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Sarah G. Banks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 860 students

 
 

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18 reviews of this school


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Posted April 2, 2014

This is great school, my daughter is so happy in this school and it will be difficult for her to leave Sarah Banks school this Year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

This school is exceptional. Teachers are outstanding. Principals are on top of things. When there are problems ALL facility handle things quickly, discretely, and resolve things in a positive manner. Extremely happy with this school, it's education, safety, and overall performance. My kids are both thriving there and I couldn't ask for a better environment for them at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The teachers are great! They have a different view on teaching that the kids seems to relate to. The school has the family access that you can access your childs grades, homework, classrooom books, ect. Go Bulldogs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

i dearly love this school it has a outstanding curriculum and outstanding teachers...
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2009

Sarah Banks is a phenomenal school. From the custodians all the way to the principal, the school is the best. Our two children are now in high school, but the learning and experience they gained from Banks is second to none. Well done Sarah Banks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

i really love this school. i get the education i need. its better than any school ive ever been to. the princepal does his job so does teachers!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2009

Really have mixed feelings about this school, I have two attending. My daughter is doing just fine and her teachers are caring and delightful to deal with. My son however, has struggled. I find that the teachers he has had, don't really care that he is. He is now in 7th and one teacher finally shows an effort to help. (Mid way through the year) I really feel as though they don't care about him. Not to put it all on the teachers as he needs to give more effort, but it is hard for him to find the effort when he feels everyone there is against him (or more like they don't care if he succeeds or fails). They do let some slip through the cracks... unfortunately, he is one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

This school is out of this world. The staff, and I mean the complete school staff, all work as one phenomenal team. I am sad to be leaving Banks after this school year, but I look forward to coming back in a couple of years when my youngest will be a student there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

This school is awesome. The teachers are the best. They help you out so much. The principals are cool too. They are always talking to you and getting to know you. I will miss this school next year. 'We are Banks.'
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2008

Banks must be one of the best schools in the area. We have heard stories of parents moving into the area for the school. Well known amongst the community; great reputation. We had one daughter go through banks, and currently our son is attending. Technology is fantastic. School is very clean, orderly, and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My wife and I are very happy with Banks. The staff is just wonderful. The academics are rigorous, yet reasonable. The technology is amazing. One can tell the leadership has a vision and they are setting the standards high. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

Even though i have been going to this school for about 3 months and i am only in 6th grader this school rox! i wouldn't choose any other school. I have met many great friends here. I luv mr. Danner and mrs.Lacross and mrs.Mather and mrs.Mccomas.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2008

sarah banks middle school is great my teachers are Mrs. mather, Mrs. lacross, and Mrs.mcComas. my favorite if Mrs.Mather she is the best and the nicest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

My son goes to this school. He attended a private/Catholic elementary school before coming to this school. He is the happiest I have ever seen him He has made some wonderful new friends and just loves the teachers. The moment you walk into the school, you feel the pride. Even the 3 other middle schools in the district know this is the top middle school. The laptop program and the technology at Banks is top notch. There are activities for all. I just can't say enough!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

I go to this school. it has a clean and positive learning environment. the teachers are great, and helpful. and the principals now don't get me started. i purely just love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

This school is awesome my favorite teacher is Ms. Marks she's so cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

i go to this school and it rocks
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2005

Sarah G. Banks is the bamb man i LUV that school to deth!!
—Submitted by a student


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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 42% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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61%

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56%

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56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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77%

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77%

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77%
Social Studies

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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40%

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38%
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.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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60%

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66%

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66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

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75%

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75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
28%
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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 83% 69%
Hispanic 6% 6%
African-American 5% 18%
Asian 5% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 30%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Wixom, MI 48393
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