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Sand Lake Elementary School

Public | 3-5 | 494 students

 

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Posted August 18, 2008

I love this school. The teachers are caring individuals who go out of their way to help their students. The school promotes responsibility to the students with programs like R.E.S.P.E.C.T. The school offers real-life experiences by offering a scool bank and store that students can volunteer to work. The schools curriculm is wonderful and the school is increasing learning requirement for each grade completion to keep up with the state requirement and then some. All and all Sand Lake Elementary is a well rounded school with teachers who care and an awesome principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I am disappointed that my daughter's schools isn't ranking higher! Sand Lake Elementary is a wonderful school with a very involved and caring staff. We are in a small community and they really emphasis the older children helping the younger children and rewarding strong character with all students. I would have given it 5 stars, but felt my daughter's teacher last year lost focus a bit (family issues) and seemed scattered at time. My child did not suffer from this, but can see where others may have. The principal is great and all other staff from the office to the janitor have been more than friendly and helpful.
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Posted March 21, 2008

My 2 children attend and have wonderful caring teachers. The principal is helpful and the kids genuinely love her. I especially love the many trips that the kids take. It seems there is always something that is fun and inspiring for the kids to take part in at this school.
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Posted February 18, 2008

My children went to Sand Lake and one had a horrible experience. When I talked to the principal over 4 times and tried to change things she said her hands were tied and she couldn't do anything. My child had more subs then her own teacher and a miserable year. We took her out early and changed schools. Too bad that one bad teacher can do so much damage.
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Posted March 6, 2006

My son has been excelling ans happy at Sand Lake. We moved at the beginning of the school year. He hadn't been happy in school for quite some time. He likes his teachers and the mix of friends has been good to him. Getting settled we haven't been in to much of the parenting involved activities, but the parents that do run the items seem to do very well. There have been quite a few trips and programs this year, one including the symphony that my som simply loved.
—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 40% in 2014.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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28%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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62%

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57%

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57%
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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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

2013

 
 
23%

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24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
55%

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58%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
29%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
14%
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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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 94% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian N/A 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 59%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Fran Clemence
Fax number
  • (616) 636-4894

Programs

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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15 7th Street
Sand Lake, MI 49343
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