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St. Matthew Lutheran School

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Posted June 6, 2014

I love my school! I am graduating this year, and am so sad to be leaving. I only came in 7th grade, but I feel like I have known my class forever. My teachers are amazing, and it's such a huge difference from the private school I attended before this. I recommend this school to anyone and everyone, and will even be coming back when I am in high school.


Posted May 6, 2014

I only wish I could have attended this school as a child. My two girls have been in this school for 4 and 2 years, respectively, and I can't say enough positive things about the school, the staff, and the family atmosphere that exists. We toured several other Christian schools and felt "at home" right away during our tour of the facilities. Compared to other local Christian schools, St Matthew is surprisingly affordable. As parents, we feel we aren't missing anything that our children would get in a public school. There is a strong focus on academics as evidenced by very good test scores. Our children are being exposed to technology at a very young age with the school's iPad lab. The teachers are phenomenal and go the extra mile when needed to help our kids succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. This school is open to all - you don't need to be a member of the host church to enroll in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

The small class sizes and well-qualified teachers have provided an excellent education for our children. Our son is graduating this year and has consistently scored above 90% NPR on the IOWA test assessments. He recently took the High School Placement Test and scored in top 2% in the country and received a sizeable scholarship to a local college prep school. He is not gifted, but has benefitted from the small class sizes and strong curriculum at St. Matthew. Our fourth grade daughter has to work a little harder for her good grades. Her teacher has identified her weaknesses in math and has worked with with her and other students during lunch and after school. The teachers truly care how about their students and their performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Only wish we would have started our children sooner, however we transferred in from a decent public school in Walled Lake. Both our kids were quickly received in their classrooms and as part of the St-Matthew family. Our first year was especially fun as we discovered all the unexpected surprises; Many sports (volley ball, basket ball, track, baseball, soccer, cheer, even equestrian!) most starting in the 5th grade. Our daughter learned valuable creative problem solving skills through Destination Imagination (DI). We also enjoyed the Musical and Choir, and the list goes on. The curriculum is challenging and well supported allowing kids with advanced abilities to grow but supporting those who need extra help. The best of all is the teaching staff and principal! The staff is committed to God, they love the children and it shows every day through their passion and dedication. We always felt as though our children were safe, loved and thriving. We highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

St.Matthew in Walled Lake has been an amazing experience thus far for our family! I cannot say enough about the staff and their dedication to our kids both spiritually and academically. We spent a few years in the WLCS system and decided that it was not for our family. Now that we have transitioned into St.matthew I can honestly say it was the best decision we have made as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

St Matthew Lutheran School Walled Lake. What an amazing experience!!! My son has been at St Matthews since PS4 and will be graduating in just 2 short months. I owe everything to the teachers and the principal. My son was diagnosed with a reading disability in 1st grade. His teacher brought this to my attention and he was immediately given tests to see exactly where he was academically. He was then given extra help for the following years. The teachers have been wonderful, caring and nurturing. My son now has all A's and B's and will be attending CC in the fall. I am so grateful to each any every one of the teachers at St Matts. I know that 10 yrs ago I made the very best decision for my son, his education and his spiritually. I would highly recommend St Matthews to anyone looking for a faith and academically driven education. I could not be happier!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

St. Matthew is a great school with plenty to offer in academics, faith, and extracurricular activities. When I started my oldest child in Preschool Three, I loved the cozy atmosphere at this school. It is still the same 13 years later. The teachers and staff are caring and nurturing. Smaller classroom size means my child receives more individual attention when needed. I am happy with the high academic standards of St. Matthew, and that they continually strive to improve. My children are/were fed spiritually and taught a sense of community and of helping others. I have three children, one still attending. Two have graduated from St. Matthew and they transitioned seamlessly into high school. There were no gaps in the education they received. They were well prepared for the college-prep private high schools they now attend. Overall, St. Matthew has been a wonderful and positive experience for me and my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

The first 5 out of 8 years were good at St Matthews. Within the last three years, my child has been confronted with bullying, the anti-bullying policy, or lack of, is not effective and I felt my child's safety was not a priority, the classes and knowledgeable teachers are very limited, a teacher that has thrown a printer across the room, falsely accused of cheating on homework, has heard a teacher at this "Christian" school say hurtful things to another student, I could go on for quite awhile. After visiting a public school, I was quickly educated on the many areas that St Matthew's does poorly. I strongly suggest researching public schools before you just settle for St Matthew's. Interview parents at random but exclude parents that are at the school all day, if not everyday. After this past 1.5 years, I would not ever recommend St Matthew's to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Our kids attended PS3-8th grade. Staff was very supportive with enrichment of the curriculum to meet the needs of our child who is academically gifted. They were well prepared for high school and college and excelled academically and socially. Their knowledge of faith was vurtured and provided an excellent basis to expand and explore in HS and now in their young adult years. St. Matthew is a warm community where you will know your childrens friends, families, and have the opportunity to be an active part of their education and outreach activities. We still talk about the 'progressive dinners" and the year the students bought "cows" for tpeople in villages in india.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

My children are loving learning thanks to the teachers and staff at St Matthew. I couldn't be happier with their progress. The staff goes above and beyond the classroom to make every child feel like they are part of the family. What an amazing place!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I cannot say enough great things about this school and church. We transferred our daughter from public schools in 7th grade this year and shame on us for not doing this when she was younger. We defintely will be transferring our son from public schools when he finishes this year in 5th grade. The level of academics is very impressive along with the religious teachings and couple that with the community spirit and caring family of this school and church and it is just a receipe for success. I strongly recommend anyone searching for a solid education for their children and searching for spiritual satisifaction in following Jesus Christ, to visit this school and feel the divine intervention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

St. Matthew is a phenomenal school in every aspect. Even though our public school system here is rated very well, we wanted to give St. Matthew a try when we put our child into three-year-old preschool. That was one of the best decisions we ever made! The preschool teacher set the stage for a lifetime love of learning in our son. We loved that the preschool program was a mix of structured activity and freeform exploration. We felt that a preschool program should be play-based for optimal learning, which is what Mrs. S. provides. Do yourself a favor and ask the staff for a copy of the IOWA test scores for this school (a nationwide standard test for school performance). Your jaw will hit the floor with how far advanced this school is academically. It's the icing on the cake for this Christ-centered school. They are like family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

What a great school with great staff. The teachers truly care about the students. The principal is outgoing and knows all the kids in the school. We are truly blessed to have our children attend St. Matthew.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

My kids have been here for 6 months in Kind. and 3rd grade. The step from public to this school was tough for my 3rd grader. She has gotten plenty of help from the teacher in the transition. She went from top of her class in a public school to top 80% in this class. Much more advanced group. My kind. child loves her teacher and the class size is small so she gets lots of attention. I believe the extracurricular choices are much greater and at younger ages as well. Soccer, basketball, cheerleading and music all in 5th grade or lower grades, plus science club and chess club too. Teachers are very active in many activities and open to meetings and questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

I have had three children past through the halls of this school. I couldn't be happier. All three have been more than prepared academically. All entered high school into advanced classes, remained at the top of their class throughout the high school years. But it wasn't just the high level of academics that kept us there but the caring atmosphere of the entire school, principal, teachers and families, the daily involvement with our faith and the extracurricular activities...sports, cheerleading, Destination Imagination, and musicals. It is a smaller school with alot to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

Preschool was not what we were hoping for. It seemed to be more of a play time with lack of academic learning. Teacher not cooperative with request from parent to help child. Would not recommend for preschool unless you want only a religious education for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Excellent teachers at the preschool level. Tremendous amount of parental involvement. Small class sizes make the children more involved. Solid emphasis on christian moral character development.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

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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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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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The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

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

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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.

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The state average for Writing was 53% 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 35% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

22 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

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2040 South Commerce Rd
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Phone: (248) 624-7677

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