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Morgan Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 639 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted November 10, 2013

I think this school is wonderful!! There is a new principal there who is very attentive towards the students. I had 2 older kids who went thru Duncan and I prefer Morgan. I just think everyone is so down to earth and personable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

Wonderful second grade teachers and very nice principal. School needs a bit of updating and a lot of new books for their library. Due to tax cuts, Utica schools had to cut out additional language courses and such...but overall, I am happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

That's a shame that some parents have no idea what goes on in the classroom. My daughter had an amazing experience in the sixth grade with this dynamic team of teachers. English? My daughter came out a stronger writer than ever because of what and how it was taught. That will take her far in life. I pay very close attention to what goes on in the classroom, and I cannot wait for my next child to experience the teachers in sixth grade. We feel blessed, our children have experienced wonderful teachers all along at Morgan. My oldest was very well prepared for junior high. It is a shame to pass along such false information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

My child came from a school that was closed and spent 6th grade at Morgan. I cannot begin to tell you how bad Morgan was. The three 6th grade teachers DO NOT prepare the kids for middle school. Lots of movies in the pm, no English taught, too much free time for the kids so too much drama. If I had to to it over I would have taken my child to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

Morgan is a great school with wonderful teachers. We moved out of state and I miss Morgan terribly. My children excelled at Morgan. When we move back next year we will make sure to buy a house that is close to this school. The person who posted last year about this school being rotten couldn't even post a well written comment with proper grammar. Consider the source.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

GREAT Teachers & School! I would recommend this school to anyone looking for the best teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

This is a terrible school. The professionism is rotten. The only time people rate great is when theres not a problem. however, having a special needs child is a whole new pie. They want to co-taught the student with no real supports in place. The terminology has to be fine toothed since 'resource room' simply means a learning center teacher poppin in and outta ge. where of course the child is lost and totally scared to death. This is to save their rating. They also want to limit cognitive impaired classroom. I say what the student needs they ought to get. Utica doesn't care about the student only the cash flow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

Morgan is an excellent school. I am very pleased with the teaching staff and learning opportunities for my children. They also have fun after school events. I have opportunity to volunteer in the classrooms as well as other special events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Since the school decided to apply for blue ribbon there have been some improvements - a homework club after school on wednesdays and thursdays for students who need it. There are some excellent teachers, but the leadership continues to lag behind other schools in the area. He actually allowed the first grade teachers to take off every Monday in lieu of having an aide - until the parents escalated up to the board and he was overruled. What leadership would allow first graders to have a teacher absent 20% of the time?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

The longer my children are at this school, the more I wish we lived in a different subdivision so that we could go to Switzer, Duncan or one of the other excellent schools around us. I have had a few incidents where my communication to the principal's office was ignored. There are some wonderful teachers there, but there are too many who are out a great deal of the year on personal time - this isn't conducive to learning. Overall, truely disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

We moved to the area from the historically outstanding Fair Fax county, VA school system...and Utica schools are every bit as good. We couldn't have been happier with this school and district. Our only regret is that the military is moving us from this wonderful and high-quality school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

Caring teachers and staff. Good parent involvement and organized events. Great science olympiad program and other activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Overall we have had no complaints. The school is in need of some renovating. However a science/art wing has been added to the school. The class rooms were a little overcrowed but some of the students will be attending a new school that has opened in the area. The teachers my child has had the past two years have been great. There is alot of parent involvement in the class rooms. Overall children seem to be happy while attending school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

My 6 year old son has a great teacher, but the facility itself is lacking. Most of the older kids are in portables because of overcrowding, first grade sit at round tables which isn't conducive to learning, there are no lockers so they have to bring everything they need every day, including gym shoes. The building is old and in need of decent HVAC. When I went to the parent teacher conference, only 7 parents were signed up, out of a class of 24 students. They do have high school students come and help out in the classroom, and moms volunteer to help on different days. Like most schools, there is way too much fund raising, and alot of peer pressure to buy candy bars and other unhealthy food for fund raisers. There is no homework in first grade here, although other elementary schools in the district do have homework.
—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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

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70%
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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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79%

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78%

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78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
24%
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 42% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%
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?

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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 91% 69%
Asian 4% 3%
African-American 2% 18%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian N/A 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 17%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Sue Balcueva
Fax number
  • (586) 797-5801

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53800 Mound Rd
Shelby Township, MI 48316
Phone: (586) 797-5800

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