School Details

Ballard Elementary School

1601 West Chicago Rd, Niles, MI 49120
(269) 683-5900
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 713 students 21 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

35%
39%
40%
46%
57%
61%

MI00195

None
99%
99%
95%
93%
93%
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
  • Niles Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
46%
45%
66%
74%
70%
37%
43%
51%

MI00195

None
96%
95%
92%
83%
86%
84%
39%
41%
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
  • Niles Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
49%
45%
70%
77%
72%
5%
6%
17%

MI00195

None
81%
88%
80%
86%
86%
85%
76%
77%
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
  • Niles Community Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ballard Elementary School is a public elementary school in Niles. The principal of Ballard Elementary School is Mr. David Eichenberg and can be contacted at david.eichenberg@nilesschools.org. 713 students attend Ballard Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 75% of the 713 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ballard Elementary School is 21:1. St Mary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 63% 78%
Hispanic 16% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.4%
Asian 0.6% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Hawaiian 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 years ago)

    Ballard has a wonderful staff of administrators and teachers that encourage my children to do their best. They are kind and maintain up-to-date resources for all state academic requirements. Students and their families always enjoy the wonderful activities Ballard conducts throughout the school year. They have a strong PTO that is highly involved with teachers and students alike. I would highly recommend Ballard for your children. My 3rd and 5th-grade girls enjoy their school and will be very sad when they have to move on. I am certain my 3-year old son will enjoy his time at Ballard when it is his turn. Go Bulldogs!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has improved tremendously since he's moved here to Ballard. His grades have really come up. He is now a B student and We adore Mrs.Morris. She's so involved with the children and really treats every child as an individual. They defiantly need more teachers like Mrs. Morris In all schools! Thank you Ballard

  • (8 years ago)

    My son was in Kindergarten last year and we saw a huge improvement in many areas including math social reading and writing. His whole class could read simple books by December and write the entire alphabet upper and lower case! He was given plenty of opportunity to be involved in sports art and music and parents are encouraged to participate in childrens learning. My son brought home books every night to read to me and we found the program very helpful. He is already reading beginner chapter books by himself and he has not started first grade! His math skills are terrific. The class learned money amounts simple sudoko counting by 2 5 and 10 to 110 and counting backwards. I did not realize how beneficial a half day kindergarten could be to young children. I have only great words for our first year!

  • (10 years ago)

    At Ballard Elementary I have seen my son challanged to do better than average because he is capable and not stressed by this either. The curriculum is fantastic. My son enjoys all of the subjects and still loves going to school everyday. The writers workshop has made writing so fun for the students that they can't wait to share their work with everyone. I have been very impressed with the MEAP test scores from the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    Our son Zak is in the 5th grade. We think his teachers Mr. Danapilis and Mrs. Crites are wonderful. Our daughter Rachel is in Mrs. Marker's class and Mrs. Eickenburg's class. Rachel was diagnosed as very mildly autstic at the age of 4 and 1/2 at the University of Chicago. Then given the pronosis at another school of being cognitive impaired. Rachel has come so far at Ballard with the prognosis given to her last year we didn't think she would excell this far and I don't think that she could have with out her determination and ours and the caring teachers she has had at Ballard! She now shines like a star and I can't thank the teachers at Ballard enough. When I tell people that Rachel has speech occupational thearphy and specials they tell me how lucky we are in the school system we are and I tell them 'I know.' Thank you Ballard for your preservance and determination to work with the parents and children.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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