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Martell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 419 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 16, 2014

Martell Elementary -- What a school , If i had the authority I would close down this school which do not takes interest in child development. There are not ample teachers in the school so be prepared your kid to be taught by a student teacher who is under training . There are no extra activities , no walking the extra mile to make students knowledgeable but on the contrary they are not able to complete the syllabus as defined by School district. There are lot of items to be penned alas I can say avoid your kids attending Martell the worst school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2014

We had to leave Martell due to bullying and character issues of students. The staff will not discipline the bullies, and in some cases actually reward them with additional responsibilities as if they have leadership skills! If you think there is no bullying at Martell, you may need to look in your own household. I found parent participation mediocre. The new principal demands silence during lunch (yes, lunch) or children are punished with missing recess. MEAP test scores are the focus at Martell and they are not all that great. For example, click on the "test scores" link at this website for 5th grade Science in 2013, only 16% passed! Send your children to a more nurturing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2013

We have been a Martell Family for 6 years and have had wonderful teachers in each and every grade. The new Principal last year was a great improvement, he is always visible in the building and handles difficult situations very well. The new secretary is very firm, she has a tough job. I would not describe her as mean. Our only issue is parking, which is planned to be taken care of with the new bond that was passed. All support staff and specials teachers are wonderful. This school is a family-like community! I HIGHLY recommend Martell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

My daughter's class teacher is good but the secretary is SO awful! She is the worst one we have met. Very mean to kids and parents. I wouldn't suggest to go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

I have been a part of the Martell family for many many years. I went here as a child, and I was labeled by a teacher in her first year (who is STILL THERE) as a special education child. At the time I had undiagnosed ADHD, and she bullied me mercilessly that year in school. Some of the other children remembered this and continued to harass me throughout the years, while many others forgot. My parents had to have me tested outside of the school for my IQ, and I was not diagnosed with ADHD until I was 21. Fast forward 20 or so years, my two children no go to this school. My older child had no problems, and loved all the teachers. My younger child had great difficulties at this school though... In kindergarten, my child was labeled as a problem and was sent home daily. My child was told, "If you misbehave, you're going home." What child would want to stay in that environment after being told this!?!?! I was so glad to hear that the principal retired that year, and since then there have been no problems. Support staff is wonderful, the gym teacher is amazing, art is fantastic, and so is everyone else...except that one teacher who remains from my childhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

This school is mediocre at best. It's leadership is very corporate and cold (as mentioned by prior posters). As a parent, you want your child to be taught as an individual, not collectively to boost school rankings. It seems as if they are more concerned with teaching to take standardized tests and passing out bumper stickers. Their curriculum is subpar compared to neighboring districts. When your kids are there for many years and the teachers struggle to tell you any real specifics on your childs abilities as a student, that is a problem. No lockers and no sports outside of gym either.


Posted May 1, 2012

I have just started going to Martell 2 months ago, and it is awesome. The teachers are very nice. The principal barely gets angry at any of the students. Academically, it is the best elementary school in Michigan. I have just moved from Canada, so this review may not be accurate.


Posted April 27, 2012

Martell is hands down the best elementary school in Troy. My child was extremely well prepared to enter middle school on account of the warm, creative, and informative faculty members. My child had zero issues through their experience at Martell. The administrative faculty members were nothing short of extraordinary in all aspects. We have another child preparing to enter Martell, and we cannot wait to let them flourish here. The building itself is in wonderful condition! My son had nothing but the best experience at Martell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

If your kid is a bully, this is the school for him/her! The bullies run the school without any repercussions from the staff. The staff prefers to say "If we don't see it, we can't do anything about it" and boy is that true! I think they look the other way on purpose so they don't have to do extra paperwork. I would rate this school ZERO STARS if it was an option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

Not at all happy with Martell Elementary. Terrible issues on the playground with boys hitting other boys and no or little punishment, to the point where the behavior continues. I agree that art class is dismal. All projects are made of paper and most come home unfinished. Recently, I learned that there is a decline in the number of students returning to this school in the fall. Our children deserve better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

My experience with Martell has been an extremely positive and beneficial one. The teachers here at the best! They really care about your child and will stop at nothing to see them succeed. The Martell staff seems to know all the children, no matter what grade they are in. In my own personal experience, my children's teachers have all taken the time to get to know them, both inside the school and their personal lives outside of school. My children trust their teachers and enjoy going to school. For academics, my children are learning many concepts and consistently earn good marks on report cards and state exams. I have never had a problem with approaching anyone at the school. If I had concerns, they were addressed promptly, and the staff has made sure to include me in on any interventions if needed. I feel comfortable knowing that my children are well taken care of when at school, both intellectually and physically. As far as lockers, I personally have never been to an elementary school that had lockers for children. Of course in the winter time, when boots and snowpants are needed, things look cluttered. This should not be counted as a negative mark for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

We have had a good experience at Martell. The facility itself is bright and inviting. Most of the teachers are positive and uplifting, however our child is hating school this year as the teacher says inappropriate and unkind remarks frequently to students about themselves or about other students. I would like to say that I feel I can go to the principal with my concerns but I feel like my comments would not be anonymous and the teacher would then be even harder on my child. (As I said this has been our experience with only one teacher.) The description on here says there are sports programs, but the only thing they offer is gym. Parent involvement is good. I have been pleased with the art program. (They save the art and bring it home at the end of the year. And they work with a variety of mediums. )The main secretary can be very moody although I have always noticed she is kind to the kids. The reading recovery program is great. I would have given 4.5 stars if it weren't for the one teacher....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Martell is amazing. The passion the staff and principal show for the children is outstanding. I'm amazed by their committment and endless energy to give the kids the best education possible. I'm so glad I made the choice to move to Troy and come to Martell. My kids look forward to going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

The office staff and principle are wonderful! As for the teachers some of them are grouchy and have been there for a long time. The hallways are a mess because there are no lockers! I can't believe this school does not have lockers. It's very hard for the children to cram all their stuff on the hooks in the classrooms. I recently moved to Troy and was very disappointed in the buildings and lack of lockers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Martell is a wonderful elementary school that welcomes - encourages - parent involvement at all levels. Academic programs are top-ranked in the State of Michigan, and music, sports, arts, media center and other extracurricular activities round out the elementary experience well. I agree with many other Martell parents that there are no bad teachers or offerings at Martell. Finally, the school has wonderful programs for learning disadvantaged (such as Reading Recovery) and gifted children. Everyone is welcome!
—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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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54%

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68%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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80%

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83%

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83%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

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78%

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2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

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77%

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77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
33%
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?

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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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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

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 69% 69%
Asian 22% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 0% 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 9%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Charles Lesser
Fax number
  • (248) 823-3813

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