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John D. Pierce Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 758 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2014

My son has been at Pierce since 6th grade and while they challenge his mind with a pretty good curriculum and a wealth of activities, they're not catering to the child in a whole. Some of the policies are extremely strict and the punishments are harsh. Overall it's a pretty good school. Just needs some tweaking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

I THINK JOHN PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR KIDS. I AM GOING TO 8th GRADE AND I KNOW I AM GONNA LOVE THE SCHOOL.


Posted January 23, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE. THE WAY THAT THE SCHOOL IS RAN IS UNACCEPTABLE. FOR KIDS THAT ATTEND THE SCHOOL FOR THE 1ST TIME, IT HARD TO ADJUST TO THE HARSH WAYS OF THE SCHOOL. I think that they really need to change the way that the school is ran. This is a middle school but ran as it the kids are in high school. I understand middle school is to prepare the students for High school, but this is just rediculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

Well I am a 7th grade student goin to Pierce Middle School and I just love it here. Sure every now and then crazy things come up, but this school has taught me how to be a better person and to believe in myself. I have made many friends and hope to make more...Pierce is the best!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

Well i am a student in 8th grade at pierce and well its a good school and all but the kids are outrageous and arent really controlled anymore since mr.white left. now we have a principal mr.riggs and hes not as mean as mr.white and what we need is meaness mr.white used to scream and mr.riggs doesent he just woops your suspended and they come back still as trouble makers. and yeah they need more discepline there are a lot of fights and my family wants to move out of the district fearing thurston is worse..
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2007

the teachers are wonderful, they honestly care about the students and expect the best from them. any concerns are handled immediately and directed to the parent and councelor for further assistant. i am going to hate to see my child leave this environment, however i am sure he will receive the same attention at any redford high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2007

Awesome school. Our family moved out of the Redford school district last year and the thing we miss most is the type of leadership that Pierce has. Great administration with concerned caring teachers and as a result the students are thriving and the test scores prove it. Mr. White could teach a lot of principals how to run a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

There is a really good staff at pierce. They try to make sure our students have the best education they can have. Mr. white (the principal) is a very inspirational man that our students can look up to. If you are thinking of moving here, this is that best place to raise a family and to get the best middle school education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2005

I am also a teacher in this school district. All 3 of my children attended Pierce. My youngest was there when the new Principal was hired. AMAZING!! how he turned the negative into the positive for the students, the staff and the parents. Respect for themselves, others and property as well as an investment into to their education seems to be the mantr there. I wish we could clone him to put into our High School. My youngest is there now and I am not happy with the lack of respect and increased safety risks. I am very sorry to say that. All 4 elementaries are Fantastic.
—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 42% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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67%

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62%

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59%

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59%
Social Studies

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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18%

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14%

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22%
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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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23%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

232 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

256 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
13%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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
African-American 67% 18%
White 25% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 61%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Christine Hofer
Fax number
  • (313) 937-9486

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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