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Eastwood School

Public | 3-5 | 737 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2012

We have sent 4 of our children through Eastwood. Like any school, you will sometimes get a teacher that isn't ideal, but except for 1 exception, we have found all of our sons' teachers to be exceptional and caring. The receptionist is helpful and friendly and I would say that most of the teachers we have had were of the highest caliber. For those reviewers who were concerned about the principal, there is a new principal there as of last year. For those who were concerned about bullying, one of my children was bullied during the first year he attended. The principal immediately talked with both children and parents (separately) and the teacher and recess aides. When it occurred some more. They did a bully training thing with several of the classes in his grade level, with reminder signs in the hallways and again talked to the main child and parents. We had no further problems and our son is actually friends with this child now. There seems to be about 25 students in each classroom and the school facilities are excellent. The building is new and large with large gym, cafeteria and stage, music room, art room, large well equipped playground and is in a quiet area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

I am quite disappointed with eastwood school, my daughter would come home with bruises all over her legs and hips and I would ask her how she got them, she said that a boy in her class keeps kicking her , we addressed it with the teacher and nothing seemed to get done. So my husband went and talked to the teacher again and nothing again and then I wrote a note and they both were sent to the vice princ. office and they were supposed 'talk it out' 3rd graders talking it out, what a joke. It just seems to keep happening. And not to mention that the extended school program that they said my child needed to be in , produced no results . My daughter comes home everyday and this kid is still bulling her. It is also way to big , it needs to be smaller.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

I have had 2 children attend Eastwood, I cannot stand this school. Both teachers I have dealt with were huge disappointments. My one son had learning troubles, and was offered absolutely NO help or suggestions. I ended up putting him into private school, where he is thriving. My other son has never had problems in school, and gets wonderful grades. His teacher has ruined his spirit about school. The school is too big, with no control over the students. My son comes home complaining of being called horrible names, and nothing is done about it. One teacher even told me, 'There was nothing legally that could be done to help my son.' That son has been diagnosed with ADD, with no help of Eastwood's. I am doing school of choice next year, I can't stand Eastwood School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

I think that Eastwood is a pretty good school. I have been going there for three years now. I think that the principal does need to take charge though and there rules and disipline pals are a liitle harsh though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2004

Eastwood school has some excellent teachers and some teachers that seem burnt out. I don't think the problem is all the teacher's fault or the principal's. There are some very challenging kids at Eastwood with zero support at home. They are very disrespectful to adults and do not want to do the work that is put before them. I do think a problem with schools in general, is that kids do not have a healthy fear of authority. When I was in school, kids shivered at the thought of going to the principal because they knew it would be painful. Now they think it is a joke. I don't want anyone else hitting my child, but there has to be more severe consequences to bad behavior, especially violence. I don't understand a child cussing, shoving, hitting, slamming doors, etc and then returning to the classroom the same day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

I have 2 children at Eastwood and I am utterly disgusted with the teachers and other administration there. The teachers are very rude to the kids and just seem to be there for a paycheck. They expect the children to deliver respect while the children are not given any in return. Any time I have a complaint I always have to take it to the principal. I start with the teachers but they do not follow thru until I finally go above them. Even when I talk to the principal I get that 'my staff does no wrong' it must be your child's attitude. I wish we had more options for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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46%

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34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

2013

 
 
62%

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57%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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45%

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30%

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30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
62%

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56%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
30%

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 45% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

232 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
9%
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%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 59% 69%
Hispanic 35% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
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Arts & music

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  • Orchestra

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30am,9:00am
School end time
  • 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Robert Matkin
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (269) 659-1554

Programs

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Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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909 South Franks Avenue
Sturgis, MI 49091
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