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Olive M. Adams Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded | 389 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2014

A public STEM Academy sounds like an amazing opportunity, but this school is no better than any other low-rent area school. The food is so bad most days my child would rather go hungry. They get food from the lowest bidder and most of it goes in the garbage. They do not maintain the property outside during the winter, so the roads and sidewalks are always covered in snow unless it melts on it's own making walking and driving treacherous. Gifted children are not challenged. Special needs children are thrown in with the lot and not given enough attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

This is one of the strongest elementary schools you will ever find. Adams teaches children to be critical thinkers, and has an excellent staff, who give every single kid the opportunity to succeed academically. I feel truly lucky that my kids attend Adams STEM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

My two kids were enrolled at A2 schools, where many will tell you things are better. Don't believe it! There are higher meap sores there, that's it. That is not a reflection of a school's quality. My two shy, smart, kids were completely out of place in A2 schools with the rude, competitive kids of rude, rich parents. There are terrible bullying problems at both Bach and King, and the teachers all but ignore it! Their attitude is to pretend it isn't happening, or blame the victim, especially if you aren't the child of an affluent A2 family or a U of M staff member. We moved, and my two kids transferred to Adams, where my youngest now also goes, and they are now thriving! My kids were nervous, shy, and miserable before, but they are happy now and their grades are even higher! Let me tell you something about meap scores: they are based on income and home life. The same bright kid from the same focused family will do well in Ypsi schools and the same troubled kid with the same tough home life will do poorly in A2 schools. The teachers at Adams are so incredibly dedicated. My shy kids are now doing extracurricular school plays! I would never have imagined it. Adams is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Like the comment directly before, I am writing this review due to a Facebook discussion about Ann Arbor schools vs.Ypsilanti schools and talking about Adams specifically. As another parent who has experience with both districts, I want to say that I am happy with Ypsilanti schools and my child is very successful at Adams. I would also like to say that we should remember that the consolidation is about to make these schools an stronger choice. My kids too had social problems in Ann Arbor (at Logan). It seems that only the affluent parents say their kids are perfectly happy there, and the middle to lower income kids get picked on a lot more. I know that Ann Arbor schools get higher test scores, but kids with families that care about education get the same scores everywhere. I guess I might have thought that more lower income students in the mix would equal more bullying but it is the exact opposite. There is a positive culture at Adams, and students have great opportunities to excel. My child needed tutors and help before, but her learning issues magically vanished when she found a school that she could feel comfortable in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Love Adams STEM Academy!! Dr. Thompson is a terrific principal. The staff is wonderful. The open door policy the whole school shares is amazing. It's easy to talk to the teachers, as well as Dr. Thompson, about questions or concerns that you may have about your student or the school. The after school activities that are available are many and varied. It's a wonderful neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Adams is a great school!! The support staff, staff and administration are extremely dedicated and care about the students that pass through these halls! The parent teacher organization is wonderful!! They are very active and provide fun activities for the students on a regular basis. Everyone seems to work together!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2012

Adams is an amazing school. The staff are flawless and the learning environment is fantastic


Posted March 2, 2012

i have two children that go to Adams and we love it! the teachers are great, and are very caring. They always seem open and willing to listen and are always open for suggestions. We also enjoy that the school is very family oriented and has several activities going on. The principal is great, and holds her staff accountable. I would definately recommend this school to all! We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

Adams is a wonderful and supportive school. The principal, teachers, and support staff are excellent and driven to see our kids succeed. From the highly-skilled and devoted teachers to the great Parent Teacher Action Group: great things are happening at this school. Yay Adams!!


Posted February 27, 2012

Adams is an awesome elementary school. Centrally located in the heart of depot town, its neighborhood feel is very appealing. The teachers and principal are dedicated to making every student successful. The school climate is very welcoming and there is a strong sense of family. Their partnership with the University of Michigan is very impressive. My child loves engineering club and the YMCA programs. Got to love where Ypsilanti Public Schools is heading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

Adams S.T.E.M. Academy, formally known as olive Adams Elementary School is amazing! The teachers and staff really care about the students and they go the extra mile. Dr. Thompson is a fantastic principal. She cares about each child and makes sure she gets to know each student and their family. We are so pleased with the after school activities. A favorite of our children is Engineering Club. The partnership Adams has with the YMCA is a bonus. My child can take yoga to basketball. They also have partnerships with the University of Michigan that add to our children's science education. Adams is a win win!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

My son has been here @ Adams for 4 yrs now. Each teacher is different in the way they teach like in any other school. Some may need to go but there are many there that i wish they will stay. The leadership of a school plays a part in how every school will run. Jobs of teaching and councling is a job you have to love in your heart. So with that said , Now they have a brand new princple a new name for Adams. I'm going to give them my son's last year w/ them to show all others that we believe in giving second chance and as long as they do not give up on my son i will not give up on Adams! i would like to give up a special Thank you to Mrs. Hamby you are best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

This site has not been updated since the new principal has arrived. I fell the saftey of my children is very poor. The principal always says she will handle the problems, she pats the kids on the back, and say take a deep breath.My child is scared all the time. As for the teachers, they all try, I am sure it is hard to follow thruw with disipline when they know it will not go any further than the office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Adams Elementary was changed to Adams Academy of Math, Science and Technology a few years ago and I beleive that the emphasis placed on Math and Science has really added to the school. Two of my children attend Adams and we feel that it is a great school. It is in a very safe area of Ypsilanti and the teachers go above and beyond the call of duty when teaching their students. Personally, I was hestitate to join the Ypsilanti Pblic School District when we moved to the area, but I am really glad that we made the choice to place our children at Adams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

This school is the best in the district, my children just love it at Adams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

I have always had a possitive experience at Adams. As a former student and the parent of three students who have gone to Adams we have been thrilled with the staff and have made great friends with them through out the years. I've seen great teachers retire and great teachers enter the teaching profession at Adams. I've always felt that my child was safe and been well taken care of. Great staff, learning experince great care has always been given to my children and myself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

My child's experience at Adams was positive. Parent involvement was encouraged by the top administration and teachers; I was asked to participate nearly every day. A small group has been attacking the school for years since shortly after a change in principals. Despite the problems this has caused, the school has maintained as warm and educational an atmosphere as was needed to prepare my child for middle school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

As a parent I have to say I have not had a good experience at Adams. Most teachers are impersonal and rude to both students and their parents. I have found most staff members ignore problems and think they will just go away instead of trying to resolve them. I am on this site now to find a new school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

Staffing is mediocre...and driven by a political and social agenda rather than educational relevance. Top Administration destroys any possibility for improvement. Solid leadership is totally absent. Parent Teacher Meetings are adversarial gatherings and make the newspapers as major stories.


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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.
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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 42% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

35 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

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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
African-American 79% 18%
White 13% 69%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 2% 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 82%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Dr. Connie Thompson
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