School Details

Patrick Hamilton Elementary School

614 Spruce St, Dowagiac, MI 49047
(269) 782-4450
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 318 students 18 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

34%
24%
40%
54%
60%
61%

MI00195

None
90%
93%
95%
80%
86%
87%

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
  • Dowagiac Union School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

22%
40%
45%
46%
67%
70%
34%
46%
51%

MI00195

None
83%
92%
92%
76%
83%
84%
33%
46%
47%

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
  • Dowagiac Union School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
52%
45%
65%
72%
72%
7%
11%
17%

MI00195

None
71%
79%
80%
84%
86%
85%
73%
80%
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
  • Dowagiac Union School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Patrick Hamilton Elementary School is a public elementary school in Dowagiac. The principal of Patrick Hamilton Elementary School is Mrs. Heather Nash, who can be contacted at hnash@dowagiacschools.org. 318 students attend Patrick Hamilton Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 81% of the 318 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Patrick Hamilton Elementary School is 18:1. North Pointe Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Hispanic 6% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 74%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 11%
Asian 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    Pat Ham while the teachers have good intentions the bullying is out of control. If you're black you are free to treat people any way you like on the bus in the school on the playground. The management (Principal transportation superintendent) will pay lip service to just to get you to drop the issue saying they will fix it but nothing ever gets resolved however if your child sticks up for themselves and pushes back your child will be punished. If you're moving to the area pick Eau Claire Niles Buchanan Berrien Springs Watervliet Coloma anywhere but Benton Harbor will be better for your children and your peace of mind than Dowagiac.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attends school at Pat Ham. She gets individualized attention whether she knows the material or she is struggling. Everyone knows her by name and really cares about her. I can volunteer any time.

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal is understanding and helpful. The secretary is ALWAYS friendly. Most of the teachers are nice. My kids have loved all their teachers! They are all quick to acknowledge and address my concerns especially if I feel my child needs extra help with a subject. They truly practice what they preach - NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. Great leadership strong teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that this is a great school. Both of my kids have learned so much. The teachers they have had have been very helpful to me when I need it.

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Overall score

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