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Northwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 512 students

 
 

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Posted October 21, 2010

I think you can't go wrong with any school in the Royal Oak Public School System. But coming to Northwood has the distinct advantage of a very involved and enthusiastic PTA and parent community. The work our PTA does to raise money and the high level of parent participation makes this school top notch within the district. It's also important to note I'm saying this after sending my first child to another school in the district for the first 4 years of her elementary schooling. (We moved specifically to attend Northwood after hearing about our friend's experience there). The education my child got was pretty equivalent, but the parent involvement was very lacking at our last school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

This school is an amazing place for a child to grow up learning. Exceptional, even with funding challenges state-wide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

This school should be a model for the nation,..... Absolutely one of the best schools I've known and the staff is wonderful, caring and supportive. Great Job Northwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I have children in 2nd Grade and K at Northwood. I am a product of a very good school system, and recognize that Northwood has a good curriculum, good teachers, good office staff, an active and fun PTA, and a beautiful brand new school. The parents/families makes Northwood a great school though. The parents are very involved with their children, and that is evident in the quality of children at Northwood. The kids are respectful, dress nice, are friendly and respectful. I am thankful for our wonderful school, but especially for the students and their responsible parents. Bottom line, great kids, great teachers, great parents, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Northwood Elementary School is a wonderful school! We elected to opt out of the district in which we reside to send our children to Northwood and couldn't be happier with our decision. The school truly has a family feel and the staff is keenly focused on maintaining the highest level of education. I have been very pleased with how quickly the teachers identify each individual student's strengths and weaknesses and how they work with them to make sure each achieves his/her personal best. The parents are very involved in the school both volunteering in the classroom and supporting extracurricular activities which helps foster a family environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

I have had four children start and finish at Northowood. The teachers are great and professional. Two of my children have received special education, academic support and have had nothing but quality help and assessment during their time at Northwood. All four of my children were encraged and supported in their indivdual strengths. The parents are quality and there is a real sense of a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2004

I can only give my opinion of one teacher, and that opinion is excellent. My child is in one of three first grade rooms and the teacher pushes reading and math above all else, which makes me happy. Yet the kids still have fun, which is important at that level. The PTSA is very active and I feel bad for not having joined yet. Unfortunately, my schedule will not allow it at this time, but I definitely plan to before too long, perhaps next year. The building is extremely old, but it is well maintained and has character. I understand that Royal Oak is making plans to replace it with a new building on the same property in the next year or two. We came from out of the district when Royal Oak was 'Schools of Choice' and are pleased with Northwood so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2004

A few years ago, this school was superb. After new administration and staff changes took over, things changed, but not for the better. Last year, children and teachers in some programs were treated unfairly, not only by other students but also by the front office. There seems to be a 'dumbing down' mentality, with the honor roll and principal's list being banished. What happened to striving to make good grades, or even having a 'best improved' list? Getting awards for 'best smile', 'perfect attendance' or the gym's 'best jump roper' aren't conducive to higher learning. While this year seems somewhat better, they still have a long way to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

I went to this school 4 years ago and as a young child loved it! All of my teachers were great and very personal with everyone. The staff makes the students feel really great!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 13, 2004

There is a wonderful sense of community at Northwood Elementary. The building is old and the facilities may not be the latest and greatest, but the teaching staff, the principle and the families involved more than make up for it.
—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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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79%
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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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75%

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62%

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2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

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2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
30%

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

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

Above 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 89% 69%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
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 12%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Angela Ashburn
Fax number
  • (248) 541-4709

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926 West 12 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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Phone: (248) 541-0229

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