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Morse Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 459 students

 

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Posted Thursday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted May 18, 2009

Excellent caring teaching staff and administration. Multi-cultural experience and Mr. Fahnstock is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 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 45% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

2013

 
 
18%

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

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19%
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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

Average

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 48% 69%
Asian 37% 3%
African-American 8% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 1% 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 33%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Title One Distinguished School (2003)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:10pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Stephanie Acord
Fax number
  • (248) 823-3213

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Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Parent involvement
  • Our parents volunteer in the classrooms and media center and are a part of our pto.
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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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475 Cherry Dr
Troy, MI 48083
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Phone: (248) 823-3200

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