School Details

Walden Green Montessori

17339 Roosevelt Rd, Spring Lake, MI 49456
(616) 842-4523
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 224 students 21 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

37%
37%
40%
44%
44%
61%

MI00195

None
100%
100%
95%
96%
96%
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 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
28%
45%
50%
50%
70%
33%
33%
51%

MI00195

None
97%
97%
92%
94%
94%
84%
39%
39%
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 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
28%
45%
75%
75%
72%
12%
12%
17%

MI00195

None
63%
63%
80%
92%
92%
85%
88%
88%
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 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
48%
42%
90%
90%
72%
43%
43%
27%

MI00195

None
83%
83%
85%
78%
78%
84%
87%
87%
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 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

7%
7%
39%
47%
47%
61%
20%
20%
53%

MI00195

None
71%
71%
85%
93%
93%
79%
57%
57%
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 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

7%
7%
35%
93%
93%
73%
29%
29%
20%

MI00195

None
  • This school in 2014
  • Walden Green Montessori average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Walden Green Montessori is a charter middle school in Ferrysburg. The principal of Walden Green Montessori is Ms. Vickie Buckner, whose e-mail is vickielynb@yahoo.com. 224 children attend Walden Green Montessori and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 35% of the 224 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Walden Green Montessori is 21:1. West MI Academy of Arts and Academics is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 93%
Hispanic 5% 1.0%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter has been at Walden Green from K-5th. We have been very happy with her education and her teachers. Caring individualized attention that fits each child's learning stye. Conflict resolution self discipline time management and a culture of child empowerment along with many other very important life skills are taught. I wish I would have been able to attend a Montessori school like Walden Green when I as in school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our two children are receiving an excellent education at Walden Green Montessori. Both have excelled academically in a very peaceful environment. Children are treated with great respect and each child is able to learn in an environment that encourages them to achieve to their highest potential. Our children show enthusiasm for learning and each is given great responsibility. In the absence of "grades" to provide feedback on student achievement and progress I find our two classrooms provide excellent feedback to parents in the form of much more detailed one-on-one conferences progress reports and an open door policy that allows us to ask any question (or visit) at any time. The school also provides many opportunities for parent education (on the Montessori teaching approach) and involvment. We are blessed to be a part of this school community.

  • (2 years ago)

    There are some very dedicated and exceptional teachers here. Then there are teachers that do nothing more then have students go back a level of work if the child struggels with a new concept. What the school also lacks is leadership. The principle is useless. She will not engage parents in discussion let alone look them in the eyes on the rare occasions you force her to. She wants a "pure" Montessori school but has no plan on how to deal with students transfering in from non-Montessori schools. Equally inept is this charter school's governing univerity. No presense accountability or monitoring. Be involved sit in on classes and be sure to push your child. The lack of structure and feedback in this school allows for alot of kids to fall through the cracks.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have a daughter who went from Kindergarten all through eighth grade. The school teaches to manage their own time in a way traditional schools do not. She is now a straight A student in high school and she credits what she learned at Walden Green to her success. I give the school 5 stars!

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm only giving three stars the jury is still out with me on this school. I have observed in class and firmly believe if your child is not good at self direction they may fail in this school setting. However if your child has potential to learn quickly they have opportunities to advance just as quickly. It is certainly not for every child. My child seems to be doing fine with it. I think the self direction is ultimately preparing him for the working world.

  • (4 years ago)

    In 3 days of observation I saw many examples as to why my child did not feel safe at Walden Green. In the classroom I saw boys pinching bottoms slapping frontal private parts raising of fists to faces hitting and wrestling on the carpet all within close proximity of two teachers. The lack of supervision extended to the playground. Most times there was only one teacher supervising the class in a vast space with unclear boundaries. They didn t guide conflict resolution conversation or correct behavior with Love and Logic. There was a major lack of professionalism huge communication issues and no true desire for parent involvement. They informed us of a decision to limit our child s school hours during an all school holiday event with no discussion and/or offer of discussion. Repeatedly requested information was ignored. No volunteer schedule was presented despite many willing parents. They spoke to children and adults manipulatively and disrespectfully. Parents should observe at least one full day and pop in to draw their own conclusion. Parent satisfaction surveys and exit interviews are needed. Check how many withdrawals are from moving vs. dissatisfaction.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the 4th year my children have been students at this school and it is a very inviting setting. Parents are welcome to come and observe at any time they would like to. Parent involvement is actually quite high here. Just go into the school and walk down the halls you see parents all over. My only regret is that it ends at 8th grade.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is amazing. Top notch teachers who REALLY care about the kids and an administration that REALLY cares about the teachers. And the proof is in the pudding--go watch a class and see Montessori in action. You'll be amazed at how articulate polite intelligent and engaged the children are at all ages. Needless to say we're THRILLED to have our child in this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent in every category. We could not be happier with this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Walden Green is a fantastic school. We have been very pleased with the education they are receiving. Parental involvement is very much encouraged and appreciated. The school went through some growing pains last year with their new building however things are much improved. My girls love this school and so do we!

  • (6 years ago)

    They have you drop off kids at the door and walk them out to your car after school. They do not encourage parental involvement since moving to the new school. They do not encourage you to enter the school or be part of child's school experience.

  • (8 years ago)

    Walden Green has done wonders for me! Before I came there I was not very good at applying myself to work I also was not very good at working individually. I have only been there for two years but it feels like I have been there my whole life because I have learned so much in the little time I have been there. Unfortunately it was my last year there and it is now summer break. But I know when high school starts I will use the knowledge I have gained from Walden Green and I will use to my advantage. Thank you very much Walden Green! ~Allison O.

  • (9 years ago)

    Walden Green Montessori sets high academic expectations yet recognizes that each child learns in different ways. Hence the motto 'Follow the Child.' It is a very small and comfortable school. The teaching staff is second to none. No anxiety at the beginning of the school year. Mixed-grade classrooms mean that many students are comfortable with the same teacher for a couple of years (and vice versa). Everyone knows and respects each other. Spanish music program Scouts... there are a number of nice extra-curricular activities for such a small school. Soccer swimming and other programs offered nearby. A before and after school program is available for working parents. All-school picnic musical programs and breakfasts are nice. Great field trips for the kids (parents have fun too). Kids take pride in their school (note the previous student review). It is a unique place thanks to Jean Hicks (founder) and all staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    i just became a member of this school not that long ago and i love it. one of my brothers didnt have alot of friends but when he came here all the kids gladly welcomed him! this is the best school too! if you get below a ninety you must redo that work and most kids at this school never get below a 94 on tests. except for the meaps sometimes they dont do so good but mainly they are almost the best in the state. and the teachers are wonderful!

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Overall score

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