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Adams Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 423 students

 
 

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Posted March 13, 2011

Academics are of primary importance at this school. The students have excelled at the MEAP tests and the school has won various awards for reading. The 2nd Grade Teacher in multiage won a Presidential Teaching award in 2009. The Principal is very hands on and the PTA is very involved in getting the school the things its own funding can't get. There are lots of activities for everyone at the school. My children have been involved in scouting, 4-H, Math Pentathlon and much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

Great parent involement. Teachers and staff caring. Good and ok teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

I currently have 3 children in school there, have been involved in the PTA, boy scouts, and girl scouts. The teachers both are fantastic leaders, and great teachers, garnering awards and inspiring the kids to produce newsworthy results in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

My son started at adams and is now in 4th grade and I am very pleased with the school. As has been said in other comments the parent participation has been tremendous in everything from the classrooms to the PTA to scouting. This school is definatly using the village to raise the child and its great to see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

My daughter is in 2nd grade and is in the multiage class. I have been very happy with the school and she loves it. However, I do feel there are issues with communication between staff and parents and staff and administration. I think the principal could make more effort to keep everyone involved academically, I find there isn't even much emphasis on conferences or parent participation when it comes to the academics. I feel the PTA has dropped the ball on what is best for the kids too. The latest fundraiser prize is a week of fast food lunch brought in for the top 3 sellers, that is absolutely uncalled for and should have been stopped by the Principal!! Overall a great school that needs some better leadership all the way around. The parking lot is a nightmare and dangerous!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

As a parent I can see that reading and writing is one of the main focuses at Jayno. Waterford adopted a math program to improve math skills and Jayno is piloting the same series in the primary grades in the hopes of adopting it in the future. The science staff development team has, to my knowledge and observation, developed a program under the state guidelines, the social studies program is effective in teaching students how to read information, life skills, history and geography. The MEAP test is a good measurement of success and Jayno receive a an A on the state report card. The students scored exceptionally well. Math scores were: Gr.4 89, Gr.5 83, Gr.3 92. Reading proved to be as successful with a 95, 92, 95, respectively. I have experienced a positive, differentiated and nurturing environment for my child. This is truly a Blue Ribbon staff that cares
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

My children attend Jayno Adams and I can say that the lower grades are wonderful. However, 3rd grade seems to be the turning point for this statement. There are a few wonderful teachers in the upper grades, but that is no guarantee that you will get one of them. Reading is the main focus of the school and math seems to be falling to the wayside for my children. We had planned on sending them to private school after 5th grade, but are now considering pulling them out now before they fall any further behind (as so many of our friends and neighbors are doing with their own children). There is great parent participation at the school and it saddens us to pull our children from their friends. A well rounded education is the key to our children's future and they don't seem to be gett it at Jayno.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

I have two students enrolled, first grade and forth grade. We have been a part of the Adams family for seven years now. The best thing I can say about this school is the parent participation. The community is very involved with their children. In my opinion this keeps children strong. I see as my forth grader grows, academics could be a bit broader and responsibility should be more enforced. There are many teachers at this school who are in high demand. (Often requested) However, there is a lot of student teaching going on and the valuable teachers are not always what you get in practice. Overall, we have enjoyed this community but we will be seeking out schools with higher academics next fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2005

My child is in 4th grade and I am now truly seeing what Adam's has to offer ... reading and that is about it. When she was in the lower grades, I thought 'How terrific!' But now she is in 4th grade and her only homework is 20 minutes of reading. There math program is truly lacking. In 4th grade they are doing greater-than-less-than, rounding and basic subtraction. This is what many districts are doing in 2nd grade. It is apparent that the principal's sole goal is achieve her reading accolades and not offering the students a well rounded education. Since this school, like many, worries about the meap and now that the meap is in written format for math, this is one reason they also focus strongly on reading. FYI: This school received it's blue ribbon award when another principal was there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Jayno has a very good reputation, (Michigan Charter School-Blue Ribbon) and has some great attributes. We have a 5 year old enrolled in Kindergarten, so we are new to the school, but haven't found much to complain about. Homework amount seems just right, and my son looks forward to going every day. One slight concern of ours has been the kindergarten class sizes...High 20's in each class with one teacher and one aide. I give them high marks for patience, but there seems to be a lot of disconnect between the teacher and the latch-key teacher. May get better in time, but if that's the only problem, I'd say we found a great school!
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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59%

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69%

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69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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79%

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66%

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66%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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67%

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52%

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52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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83%

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74%

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74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
57%

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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
11%
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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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

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 80% 69%
Hispanic 8% 6%
African-American 7% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 37%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lynn Bigelman
Fax number
  • (248) 674-6319

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3810 Clintonville Rd
Waterford, MI 48329
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