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Avalon Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 291 students

 

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Posted October 4, 2012

Avalon has been a great fit for my daughter and I've read that there were problems in the past but they must have worked through them because my daughter is black and it hasnt been one problem other then normal kid stuff. They do alot to make your child feel accomplish and comfortable. The PTA has been excellent in search for "all" sorts of parents and opinion. I love avalon!!!!!!! GO PANTHERS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

Thank goodness for Avalon Elementary School! The staff goes above and beyond to meet the needs of all students. It is a friendly, warm, caring school with a rigorous academic environment! There is no better place for children to learn and grow socially, emotionally and academically! Thank you, Avalon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

As a parent, I am so appreciative of all of the monthly family events at Avalon. It is such a family centered school where parents can be as involved as they want/can be, and for those who have a lot on their plate, there is no guilt if we cannot be as involved as we may want to be. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful and definately goes the extra mile for student success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

I transfered my child out of Avalon to another school and what a difference! He just finished his first day and was so excited about his new teacher and classmates. The teachers and parents were so friendly and helpful not at all what I encountered at Avalon last year. Talented, dedicated teachers have a huge impact on a child's success. Avalon needs to do some house-cleaning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2010

A wonderful school. Great teachers, staff and parents. Its obvious that most of the ratings listed on this site are those of opposers and not supporters of this fabulous school. I will make a plea at our next PTO meeting to have parents who love this school, and there are many of us, speak favorably on Avalon's behalf. Go Panthers! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

I have transfered my child out of this school. I asked for the simpliest things from the staff, and was never given what I asked for pertaining to my son. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Beware of the lack of urgency regarding young children's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

This school has been great for my children. Mrs Boehm is a wonderful Principal that cares about her Avalon families. The staff has been great throughout the years. I highly recommend enrolling your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

The above quotation is so unbelievably untruse it makes me sick to think that someone would post that. The truth is that while Avalon Elementary is located in St. Clair Shores, a predominatly white suburb, the school promotes diversity in the classroom every day. I am white, my children are white, however, my nephew is both white and black. He has never had a race issue, as a matter of fact the only race issue I have observed was an incident where my son, who is white, was told that white people are not cool, and that he wasn't cool enough to hang out with the black kids.. he came home upset, but was back to playing with his friend the next day. Children find reasons to make fun.. it's the parents who weight it down so heavy with adult issues. Ignorance starts at home not at school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

This is the best elementary school I have ever had my boys enrolled in. They have been there since my youngest son was in first grade and they have been there for four years now. Every teacher is phenomenal, you don't have to recommend one over another each year because in my opinion they are all equally exceptional. The academic programs are all above average and they even have an experimental math program which has helped my children excel in math...way above the national average. It is a very close-knit community, there is lots of room for parent involvement and it is always welcome. Even if you don't get involved in much though they still welcome you and they know you by name as soon as you walk in the office. It is a very personal setting. I would recommend this school to anyone over even private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

I have twin boys who currently attend avalon. I have had absolutely no problems with faculty or students. Their education is excellent and they have made great friends. As for the previous posted comments about race difficulties, I havn't personnaly noticed it, but that is not to say it doesn't exsist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

I am not a parent of a child in this school but attended Avalon as a child. When I moved to GA, my education was far more advanced, at least 2 grades, than anyone else at my grade level. Therefore, I believe this school was an asset to my education and hope that this is still a good school for the elementary children of St. Clair Shores.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 23, 2004

I agree with the writer who wrote about the school. I believe the color of your skin is a big issue in the school. The school is majority white and if your a diffrent race there is something gonna be said to your child. Also there is a lot of picking on kids at that school and nothing is done about it. I recommend not sending your child to this school also especially if your not the right color.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

I found this school to be the most horrible experience for both my child and myself! There is alot of hate. The children tend to get into more fights here over skin color, sexual preference and their beliefs in god. I have taken my child out of this school and do not recommend anyone to use this as their school of choice. I have also gone to discuss issues with the principal and she has argued back with me then walked away. They told me themselves'children should stand up for what they believe in' but yet do not fight. They don't seem to see that telling a child to stand up for themselves causes more fights. Again this is the worst school I have ever had to send one of my kids to. If you have to send your children there be prepared! You won't like it!
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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14%

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36%

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22%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

2013

 
 
64%

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53%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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3%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
2%
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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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 49% 18%
White 41% 69%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 68%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jeanne Poleski
Fax number
  • (586) 445-4358

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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20000 Avalon St
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
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