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Walden Green Montessori

Charter | K-8 | 224 students

 

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Posted March 26, 2013

Our daughter has been at Walden Green from K-5th. We have been very happy with her education and her teachers. Caring, individualized attention that fits each child's learning stye. Conflict resolution, self discipline, time management and a culture of child empowerment along with many other very important life skills are taught. I wish I would have been able to attend a Montessori school like Walden Green when I as in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

Our two children are receiving an excellent education at Walden Green Montessori. Both have excelled academically in a very peaceful environment. Children are treated with great respect and each child is able to learn in an environment that encourages them to achieve to their highest potential. Our children show enthusiasm for learning and each is given great responsibility. In the absence of "grades" to provide feedback on student achievement and progress, I find our two classrooms provide excellent feedback to parents in the form of much more detailed one-on-one conferences, progress reports and an open door policy that allows us to ask any question (or visit) at any time. The school also provides many opportunities for parent education (on the Montessori teaching approach) and involvment. We are blessed to be a part of this school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

There are some very dedicated and exceptional teachers here. Then there are teachers that do nothing more then have students go back a level of work if the child struggels with a new concept. What the school also lacks is leadership. The principle is useless. She will not engage parents in discussion, let alone look them in the eyes on the rare occasions you force her to. She wants a "pure" Montessori school but has no plan on how to deal with students transfering in from non-Montessori schools. Equally inept is this charter school's governing univerity. No presense, accountability or monitoring. Be involved, sit in on classes, and be sure to push your child. The lack of structure and feedback in this school allows for alot of kids to fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

I have a daughter who went from Kindergarten all through eighth grade. The school teaches to manage their own time in a way traditional schools do not. She is now a straight A student in high school and she credits what she learned at Walden Green to her success. I give the school 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2011

I'm only giving three stars, the jury is still out with me on this school. I have observed in class, and firmly believe if your child is not good at self direction, they may fail in this school setting. However if your child has potential to learn quickly, they have opportunities to advance just as quickly. It is certainly not for every child. My child seems to be doing fine with it. I think the self direction is ultimately preparing him for the working world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2011

In 3 days of observation I saw many examples as to why my child did not feel safe at Walden Green. In the classroom I saw boys pinching bottoms, slapping frontal private parts, raising of fists to faces, hitting and wrestling on the carpet, all within close proximity of two teachers. The lack of supervision extended to the playground. Most times there was only one teacher supervising the class in a vast space with unclear boundaries. They didn t guide conflict resolution conversation or correct behavior with Love and Logic. There was a major lack of professionalism, huge communication issues, and no true desire for parent involvement. They informed us of a decision to limit our child s school hours, during an all school holiday event, with no discussion and/or offer of discussion. Repeatedly, requested information was ignored. No volunteer schedule was presented, despite many willing parents. They spoke to children and adults manipulatively and disrespectfully. Parents should observe at least one full day and pop in to draw their own conclusion. Parent satisfaction surveys and exit interviews are needed. Check how many withdrawals are from moving vs. dissatisfaction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

This is the 4th year my children have been students at this school, and it is a very inviting setting. Parents are welcome to come and observe at any time they would like to. Parent involvement is actually quite high here. Just go into the school and walk down the halls, you see parents all over. My only regret is that it ends at 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

This school is amazing. Top notch teachers who REALLY care about the kids and an administration that REALLY cares about the teachers. And the proof is in the pudding--go watch a class and see Montessori in action. You'll be amazed at how articulate, polite, intelligent, and engaged the children are at all ages. Needless to say, we're THRILLED to have our child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

Excellent in every category. We could not be happier with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

Walden Green is a fantastic school. We have been very pleased with the education they are receiving. Parental involvement is very much encouraged and appreciated. The school went through some growing pains last year with their new building, however things are much improved. My girls love this school and so do we!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

They have you drop off kids at the door and walk them out to your car after school. They do not encourage parental involvement since moving to the new school. They do not encourage you to enter the school or be part of child's school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

Walden Green has done wonders for me! Before I came there, I was not very good at applying myself to work, I also was not very good at working individually. I have only been there for two years, but it feels like I have been there my whole life, because I have learned so much in the little time I have been there. Unfortunately, it was my last year there, and it is now summer break. But, I know when high school starts, I will use the knowledge I have gained from Walden Green, and I will use to my advantage. Thank you very much Walden Green! ~Allison O.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2005

Walden Green Montessori sets high academic expectations, yet recognizes that each child learns in different ways. Hence the motto, 'Follow the Child.' It is a very small and comfortable school. The teaching staff is second to none. No anxiety at the beginning of the school year. Mixed-grade classrooms mean that many students are comfortable with the same teacher for a couple of years (and vice versa). Everyone knows and respects each other. Spanish, music program, Scouts... there are a number of nice extra-curricular activities for such a small school. Soccer, swimming and other programs offered nearby. A before and after school program is available for working parents. All-school picnic, musical programs, and breakfasts are nice. Great field trips for the kids (parents have fun too). Kids take pride in their school (note the previous student review). It is a unique place thanks to Jean Hicks (founder) and all staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2005

i just became a member of this school not that long ago and i love it. one of my brothers didnt have alot of friends but when he came here all the kids gladly welcomed him! this is the best school too! if you get below a ninety you must redo that work and most kids at this school never get below a 94 on tests. except for the meaps, sometimes they dont do so good but mainly they are almost the best in the state. and the teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 40% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

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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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

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17%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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78%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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33%

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37%

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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 45% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
13%

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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
10%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
32%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
n/a
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:

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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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
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 35%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Ms. Vickie Buckner
Fax number
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17339 Roosevelt Rd
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