School Details

Alward Elementary School

3811 Port Sheldon Street, Hudsonville, MI 49426
(616) 669-6700
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 457 students 22 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

66%
73%
40%
85%
85%
61%

MI00195

None
97%
98%
95%
96%
97%
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
  • Hudsonville Public School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
75%
45%
91%
91%
70%
79%
75%
51%

MI00195

None
98%
97%
92%
96%
95%
84%
73%
67%
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
  • Hudsonville Public School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
78%
45%
85%
90%
72%
27%
32%
17%

MI00195

None
90%
90%
80%
93%
94%
85%
91%
94%
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
  • Hudsonville Public School District average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alward Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hudsonville. The principal of Alward Elementary School is Louise Moore, whose e-mail is lmoore2@hpseagles.net. 457 students go to Alward Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 19% of the 457 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Alward Elementary School is 22:1. Park Elemementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 91%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I will be switching schools to a completely different district due to the poor communication from the principal and lack of care from the support staff. My son had a kindergarten teacher that did not know what they were doing his first grade teacher was amazing and due to virtually no communication I am unsure about his second grade teacher. I contacted the principal about prior bullying issues and all I received were excuses about their 'recess attendants ' and a promise to contact me within 4 days that was roughly two weeks ago! I was not surprised to hear that numerous students have transferred to different schools. Although the principal had a very compassionate attitude about the situation I feel that this is as far as it goes. Situations are not dealt with in a timely manner if at all and my child now feels discouraged about going to school and going out side for recess! Teachers overall are great administrative and 'support' staff not so much! I have also called numerous times only to be directly rerouted to the answering machine! I then walk into the school to find the attending secretary on their phone with a less than enthusiastic attitude!

  • (4 years ago)

    Having 2 daughters that went though Alward I feel that overall the teachers are VERY good. The staff on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. From the principal on down they are aloof and arrogant. Dealing with a bullying incident the principal said there was no bullying at his school. OOPs the girl in question now in high school came to our house with her parents to apologize for the bullying when they attended Alward. Guess the principal was WRONG. There are also different standards your child cannot pick a teacher or change classes unless of course you know someone on staff then its fine you can do what you like. Once again the teachers on the whole are very very good and most are caring it's the administration that you cannot deal with they are above you.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attended Alward just a few yrs ago and recently graduated from Hudsonville HS. The stand out students from his large graduating class were almost all from Alward! From music to academics to sports some of the best talent eagerness to learn and leadership abilities I have seen come from this school. Keep up the good work!

  • (6 years ago)

    my son is in the third grade. this is his first year at alward and he loves this school. i agree this is by far the best school that my son has attended.

  • (6 years ago)

    The staff I have dealt with has been truely caring and involved with the students. As of yet I have not heard of any tenured faculty that should be fired or bad teachers

  • (10 years ago)

    Overall Alward Elementary has been an excellent school for my children. The quality of academic programs has been very good over the past 4 years that my children have been there. Availability of music art computer labs extracurricular activities and opportunities for parental involvement are very important to Alward staff. The only area that I am not completely satisfied with is the fact that they don't have a gifted program for students who excel in academics. This has been somewhat frustrating but I understand it is due to budget cuts. As a parent helper I have been attempting to coordinate a parent volunteer network to aid in a gifted children's program. The great news is that Alward's staff is behind this effort and continues to support parents who are wanting to help where they can! Alward gets an A from me as a definate 'school of choice' for Ottawa County.

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