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Graham Expeditionary Middle School (GEMS)

Charter | 6-8

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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GEMS is one of the best chartered public schools around in our time based on the quality of academic style being offered to the students. I have a daughter that is currently in the 7th grade, and her performance is awesome, compared to her previous school. The pupils are provided greater opportunity to excel independently, and collectively as a team. No day passes without receiving an email from the tutors informing the parents about home assignment and progress about the pupils' performance. This school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2013

This is a great school for kids that learn by doing and not silently sitting at a desk all day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Great school for atypical learners. Each student is valued and given an opportunity to meet his potential. Teachers are younger, motivating and definitely make a connection with their students. Respect for each student and teacher is valued and promoted and every student is recognized for their contribution.
—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 75% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female55%
Male73%
Black, non-Hispanic42%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Disabled30%
Non-disabled74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female50%
Male68%
Black, non-Hispanic32%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Disabled30%
Non-disabled68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female46%
Male57%
Black, non-Hispanic35%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female92%
Male57%
Black, non-Hispanic71%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female69%
Male70%
Black, non-Hispanic68%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Disabled80%
Non-disabled67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female89%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic90%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled>=95%
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students70%
Female62%
Male77%
Black, non-Hispanic68%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Disabled90%
Non-disabled65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 6BelowMet
Grade 7MetMet
Grade 8BelowMet

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
82 (2011)
 
n/a (2010)
 
n/a (2009)
 
n/a (2008)

0
60
120

About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio 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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8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 56% 16%
White 36% 74%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Hispanic N/A 4%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 17%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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140 E. 16th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 253-4000

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