Angell has received two Beating the Odds Awards from the State of Michigan. Relative to other schools with the same demographics, e.g. ethnic, free and reduced lunch, special education, gender, Angell far exceeds similar schools in terms of student achievement. Angell has been ranked by the State of Michigan in the top 99% of all schools for the last four years.
Angell is excellent. The teachers are conscientious and caring. The school secretary is terrific. The principal is visible and has provided needed resources for the school. The school has high expectations and Angell is ranked 20th in the state among all elementary and middle schools.
Considered the best school in Ann Arbor, but smart, successful people have smart kids. So, not sure you can credit the teachers for its success. Lots of parents take Kumon outside of school. It is what teachers do with bottom 30% of the kids that show the true worth and they are not doing that well here. Principal is outstanding (best in town). Music teacher thinks it is great to have shows where kids tryout for parts and there are big winners and losers. Totally discourages kids from the arts and quiet kids never really get a chance unless they raise their hands (after 5 years, kids stop raising their hands). It is like only teaching the kids to read who want to. Extremely harmful and damaging for the kids. Music shows are great because the kids who can memorize line and sing are showcased and those who cannot are left standing on the bleachers- year after year. It is about the music teacher here vs. the kids.
Very mediocre school. People who have grown up in A2 speak very highly of it for some reason. Extremely poor principal responsiveness to problems/questions. Curriculum is at least 1 year behind grade level outside the area.
This school is considered the best (?) one in town. But I feel several issues to be clarified: 1) Our child's home work was never marked and returned 2) Teaching style is not very structured, maybe depending on teacher to teacher 3) Too many unnecessary activities, good for students with social ability and leadership. But kids need to learn basic math and reading. Our child is happy anyway. 4) The advantage is that this is a small school, so all kids know each other and know their teachers.