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Saline Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1231 students

 
 

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Posted August 18, 2013

My child has had a good education since he went to Saline Middle School. His grades were always High, he got very good teachers, and was treated like everybody else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I attend this schools and its a great learning experiences they excel in cross country and track and i hope to see you here i love it!!!!!!!!!


Posted November 4, 2011

Saline MIddle School has been an excellent experience for my children-academically challenging, nurturing and empowering. We appreciate the strict rules about clothing, gum, cell phone use, etc. as it sets a tone of respect. The teachers and principal have been approachable and enthusiastic. Our children have been active in band and orchestra, both outstanding programs. The proof of the quality of Saline schools is seen in the academic success of our oldest, who is now in his third year at a first-tier university and thriving. Not a perfect school system, but an excellent one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

Saline Middle School is a breeding ground for hypocrisy. The administration has an incredibly strict cell phone policy, and yet they spend all their time in the halls chattering away on their own iPhones. Sixth graders, who were recently moved into the middle school building, are quarantined in their own little hallway- no one goes in, no one comes out. Struggling students are, in most cases, ignored unless their parents complain. An excellent example of the administration at Saline is the "no short shorts" policy, implemented a few years ago. The entire school was thrown into a frenzy as dozens of girls were sent to the office to change every day. Classes were even disrupted when an administrator came in on several occasions, checking for violations of the policy and punishing the offenders. It was several weeks before the mess worked itself out, although the problem resurfaces every spring. I also find it interesting that the strong supporters of Saline have several grammatical errors in their reviews.


Posted April 24, 2010

It gave our sons a good start in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

Saline Middle School is mediocre, at best. Enormous emphasis is placed on athletics and academics, and not much else. Students who struggle with classes must approach their teacher about help, not the other way around. Extremely strict rules (no gum, no hats, etc.) often go ignored by students and staff alike. Elective courses are absurd (such as Business Skills) and foreign languages are pushed. The band program is excellent, however. The administration goes absolutely nuts over some things (like gum and short shorts) and completely ignores others (like cheating). A few teachers are exceptional, but the rest are substandard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2009

I'm a student here at Saline Middle School, and comparing test scores with other students from other schools, Saline has by far better scores from tests and MEAP. This is a result from a safe and hard working enviroment. All the teachers in this schools are dedicated and love their job. My fellow classmates are open and friendly to everyone. Last year, Saline Area Schools started a new program, that there are two levels of math class. The first class only completes half the algebra math book in 7th grade and the rest in 8th grade. The second class finishes the algebra book in 7th grade (620 pages) and then in 8th grade completes the geometry book (600 pages). I'm in the second class and when ever i don't understand the material my teacher is always ready to help with extra assignments. But they still assign a moderate about of homework.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

Teachers and administrators are dedicated to the learning and development of the students. They have gone out of their way to support my son both educationally and emotionally. Excellent academics, excellent arts, excellent sports program, my only hisitation is that it lacks diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

Hmm. Sorry saline. We were here on a temporary assignment. Saline is a safe environment and sheltered. They do not excel in math and science to prep on a global market. They are at a 'midwest' range. Sorry saline, but you are still not ib material or on level of germany, india, china or ohio. It is ok for midwesst but had much more interesting debates in chelsea and actually suprisingily milan. Teachers in milan were teaching at a ib level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

Saline Schools is a above Excellent place to have your kids grow up and learn. If you are looking for a school to send them too, this is the one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2006

Quality program with dedicated teachers. Administration is a little bit disconnected from classroom and class dynamics. New Supt. hired due to concerns about admin. in High School and Middle School. Budget cuts have impacted enrichment programs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

Saline middle school has caring teachers who are willing to work with your student. 3 of my 4 children have all gone here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

My son has been in the accelerated math program. The music program is top notch. The teachers really care about student success. There is a parent group to get involved in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

There are many opportunities for those children who excel in academics (accelerated classes, etc.). Those children who were not born with the skills necessary to learn easily are left to fail and treated like misfits. We need to put more of our tax money into schools so that we can spend less tax dollars on prisons, courts, rehabs, etc. My children who are talented academically have fared very well in Saline Schools. My children who struggle academically continue to struggle as we spend more and more money at Sylvan to help them to get the proper math education (which the Everyday Math program does not provide). Saline Schools need to realize that the best way to contribute to society and keep kids out of jail is to make sure that EVERY child learns the basics (reading, writing, and math) so that he can be successful in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

My daughter's two years at this school have been excellent. She has ADD and is a special placement in the gifted and talented program. The staff has bent over backwards to allow her to work at her on speed and keep her interested. They have been open and worked with us whenever needed. I have only had one issue with one science teacher, with a biology degree, who taught earth science and did not know the subject well enough. We compared this school closely with the local private schools and found it to be the best option. The culture in Saline has a big effect on parental attitudes. The old farm locals have been fighting change and growth. The newer white collar residents tend to complain and have a lot of demands but don't want involvement. The Staff is under a lot of pressure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2004

I'm not happy with my child's experience at this school. Picture a machine that marches on regardless of those who are faltering or failing to keep up. The pressure on the schools and the subsequent filtering down of the same to the children is tremendous. Material must be covered and pray that you understand it. I've heard my child say, 'if they would just slow down'. The emotional toll is high. Programs offered after school to provide some assistance to the children lenghten a long day for those who are already battle weary from trying to keep up. Communication is also slow when messages are left for teachers/staff. My child had the flu and was out for seven days and I called the office to ask for take home assignments. Few teachers responded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2004

Your helping teachers are not that great. They talk very mean and bad to the kids. Also they are very rude. Thats why my kid left!
—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 42% in 2014.

384 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

384 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

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Social Studies

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

394 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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45%
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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 39% in 2014.

405 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.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

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65%

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 35% in 2014.

394 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

395 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

396 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
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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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 89% 69%
Asian 4% 3%
African-American 2% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. David Raft
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  • (734) 429-8076

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7190 North Maple Rd
Saline, MI 48176
Phone: (734) 429-8070

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