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Van Hoosen Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 854 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 17, 2014

My School is an OUTSTANDING SCHOOL! The students and faculty are second to none. The GREAT SCHOOL RATING should be a 10!! The School just received SUPERIOR ratings and Nominated as a National Michigan Blue Ribbon School.! The Principal is simply the ABSOLUTE BEST!! He genuinely cares for ALL STUDENTS and his faculty. The school is extremely clean and the atmosphere is one conducive to fit a queen or king. These children have it made!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 30, 2012

This school has good ratings and strongly encourages good grades and such. However- the sixth grade teachers are (to be absolutely honest) HORRIBLE. They do not give a warm welcome to the little 6th graders entering middle school. Everything is cold, cold, cold. They expect the 6th graders to know everything, all their expectations, and rules and how to survive middle school on their own. The curriculum is boring without something to get the children actually interested. There are some teachers who give absolutely no homework and dont care whatsoever, and some teachers overload the homework, way too much. The principals are iffy. 50-50. They act nice and friendly but they can be stern and strict when needed. The assistant principal is fantastic, exactly what more assistant principals (and principals) need to be like. The principal however needs to be more friendly and be more serious. The only reason they get a good grade report is because of the parents. The parents are very strict about good grades, good grades, must get good grades, good grades or trouble, stuff like that. In the end I'd give this school one star for bad teachers and a cold welcome and iffy principals.


Posted December 1, 2010

My son is in his third year now at Van Hoosen. We absolutely love the school! The teacher's really show that they care. My son was in Mr. Cottone's class and it was amazing to hear from a teenager how much fun they were having while learning from a challenging curriculum. It's definitely an A+ school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

Cool teachers, bad lunch. Good learning. Hart is not as good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2007

This school is okay. there could be somethings better about it. MS FORSTER IS THE BEST TEACHER!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2005

This was my son's first experience with public school and I can honestly say I am thrilled with the teachers, curriculum, and over all experience. The teachers go out of their way to help students and they are very responsive if you send a question by email. The homework load is just right, and not over burdening for middle school age children. The curriculm is practical and very applied to daily life. With such a good experience at Van Hoosen, I regret all that money I spent on private education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2005

We moved here from the Wheaton, IL area. My son has attended Van Hoosen for two years. The teachers have been caring and make themselves available to those who wish to contact them. There are regular teachers conferences and I have set up several special conferences to deal with my son's issues. Everyone has been responsive and willing to help. There were some teachers that people had problems with in the past, but these teachers retired and the school has a different atmosphere now. The coaches for the sport teams are excellent with the kids and emphasize the basics over simply winning. We have been very happy with this school and are thrilled it will be totally renovated within the next two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

When moved from another state we heard wonderful things about the education in this district/school. Unfortunately, this school has not lived up to it's reputation. The academics & teaching is at average or above however, the children are unruley and undisciplined. The staff focuses on small issues rather than the larger ones ie; theft, bullying, horrible manners and total disrepect. Also, they lack the ability or desire to educate children with special needs. I will not choose this school for my younger children. Perhaps this school is more worried about funding they receive based on grade performance rather than education as a whole. Our children need to learn that education is vital but, not at the expense of our values.
—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.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

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67%
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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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

310 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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91%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
76%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

254 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

254 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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 78% 69%
Asian 12% 3%
African-American 4% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 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 5%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dan Mooney
Fax number
  • (248) 726-4905

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1339 North Adams Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48306
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