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Kennedy Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 801 students

 

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Posted August 3, 2014

I was a student teacher years ago at this school. After teaching in middle schools throughout the suburbs and in Detroit, I can definitely say that Kennedy Middle School is a place I would not hesitate to send my own child. There is no better recommendation than that.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2013

I like Kennedy. My child is in 6th grade and I find that the teachers are caring, disciplined and have realistic expectations for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

This is my son's first year here (he's in 6th grade) and I couldn't be happier. Teachers are wonderful and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I respectfully disagree with the parents who think that communication does not exist at this school. They have an extremely useful tool called the Parent Portal. It lets you know every move your kid is making from tardies and absences to their scores on tests and homework assignments. They have parent teacher conferences 2 times a year, which most parents do not even attend. Overall, Kennedy School has the staff and the tools to make your child's attending there a successful one. Schools depend on parents who are involved. They can give your children the tools to go further in life, but it is the PARENT's responsibility to teach your children how to use these tools. Kennedy is a great school with a great staff. In fact, I am an out of county School of Choice and I picked the Lakeshore School District for a reason. Keep it up Kennedy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Kennedy is a great school with wonderful caring staff and an excellant principal that makes sure the students are all guided and nurtured. Their curriculum is also tops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

The rule at Kennedy is that rules are made to be broken (or so it seems). Kids get away with whatever they want, parents can act like they are at a NASCAR event rather than a concert or presentation - whatever, it doesn't matter. I can't imagine how every kid there doesn't get straight As with all the extra credit and time to re-do assignments. There are some positives to Kennedy, though. First and foremost is the school's vice principal who actually communicates with parents and actively tries to help solve problems. I've talked wth many parents about how he is all over any issue to help get it resolved. The principal? Good luck there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Everyone at Kennedy work together to make each and every student matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

I'm a sixth grader of kennedy so i think i know how good it really is. it is the best school ever. clean, good lunch food, and great teachers. the lockers are very small but well theres over 800 kids so deal with it. i give it 7.6/10! if you have kids, get your kids to kennedy middle school right away!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2008

The school is kind of behind when it comes to parent communication. Often the teachers are sending sheets home with parents, and the website is outdated. Teachers don't know how to link in E-mail or on the web. Many of the teachers are internet challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

This is as pretty good school. There's a wide variety of lunches and extracurricular activities. The teachers are nice and they can really help you understand better if you're having trouble. The main problem though, is the students. Most of the kids I know are nice, but sometimes the safety is bad. But that was only this year. Maybe next year it'll be different, so you should enroll your kid to Kennedy. Overall it is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
74%

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69%

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69%
Social Studies

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

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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24%

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29%

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25%
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.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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21%

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22%

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28%

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28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
46%

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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
10%
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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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

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 87% 69%
African-American 7% 18%
American Indian 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
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 45%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Patrick Donohue
Fax number
  • (586) 285-8804

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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23101 Masonic Blvd
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48082
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