Great Lakes Elementary School

Summary:

Great Lakes Elementary School is a public elementary school in Holland, Michigan, serving 409 students in grades PK-5 as part of the West Ottawa Public School District. While the school's diverse student population is a strength, it faces challenges with lower academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Compared to nearby schools, Great Lakes Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students, ranging from 54.77% to 56.28%, which is an important aspect of the school's diversity. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by M-Step test scores, is generally lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, the school's 3rd-grade English Language Arts proficiency rate was 39.7% in 2022-2023, compared to the district's 44.2% and the state's 40.9%. Additionally, Great Lakes Elementary has experienced high rates of chronic absenteeism, ranging from 20.2% to 52.8% over the past few years, which is significantly higher than the surrounding schools.

The school's high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 62.27% to 74.94%, indicates a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population. When compared to nearby schools, such as Lakewood Elementary School, which consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, the performance gap at Great Lakes Elementary is concerning. Addressing the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism and achievement gaps, as well as ensuring equitable resource allocation, could be crucial in improving the school's overall performance and providing a high-quality education for all its students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3200 152nd Ave
       Holland, MI  49424-5902


(616) 786-1200

District: West Ottawa Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
921st of 1,470 Michigan Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,804 Help


Students who attend Great Lakes Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Harbor Lights Middle School
High:    West Ottawa High School Campus

Student/teacher ratio:  11.3 Help
Number of students:  409

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
54.8%
White:
23.2%
Asian:
9.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  73.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Great Lakes Elementary School ranks worse than 62.7% of elementary schools in Michigan. It also ranks 6th among 8 ranked elementary schools in the West Ottawa Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 34.7. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (54.8%), White (23.2%), Asian (9.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 73.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Great Lakes Elementary School is 11.3, which is the 2nd best among 8 elementary schools in the West Ottawa Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Great Lakes Elementary School is $16,804, which is the 3rd highest among 8 elementary schools in the West Ottawa Public School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Great Lakes Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Great Lakes Elementary School 921st of 1470 Michigan public elementary schools. (See Great Lakes Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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West Ottawa Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks West Ottawa Public School District 245th of 606 Michigan school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Great Lakes Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 40.87 1171st 1545 24.2%
2007 46.79 1062nd 1565 32.1%
2008 49.45 1043rd 1577 33.9%
2009 51.30 1026th 1589 35.4%
2010 43.38 1181st 1552 23.9%
2011 68.28 529th 1552 65.9%
2012 62.02 583rd 1566 62.8%
2013 58.29 678th 1563 56.6%
2014 66.37 502nd 1533 67.3%
2015 50.56 818th 1580 48.2%
2016 42.29 926th 1548 40.2%
2017 41.42 843rd 1466 42.5%
2018 54.06 720th 1448 50.3%
2019 43.93 769th 1408 45.4%
2021 29.44 825th 1153 28.4%
2022 33.32 867th 1344 35.5%
2023 34.70 921st 1470 37.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.77 127th 270 53.0%
2019 56.02 45th 117 61.5%
2023 20.28 150th 180 16.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.89 448th 1397 67.9%
2019 57.59 427th 1134 62.3%
2021 33.42 541st 749 27.8%
2022 36.36 713th 1099 35.1%
2023 41.82 773rd 1350 42.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.08 755th 1443 47.7%
2019 46.95 622nd 1171 46.9%
2021 36.50 586th 902 35.0%
2022 24.81 873rd 1106 21.1%
2023 27.69 947th 1321 28.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.30 655th 1446 54.7%
2019 33.66 801st 1196 33.0%
2021 23.72 738th 915 19.3%
2022 29.45 807th 1139 29.1%
2023 34.14 860th 1334 35.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.80 79th 222 64.4%
2019 54.86 32nd 86 62.8%
2021 42.87 17th 30 43.3%
2022 43.00 44th 86 48.8%
2023 40.54 105th 188 44.1%
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Rank History for White students at Great Lakes Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.36 253rd 1253 79.8%
2019 62.84 384th 1128 66.0%
2022 51.45 529th 1102 52.0%
2023 53.68 524th 1198 56.3%
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Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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by a parent
Monday, January 6, 2020

Open Quote This school has a system if your acting out they take time from your child's 15 min to eat . So they have like 5 min only to gobble everything if they can! That's child abuse period! Just wrong! So annoyed when I heard my child tell me that! So they go hungry if they act out , hes in second grade people! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Great Lakes Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0
1999 427 17 50 70 3 n/a n/a 0 567
2000 255 10 89 86 0 n/a n/a 0 440
2001 227 12 96 103 0 n/a n/a 0 438
2002 216 25 114 149 1 n/a n/a 3 508
2003 216 25 114 149 1 n/a n/a 3 508
2004 217 21 108 139 1 n/a n/a 7 493
2005 234 22 110 161 1 n/a n/a 4 532
2006 240 20 123 178 2 n/a n/a 8 571
2007 208 16 113 219 5 n/a n/a 14 575
2008 189 25 108 220 6 n/a n/a 3 551
2009 187 24 114 213 4 n/a n/a 19 561
2010 186 20 94 222 4 n/a n/a 30 556
2011 166 24 81 254 2 1 30 0 558
2012 164 19 76 265 1 0 23 0 548
2013 159 25 65 244 1 0 22 0 516
2014 158 24 59 263 2 0 21 0 527
2015 124 33 54 263 2 0 24 0 500
2016 117 26 62 263 2 0 26 0 496
2017 109 22 61 275 1 0 33 0 501
2018 105 20 64 282 1 0 34 0 506
2019 93 20 58 278 0 0 33 0 482
2020 95 25 54 253 1 0 36 0 464
2021 89 18 49 247 1 0 36 0 440
2022 88 24 42 238 3 0 32 0 427
2023 95 18 39 224 2 0 31 0 409

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Great Lakes Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 0 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 567 27.0 21.0 18.2
2000 440 24.4 18.0 28.6
2001 438 24.2 18.1 36.5
2002 508 27.7 18.3 39.6
2003 508 27.7 18.3 39.6
2004 493 26.8 18.4 45.7
2005 532 29.0 18.3 49.8
2006 571 32.3 17.7 49
2007 575 31.8 18.1 50.8
2008 551 32.9 16.7 56.6
2009 561 31.0 18.1 65.3
2010 556 30.4 18.2 73
2011 558 30.0 18.5 71.5
2012 548 28.3 19.3 73.4
2013 516 29.1 17.7 73.3
2014 527 31.5 16.7 78.9
2015 500 30.0 16.6 76.4
2016 496 34.0 14.5 75.8
2017 501 42.6 11.7 57.9
2018 506 44.3 11.4 74.5
2019 482 43.6 11.0 75.1
2020 464 41.9 11.0 43.1
2021 440 42.8 10.2 62.3
2022 427 35.0 12.1 74.9
2023 409 36.1 11.3 73.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Great Lakes Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 0 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 567 27.0 21.0 18.2
2000 440 24.4 18.0 28.6
2001 438 24.2 18.1 36.5
2002 508 27.7 18.3 39.6
2003 508 27.7 18.3 39.6
2004 493 26.8 18.4 45.7
2005 532 29.0 18.3 49.8
2006 571 32.3 17.7 49
2007 575 31.8 18.1 50.8
2008 551 32.9 16.7 56.6
2009 561 31.0 18.1 65.3
2010 556 30.4 18.2 73
2011 558 30.0 18.5 71.5
2012 548 28.3 19.3 73.4
2013 516 29.1 17.7 73.3
2014 527 31.5 16.7 78.9
2015 500 30.0 16.6 76.4
2016 496 34.0 14.5 75.8
2017 501 42.6 11.7 57.9
2018 506 44.3 11.4 74.5
2019 482 43.6 11.0 75.1
2020 464 41.9 11.0 43.1
2021 440 42.8 10.2 62.3
2022 427 35.0 12.1 74.9
2023 409 36.1 11.3 73.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Great Lakes Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,313 (12.0%) $9,647 (88.0%) $10,960
2020 $1,371 (11.0%) $11,115 (89.0%) $12,486
2021 $1,409 (11.1%) $11,284 (88.9%) $12,693
2022 $1,548 (11.2%) $12,287 (88.8%) $13,836
2023 $2,188 (13.0%) $14,616 (87.0%) $16,804

Data source: Michigan Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Great Lakes Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 769th of 1408 Elementary schoolsRanks 921st of 1470 Elementary schools
 8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Great Lakes Elementary School)50.739.7
 11%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)5444.2
 9.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.140.9
 4.2%
3rd Grade Math (Great Lakes Elementary School)35.342
 6.7%
   3rd Grade Math (West Ottawa Public School District)44.740
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Michigan)46.742.9
 3.8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Great Lakes Elementary School)56.333.8
 22.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)58.748
 10.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)45.844.3
 1.5%
4th Grade Math (Great Lakes Elementary School)36.626.8
 9.8%
   4th Grade Math (West Ottawa Public School District)50.936.5
 14.4%
   4th Grade Math (Michigan)41.838.6
 3.2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Great Lakes Elementary School)51.240
 11.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (West Ottawa Public School District)55.751.8
 3.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)46.243.9
 2.3%
5th Grade Math (Great Lakes Elementary School)31.430.8
 0.6%
   5th Grade Math (West Ottawa Public School District)41.534
 7.5%
   5th Grade Math (Michigan)34.831.5
 3.3%
5th Grade Social Studies (Great Lakes Elementary School)12.86.2
 6.6%
   5th Grade Social Studies (West Ottawa Public School District)19.419.5
 0.1%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Michigan)17.418.6
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students482409
 15.1%
African American2018
 10%
American Indian02
Asian5839
 32.8%
Hispanic278224
 19.4%
Pacific Islander00
White9395
 2.2%
Two or More Races3331
 6.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients75.1%73.6%
 1.5%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 409 students attended Great Lakes Elementary School.

Great Lakes Elementary School ranks 921st of 1470 Michigan elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Great Lakes Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Harbor Lights Middle School
High : West Ottawa High School Campus

Students at Great Lakes Elementary School are 55% Hispanic, 23% White, 10% Asian, 8% Two or more races, 4% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Michigan Department of Education.

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