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Sterling Heights, MI
Students enrolled: 322

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14100 Heritage Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

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(586) 825-2840
(586) 698-4326
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Amount of homework: Don't know
May 30, 2015
Black isnt as great as I expected. I know people that live in the district. That makes it easier, but once again the principal doesn't like to do any extra work, so if you need the school to work with you on something - its a great challenge to get the school to work with you. The school likes to just blame the parents on matters when that's just not always the case. And principal backs the teachers no matter what - even if CLEARLY the teacher made some big mistakes. Almost a mob mentality within the district with faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Neutral
May 30, 2015
School doesnt really detour bullying from one child to another so I guess you can say your child have to buck up.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
May 30, 2015
First year and not seeing any compassion from the teacher toward the kids. Seems like they are just getting there job done.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
May 30, 2015
Principal was very difficult to work with. School didnt tell me of important things about my child getting injured at school. they tend to cover up things that are not great.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2015
Sticking it out to see if it gets better. Not overly fond of principal but if the teacher this year was very new to the district. Things will get shifted around next year hoping there will be some improvments.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 30, 2015
Not impressed by teachers yet. Maybe next year. Sticking it out one more year to see how it goes. I heard the teachers in higher grades are better then the kindegarden teachers. Was not impressed by kindegarden.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
May 30, 2015
Black Elementary looks like a top performing school, but it will change next year. Its merging with Filmore and next year double the amount of kids will be in the school which is pretty small. Alot of the "Good" reviews are from the people that live in the district or work in the district. The school "favors" kids that live in the sub vs. kids that are school of choice. Principal is VERY difficult to work with - I agree with the posts below. She trys to do as little as possible and I have caught her not telling me the truth. This disctrict wont stay at 8 after the schools merge because right now black has a very small town mentality and that will have to change after the merger. The reason its a 8 is from the parents - parents very involved with there kids in the district.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2015
Black Elementary is an outstanding school. It is one of the top performing schools in the district and has been for more than ten years. The staff is highly motivated and maintains high expectations for all students. They work together across grade levels to make sure that students are prepared for what's ahead. Teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students and work with intervention teachers to help struggling students. The administrator believes in the teachers making curriculum decisions and encourages them to drive the school improvement process. She supports both teachers and students and also maintains high expectations for all. I will be bringing my child to this school when he is school aged because I believe in this school's ability to not only prepare children for the future, but they make it a truly enjoyable place to learn. The relationships that are built here last far longer than just from grades K-5.

- submitted by a teacher

April 23, 2015
Great school! Wonderful and hardworking staff! They helped meet my child's needs. Great teachers and support staff! Principal is helpful!

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2013
Here's the thing... It could be SO MUCH BETTER. Principal doesn't outright lie about stuff, but she sort of tells only the amount of truth needed to get things to go easily for her. There is excellent parent involvement. I feel like the kids are graded "easily" sometimes to avoid confrontation. Look into latchkey if you are considering Warren Consolidated Schools (some kids are bused to other schools for latchkey). All in all, we're going to hang in there, but I hate that I find myself wondering if I am selling my kids short. A lot of kids transferred out last year, and some of those parents tell me they are so happy they did.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2012
Black Elementary School is a fantastic school. My child has learned so much and the teachers are very committed. I really like the strong sense of community you feel at Black. I think that the teachers and the Principal are very fair, if your child is a hard worker and well behaved you will not have problems. Otherwise, it is the fault of your child. I have heard that Black is among the best schools as far as test scores and that speaks volumes.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2012
I brought my daughter to Black as a school of choice. I did a lot of research and met with a lot of schools before making this decision. She has had a wonderful year at Black and I would recommend this elementary to anyone. As far as the negative things that some people have written, the principal is fair and honest, and if your child's behavior is not up to par then you may not have a great experience. But, that is true of any good school. My child's kdg. teachers have been excellent, working together to make sure the children have a great first experience of school. The parent involvement and cooperation with staff is excellent which also helps keep a smooth running operation at Black. My child loves it here, and so do I!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2012
I currently have two students that attend Black Elementary. During the last four years we have experienced a positive learning atmosphere! I have loved all of their teachers and my children come home happy and ready to go to school the next day. The staff is friendly and works very well together. I am very happy that my children attend Black Elementary and I feel they are receiving a quality education.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2010
This is our third year at Black and I have to say this was one of the most disappointing years. The principal at Black is more of a reactive principal instead of proactive and says one thing to you and does another. also is not very friendly. This year they also stopped doing the monthly assemblies to recognize the students of the month and other accomplishments. My kids were very disappointed about that. We as parents are not allowed to be at this years Kindergarten end of the year picnic and that is very upsetting. We are looking for another elementary school for next year. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2010
We have two children attending at Black Elementary. Sadly we are almost at the end of our elementary years. They have had great, supportive teachers even willing to drop off homework for a sick day! The atmosphere is family orientated. The PTO works hard to provide fun activites for the kids, as well as support the school during this tough times. They are working on updating the library which is good. As with any school, parents must be involved we are THE key element to how well our children achieve!

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2010
This is my child's 2nd year at this school of choice and i have to say this was a mistake. The teachers are not encouraging nor is the principle.Thankfully, this is my child's last year and i would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2009
I am raising my grandchildren and they attend Black. It is a great school and has a very supportive staff and teachers. I give Black and A+.....The kids love it!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 19, 2009
I feel that there is not enough interaction between student and teacher and way too much work is sent home. How many parents have l.5 to 2 hours to help with homework? I was put in this position numerous times. A Grandparent

- submitted by a community member

May 15, 2009
Not happy with the teacher my son had this year. It's really not her personally, but the situation she was placed in. An 8th grade teacher was placed in an all day K room at the last minute. She was sent out on a regular basis for MLPP training. In addition to that she had life circumstances that took her out of the classroom, so with the two factors combined, she was gone way to much. And she did not relate well to the age group. My son has progressed, but missed a lot. The principal... I am not pleased with her either. I feel that she has no time or interest in listening to what the parents have to say. The latchkey program is also poorly run. I feel I made the wrong choice in choosing this school for our 'school of choice.'

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2007
We put two children through Black Elementary School and never had single problem with any of the teachers or staff. My kids loved their school.

- submitted by a parent
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Black Elementary School
14100 Heritage Road, Sterling Heights, MI  48312
(586) 825-2840
Last modified Black Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Black Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top