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Bessie B. Baker School

Public | K-1 | 390 students

 

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Posted May 18, 2014

My kids came to the Dorr elementary which in my opinion is the best elementary school in the district caring teachers gone above and beyond to help students. Steeby teachers seem to be aloof always getting notified of student struggles way too late it seems to give out A lot of homework with very little instruction. I believe this is to lessen the class work.
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Posted April 1, 2009

Both of my boys have gone to school here. I love the staff and teachers. They all seem to love to teach and help our children. The school has a very upbeat atmosphere and is always doing stuff to make learning enjoyable.
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Posted February 1, 2006

As a mother of four and a former student I have found Baker to be a warm, creative, nurturing school. I think the secretaries and teachers are great. The school keeps me well informed as do the teachers. Parent volunteering is always appreciated. They always seem to know who you are and exactly whose parent you are. I have nothing but respect and gratitude towards the Staff at baker for the wonderful start they gave my children and myself. My only problem was that in kindergarten and young fives they go all day every day or every other day, and I had thought it would be a better transisition if they went half day every other day in young fives and every day half day kindergarten and then made the change to all day in 1st grade.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 2% 1%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
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 60%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
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  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting

Language learning

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Celeste Diehm
Fax number
  • (269) 792-2092

Programs

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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507 West Sycamore Street
Wayland, MI 49348
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Phone: (269) 792-9208

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