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Plymouth Middle School

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Posted September 5, 2013

Plymouth Middle School is a decent school. As an eighth grader, I can honestly say that there is a very friendly environment and great teachers. With the new district policy changes, I think students have every opportunity to achieve success. If you come with a good attitude in 6th grade, good work ethic in 7th grade, and positive experience in 8th grade, you'll do fine. The grade level counselors here are especially great. ROAR~!


Posted August 2, 2013

District 281 offers a solid, well rounded education for our students. They offer a variety of academic, athletic, music/arts, and extra curricular activities and encourage participation by all. They promote character and lifelong learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I like the variety of classes this school has to offer. It includes a Pre Advance Placement and offers a continuing education in the Spanish immersion program. It also has the diversity I want my girls exposed to. The teachers are very receptive to my emails and questions and allow me to involved in her education by answering all my concerns. So far I've been very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

Plymouth Middle School is a caring and warm place for students. The teachers there seek to help all students to learn and excell, and work to make learning fun. Whenever possible, they work to establish warm and caring relationships with all students, and desire to communicate effectively with all parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2010

Very Happy with the schoola nd glad they offer a variety of classes depending on the student. It has been an adjustment for our 6th grader this year as she has always been in the upper half for her test scores. It is much like HSand College where the kids go to class and are given homework everyday and they need to listen and pay attention of it is there loss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

They have great Principal and Teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I have a son with ADHD and a daughter who excels anywhere. Both have found Plymouth to be an exceptional environment to learn, make friends and grow as middle schoolers. We are grateful to have a new principal this year. We are also appreciative to staff who have made the school more cohesive and the atmosphere is fun for the students. There are many reward systems put in place for students and they enjoy the recognition programs. I wouldn't hesitate to advise any of my friends to put their children in Plymouth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Okay so I am an 8th grader at Plymouth Middle and I would say that it is an 'average' school. Some of the teachers are just awesome and they totally click with just about every student. And some of the teachers really just dont care. I've been at Plymouth for all 3 years of my middle school experience and its been okay. Im not going to lie to you all and say 'Oh yes, I wake up every morning just dying to get to school and get my learn on!' Because no matter how perfect your child is and how amazing their school is, they wont have that attitude all the time. It depends on your child. If you give the teachers respect (no matter if they deserve it or not) you will get respect in return. Lets just say i'm not too bummed that next year I'll be at Armstrong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2005

This was my child's first year at Plymouth, entering as a 7th grader. I found the staff caring and willing to help in the adjustment to a new school. At conferences, not only were academics summarized thoroughly, but also helpful comments regarding my child's social adjustment. This has been a great year for my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

Our child was verbally put down and threatened by staff members at this school. It had gotten to the point where our child was afraid to go to school, so we had to eventually pull our child out and find an alternative. The lack of communication between staff members is unbelievable. We were told on many occasions by teachers and principals, that 'They just did not have time for our child'. If your child has any type emotional problems or requires additional help from staff, this school does not have the means to accommodate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

This was not an enjoyable school for my child. From the poor involvement of teachers, discipline and principal stating ' I will believe the teachers over the kids', just blew me away.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 69% in 2010.

400 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

402 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

384 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

421 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

401 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

421 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

428 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black57%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners36%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students73%
Female73%
Male72%
Black54%
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black45%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female55%
Male52%
Black35%
Asian39%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant53%

Reading

All Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
Black33%
Asian39%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English64%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students50%
Female49%
Male51%
Black16%
Asian55%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Economically non-disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant50%

Reading

All Students55%
Female63%
Male48%
Black25%
Asian55%
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
Black37%
Asian66%
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant63%

Reading

All Students53%
Female54%
Male51%
Black28%
Asian48%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Economically non-disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant53%

Science

All Students33%
Female30%
Male35%
Black9%
Asian17%
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Economically non-disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English35%
Non-migrant33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 73%
Black 19% 9%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Bruce Beidelman
Fax number
  • (763) 504-7131

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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10011 36th Ave North
Plymouth, MN 55441
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Phone: (763) 504-7100

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