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Bruce Collins Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 371 students

 

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Posted March 10, 2013

We have two children who have attended Collins for the past several years. Our experiences have been very positive! The teachers, principal, staff and aides are very professional and caring. They really do go above and beyond when it comes to teaching and caring for our children! This is one reason thta we have so many school of choice students. We cannot say enough about the family atmosphere that exists here. Parents are friendly and open to ideas the teachers and administrators share and try to implement. We couldn't have wished for a better elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

I am just shocked at the last parent review of Collins Elementary. I have been involved with Collins for 9 years and have never seen any kind of the behavior this parent is talking about. I don't believe that the 30% of our students that are school of choice would have chosen our school if all of these terrible things are going on. As for the students being horrible? This is just not true guests that have come into our building that I have talked to had nothing but good things to say about our students. Comments such as the students were friendly, quiet and respectful. I am also very sad that you could not see the greatness at Collins that I have seen, the growth these kids have made, the friendships and the hard work they have put into their education. Our kids do shine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

Collins is an outstanding place for all of the children there. The students are greeted by the principal every morning. The teaching staff and the principal are there for all of the students. Collins is very diverse and all children are excepted. If you look at our test scores you will notice that in many areas our children of color out perform the rest. The principal and staff are very pro active to insure all children are safe. The students are all very respectful. Collins is home to more then 80 school of choice students from all around Macomb county. I have worked in many schools in my career and hands down Collins is the best!


Posted September 25, 2009

Sitting here reading these reviews are not helpful for those who are looking for schools currently. This school including the principal picks their favorite children. No one here is open or friendly at all. The parents turn their heads and don't even introduce themselves. The children are just as horrible as the parents. I have a child that has been attending this school for 2 years now and he has had a bully and this issue contunues to go unaddressed. The teachers set guidelines and do not follow them. The only thing that is positive is the activies, other than that this school is not people friendly nor is it open to people of different ethnic backround. It sad to see young children who pick on children of other color. I am sad to say this school does not uphold the reputation it posses. Everything that glitters isn't gold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

You will be very impressed with the caliber of teacher dedication and the Principal's leadership. There is a vision in place that truly serves the needs of the students. Collins is a school where students succeed. Brenda Ercolani
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2006

Outstanding principal with great vision to do what is right for all of his students. Staff is very dedicated to the needs of all students. My son and daughter absolutely love being a part of Collins. Fun, safe and I know my kids are receiving a top notch elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Our family (including 3 daughters) has been active at Collins for 12 years. The staff has always been wonderful, putting the needs of all the children first. The learning environment is safe, clean and fun. Everyone is treated with fairness and respect. Our Parent Teacher Organization is very active providing activities and educational improvements for the children. Art, Music, Spanish and Science are highlights this year in the new addition to our building. Kathy and Tony Corso
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

A great school, with dedicated teachers and staff that work with the parents on all issues. A fun safe place to send your child, where they feel welcomed and this assists them with their learning needs and provides an environment condusive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Very good academic programs, excellent leadership, very involved parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%

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 45% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

2013

 
 
54%

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48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
52%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
17%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
36%
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:

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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 76% 69%
Asian 9% 3%
African-American 8% 18%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
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 29%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Math Olympiad top 10% in the Nation (2007)
  • Science Olympiad top 10 in the county (2007)
  • Destination Imagination State Qualifier (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Cantonese)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 315pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Hurley
Fax number
  • (586) 797-4201

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Chinese (Cantonese)
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Collins has a very strong pto with many active parents. parents volenteer in our media cent, lunch room and through our parent reading birgade.
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12900 Grand Haven Dr
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: (586) 797-4200

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