School Details

Thornapple Elementary School

6932 Bridgewater Drive Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 493-8920
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 411 students 16 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

98%
99%
40%
97%
96%
61%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.
  • This school in 2014
  • Forest Hills Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
99%
45%
98%
97%
70%
78%
72%
51%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.
  • This school in 2014
  • Forest Hills Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thornapple Elementary School is a public elementary school in Forest Hills. The principal of Thornapple Elementary School is Greg Shubel, whose e-mail is gshubel@fhps.net. 411 students go to Thornapple Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 6% of the 411 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Thornapple Elementary School is 16:1. Ada Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 88%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Small nuturing well run...with high expectations for academic success. Both of my kids attended Thornapple (youngest ended 4th grade in 2013). It was a wonderful environment from K - 4. The teachers principal and staff are friendly supportive and experienced. The building is old but well maintained with state of the art technology and a two beautiful wooded playgrounds. And the parent participation is excellent...they make sure the school has the help and the funding it needs. I feel lucky that my kids were able to go to Thornapple. Great school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I had 5 children go to Thornapple for all of their elementary years. It was the best experience a parent and student could share. They are now all graduate and post graduate degreed adults. Highest recommendations

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter just graduated from there. She loved it. As a parent when the principal can greet each student by their names you know how good the school is.

  • (8 years ago)

    We love everything about Thornapple! The teachers principal parents kids and caring nuturing environment. Our first grader is learning so much and is involved in PALS (parent assisted learning = board games at lunch) the ski club environmental club and now there is even talk of a Lego club. The volunteer support is great and everyone helps out. We had over 14 parents at the Halloween party! The anti-bullying policy is working and ingrained in the kids. Love this school!

  • (9 years ago)

    There are alot of fun things from art library gym music activities such as field day spirit day holiday parties and way more. The teachers are very nice fun and caring. Also the teachers and principal always help the parents and take suggestions. The parents also voulenteer so the parents are involved deeply. Extracirricular activities include enviromental club and I'm not to familiar with extracurricular activities.

  • (10 years ago)

    Programs throughout Thornapple Elementary and the Forest Hills Public Schools are broad and offer something for everyone. Within the classroom teaching is quite traditional and the use of Chicago Math is still used (which is loved by some disliked by many). Fortunately there are many academic sports music and extracurricular programs that all children are able to stay involved. Parent involvement is huge. There are always parents helping out in the school and it has a huge sense of community. The teaching staff at Thornapple has the best of the best to those who should probably be moving on. We have loved the dynamic the feel of the school the recently hired new principal and the parents involved. As for the teachers with one child in second and one in third we've had a 50/50 split to those we adored and those who caused us great frustration. Tyipcal maybe?

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

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