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Willow Woods Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 335 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2009

My child has been a student at Willow Woods since kindergarten. The teachers have been wonderful. The school is clean and feels safe. The PTCO has done wonderful things for the students and they try very hard. There is a bit of a clique with some of the parents, which is sad since it will only teach the kids to be the same way. Overall, we love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

I was really impressed with how much support was offered to my struggling student. Her first grade teacher last year really cared about boosting my daughters self esteem, thank you! The PTCO also hosted many fun activities, great school!
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Posted October 25, 2008

our daughter had a great experience here. Awesome teachers. We really miss this school
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Posted November 8, 2007

I think Willow Woods is a great school. My daughter has been there for 3 years now and I can't complain. Mrs. Hardy is a wonderful principal. The level of parent involvement could be a little higher, it is usually the same parents who volunteer for thing. I do wish the school had more challenging work for my daughter. I can just say that Willow Woods is great!
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Posted August 27, 2006

My son could have benefitted from more diversity in the staff. The office staff was wonderful, helpful and always friendly. My son's first grade teacher could have cared for my son more. She seemed unneccessarily mean-spirited and uncaring to him. She made him not like school much this past year. He's changing schools for 2nd grade this year.
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Posted March 19, 2006

This school follows the standards of the district in academics. The district offers second languages, arts and crafts for a small fee at schools in the area after school. The school's staff for 2004/2005 year had been teaching for several years and had an older mind set in their thinking. The schools facility has been updated as well as the playground equipment. The school does provided some supplies for school work. There is a high turnout for programs for the children and parent conferences. The PTO organize fun activities throughout the school year and raise money for necessary supplies and educational trips, not in the district budget. Parents in general are distant and tend to socialize within cliques. In my personal opinion this school has low numbers of diversity among the student body and staff.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

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30%

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45%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

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49%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

2013

 
 
22%

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47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
11%
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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Math growth at this school

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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 76% 69%
African-American 11% 18%
Asian 10% 3%
Multiracial 2% 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 54%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Melissa Hardy
Fax number
  • (586) 698-4390

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sterling Heights, MI 48312
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