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Handley School

Public | K-5 | 452 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted March 4, 2014

My daughter has had a great experience at Handley. The curriculum is challenging and she loves going to school. In addition to the academic rigor, the school also encourages creativity and fosters the arts. The plays and extra curricular activities (art club, chess club, sports etc.) are amazing. Unfortunately many local school districts have eliminated their gifted programs/ now offer a watered down version. Thus, Handley is a great alternative for gifted and talented children. It provides them with a challenging curriculum and fosters creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

I feel as though Handley is given to much credit for the success of the children who attend the school. They are tested pre-enrollment so they start off above average which is not attributed to anything taught by Handley teachers. My daughter attended Handley for 2 years and I was never notified of things that went on at school nor was i ever shown any work that was done in class! A majority of the work is sent home for the parents to do because the homework is impossible for a small child to do. My daughter was removed and is still as smart as I taught her to be before, during and after going to Handley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My daughter attends Handley School, and has for three years. The school is mediocre at best. There are "principles" which the children are taught to adhere to, however on multiple occasions I have noted that the principal, as well as several teachers, are disrespectful, rude and generally treat the children as if they are chattel. We will be transferring to a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

I am amazed by all that my children have been able to accomplish at Handley. As a teacher, it is refreshing to see parents and students who WANT to learn, who WANT to be at school, and who give it their all everyday. The school plays that they put on and the walk about are incredible. The teachers are great about letting parents know what is going on at the school. Mrs. Coulliard very much impresses me, and always stresses the importance of hard work to the children. I am so happy I transferred my children to this school. They ride the bus from Bay City, and while it is a long bus ride, it's worth it. My children now enjoy going to school everyday, and I finally feel like they are being challenged. For the most part, the children who attend this school are very well behaved. My daughter was in the spelling bee, and when she got out, she was not laughed at. Instead, she was given high fives and congratulations by her peers. What a refreshing change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

This school has wonderful teachers, however, we left because of IB program. It is teaching children WHAT to think, not HOW to think.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

The school teaches the students organization, and responsibilty from k-5th grade, and I love that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Very good academic curriculum. Lots of fun reading and math and my daughter enjoys them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

The Handley staff assumes your child can excel and takes the time to make sure it happens in partnership with the child and the parents. I love this attitude and found this more productive than trying to talk my local school administrators into putting my kids in the accelerated tracks, and dealing with the hem-hawing about whether my child could do it or not. Handley says 'Of course they can; let's get them there together.' I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

It is a multicultural setting that also crosses all socio-economic lines. My own children attended there and loved it and now I teach there and love it. We constantly strive to improve in all areas. We have embraced the International Baccalaurette Program which will allow our students to become globally aware and take charge of their own learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 18, 2009

I love this school because Handley is like a close knit family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Handley is a really good school with many excellent opportunities. I love the many 'specials' the children have access to such as pianorama, music, art, computers, Spanish, etc. The field trips are great, but I do not like that parents always have to drive them. It would be nice if they could use a bus. I loved my daughter's kindergarten teacher, but I feel the first grade team has an unreasonabe weekly assignment for the children. My daughter is now is 2nd grade and at times, it seems that the expectations are a bit out of their developmental capabilities. The kids are smart, but they are still 7 and 8. They are going to be concrete thinkers despite their intelligence. Is it the best elementary in Saginaw? I believe it is. Is there always room to improve? Yes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Handley is for the creative and acedemic talented they have great caring teachers and they have teaching methods that give our kids a great head start on life and what the world is about
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

A school truly dedicated to all aspects of learning; shown by students, faculty and parents. Handley provides an environment in which students can discover and nurture their individual talents. A school where uniqueness is respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

This a a wonderful school where gifted and talented students are able to express themselves.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2009

I love the way Handley allows and encourages partent participation. I like the learner profile that is repeated throughout the year and teaches my kids how to be a better citizen. I like the communication options between parents and teachers; phone calls, e-mail, or hand written letters makes communication easy and convenient.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Handley has a fantastic curriculum. They are currently seeking certification for International Baccalaureate Program. We have a highly qualified, caring staff of teachers who are strongly supported by the parents and grandparents of Handley students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

Handley has an excellent, involved principal, as well as dedicated and friendly teachers in a great learning environment. The teachers go out of their way to ensure the kids get a quality, enjoyable education. My daughter loves going to school each day to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

Handley School is a great school for academically talented kids. My son got big progress even he has only been there for a short time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

Our daughters have done and continue to do exceedingly well. Principal, Teachers and Staff are truly dedicated to each and every child that attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

The teachers provide academic challenges for our children daily, and their education goes beyond content. They are truly promoting life-long learners who have a language for and confidence to make positive changes in their future!
—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 40% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
50%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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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 55% 69%
African-American 23% 18%
Asian 16% 3%
Hispanic 6% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
Multiracial N/A 2%
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 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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1101 North Bond St
Saginaw, MI 48602
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