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Bernice McDowell Elem. School

Public | K-5 | 344 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2012

I am interesting knowing more about this school, I have an 8 year son in the 3rd grade and an 7 year old girl in the 2nd grade . please send me information regarding the enrollment date. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

I love this school and I'm not just saying that. My son has been attending since 1st grade, he is now in 2nd grade. I agree that the principal is the best. He really cares about the children. The teachers are great too!!! I love Ms. Osborne (my sons 2nd grade teacher) she really understands. My son will continue his education here until he graduates from elementary!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

I love this School so much! My son has been going here since he first started school and I must say it really is a wonderful school. We moved to a different district and the results were horrible. I now drive my son to Mcdowell every morning from a different district because this School has done so many wonderful things to help him
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

My Boys have been going here since 1st Grade, 1 is now in 6th and moved on and the other is going into 3rd, and they have been wonderful, Mr. Kunzi is a great principle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

My children have been in this school since my son started school. He is in 3 rd grade now. Ms.Doll is the best I have ever seen both of my children has had her. She is the most understanding person besides Ms. King that I have ran acrossed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My children has been to more then one school in Taylor due to our housing situation I think this has been the best one of all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

My Daughter has attended McDowell since kindergarten,now entering 4th, and through good and bad at home, everyone has been great to work with. Mr. kunzi is a great leader and mentor. They have great afterschool and summer programs. There is basketball teams for boys and girls, A chearleading squad, And a band class for fifth and sixth graders. The parents are very involved. They work hard to make sure the kids have everything they need. I can't image sending my kids anywhere else.
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Posted October 10, 2005

This is my second year at Mcdowell and we have been thrilled with the quality of education that we have received. Mcdowell has a great team of teachers who work well together for our kids. Ms Ester does a great job running the main office too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

My boys transferred to this school in the middle of this school year form a charter school. The school staff has really worked with both the boys making it easier on them to ajust.I am happy we made the move. We are very happy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2004

My daughter transferred to this school from a charter school during the school year. She adapted well, thanks to the wonderful teachers and principal at this school. They go the extra mile to help your child and are very accessible if you need to speak to them. I can highly recommend this school.
—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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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20%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

2013

 
 
56%

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53%

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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
6%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

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Math growth at this school

Above 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 48% 69%
African-American 36% 18%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 5% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
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 83%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lynne Borg
Fax number
  • (734) 374-1290

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Taylor, MI 48180
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