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Haviland Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 337 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 4, 2014

We have tried to make Haviland our home . We participate in events & this helps build relationships w/ our classroom teacher, principal, special teachers & other staff/future teachers. This year, PTA organized the following: DQ make your own sundae and raffle tickets for a cake, Friday Night movies, breakfast w/ Santa, Fun Run, talent show, Winter luau & cookie dough, a big $ maker. PTAs are challenged to get families involved. To help, they invite 1-2 classrooms to present per montly meeting. Some classrooms have stronger participation than others. Why? I don t know. The teacher, the parents, the children, the day of the week? The PTA for the past 2 years has been excellent. With terms ending, next year will be a new PTA. We will support them, too. We also participated in outreach events such as helping families w needs at holiday time, penny wars for charity & food drives. Overall, we have been happy w/ our experience w/ teachers. There are always a few students that appear to be a challenge (observed on field trips), but isn't that always the way? We re sure it can be challenging for a teacher to give natural consequences to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My daughter is not happy here. The teachers have no control over the bad disruptive kids, and instead of just removing the disruptive kids from fun rewards, field trips etc the whole class misses out, this isn't ok. She struggles understanding certain assignments and gets no extra help. The PTA is terrible! No student involvement, just selling cookies no fun fundraising events for the kids to participate in. I'm very disappointed in her educational experience, she's in third grade and already has a bad opinion of school, she's very bright, and it's a shame that at 9 years old she hates school, is bored and frustrated. I'm looking into changing schools and possibly moving all together I have a toddler and I do not want him going here. I HATE saying negative things, but early elementary is so crucial in developing a child's outlook on education, and this school is more of a wild daycare that teachers can't control. The teachers are overwhelmed and aren't able to teach these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

This school hasn't changed in 13 to 14 years since I was going there. They have trouble retain staff, even the Principles don't seem to last. They have a 3rd in 4th grade split math class, when I took this class, the teacher was overwhelmed with too many students, and didn't want to take the time to help me, so she threw a third grade math book at me, which set me back. I don't see the student teacher bond, like I saw when my daughter was going to Stepansk's. My daughter is picked on by the kids, and I had the same problem when I was going there. So far since she has been their she has learned swear words and that their is no Santa Clause. This is my daughters last year I will not let her do anymore schooling there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

This school is amazing when it comes to working with the parents and children. In the 3 years my son has been at Haviland and we have seen great results. This is one of the best schools in Oakland County and within the Waterford School District. The principle has really been improving the MEAP Results and the school competes with the best of them. It is the parent involvement that makes or breaks a student. Keep up the good work Haviland and Thank you for making my son's experience great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

The teachers are good, but the principal is horrible. In the 3 years I have had my children there, she has not done one good thing for that school. She was never a teacher before becoming an administrator and it shows. It seems as if the teachers do not respect her and it shows. The principal has really brought that school down. On a positive note, the teachers do try their best with what little support they are given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

Great Staff! Great Principal! Excellent support from the staff for the kids! Wish there were more schools like this in Waterford!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

Haviland is the archetype of an ideal school. The students and staff seem happy to be there. I am very pleased that the school to which we are geographically bound is so well rated. I'm confident that my daughter is receiving the proper attention for her personal and educational development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

We have been parents of children who have attended several private schools in the area. This is by far the best school we have had our children in. The principal, Ms. Novotny, is dedicated to the happiness and success of each child. The teachers are always approachable and enthusiastic. We couldn't be happier with this school. There is also a strong sense of community and parental involvement along with a safe and trusting enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

My kids are very happy in this school! The private christian school we went to last year was a disgusting experience. We like this school because they have great academic level, they make learning fun and theachers really, really care. Ms Novotny is also a great and caring principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

This is a superior school filled with caring, creative and smart teachers, a wonderful principal who supports her excellent staff and each and every child at the school and a bank of hardworking, selfless volunteers who work tirelessly for the good of the school. I love and appreciate the warmth directed at my children and myself whenever we attend a school function. The newly formed chess club, the orchestra as well as Leaders and Readers, RIF and PTA makes this a school that far outshines the other elementary schools in the district and surrounding area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

Both of my children attend Haviland currently. 2nd and 4th Grade 2005-06 year. It has been a nurturing environment and a place where they can express themselves. They focus on the extra's as well as the basic, music, physical education, etc. They try to build well rounded children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

Haviland is school of choice for my child. Knowing and experiencing the teachers and working in the classrooms, I have seen the excellent care and teaching these educaters give to our children. I can't say enough about the principal, I believe she is the strength to this school! Both my child and I are blessed to be a part of Haviland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2004

loved this school. teachers are great, office staff great. everything about this school is great. we had a wonderful 6 years. K-5
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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38%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

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63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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54%

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43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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85%

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75%

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75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

2013

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
30%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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

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 81% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 45%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Michelle Sullivan
Fax number
  • (248) 738-4798

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5305 Cass Elizabeth Rd
Waterford, MI 48327
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