School Details

Derby Middle School

1300 Derby Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 203-5003
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 842 students 18 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

82%
78%
42%
87%
87%
72%
46%
41%
27%

MI00195

None
95%
95%
85%
95%
96%
84%
91%
93%
75%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Birmingham Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
71%
39%
88%
84%
61%
72%
75%
53%

MI00195

None
96%
96%
85%
95%
93%
79%
69%
69%
48%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Birmingham Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
68%
35%
94%
91%
73%
31%
30%
20%

MI00195

None
93%
93%
78%
97%
95%
82%
95%
93%
78%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Birmingham Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Derby Middle School is a public middle school in Bloomfield Township. The principal of Derby Middle School is Celeste Nowacki, who can be contacted at dh12bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us. 842 students go to Derby Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the 842 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Derby Middle School is 18:1. Our Shepherd Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 83%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    As a parent I liked the Derby family. As students my children liked many of their teachers and classmates. They are pretty well rounded kids. They made friends here and learned from largely good teachers. I think they felt supported by the staff who knew them by name. Birmingham is an excellent district. In spite of state wide budget cuts in all Michigan schools Derby continues to offer classes and programs other schools and districts have been forced to cut. I'd recommend sending your middle schooler here if you live in the area! If you are looking to relocate this school is definitely a plus for the area. Schools sell real estate. Moving to the Birmingham district has distinct advantages for resale value. Good school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Though I had many great experiences at Derby I would not give it five stars because of the social problems there. There were many classes to choose from and I could even take advanced classes for one subject but get exceptional help from a teacher in a different subject. But I always felt as though many of my friends didn't support me and the staff did little to help solve problems with bullying or "drama." I also felt judged by clothes that I wore to school. Many kids would wear expensive designer clothes and would judge me because my parents wouldn't let me get an iPhone until the 8th grade. There were also many cyber-bullying instances that I heard about. Though there were some teachers who taught very poorly most of the staff were amazingly caring kind concerned in their students academic progress. There were many teachers I will never forget because of the great learning experiences! The only thing I would want Derby to improve on is how they handled inappropriate behavior in both girls and boys alike; some of the teachers seemed very wishy-washy when it came to rule enforcement. Overall I enjoyed Derby academically and I would recommend it. -A former student

  • (1 year ago)

    This school supports everyone employs good teachers offers advanced programs and does not tolerate bulling. Derby has a good bus service sports programs music programs school lunches sanitation and good quality playground equipment.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a student I came to this school in seventh erase without attending sixth in the same district. The teacher in the school really care. We have great resources in the library and in the classrooms. Plus there are very strict anti-bullying programs in place to ensure the comfort of the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you're looking into this school you better be rich. When I walk into school all the girls and guys are the same. The girls have skin tight tank tops called Sugar Lips $28 Abercrombie skinny jeans $90 and an iPhone $300 hanging out of the back pocket. I have never seen so many teachers neglect bullying problems. It is not uncommon to have kids crying in the bathroom. I also found that unless you had the latest trend you would've teased. The teachers for the most part couldn't care less about teaching. Over 20 kids have transferred from Derby to Berkshire in the last 3 years. This school is a huge disappointment and the lawsuits filed against them (google it) prove it. Sincerely a student

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are so nice to me and their quality effort is outstanding. Anyone would enjoy this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teaching is great the student life and apparel they were is extremely inappropriate. I extremely agree on the leadership one...

  • (3 years ago)

    Definitely has weak leadership and poor behavior from staff and students alike. Lots of drugs; I regret sending my daughter here.

  • (4 years ago)

    For a school within the Birmingham Public Schools system I feel Derby could do so much better. They do have some excellent teachers that really care about the kids but they also have some that should not even be teaching. I once heard a teacher scream at the kids that was uncalled for. I agree with the review on the poor leadership. Middle School is one of the toughest times for some kids and I feel the leadership in this school doesn't require enough from its staff. You also can do well in this school if you are a student who excels but sorry if your child is an average or below average student.

  • (4 years ago)

    Derby is an amazing school that has exceeded our expectation. My daughter transition from a Montessori school. Derby has a very strong academic program and a variety other activities to help the child develop a strong personality. The staff is amazing! Very caring and very attentive to children needs. They created a very productive environment for learning and child development. Highly recomend this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I feel that the leadership is weak at this school. At this age our children would truly benefit from having a strong positive leader who requires excellence of staff and students alike.I believe that the school has good academic structure but lacks the proper personnel to make a good impact. I have witnessed so many incidents where the staff just cannot handle the situations at school and either completely lose their composures or ignore it all together. It would be nice to see someone come in there and clean up the whole operation get rid of the scandals and the scandalous and bring in principals and teachers who don't only "need a job " but are passionate about contributing to the students' success.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is not good at all i used to go there and the teachers were not nice and did not provide much help.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is completely full of uncaring teachers no authority and inappropriate behavior from children of all grades. Students are not pushed academically and there are pregnancy scares each year. Middle school is supposed to prepare a child for high school and Derby doesn't even come close to shaping kids up to a high standard. I am very disappointed in this low-quality school in such an amazing school district.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff at Derby treat students with respect and sensitivity. The curriculum is designed to give students the tools for learning the ability to be organized and to develop an individual approach to completing tasks strategies for research and presentation and the freedom to be creative. The school is attentive to the needs of students educationally and emotionally. Derby knows how to make learning fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is a sixth grader at Derby. The principal and teachers go above and beyond to welcome incoming students and ensure a successful transition to MS. Great extracurriculars. Challenging academically but not too overwhelming.

  • (6 years ago)

    THis is a great school. My child loves it there.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school! The teachers are great and my son loves the engineering program....only way it could be better is if it had a school baseball team

  • (8 years ago)

    I am only in my first year at Derby but I think that it is the best school ever!! The teachers are so nice and everyone is friendly. The elective choices are awesome. We have stuff like Applied Engineering Technology and Fashion Engineering and 4 different musical choices. We do get a fair amount of homework but that's ok. The activities we do in school are fun but we learn something while doing them. You can participate in the yearly spelling bee. Also we go on a lot of fun field trips like a few months ago the sixth grade went to Chicago to see the King Tut exhibit. We all had a lot of fun. WE also have a lot of sports that canybody can participate in like swimming volleyball basketball and lots more!!!!! GO DERBY DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my third year at DMS and I would HIGHLY recommened this school to anyone. I know for a fact that the teachers do care about the students and do as much as they can to encourage and help them. And the elective choices are awesome! Two thumbs WAY up for the DERBY DRAGONS!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    DMS is amazing I am in my 2nd year there and I love it. Everyone has friends. We even have a fashion egineering class. Boys even participate in that. Every class has the best time. Even if your not friends with someone you are in the class you have with them.

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