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Troy, MI
Students enrolled: 459
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475 Cherry Drive
Troy, MI 48083

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(248) 823-3200
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September 18, 2014
Morse is a great school. We had initially enrolled our daughter in home-schooling. When I met with the staff and assessed how completed dedicated and committed with education, care and structure I was very impressed. I'm glad that the staff and principal aren't afraid to speak their minds, and call into questions things that need to be. Very happy with Morse School!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
My 3 children have attended Morse. The world is full of all types of people and diverse in all ways; culturally, ethnically, ability and economically. We have faced some issues that are true to life and the real world and my children are "well rounded" because of their experiences. Staff and teachers are real here and they care about all the students in the building. School is fun here but as school should be, there is learning happening every minute.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
Singling my kids out very poor comm. from school to parents. Should recommend Wattles elem. they are a great Troy school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Great School...Teachers,staff and Principal are very great. They constantly are in the process of motivating and encouraging kids. My kid enjoys a lot :)

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Good School, Great Experience in sending my kids too. A perfect IB School. Good initiative from the principal in all apsects.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
It's really very bad experience for my son. He was a very good kid until first grade. The actual problems were started from second grade and we have really hard time to handle all think sheets. So if you have a option,please look some where else for your kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
The teaching staff at Morse is excellent. The IB program is a great benefit for the children and processing the way they learn and see the world. Only negative is I am tired of the early release days on Friday's. Between teacher work days, early release days, vacation days, etc I don't think the kids have a full day of school on Friday very often.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
Well, my child has been thru Morse and Baker of which both have IB. I really observed that IB didn't do much for my child except make things more difficult/aggravating to his learnig experience. Subs are still at the schools on a daily basis which affects a childs learning consistency, not to mention the district having to pay double for teacher in these schools. No wonder the district in in a financial bind. Anyone ever look into the cost of bringing the IB into our schools? IB started 5 years ago now, so and we are suppose to be official? So why are there still subs there every day? When does the training ever end? The kids behavoir at Morse is below average. Alot are very disrespectful, and I thought IB was suppose to make the children better rounded, caring, etc. The atmoshpere in Morse is no longer a fun, enjoyable atmosphere like it used to be. At least when I am there, I feel more of a stressful feeling rather than fun or relaxing. Now that there is the interim principal, maybe things will lighten up!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 04, 2009
Morse is a true community school. We have many after-school family fun and learning events and we do lots of community service projects. The staff truly cares about the students and their families. Greta McKinney, Para-educator

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 06, 2009
We have a diverse group of wonderful kids and staff! We have the IB, and everyone here works to ensure that the students succeed. We are risk-takers, communicators, principled, balanced, thinkers who embrace being open-minded!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Morse Elementary School recently became International Baccalaureate Authorized. Our students are becoming world and life long learners. Starting in first grade our students are receiving violin instructors twice weekly to stimulate musical growth. The teachers are exceptional and have become well versed in the IB Curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The Morse staff, families, and students have worked hard to bring the International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program to our community. IB-PYP brings the best of education for every learner! We (staff, families and especially our students) continue to reflect upon units and themes independently and collectively, in order to make improvements as life long learners. I am proud to be a Morse Educator and work with such committed students, families and staff members! Thank you Troy School District for your continued support.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Morse is a great school where teachers really care about the students. Our expectations are high, but we do all we can to help the students reach those expectations.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
Our students strive to be internationally-minded and receive Spanish twice a week in the upper grades and once a week in the lower grades. Students learn to be good communicators through projects, song, dance, games, reflection, cultural studies and much more!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
Excellent caring teaching staff and administration. Multi-cultural experience and Mr. Fahnstock is the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
Morse has experienced some changes over the years, like any school. Some have been positive and some haven't been. The positive changes have lasted and the things that didn't work, have been changed. The quality of the education has done nothing but improve. The IB program is an amazing program and allows for each child's education to be individualized. We have had some training that requires teachers to be out of the building related to the IB program. However, we have also has numerous reading, writing, math, common assessment and other district wide in services that require all teachers to be out of their classrooms. As a parent and a teacher, I would be thrilled if there was a spot for my child. at Morse, when we are ready to start kindergarten. The teaching staff is absolutely amazing, and the few parents that volunteer around the building are also amazing.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2009
Morse is a wonderful school. The Teachers, Principal and Staff are respectful and professional. The IB program is a phenomenal addition to the school that will benefit all children attending Morse. I am proud that my children are Morse Elementary students. I am confident that when my children are in school they are not bullied. I believe that my children are being taught by example how decent human beings should act and that they are respected for the people that they are and the individuals that everyone at the school is helping to shape them into.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2008
I was just forwarded this link and have read every post. I've learned enough from my own children, their friends and parents to agree there are some real issues here, with bullying and the negative consequences of this problem being of greatest concern to me. Available statistics show bullying impedes the quality of education for all of our children. Finger-pointing between parents and educators will not resolve this problem. Collaborative problem-solving can. What is most apparent is a lack of positive communications among all parties concerned. What is not apparent are solutions offered that would include training and full implementation of a bullying awareness and prevention program, requiring collaboration and awareness among educators, parents and students. I know other schools in this district have experienced success with similar programs and policies. Is there any reason why this school cannot do the same, to serve the best interests of the children?

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2008
Like any school, it is only as good as the parents and teachers working together. I have been extremely disappointed by the lack of parents who take responsibility for the actions of their children. The current principal require parents to follow a certain code of conduct where in the past it was not enforced.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
My kids went to this school until last year. Like other parents I know whose kids used to go here, I pulled my kids out and enrolled them in another school because of all the bullying and disrespect. Disrespect from some of the teachers, too. Best decision I ever made for my kids. I don't see the bullying as an IB problem, I think it's a problem with the principal and some parents just plain not doing a good job insisting on respect and decency from both the kids and the teachers. There are some very good teachers, but others who definitely are not. Good supervision and care for the kids is just plain lacking here.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
Morse has good and bad points. Since IB the school is different and not in a good way. Too many subs. Many kids are so direspectful to teachers. My child does not like going to school because there are so many fights. Early dismissal is not good for students. They just play and no instuction. Most teachers are good and dedicated. Principle is different but works hard. I just don't agree with no discipline. I think tha's a IB idea.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2008
This school once had a wonderful character program that disappeared after the current principal was assigned. Support for the parent community appeared to disappear as well. The MEAP scores are the lowest in the district. My child attended here through 2007. Normally an A/B student, during his last year he was told by his teachers he was failing, and he was victim of a lot of bullying that only seemed to escalate after we tried to address it with the staff. He is now in a different school, where he is once again an A/B student, cared for by his teachers, and accepted by his peers with no bullying problems whatsoever.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Looking at the reviews from 2004/05 and comparing to recent reviews, the school has declined greatly. Sure there are some teachers that are very dedicated, but some areas need help. Since the IB program has invaded Morse and Baker and forced on our students, I have seen an extreme negative change in the schools and alot of the childrens behavoir especially in Morse. There are still a great amount of sub teachers of which we were told was not to happen this semester. Frankly, I see the IB causing more of a disruption rather than an improvement. When I help at Morse, the kids are so rude to me and outright mean at times. I've never seen anything like it, tht a child would even have a thought of displaying that kind of behavior to and adult. Amazing it is allowed..What kind of discipline is used at this school?

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
Like any school, there are positives and negatives. The best approach parents can employ is to recognize their responsibility to be their child's advocate and teacher's partner; learn your child's needs, abilities, and potential, and communicate with the school to find ways to meet them. However, so far we have had excellent interactions with three of the staff: Mr. Sackett, Mr. Segovia, and Mrs. Reese. Each one has shown receptiveness to individual student needs and a deep commitment to meeting those needs and making school a place to learn and be encouraged to explore one's potential. This is a vast improvement over our previous school district.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
This is the best school. The school works very hard to make sure the needs of student are met.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
It certainly is not the aids LETTING the children run wild. Behavior starts with the principals reinforcement of rules and proper leadership,then the teachers reinforcement of the rules and apparently the rules of the school are not being reinforced. The aids are doing their best and working with what they have and that is certainly not much as far as proper back-up of disciplinary action. Therefore,the running wild of the children falls into the hands of the principal,where there has been no proper discipline for some kids actions.

- submitted by a staff
June 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
My son has been going to this school from K-3 grade. Next year he will be in fourth and I'm really worried because of the lack of supervision he is getting. The principal seem to focus on the negative of the children and not the positive. The teachers and the aids are not watching the kids very well and they are getting hurt and running wild.The lunches look, smell, and taste horrible. It just doesn't seem to be a very happy place to be like it was 2 years ago.I really miss the old prinicaple.She made going to school a happy place.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2007
We love Morse. I have a 2nd grader. We like the teacher and the overall environment. The academic level is good. I see a lot of emphasis on reading and writing. I wish a little more math. They just started what they call 'International Bacheloreate'. I don't see any effect of that yet. Overall, the parents are very involved. The staff are courteous. The child drop off and pickup area/ situation is very annoying. Not enough parking.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
My child has attended this school from k-5. The academic programs are ok but the math is inconsistant. The music, art and band is great but there are no sports to offer. I will say the parent involvement is high considering alot parents do work. I have seen a change in the school in the past year or more, with the students behavior, lacking respect for adults and just being out right rude. The new principal has lost touch with the children. They see no consequences for their bad behavior which leads to more bad behavior. It makes me sad to see the extreme change.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
I love Morse Elementary. I recently moved into the neighborhood and I agree some kids are a little out of hand and its sad that they can take away from other Morse students. However, my first and fifth grader loves the school and their teachers. This is a caring school, who love the children that attend it. Of course, like any other thing in life...its is not always perfect. I say, 'Keep striving Morse' you are awesome ; )

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
We have a great community of parents, students, and staff. Unfortunately, due to poor direction from the principal and her unwillingness to address issues, the school has been taking a decline in every asspect. There is a total lack of respect for anyone the moment you walk in the door. Substitute teacher's seem to be a daily occurance. There is no consistancey. Most importantly There is no accountability. It truely saddens me to see that a school that was thriving just two years ago could take such a decline due to lack of leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This is school is part of Troy school district which is recognized as one of the best in the country. The education quality is excellent and teachers are very good in what they do. There are plenty of extra curricualr activites available for the students and their parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
I think Morse is a GREAT school! The teachers as well as the principal take a personal interest in the students and take the time to know the parents. The PTO is wonderful as well! The curriculum is established and solid and they take a proactive role in my child's education. Because of the experience I've had at this school I am going to be sure to stay in the Troy school district to be sure my next two can attend as well.

- submitted by a parent
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In order to further the International Baccalaureate Primary Years program we have a weekly schoolwide assembly that highlights the student learner profile and attitudes of the IB program. Following the assembly we hold our "famlies" program. A family consists of students from every grade level with a teacher. The family time promotes community building through cross age learning centering on community service and character education. A student remains in the same family for the entire time that they are at our school and with the same family teacher.

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Morse Elementary School
475 Cherry Drive, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 823-3200
Last modified Morse Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Morse Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top