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Oxbow Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 410 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oxbow has a new principal who taught there for many years. It has a whole new feel. I would suggest you give it a chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

My son spent two years at this school and if it wasn't for the teachers we would of left immediately. I was supposed to have an appointment with the principal that never happened. Kept rescheduling it until I finally gave up. She referred to my child as a problem child.. His teacher had to step in and correct her on what type of student my child is. Completely unprofessional. If you're not a part of the "clique" you're not welcome. Would recommend not sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

My child started going to this school in 2009, when the new principal was brought in.and the school rating was a 9... The office staff is wonderful, the teachers are fantastic, and the kids all love the lunch lady! However, the disciplinary actions taken against bullying is awful, the children only get 4 min.from the time they sit down, to eat lunch, and are forced to throw out the rest of their food, the recess personnel are not observant, and when told of negative actions, just tell the child to stay away from the kids that are picking on them, and the women in the lunch room, are extremely rude to the kids, don't allow talking during lunch. If it weren't for the fantastic teachers, and the help THEY offer, our children would no longer go to this school. It's a shame, the old principal comes in to sub time to time, and shows great care and pride for the school, staff, and most importantly, the students,, the current principal, seems to not care at all, and I've talked to other parents who's children had the old principal, and say the same. I now see why the schools rating had dropped!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

I went to Oxbow, and enjoyed every year spent there, the school helped me get my act together and now that I am in highschool, behavior issues are a thing of the past. The teachers there are great and very helpful, i respect them all. Thanks to my teachers for helping me be who i am today. :)


Posted March 16, 2011

NOTE: The Oxbow Principal is new as of 2009-2010. This should be considered when reading ratings and comments that are based on the Principal's leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

I have never written a review before; however, I had to write one about Oxbow. It is a wonderful school. My son has a rare condition called Central Auditory Processing Disorder. It was first discovered by his speech therapist at school. His teachers have helped in with all areas of learning that this disorder affects. They have done so lovingly and without causing him to feel 'different'. My son has also had trouble with some students on the bus bullying him. One phone call to the principal Mrs. Berry and all was handled. If any more incidents occur I know she will handle them. His teacher last year, Mrs. Nardell, was bar none exceptional, as is his main teacher this year Mrs. Plezia and also Mr. Renlund. My children transfered last year into Oxbox from a private school. The quality of education and commitment from the teachers/staff is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

My son attends Oxbow after being transferred from Baker Elementary. I have read every review here and I must say that there has got to be some other issues in play with the persons giving unfavorable reviews of the school. First off, this school does NOT frown on accelerated learning! My son's teacher, Jodi Bolyard is one of the best teacher's I have ever met! She is the most supportive of individuals imaginable, and takes an interest in every child she teaches. As for the front staff, they go out of their way to make sure that you are accommodated in any way possible and that goes for the Parent's as well. My son has had some 'incidents' with other students or on the bus and the principal handled things immediately and duly. So, other issues with other parents posting here must not be known. Oxbow is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

I absolutely love Oxbow and think the entire staff is great. I read the reviews about the principal and I have to disagree with them. She is very committed to the children and truely cares about what she does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

My daughter goes to this school and has had some trouble learning at the same pace as the other children. I have had great help and patience from the staff including the principal at Oxbow, and i thank them for that. My daughter has overcome her trouble and with great help from all involved. Again than you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

I feel that oxbow has not provided a proper education for child I have had to fight continuously for two years to get her the help she needs and still haven't been able to get it. the principal is uncaring and rude she doesn't seem to care about the best interest of the child or the parents and will not take the parents concerns seriously
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2008

2 of my children attend Oxbow and I regret it has taken me 3 years to remove them from the school. I should have done it the first year. The principal's fascade is sweet and kind, but when challenged she is rude and demeaning. The layout of the school is not conducive to any sort of play or performance as the school gym can accomodate so few people. When a program has been held, it is so overcrowded the children can not be seen or heard and parking is a joke. Teachers have been good, except for one lower el. But there is more to an educational experience than a few good teachers. I just can not see sending my daughter there so its time to pull my other children out and start fresh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

My son attends Oxbow and I am very pleased with the support he is getting from the staff of teachers that have been assigned to help him overcome his early learning disability issues. They really care about him as a little person and have provided me updates every single step of the way. Kudos Ladies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

We pulled our children out of Oxbow and put them in private school. It is a great expense but I spent the last year at the school battling with teachers. There was little to no support for accelerated learning. I spent weeks arguing with my daughter that she would have to spend more than 2 hours on a book report she was given 4 weeks to complete and finally just said 'you will get the grade that you earn'. The report was aweful but I was done arguing. She recieved 46/40. And now I have no credibilty w/my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2007

this school frowns on accelerated learning, not only that but they go out of their way to discourage it. The principle does not know who to talk with parents and is a very unpleasant person.
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%
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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
57%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

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44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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75%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
14%

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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 84% 69%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 2% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 53%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Jill Mcdonald
Fax number
  • (248) 676-8436

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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100 Oxbow Lake Rd
White Lake, MI 48386
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