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Upton Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 650 students

 
 

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Posted February 14, 2012

Upton Middle School is a quality school with high standards for academic and personal excellence. The orchestra instruction available for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades is top-notch. Educators and staff are caring and first class, parents and community are highly involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

This is the best school! My school friends are nice, the principal is great and they really try to prepare you for college at this age. There are advanced courses to prepare for AP courses in High School. The sports department is awesome! And I love the visiting authors. This is great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2010

Upton Middle School provides my children an opportunity to grow academically in ways other schools cannot. The school provides advanced courses and Math and Adv Literature to prepare them for AP courses in High School if that is the path the child wants to take. Upton Middle School provides opportunities to learn orchestra (best in state!), life skills, and journalism and other things to develop my childs area of interest. The 'no tolerance' policy is great. Parents can be involved in different activites and the staff is warm and wecoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

This is a great school! It gives us such great opportunities as kids to try out all different kinds of classes. I especially love the foods class. I highly recommened this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2010

this School Is awesome! It has grreat teachers and awesome classes! Like computers and sewing! I recomend going to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Teachers and administrators work closely together. Incredible comaraderie among administrators, teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

This school is great! The teachers are fun, they're experienced, and know how to make the class fun for me and my fellow students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2007

I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. I currently have a 6th grader who has transferred to Upton and I am pleased with the school. The teachers are committed to the students on a personal level and make themselves available and accessible to parents when needed. Parental involvement is a huge factor and the school has a family-like atmosphere. They are right on target when it comes to exposing children to up to date technology. Students grades are posted on a secure website, parents also have access to attendance records at a click of the mouse. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I have two students at this school, and I can't sing its praises high enough - private school quality education on the public education level! They've really gone above and beyond what most public schools would do to insure my children's success!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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59%

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57%

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53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

2013

 
 
79%

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85%

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85%
Social Studies

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

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

2013

 
 
50%

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45%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
67%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
22%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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 85% 69%
Asian 6% 3%
African-American 5% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 22%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Chad Mandarino
Fax number
  • (269) 926-3403

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800 Maiden Ln
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
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