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Briarwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 350 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2013

Notice all of the positive comments are from before the new principal started (mrs. Walter). This school has gone down hill since she has been there. Bullying, assaults, inappropriate behavior never ever get addressed he only thing she does is "investigate" which gets no where! It's a shame because the teachers are really amazing teachers I loved my sons teachers and they are the only reason we will be trying it out do one more year. The principal has to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

My kids have been in this school for over 3 years now. It gets worse every year. The staff all have attitudes with you and are very impatient. They send my son home from school on a weekly basis instead of dealing with his medical condition. Special resource room is not enough. It lacks on educational progress! Bullying has been an ongoing issue that they do nothing about! Overall, this school is Terrible! My kids are going to new schools and a new district next year! End of story!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

My son has been in this school for less than a year now and we have had nothing but problems. The principal and teachers have done nothing to address our concerns and my son is treated unfairly. There is absolutely bullying present (even in kindergarten). We have had several major incidents happen this year and are very dissapointed with his academic progress so far. We will moving our son out of this school and out of this district for the follwing year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

Briarwood is an excellent school. Every teacher we've had has been wonderful. They listen to our concerns and treat us and our children with respect. The office staff is great too - they know how to handle problems and are very personable. While the principal is new, our kids love her. For the little bit of contact we've had with her, she seems fair and likeable. We're very happy with the education our children have received from Briarwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

The teachers are AWESOME for the most part. They are very patient, and if your child does not understand something, they will sit with your child until they do understand. The special resource room teachers (for learning disability children) are absolutely Phenomenal !!!! My sons have 2 different teachers, and they both LOVE their teachers very much. The only thing i don't like about this school, is they DO NOT offer special education classes. I really think if they offered it, my older son would be better off because he only gets to work with his special resource room teacher an hour to 2 hours tops per day. And he struggles VERY BADDDDDDD!!!!!! And my son is always being bullied, and the school does NOTHING about it! Overall, its a descent school ;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

My daughter has learned SO much from the excellent, caring teachers here! Please keep up the AWESOME work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

My 3 children have been going to this school for 6 years (young fives on up). I love this school very much. The Principal is very personable, compassionate, understanding and yet firm with a no tolerance policy for bullying. The teachers are all very caring, compassionite and want the kids to excel. They are the best teachers you could ask for. Even the office staff are warm and defenitly approchable. The school has a lot of great incentive's for good behavior; bingo partys, pizza parties, pool parties, and a great year end picnic party at Fraser park. This year they also are teaching the kids Manderain, my kids love and are really picking up on it. I would tell anyone to send their kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

This is a wonderful school with a great principal and some wonderful teachers. They really care and want all the kids to excel. All of the teachers I met were great except one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

Briarwood is a wonderful school starting from the principal who is strong and disciplined yet warm,affectionate and extremely approachable. The teachers are second to none and truly take pride in seeing their 'children' strive. There is a major focus on academics and the educators are fully equipped to prepare our kids for their next echelon. This is precisely why such a large number of children are from school of choice, they want a better education for their children and Briarwood is the place. I'm a mom who has 2 kids there with 1 coming in the 08 school year and I couldn't ask for a better establishment. My only gripe with all Warren public schools is the lack of a foreign language curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

I have 3 children who have all attended Briarwood. I feel all the teacher's are excellent. They are enthusiastic about their job and genuinely care about their students. I also have a lot of respect for the principal. She is very disciplined, but does so with compassion. A true professional! All three of my children are academically advanced and most every teacher has tried to provide them opportunities to excel. The parent involvement is awesome. You couldn't ask for a better PTC. There are so many reasons to love Briarwood it's hard to list them all here. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2007

Briarwood Elementary in Warren Michigan is the BEST school!! From the most fantastic principal to the teachers. As soon as you walk in the school, you feel the excellence of this school. My son transferred from another school that refused to deal with a terrible bully issue. He has felt nothing but safe and warmth from everyone in the school. He is now accelerating academically beyond our expectations thanks to Briarwood. It is the best elementary school in Michigan! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

I am very pleased about my son's academic progress since attending Briarwood. The teachers have been kind, warm, and are very competent. We do not live in the district and are a
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Posted May 28, 2006

I hate to say this, but Briarwood is only a great school for average children. If you have a child who is very bright or who needs extra help, this may not be the school for you. I have found the administration and teachers to be very pleasant to deal with, but they do not really respond to my concerns and have rarely gone out of their way to create an environment where my child is getting a challanging, interesting education. They are much more interested in test scores than in learning. I have had three children go through this school, and their education has been only adequate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

First, this school is still under construction while the children are present, even now into December. The enviornment is noisy and chaotic. While most of the teachers are more than adequate, the school adminstration is poor and biased against boys, particularly regarding disciplinary issues. I am pulling my child out the first chance I get.
—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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

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73%
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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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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62%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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45%

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31%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
5%
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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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?

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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 70% 69%
African-American 12% 18%
Asian 9% 3%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian N/A 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 56%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Christine Walter
Fax number
  • (586) 445-6335

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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14100 Leisure Dr
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