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Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 459 students

 

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Posted October 9, 2014

I did not like this school.the third grade teacher was terrible I really felt very sorry for her students.she was impolite and her behavior Was bad.I can never imagine my kids have such a teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 3, 2013

This school used to be very good until the changes in the school system 2 years ago. The principal here now is not very empathetic to the children & I have heard from many parents of how uninvolved she is. She does not seem like a good fit for elementary school students as it seems more like a "job" to her than a "passion". The parking lot is very over crowded which I believe is why there are so many disgruntled parents in the mornings. They have a huge field next to the school that they should turn into a parking lot but never look into when brought up. Overall there could be a chance for this school to get back to the way it used to be if there were some huge changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Terrible school, worse parents. It's not uncommon to find parents swearing at each other in the street or school parking lot. Since norwayne schools have closed their students, parents and atmosphere has invaded Hamilton. The staff is nothing amazing either. My son's 3rd grade teacher would offten wear shirts revealing her mid-drift. The annual carnivals are ran by Wayne Memoral High School students who look like they would rather be doing anything else. I am moving my son this shool year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

I have 4 children in Hamilton Elementary & we have been very happy with the school. We have been in the Wayne-Westland school district for 6yrs and are very satisfied. There is a strong parent involved atmosphere. The principal and teachers are very interactive with the students individually no matter the class sizes. There are many afterschool activities that keep the children busy also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

my 7 yr old sister gose her im sad to repornt that the school was a good one untell the new principal as been gotten here she is never arould when you need her , she dose not keep up on her rules that she makes,and for being a principal she dressing like she is high school with high boots up to her knee with leggings and shirt wow she as everyone else do her job because she is to lazy this is just a project to her to get on the bored because her daddy is high on the bored DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS SCHOOL


Posted September 6, 2007

Hamilton is an excellent school and my son has been very happy there. I have had minimal complaints about the school, and they were addressed immediately. My son says the principal is his friend and the school secretary is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

I LOVE Hamilton! I have 2 children enrolled. I think the teachers are great and helpful. The new principal is AWESOME. She loves the children and goes out of her way to make parents feel important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2006

My family has been at Hamilton for 10 years now and we hope to send our 2 year old there also, it is wonderful, the principal is great with the kids, our secretary is outstanding and goes out of her way for anyone. The one thing you have to understand about the teacher's is they can only do so much it takes parent participation also to achieve the best education for your child. The school goes out of it's way to provide help and support to anyone in need. We have many after school activities, alot more than other schools I know. Proud parent of (3) Hamilton Stars. Cheryle
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

I was very disappointed to find out that the student teacher ratio is so high. My son is in the 2nd grade and his class consist of 27 students to 1 teacher. In 1st grade last year there was only 19 but they have increased the 1st grade this year to allow 27 students per teacher. I think this is way too many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

I am very disappointed in the Hamilton School system. My son was receiving very poor grades the School Administrator did nothing to assists him with improving his grades. The teacher never gave out homework. I address this concern with the teacher through phone calls and letters. My concerns was never address. To top it off I attempt to make a appointment with her to discuss my child school work and I never received a phone call back. I removed my son from Hamilton and enrolled him in another school, his grades has improved greatly. I am sorry to inform the parents out there, but I believe my son was only failing, because of lack of concern of his teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

What A wonderful school! I have 2 children in Hamilton at the current time, and I cant say enough nice things. Its amazing how many children attend the school and how the adults know them all.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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45%

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51%
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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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25%

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31%

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26%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

2013

 
 
64%

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52%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%
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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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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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 66% 69%
African-American 22% 18%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 0% 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 74%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Katie Booth
Fax number
  • (734) 595-2488

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1031 South Schuman Street
Westland, MI 48186
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