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West Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 476 students

 

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Posted August 15, 2013

Michael Sturm as pricipal, the teaching and support staff are superb. I can scan wait until my son can start classes here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2010

I would not send my child to any Wyoming public school. One administrator sends his own children to an all white school-as far away from diversity as he can get them. Children with differences, and of color are not valued by the upper administration in Wyoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Hi, I love the teacher support. They are always willing to help my children succeed..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

West is the best elementary school because it always puts our kids first! We have a fantastic leader in our principal and the best teaching staff and a loving PTO! We have struggled with school closing and budget cuts. I have 3 children who have all attended West and I am so proud of our school and the education, love and support they ccontinue to receive from this wonderful staff. I have an Autistic son who attended West for 5 years and now is starting a new school. For the first time Liam is going to school aide/para free and is riding the general education bus! We are so proud of him! This is all largely due to the love, dedication and support we received from the incredible staff at West Elementary! Together, during Liam's 5 years, the staff (with direct help and participation from our wonderful principal, Michael Sturm), we learned together, cried together and laughed together. We became a family. I am forever grateful for all the continued love, support and dedication of this fabulous school! This deserve to win this contest!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are so sincere at West. They truly love our (my) kids! I love our principal. He has creative ways to make our kids feel welcomed, feel special, feel cared for! He dresses up as "zero the hero" to encourage positive behavior and get a few smiles and hugs too. He is the very best! We have a great support system of teachers, parents & kids at West Elementary. I wouldn't send my kids any where else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

I attended West and so do my kids and I would have nothing else! The principal, Mr. Sturm, is the absolute best and the teachers care so much for the kids! I highly recommend West!
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Posted February 21, 2009

I love this school. I would send my children nowhere else. The teachers are incredible. We are blessed to have a principle who cares so much for the students. Dedicated parents make the school feel like a second home. We are blessed to have West Elementary in Wyoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

Love the staff, students, activities, and opportunities for growth for my child! The West Family (which we are all a part of) is fabulous!
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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28%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

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65%

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60%

2011

 
 
59%
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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%
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

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 47% 69%
Hispanic 29% 6%
African-American 14% 18%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
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 74%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Sturm
Fax number
  • (616) 249-7606

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1840 38Th St Sw
Wyoming, MI 49519
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Phone: (616) 530-7533

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