Belding Area Schools General Overview
Belding Area Schools (BAS), is a public school district located in Belding, Michigan. School BAS consists of several separate departments offering programs for students of various ages and academic levels.
About Belding Area Schools
BAS incorporates five schools offering educational programs for students of Pre-K level through 12th grade, as well as special programs for Community and adult education. All information concerning departments and programs is available publicly on the BAS website.
Belding schools district is recognized as one of those with the highest concentration of top-rated schools in Michigan. Three schools from the district are in the state’s top ranking.
For years, the district used the Belding Redskins as its mascot. However, the school’s athletes were constantly receiving offensive references from their rivals. So, the mascot was voted to be replaced. Thus, since 2017, the district’s renewed mascot is the Black Knight.
Although it consists of five schools, Belding Area Schools is not a very large district. As for 2021, the district serves 1,789 students and has an above-average student-teacher ratio (19:1) compared to other schools located in Michigan.
Belding Area Schools Mission and Vision
Each Belding school is committed to the same mission - to graduate successful and career-ready students. To meet this goal, the schools foster a supportive community and hire engaged staff. According to the BAS, their minds are committed to inquiry, hearts - to compassion, and lives - to the service of humanity.
Belding Area History
Belding Area School district is located in the same-named city. Belding is rather small but extremely picturesque. The city has a total population of about 13,000 people and is located in the northwestern part of Ionia County. It’s less than an hour drive from Michigan State University and the State Capital.
Belding has a long history. Initially, the land belonged to Levi Broas. His family built a mill here (currently known as Broas Rapids) in 1839. In 1871, Levi Broas sold the land to Hiram Belding who built and launched a silk factory to pay off the land. Soon, Belding became known as the “Silk City”. The city was founded in 1893 and named after Hiram Belding.
Belding grew fast and turned into a thriving city with a wide variety of businesses, diversified recreational activities, and some unique community development projects. All these factors contributed to the development of the city. We can see its outcomes now.
The city is located at the heart of the state’s farmland, with its great architecture, scenic views, and well-developed infrastructure. The key asset is, of course, the great Belding MI schools that are known for delivering great learning opportunities in a friendly and supportive environment.
Ellis Elementary School
Ellis Elementary Belding MI is one of the district’s schools. It offers educational programs for students in grades Kindergarten-2 and has a total population of 418 pupils.
Ellis Elementary Belding has a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, which is below the state’s average level of 18:1. As for the demographics, Ellis Elementary School has a 0.28 diversity rate, also lower than an average score in the state. 84% of pupils are white with only 16% minority enrolment (mostly Hispanic).
Woodview Elementary School
Woodview Elementary is one of the three top-ranked schools included in BAS. It is a next-level Belding elementary school that educates students in grades 3-5.
The total number of pupils as of 2021 is 373 with a student-teacher ratio of 18:1. This is the same as the average level in Michigan. It’s also worth noting that both the teacher and student population in the school have been decreasing in the past years.
In terms of student performance, Woodview school is showing pretty good learning outcomes. It is among the top 50% in Michigan by math proficiency (39%) and also by the overall testing rank. However, in terms of reading proficiency (34%), it is among the bottom 50% in the state.
Just like Ellis Elementary, Woodview Elementary School doesn’t have much diversity in terms of student demographics. The school’s diversity score is 0.26 with a total of 15% of minority enrolment (mostly Hispanic). This score is almost twice lower than the state’s average (34%).
Belding Middle School
Belding public schools district features one middle school that provides learning opportunities for students from grades 6 to 8.
Currently, Belding Middle School has a total population of 408 students. This indicator has declined by 11% over the past academic years. It is another top-ranked school in this district, along with BAS k12 high school and Woodview Elementary School.
Among all schools in Michigan, Belding Middle School falls in the bottom 50% of overall test scores. According to stats, 25% of students from this school achieve math proficiency and 32% achieve proficiency in reading and language arts. Both indicators are below the state’s average.
The school can also boast of an 18:1 ratio of students to teachers, which is the same indicator that is marked to be average in Michigan.
The percentage of minority enrollment in Belding Middle School is 15%, most of which is made of Hispanic ethnicity. This percentage is lower than the average (34%) in this state.
Belding High School
Lastly, BAS also offers learning opportunities to students in grades 9 through 12. BASk12 is the third top-ranked school in the district. Its student population is around 590 pupils. This indicator stayed relatively flat over the past years.
One important thing to know about Belding High School MI is that it is among the top 20% public schools in the state that have the highest graduation rates.
For overall test scores, Belding High School is among the bottom 50% among all state schools. The percentage of students who achieve proficiency in either math or reading/language arts is ≤5%. This score is much lower than the average indicators in Michigan.
As you already know, the student demographics across all Belding MI Schools are about the same level. The diversity score of Belding High is 0.28, and the percentage of minority enrollment is 16%. The major shift towards Hispanic ethnicity is evident here as well.
“The Right Size. The Right Choice”
Belding School District may be rather small, but the opportunities it offers are huge. People at BAS believe in the importance of keeping the right size of a school. One should be big enough to meet every student’s needs but small enough to let everyone get involved.