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Baker Middle School

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Posted March 3, 2014

Baker continues to be lowest achieving middle school in the district. Every year it seems the school makes a change of some kind to improve the test scores. Math department is unsatisfactory. We have encountered a couple of not-so-good teachers, but overall happy with the teachers and administrators. Communication could be better. There is a new principal, who is very nice and she seems she will make a difference. The block scheduling is being eliminated, but not the IB. Not impressed with IB, as we haven't seen much benefit with all the extra requirements and the rigorous grading scale. We have not had any issues with bullying but there have been issues with theft. Because of the continuous low MEAP scores, I will rate this school below average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My kid is currently studying at Baker middle school. There is clearly lack of communication between parents and teachers . We had to encounter a bad teacher early on which is frustrating for the parent and the kid. The teacher is plain rude,no input/comments/criticism on kids writing work, so there is no way of knowing where your kids stand? Dr. Audra Melton, the new principal looks promising. Hopefully she will take care of these bad teachers by requesting surveys from parents/students to determine the real cause and make Baker a better school for students to attend. I Cant even send my kid to another school due to lack of bus services. Hope the Troy school district will do something about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

My son has recently started 9th grade at Troy High after being at Baker for all three years of middle school. I thought I was just being one of those parents who thought their child was "smarter" than he actually was, or complaining about the IB Curriculum for no good reason. At Baker he was consistently placed in the advanced level classes in both English and Math, but he struggled with B's and C's. The homework amount and constant projects was overwhelming. I am SO happy he is done with middle school. After completing his first quarter of high school, he almost got all A's!! His stress level has gone down tremendously! So my opinion is that the IB Program and the IB Block Scheduling stinks. At least for my son. I don't think this type of curriculum should be pushed upon an entire middle school of children just because they live in that attendance area. We had no other choice unless I was able to take him to and from another middle school. Being a working mom, that was not an option. Troy, if you want to keep the IB program going, please make it a lottery only option for those parents who want it and are willing and able to drive their child to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Ohh boy... I think everyone knows it but Baker has very very low MEAP scores, and the kids are kind of mean to everyone but their friends, and unaccepting... I understand their IB program is supposed to be good in the future (I mean maybe if they taught it differently instead of drilling the personality traits in your head) but really, it's messing up their education. MEAP scores in the 50's? Really? This is not preparing students for high school, the ultimate goal for middle schools. There is a few good teachers, but some of them are inexperienced with little to no teaching experience. Overall, the only thing I liked was the big building that was intended to be a high school. I was miserable during my time at Baker, but happier at high school. Along with other Baker classmates, I was not prepared for high school and had to work really hard to learn past things. -A former Baker student


Posted August 28, 2013

Bakers students are not hostile at all. Its the best middle school ever!!!! The kids are friendly, the enviroment is amazing, Classes are smaller and its so comforting to sit in that school BAKER IS NOT A LEVEL 9 SCHOOL IS A FREAKING 19!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Student By the way...


Posted August 13, 2013

Baker Middle School, ahhh... Every time I say it, I feel so good cuz I remember all the good times I had there... Wish I could go there for high school... :) MUST GO THERE! TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could give it Infinity and beyond stars!!! Student...


Posted August 12, 2013

It's a spectacular school... MUST go there!!!!!!!!! Math, Science, Tech, ELA, etc all teachers teach stidents the best education and there is a yearly Baker Idol thing, where it's Baker's version of American Idol. Really must go there :D Student


Posted July 17, 2013

I went to this school. Don't go there!!! Try it if you want but the atmosphere is very draining to your confidence. It was hard for me to keep up in high school, same for other kids who went to Baker. The test scores are averaging in the 50%. AND Baker is a last chance school for students and teachers! Some bad teachers and troublemaking kids are given their last chance here. Many people got bullied. The IB stuff... it's just ridiculous. This school made me miserable! - A former Baker student :(


Posted June 27, 2013

The majority of kids at this school are rude and are always being hostile, and stuck up. It is very hard to make friends there! Once I went to Baker the work load was very heavy. It was very tough to get anything done. The IB program is ridiculous and overdone. All we do is fill out what characteristics we 'displayed' while doing a sheet of homework. -_- "I was caring because I did not slap anyone during the band concert!" Kids do not care about their grades there. Also did I mention the capstone binders? Just so you know, people can check one out and look through your grades- and copy a good paper. The good thing is that Taco Bell is nearby, a good stop for a half day with friends. Alright, that's my rant of Baker. ;) I suggest to think twice before sending your kids there! -A student at Baker


Posted September 9, 2010

This school has some awesome teachers in the English, Science and Humanities dept, but their math department is terrible . Most teachers are great, but there are some others that are rude and dont care what you think. Practically Every parent at this school has had to tutor their child in math or pay for a private tutor in Math. The administration does not care to support a good relationship between themselves, parents and teachers. Many parents that transferred their child here for the IB program have transferred them back to their school of choice because the IB program is really no different than the regular curriculum at the Troy schools anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

It is very hard to make friends here and kids are hostile!!!!! Not really but I give it 2 stars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Baker is an AWESOME school. The teachers are helpful and easy to talk to and the peers are fun to be around, and accepting of everyone. Baker is the best!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2007

So far so good for my 6th grader. They have been very helpful and understanding with my childs needs. Upon looking over the meap scores from past to present, it appears that some scoring has gone down since the IBO was inplemented into these schools. Not sure if that was a good idea after all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

I loved this school a lot! Since I had to move... I really miss the school. The teachers were great and peers were fun to hang out with. I really miss you guys!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2005

Both of my children attended Baker Middle School. My first child has now graduated from Athens High and moved on to U of M. I feel Baker did a great job preparing her for high school. She made the transition to H.S. with ease. She was more than prepared for college, in fact, her first semester was a little too easy knowing most of the material from high school. I feel because Baker is smaller than the rest of the Troy middle schools, my children did not get lost in crowd. Each of them were personally known by most of the teachers, the principal and assistant principal. Their smaller size did not preclude them from having a vast assortment of extracurricular activities and class subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

i went to this school as class of 07 and when i was there the teachers were great and everything but only problem is the kids in this middle school has the lowest quailty of the kids in whole troy that was the reason i choose troy high from athens i wanted to get to know more of the outside and when i look at it i see that troy has better kids than athens most kids in troy wants to actually work until some i saw in baker that didnt even care what grade they get. i recommand that if your kids have choice from chosin troy high from athens troy to get them to go to troy to hang them around with the kids that wants to work which will make them feel behide and will make work trust me i was the same.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 42% in 2014.

236 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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55%

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55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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92%

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86%

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80%
Social Studies

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

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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53%

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47%
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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

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58%

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56%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

228 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

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80%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

2013

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
26%
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

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 55% 69%
Asian 29% 3%
African-American 9% 18%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
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 21%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Dr. Audra Melton
Fax number
  • (248) 823-4613

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1359 Torpey Dr
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