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Mary Helen Guest Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 433 students

 

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Posted June 30, 2014

Not impressed at all. My kindergartener began school this year and the class size is ridiculous, and I think the teachers are just as immature as the kids. The social worker is a waste of school dollars and unprofessional. They did not encourage parents to be part of the learning process and lack communication process and skills. The only gem that saves the school from complete fail is the principle, she is very kind and pleasant and resolves matters quite efficiently. Its sad that I will spend my summer looking into a transfer to a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

We're blessed to be part of this wonderful elementary school. They have the BEST principal, BEST teachers and staff, and the BEST parents. We're a minority family and we came from a different district and before transferring at MHG I thought that we would struggle. However, I was wrong and it was the best decision we ever made. I will not leave Walled Lake nor the State of Michigan just because of how much we LOVE this school. We're saddened that next school we'll have a different principal whom we really love and respect, but we're pretty sure everything will be the same. We love Mary Helen Guest Elementary School! Looking forward for many years with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

This is a terrible school for any student who is a minority. We woven out to walled lake so that my child can have a better education and although she has gotten one at mary helen, the school really only caters to the those who are not of color. I don't like that for parent teacher conferences the child is not allowed to be present in the room. There is a sense that they are trying to cover up something. They tend to be very petty with children of minorities and your child will not have a voice if they attend this school. They always use the terns "the other kids don't do that" or "the other kids do behave like that" YOUR CHILD SHOULD NOT BE CLASSIFIED INTO A GROUP WITH "THE OTHER KIDS" THEY ARE THERE OWN UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL. The staff tend to be very petty as well. And when there is a problem at school if you ask for the principal you get the teacher or if you ask for the teacher your get the supervisor. Walled lake district is a good district for the middle school and high school level minorities but if your in elementary hang it up. They won't see the needs of ANY minority child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

My son's kindergarten teacher was one of the best. It was a great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

My daughter has been @ MHG for 5 years and we have enjoyed all of her teachers. They have been friendly, helpful and encouraging. We have been pretty happy with the curriculum and with her academic growth(she was bored in K and 1). The principal is helpful and the kids love him. He always takes time to answer questions or to attend school functions. The office staff, however, is lazy and disorganized. We have had several issues with them calling the wrong person/wrong number if my daughter is ill. Once she sat at school ill all day because they had her call home by herself in 1st grade (she left a voicemail that I got that evening after we were home) when I was at work. Had they looked, the emergency card said as much. The office staff isnt teaching, though, so I can look past it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

Our Daughter attended MHG for kindergarten, and then because we moved, she attended first grade at a different school within the district. We were so disappointed with the experience we had in first grade, that we requested a transfer, and our Daughter will be finishing up her elementary education at MHG. We are thrilled that she will be returning to Guest next year! When you walk in the school you just get a great feeling. the staff is well rounded and very caring, the kids are great, and the atmosphere is how an elementary school should feel like... You are welcomed and respected. You and your child are both treated wonderfully. We just can't wait to get back, and realize that we should have never left!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

I think this a fabulous school!. I have adored all of my 2nders teachers so far.. He has been here since kindergarten. My youngest is in kindergarten and I have been very impressed with the teachers concern for the children. In defense of the office staff, there are also great, they know every student by name and recognize the parents quickly and mange to keep everything in the school running smoothly. I am proud that this school is educating my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My daughter enrolled here at 3ed grade. We are not happy at all. The secretary is very rude and the principal was to easy going with the teachers. Everyday my daughter had like 2 hours of homework that the teacher never explained thoroughly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

I find the two teachers my son has had are very qualified at what they are doing. I really enjoy this school and all of the staff that I have met. He is now in first grade and learning at a very rapid pace. His reading, writing and math have improved so much since school began. He is doing great and so are his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I happen to love this school, the teachers are wonderful and very experienced my son is a 4th grader and we have been there since kindergarden and every teacher he has had has been great, my daughter is a 1st grader and all is well so far and she has had different teachers then my son and they are also great!! I moved here for this school and will stay because of it!!! Office staff has much to be desired but they are not teaching our children so that part doesnt really matter as much to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

The curriculum is weak at best. I assumed when I moved into a school with a fairly large tax base that more of the budget would be used to push academics. I find the teachers to be quite lazy and not focused on the job at hand. I feel they put in the minimal requirements to collect a paycheck and slip under the radar. I plan on moving my child out of this school as fast has my home will sell to prevent my child from becoming illiterate. Quite frankly, the only acedemic education my child has recieved is at home. If it were not for my huband and myself teaching them they would not know anything. All this school has taught her is socialization, in a nutshell it's daycare!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

While the teaching staff has competence, the administrative staff leaves much to be desired.
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%
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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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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49%

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54%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
20%
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:

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?

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Math growth at this school

Above 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 79% 69%
Asian 6% 3%
Hispanic 6% 6%
African-American 5% 18%
Multiracial 3% 2%
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 43%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Michelle Fiebke-Lang
Fax number
  • (248) 956-3305

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1655 Decker Road
Walled Lake, MI 48390
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