with, I know their parents and teachers are able to keep in touch with the parents. In a larger school, they may have more extra activities, larger sports teams and great big facilities, but huge class numbers! Choose what is important to you, and go with it. I like sending my kids to Potterville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2004

My step kids go to this school and they are lacking knowledge in all areas, they can't spell, they can't read very well and are behind in everything compared to my daughter (who goes to Fowler). My step daughter who is now in 3rd grade hasn't learned multiplication yet, or even learned how to write in cursive. I learned that stuff in 2nd grade, so what have they been doing all year? My 2nd grader was practicing her 100 math problems in 5 minutes and she beat the 5th grader! So, if you have a choice to pick schools, don't pick this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2003

I was very disappointed with the teachers as well as the principal. One of the 6th grade teachers had a very low success rate in her class. It seemed like all she knew how to do was ridicule and never praise. What a shame! My child is now in Mason, and he is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2003

one of the problems this school faces is administration follow through and holding the teachers accountable for their actions. last year started with a new principal and she seems to have worked very hard at getting us started in the right direction. the district needs more parent support!
—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 45% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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20%

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17%

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20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

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59%

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63%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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11%

2013

 
 
6%

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8%
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 42% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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18%

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8%

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14%

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14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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58%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
35%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
14%
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%
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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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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 87% 69%
African-American 5% 18%
Hispanic 5% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial N/A 2%
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 42%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Michael Thomasma
Fax number
  • (517) 645-0091

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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424 High Street
Potterville, MI 48876
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