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West Hills Middle School

Public | 4-8 | 602 students

 

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Posted March 25, 2014

West Hills is an amazing school. The teachers are smart, kind, creative and just incredible. The entire staff is wonderful! The principal and vice principal are kind, supportive and very approachable. West Hills is a wonderful place all around. I'm so happy my kids go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

West Hills Middle School is a great school to be a part of. We have many social action committees, we are huge community activists, we have numerous clubs and great sports teams. Everyone has a place here! Many of the kids that go to school here have parents that went here, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

West Hills is an amazing school. I just finished 4th grade there . When I first walked into west hills, I was so scared of the teachers and the older kids. I soon learned that the teachers are so nice and make the school a welcome place! My favorite teacher is Mrs. Semenas, she is always caring, helping and she has a big heart! The 6th, 7th and 8th graders are not mean at all and can be friends with the younger students! GO WEST HILLS <3


Posted November 30, 2008

I've been at west hills for 3 years now and it rocks. im an 8th grader and still love it!! it is an awesome school. the teachers are the best and everyone at west hills is friendly. Go West Hills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

I am also a 6th grader and i was so nerves to go and meet the teachers. Now i love talking to them. West Hills rocks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

I think West Hills is an awesome school! I'm a new sixth grader and I love it so far. My favorite teacher is Mr. Middleton. Mr. Middleton, you rock!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2008

I love West Hills!!! I am a new 6th grader and I feel very comfortable going to school. It has so many coices for clubs and sports. It is also a very diverse school. If you are looking for a school to go to, West Hills is the one to choose.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

I am a new 6th grader at west hills. the teachers and staff are very nice but firm when needed. My favorite is Mr. Middleton. West Hills is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

west hills is an amazing school with great teachers and faculty. I am a new 6th grader here and i feel so welcome. the sports and clubs add to its overall greatness, combined with the fact that everything is so homey. west hills is a great school to start the res of your life at!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2008

West Hills Is an amazing school, it has very helpful teachers and since its so small its really nice and gives you kinda a homey feeling, and i know some entering 6th graders who are afraid of going to middle school but west hills is a great start they're motto is Nothing Less Then Your Best for a reason, No Worrys, West Hills overall is an AMAZING school
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2008

I think that this school is a great school. They have many great teachers and extracurricular activities. I just switched from farmington hills schools which is turning in to another detroit slowly. This a small school so we can get a lot of attention.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2006

We like this school because of its small size. Despite of its small size, it offers lots of sports and extracurricular activities. We also like the fact that an advanced 6th - 8th grade math student can attend up to 10th grade math class in the same building without having to go to Andover High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2006

West hills is a good school but you should see the books there terible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2006

OMG west hills is a great school! They get to learn pre algebra and they are put into groups, math and advanced math.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2005

I personnaly think that West Hills is a caring, hard working and fun loving school. With it's great staff and awesome kids. West Hills is a great environment. Between the 6th graders test the Rouge River and the 7th graders going to Chicago, the kids can learn hands on. The quality of the acidemic programs are great. By the end of 6th grade the kids know pre-Algabra and have learn about and done chemical test such as Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Total Phospate and many more. THe kids are push to thrive for their very best. As the school mado says 'Nothing Less Than Your Best'. These kids learn that when you believe that you can acompish something, you will be able to acomplish it. They also learn that learning can be fun, when teachers incroperate games with teaching. This is truly an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 45% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
29%
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 42% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
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 39% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%
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 35% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
51%
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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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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 77% 69%
Asian 10% 3%
African-American 6% 18%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian 0% 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 8%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • International Baccalaureate World School (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Durecka
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Associations
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Fax number
  • (248) 341-6199

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • West hills has a very active and supportive pto. community and service is one of our five main instructional themes so we have close connections within our community.
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  • West Hills is a small, very private feeling public school with a non-resident tuition program. On our most recent parent and student satisfaction surveys West Hills received very high marks in overall satisfaction.
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Students typically come from these schools
Lone Pine Elementary
Pine Lake Elementary

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Andover High School
International Academy
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2601 Lone Pine Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
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Phone: (248) 341-6100

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