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Harwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 448 students

 

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Posted August 25, 2014

I can see why Principal Keener had to get out. It has gone from worse to terrible in 0-60 flat. The sad thing is for once it is not the teachers or leadership. It is the lack of parent involvement and the entitlement attitude of the students and their parents. I can see why they are a priority school and title one. parents need to get off their duffs and cellphones, learn English and get with it. Our kids are the ones suffering. Pulling my kids out of here after 3 years. There is a reason why they are 1% in testing MEAPs. It is not the principal or the teachers its the kids/parents. Very sad state of affairs in the WCS as the kids rule the school, not the teachers and other leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

I have a 19 yr old that went through the Romeo School District. We still live in Romeo, but we drive my young son to Sterling Heights every day, because this school seems to be the best around for the early years. My son is only in Kindergarten, so I can't speak for the other grades. But I can say that the kindergarten teachers are doing such a wonderful job. There is a free after-school reading program enhancing the reading skill for kids in all grades, including Kindergarten. I believe that all the kids in my son's class can read to some ability. They do simple addition AND subtraction. And they even have simple social studies activities. I don't know how a Kindergarten could be better. The principle, Mr. Keener, seems to be able to set the tone for the school - caring, supportive, and strong. The school seems to have a good cohesion between the administrators, the teachers, the supporting roles, the parents, and the children. I also want to add that the diversity in the school is wonderful to see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

Harwood has been a great school for many years.... Every school has its good and bad points....its good and bad moments. A child decides year to year which teachers he/she might like and learn from. Didn't you when you were growing up? Every teacher is not the same....they're people just like you....all different. Just as teachers are different from each other, so too are principals. The current principal is doing the best job he knows how to do. So too, the past principals did the best job they could do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

It is a dream for us parents to hear from our pride and joy how much they truly enjoy school and how excited to be there they are. Mr.Keener and his staff have truly made Harwood Elementary their A1 commitment to being the best. The staff are dedicated professionals who strive for the best from our kids. All we hear about is Mr. Rayshouny and how great he is, very tough, but yet how fair he is as well and the kids love him for that. He puts his heart and soul into those kids and they all come away lauging and learning. My kids don't even have him for a teacher yet they feel like he cares for them just as much as his own class. Mrs. Macha is another teacher who stands out who wears her heart on her sleeve for these kids. We are blessed to be here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Mr. Keener and his wonderful staff have come a long way in the past few years. The school was in a shambles before him. Now there has been a complete turn around. The teachers care a great deal about our kids. Test scores and learning have improved dramatically. All of the teachers and staff are dedicated to thge well being of our kids. Great Job Harwood Staff !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

We are very happy with Harwood school! My daughter has attended Harwood for the past 3 years and I am continually impressed with the care and skill the teachers use to encourage and assist the students with the school year as well as keep the parents up to date on their progress! Our new principal is outstanding as well as the new office staff. I cannot say enough about these patient and compassionate professionals. I have seen them in action and any school would be lucky to have them! Lucky for us they currently reside at Harwood!
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Posted March 15, 2004

I have never been more dissappointed with a school. The overall individual attention given to children that have problems with learning in math and other studies is very low. The teachers will not cooperate with parents to help their children suceed. If a child can not keep up with the rest of the class they get left behind hoping that a different teacher next year can fix the problem this school is very unorganized and I can tell you that my child will not be attending there next year.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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34%

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39%
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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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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21%

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34%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%

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45%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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34%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
2%
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:

19%
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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

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 76% 69%
African-American 13% 18%
Asian 6% 3%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 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 76%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Coreen Tremmel
Fax number
  • (586) 698-4346

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4900 Southlawn Dr
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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