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Ann Arbor Open at Mack School

Public | K-8 | 513 students

 

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Posted August 27, 2014

This school has a committed, caring staff. Decisions are made with input from all stakeholders, and the good of the individual is considered as well as the good of the entire group. Approachable, dynamic teachers & principal, and friendly supportive office staff. Every year, high schools students flock to visit on their days off. That's a testament.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My second grader is thriving. He is happy and eager to go to school. At times I have wondered if he was learning enough because I was used to a stricter Montessori setting, but he is indeed learning tons. Music and art are part of the weekly schedules. Teachers are friendly, casual and approachable. The kids there are smart, interesting funny little people interested in the world. There seems to be a fairly large international community. I counted five languages being spoken at our after school soccer game. I love that. As for bullying, I asked my son if he knew any bullies and he said he had only ever seen a bully on TV, never at Ann Arbor open. There really is a culture of kindness and acceptance there. It is a lesson taught as much as anything else. I think that has value in my sons development that is immeasurable. I can see the influence that this happy community has on his overall good attitude in life. There are a few teachers who parents grumble about but overall, it is a great place to raise happy, confident, interesting kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

What a wonderful school for community learning, building relationships, self discovery in education. Everyone is involved in every single child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 11, 2013

Wonderful colleagues, a principal who goes to any length for every student and staff member. Supportive and creative parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 11, 2013

Ann Arbor Open at Mack is an absolutely wonderful school! From their magnificent principal, to their amazing teachers, this school has been a treasure for our son. AAO is unlike most public schools, as each student is nurtured and celebrated to their full potential, with the support and growth that they individually need. AAO is also very parent involved. For example, one parent (who is a writer) has chosen to volunteer weekly to teach the kids how to write poetry. Another organizes the sale of SCRIPP. Others may volunteer to do something only for a few hours, like working at the multicultural fair. We all help to make our child's experience here as successful as possible.I believe our kids are richer on the inside for being a part of the AAO family. The jump from 5th to 6th grade is such a big one for most kids, but this year was very smooth for my son, as he continues at AAO and will remain there until he enters high school in the 9th grade. Bullying is not tolerated and out-casting social clicks aren't prevalent. Everyone is a part of this big family, from K-8th grade. As parents we cherish the love and excitement that our son has about going to school and learning! J.Nelson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

There is a flaw in the system when there is an entire school worth of kids who are wait-listed because they didn't win the lottery to get into this school. Some of us moved into the district a week after kindergarten registration, so our kids will never have a chance to see if they'd thrive in an open school environment. What is more cutting is that we live two blocks from the school, and have to pass the school on our long, dangerous journey to our kids' distant and apparently lacking schools. That would be easier if many of the Mack parents weren't rude drivers who block the crosswalks as we try to leave our neighborhood to walk to our far-away school. Why aren't there two open schools in A2 so that all kid who wanted an open school could go to one, and not have to leave the neighborhood they love to do so?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

I chose Mack Open over Burns Park for my children. Here they were thriving, they were learning because they really wanted to - they were constantly inspired, encouraged by the best human beings, their teachers. They were always encouraged to express their own opinions, never told that they have no right to speak because they are children - they were always LISTENED TO - something that does not happen unfortunately in other schools. My children were encouraged to think independently, seek their own solutions and ask their peers advice first before turning to and adult. What a life lesson! Teachers in Ann Arbor Open are exceptional in a sense that they are not offering ready made solutions, orders, drills etc. They provide kids with tools to find their own answers. They support the creation of an independent, self motivated individual not a cookie cutter kid churned out by tests, drills and fear of an adult. I would encourage any parent to visit this school and talk to the children there - they will be able to express themselves very eloquently and describe their school environment in the best possible way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

This school is bad news. Not all the teachers know their subjects very well. Some teachers are intimidating students and some don't reply to your emails. They really don't give out text books. Bad news.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

This school is truly the best of Ann Arbor Public Schools! Students are involved in many activities throughout the day, and have a strong work-ethic. They participate in Focus Studies, which are classes that they take of their choice, such as jazz ensemble, movie-making, etc. The music program is amazing, as well as the technology. Every December, the students participate in a Multicultural Fair in which they make their classroom turn into a country from around the world. The school is very diverse, and laid back. Students have freedom, and there are even couches in the class. Simply the best school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

AAO is a fantastic school, and we feel so lucky to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

If the quality of education a child receives can be measured by that child's eagerness to attend school everyday, then my kid is having a first-rate experience. The music classes I've attended were nothing short of inspirational!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It's the best! We have a caring environment, combined with high academic standards and the expectation that kids will be kind and respect each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Ann Arbor Open is, simply, the best K-8 school around, my two children are so very blessed to be a part of this amazing community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

They do such a great job at building community and critical thinking skills! I would be so much smarter if I went to my kids' school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Yes, I work there. But I didn't really appreciate how this school helps kids Bloom until my daughter started attending. Wow!


Posted October 4, 2009

As a parent I feel like I'm part of a community instead of just a school. My kids love going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Ann Arbor Open is a very caring school. Teachers are more mentors, and kids are encouraged to question and share opinions. There is a lot of respect among the students and they treat each other well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Ann Arbor Open is an alternative magnet program in Ann Arbor's public school system that has many of the aspects of a non-traditional free school. It is a sanctuary for project-based learning and participant direction in the educational process. Our kids love it and we are very happy they go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Great teachers and an individualized program. Gets get to work with other kids from other grades. Teachers really like teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Ann Arbor Open is a wonderful community of involved parents and teachers. The multi-age classrooms and individualized teaching are allowing my daughter to thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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63%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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86%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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63%

2013

 
 
56%

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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100%

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90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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96%

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98%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. 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. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 69%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
African-American 4% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:08am
School end time
  • 2:54pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Catherine Flynn
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (734) 997-1877

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Parents and students participate in governance of the school on a one person, one vote system with staff. all parents donate 10 hours of volunteer time per year. parents and community members frequently volunteer in classrooms and share their expertise.
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  • Our school is about educating the whole child to his or her fullest potential. By teaching children how to make good choices in education and in life, we see tremendous achievement from our kids!
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