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Tecumseh Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 918 students

 
 

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Posted August 26, 2011

My Daughter has gone here and we have moved several times so I am familiar with other schools and this one is very poor in helping parents be involved. Our schedules are very demanding so we can not be as involved as we would like but anytime we have tried to get teacher cooperation through mails and working together to be sure work is done as needed it has been very lacking. They must do better if they hope to help students excel. Teachers can't just show up and hand out work and record scores they need to be involved as well. The one good thing is the orchestra program, which is great for a school in a more rural area like this. Luckily this is due to donated money or with the cutting back this would be gone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

We have really liked this school. We moved here from Chelsea Mi in 2008 and had nothing but a positive experience with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

The school boasts of many extracurricular options, but don't you think they should put a higher importance on academic achievement rather than encores? Teachers don't push students to succeed, if students choose to not do their work, the teachers let them make that choice. Other schools have disciplinary consequences for not completing schoolwork that encourages students to complete their work. If your child needs special education services and has an ADHD or similar label, don't send them to this school. The teachers will not work with the parents to help find a plan or solution that will help your child. I know this for a fact because I used to attend this school. Not all, but more than you'd expect of the teachers seem to dismiss the best interests of the students and their families and instead come to a decision that better fits their own comfort and satisfaction.


Posted April 16, 2010

I couldn't agree more. My son is a student in the cognitively impaired class, And we toured the school prior to enrolling him and had met with the teachers and I was so impressed. However it has been a nightmare. He is in the 6th grade and is reading at a first grade level. I have asked them for help in home teaching and input on helping him to read better, but to no avail. I am now looking into Sylvan and other home reading programs. He is also being bullied and teased almost on a daily basis and they just try to down play every incident. He is physically ill in the morning trying to avoid going. I am at my ropes end with TMS And seeing them on The Best Schools In Mich made me sick.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

Regarding the parent from 6-5-08, 'this school is over two grades ahead for every grade'? Really? Where did you get that information? I'd like to see that fact in print. My daughter is in 5th grade. For almost the first 4 months of school she did 4th grade Math level practice on the schools website because they didn't have the 5th grade level set up yet. How is that challenging and fair to the students? I completely agree with 1-18-09. I think they do focus heavily on music, which isn't a bad thing, but academics should be the priority. And because this is a small town there is sooo much lacking in good quality programs for the kids. Language classes should be part of the the curriculum from elementary on up! I am not impressed with these schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

My son has had a wonderful experience. My daughter has a first year teacher that even after half the year, has not been able to control the classroom. I feel the school spends a bit too much time forcused on the music program, but it appears to be a 'Tecumseh-thing'. The way the school is sectioned (each grade in their own halls, basically) works out to the benefit of the students. Safety is also acceptable. I implore you to truly read the reviews on this and all of the Tecumseh schools. If you can read a review written by a student, and it is cohesive and readable, then it is a school you would want to send your child to. If you read these and even the parents cannot write fluently, it should be of great concern. Just saying...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

My son loved this school. He had great teachers at every level. He has special needs, and was able to get help from some wonderful special education teachers. The student body accepted him completely. He was able to try many different options in his 'encore' classes. He started high school as a well-rounded student, receiving almost no special education services, because of their hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

this school is very chalenging for my daughter and she will be going to a good college because this school is over two grades ahead for every grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

urgh... what a joke. the teaches are great, no disrespect there. i do love them. but we had a security gaurd on a power trip when i was in 8th grade. he just thought that he was the best thing ever. I am much happier in the highschool. but there are still alot of hateful people who enjoy complaining.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2008

TMS has been a great experience for my daughter. The teacher's are great and really have the student's best interest at heart. It is not the teacher's that pose a problem to this community, but the parent's who are unwilling to buckle down and teach their children how to be respectful young adults. All of my children are honor students, enjoy attending school and great teachers they respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

Best School ever! Teachers are great and the food is pretty good there too. :] - 6th grade student
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2007

Tecumseh Middle School has Teachers that are willing to reach for the stars if it was in the interest of the student. The music,art,and sports programs are great. Students are given great opportuntites to help their future.Like there are special classes for those who need the extra help or simply don't understand something.Most of the staff is freindly and nice.The school try to give each student the chance to give their imput. The parent involvement is great. The parents are involved in every step of their childs education. The school is very high. Most students are very active in at least one sport or after school activity's.The teacher's help with student's problem's and try to help them get their grade's up. The student's are treated with much respect and are given responsibility. If you are looking for a better school then your current school please check out Tecumseh Public School's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2005

My oldest childs fifth grade experience was pretty awful and I still kick myself for not demanding that he be moved. Her classroom was in chaos and the students had no respect for her. His self esteem was low and my honor roll student became a below average one. Thankfully, his sixth grade teachers were excellent. This team of teachers related well to the students and parents and it was obvious that they enjoyed teaching. They ran a tight ship and the kids respected them for that. My son learned a lot while having fun and was on the honor roll.Hoping seventh grade will be as great and anxiously awaiting to find out who my incoming fifth grader will have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

I'm not a parent, but a student. I attended Tecumseh Middle School for 4 years and they were the best years of my life! TMS is the best school, and now that I'm going off to the high svhool, I am sad. The teachers have taught me so much. Not only about school things, but also about life. I was a part of the choir and it was so great. The teacher taught me so much and I appriciate it. I don't care what other people say about this school, it will never change my thoughts on this awesome school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2004

This school rocks. It has a spacious gym, focuses on extracurricular activities and has a strong teacher-student bond.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

There seems to be a big emphasis on student 'independence' at the risk of student self-esteem and confidence. Parent volunteers are discouraged which may be leading to over-stressed staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

This school is overcrowded. Not a good place for a child with special needs and not the best place for a child who is gifted. Some teachers are extremely uncooperative and unprofessional. Spec ed staff is underqualified. There is a large number of homeschooling parents in this county. Some teachers in the public schools here prefer to send their own children to private schools in the area.
—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 45% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

202 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 42% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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28%
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 39% in 2014.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%
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 35% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

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36%

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34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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78%

2013

 
 
74%

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63%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

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20%

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16%
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:

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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 90% 69%
Hispanic 8% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian N/A 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 29%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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307 North Maumee St
Tecumseh, MI 49286
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