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K-12
Public charter
Ann Arbor, MI
Students enrolled: 290
 

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5550 Platt Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

(734) 677-0732
(734) 677-0740
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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 10, 2015
I love the school size which allows the staff to get to know our kids on a more personal level and by their names versus just being another random student at the school. Teachers and staff can weigh in and talk to our kids in a loving caring manner whether it be to correct them or to nurture them if they aren't feeling well or may be just having a bad day. Staff goes in and teach our kids how to handle these different type of situations and moods to prepare them for the real world while still assisting and caring for their needs at that moment. I have gotten phone calls and told of situations my kids were going through and staff worked with me to come up with the best solution for the issue. I like how they get the parent involved in choosing the best way how to handle your own kid whether it be to agree to let the kid go home or to let the kid stay at school and handle the situation in the best possible way there. The flexibility of each situation is impressive and not made to feel overwhelming.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 10, 2015
The school focuses on creating an environment for the kids to be open and honest which puts the kids at ease. It is understood and learned that actions comes with reactions whether they be good or bad. I love how the kids are rewarded every month toward the end of the month for achieving their goals that month so positive efforts and actions are recognized making the kids want to do their best in order to get rewarded at the end of the month. This is a real life lesson they can value for the rest of their lives which means making good decisions, striving to do your best, reaps positive results in the end.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2015
This school has a great atmosphere and lovely teachers who truly invest their time in the kids. The size of the school is such a great benefit as the staff gets to know the kids on a more personal level making it a close knit school where everyone wants to help & see each other thrive to be successful. I love the diversity of the school that exposes the kids to different cultures and multiple languages that instills a profound level of respect and appreciation for people from all walks of life. The school is in the process of being revamped to bring about even more exciting positive experiences for the kids. I am looking forward to seeing more improvements and successes come from this school. My kids have done very well at this school which helped prepare them for not only high school but college as well. My kids were able to be dual enrolled once they reached that time in high school and was ahead of their class. They remained on Honor Roll and took the same great experiences they learned at Multicultural Academy with them to both high school & college to appreciate all the diversity of both campuses and was able to communicate, learn and strive through the many types of cultures and personalities they were faced with in a positive & productive way, causing them to have great communication and create meaningful friendships and thrive in their new environment. The staff and teachers have lots of patience, care, and concern to address issues and they appreciate and listen to suggestions from both parents and students. Their main mission from what I observe is to make this school a safe, loving, productive place for our kids to thrive and learn.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2015
Multicultural Academy is a great school! I have had the pleasure of having two children in the program. One of my children graduated from the middle school and was well prepared when he moved on to high school. I have been telling more and more friends and family about the school because my experience has been awesome!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
Ms. Eggleston has the students best interest in mind and she is not quick to kick them out. She gets to the root of the problem and her solutions are beneficial to the students and the school.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2015
This school has changed for the better and Ms. Eggleston has done an excellent job. The atmosphere is more positive and the academics are improving.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 06, 2015
The PBIS program that is used at the academy develops honesty, integrity, and fairness with students.

- submitted by a community member

July 06, 2015
The administration and staff are dedicated to the students and parents at MA. The individual instruction and help students receive have proven to be beneficial for all.

- submitted by a community member

July 03, 2015
I am so proud that i choose to take my children to M.A. It is a wonderful school. The learning environment is the best I've seen in a charter school in my life. I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with the different parents that enjoy there child going their too. My kids enjoy going to school as they get to explore all the different cultures and religions that their friends follow. M.A is very diverse and my kids don't only learn from the books but how to interact with kids that don't exactly relate to them. My children will carry all the virtues that they learn from M.A to the real world.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2015
I have attend Multicultural Academy since the 4th grade. I graduated with honors and a full ride scholarship to EMU. M.A prepared me for college as I am doing really well during my first year of college. I landed on the Deans list and was nominated to join the honors college. I owe all my success to M.A as they challenged me and taught me that there is nothing that cannot be accomplished if you put your mind to it.

- submitted by a student

July 03, 2015
Well I am a parent at Multicultral academy, I have sent all 7 of my children to the academy, I would like to thank the school as all of my children are all in universities Persuing their career! Thank you! Great school

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2015
I know students who have attended Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy since the 3rd grade and graduated from the school and now attending the University of Michigan and doing GREAT!!!!

- submitted by a community member

November 19, 2014
Love it everyone is nice and has smiles on there faces and the teachers are great too

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2014
WARNING!!! RANT AHEAD! Worst. School. EVER. Right now, I am currently in 8th grade at an AAPS (Ann arbor public school) school. I've been to this school K-3. (came back in 6th grade, got bullied once) I've been constantly bullied every single damn day from K-3 because of my headscarf. And i was bullied by a Muslim, too. My brother and I was also bullied for no apparent reason everyday in the bus. Insults would spew at us, and we'd also get hit. Apparently, there is no fun classes like Art or technology. When you're taking you're child out of this school, they call and beg you not to. They KNOW that without students, they'll shut down. As for the school itself, it's terrible. The lunch is disgusting. They're always serving a small pizza slice twice a week with an apple or orange, and they serve the spaghetti with dry meat and no sauce. the students have no respect for teachers. The teachers gave me a detention once for standing up to sharpen my pencil while she was talking to an adult.The teaching is ABSOLUTELY low. They'd teach 5th grade stuff to an 8th grader. Please, I BEG you not to send you're child to this horrible school.

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2014
my daughter had a nice preschool year..she reached a good level of fluent english in few months..also our home language is not englishregular meetings with techers were done and i was usually asked to indicate what points i am concerned about..my concerns as a parent were properly handled..by end of year my daughter was able to read by herself the boks that are suitable for her age and reading level..

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2014
I once was a student at the school and I hated it so much. At first it seemed okay but I noticed how the teachers had zero time for caring about the students, especially for the major fact that there was ALWAYS favoritism when it came to the students who were related to the owners or head of the school. I noticed how they would immediately send out students who weren't from the same religious group or ethnic background, right away, claiming they were being "disrespectful" even if the child tried to tell the teacher what happened or explain something, the staff would not care and continue to accuse the child anyway. The principal at the time was not very active in discipline and was more of a intimidation instead who did not care about talking kindly to a child or intervening when a problem occurred but much rather just dismiss the child with a harsh consequence. Not only did I hate the school but my parents and siblings. Don't be fooled by the appearance. Never send your kids there. Ever.

- submitted by a community member

June 24, 2014
How does a school with such poor test scores stay in operation? Is anyone paying attention? There are charter schools popping up like weeds with little to no accountability!

- submitted by a community member

June 03, 2014
After attending M.A , it has been a great experince to prepare me for my future. The teaching staff does not allow you to give up. They stay after school tutoring for those who need the extra help. The principal has an open door policy for students and staff for any concerns or needs you have in school or in you personal life. She is someone you can talk to and be social about with anything. Everyone is so caring and helpful with anything. Thank you for everything M.A

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2013
This school is just amazing my child comes here and has an awesome time. When she changed schools this school really helped and got her on the right path it is amazing how she gets up every morning and excited to go. The staff and administration is VERY polite and caring. They are very helpful. I do recommend someone to bring there child to this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
I Love how this school is they know each of the children and they Great them in the morning and in the Evening they are there to send them off with a smiling face. I always tell everyone they should send their kids here. My Grandson Loves all his Teachers and I am very happy with that because that makes them want to go to school. EWMA Keep up the Great Work !!!!

- submitted by a community member

October 05, 2013
One of the best schools in michigan. small classrooms, good teachers , safe teaching envirnment and good leaderhip.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2013
all the bad reviewd come from teachers that lost their jobs because they were bad teachers . This is a great school with a great leadership.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013
This school is the worst school i have ever been to. , uncaring and don't do a good job of helping out the WHOLE class. The teachers in middle school only care for the kids who are related to the principal. The staff is so rude The principal is extremely selfish and only lets the kids she is related to not get in trouble. I would never go back to this school and i don't recommend anyone going to that school too.

- submitted by a community member

September 17, 2013
I would not recommend this school to any parent,bad school,and the Principal unprofessional with no education at all

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
I feel that the teachers are great, the administration is a different story and nobody should judge school by them. My child is in preschool and had the best school year. I have another child in 3rd grade and again had the teacher answer all my questions and concerns. I never talked with admin and really had no contact with them. The principal did not make a attempt to connect with us but the teachers did. The reason I brought my child here was the preschool and felt the small family value very strong in both grades.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2013
The school is a farce. There is not leadership that understands the basic prinicples of education, especially at the middle and upper grades. Students who are related to the administration are favored blatantly and teachers are undermined and belittled daily by administration. There are cultural issues among the students that need addressing by staff, but administration does not have any idea how to handle it.

- submitted by a community member

June 21, 2013
I would not recommend this school to any parent. As one of the reviews said before me it is a "Joke". No one at the school is professional in anyway besides the Secretary. People at the school have their favorite students that they place upon a pedestal. The way behavior is handled is not proficient. There are times when's teachers won't show up, or staff knows about it and places someone in the room who Isn't qualified to be a teacher in anyway. Kids there aren't open to all races. You are expected to learn about one race in general. If your looking for a school I highly recommend Huron, Pioneer, r a private school.

- submitted by a community member

October 30, 2012
VERY high teacher turnover rate. Teachers either get frustrated and quit or they get rid of the good teachers. They expect us to teach 4-5 different classes and get paid next to nothing. The kids are out of control and when they are sent to the office the discipline doesn't happen, especially if they are related to the staff.

- submitted by a teacher

September 10, 2012
Hi there! I am a student in 8th grade that goes to E.W.M.A! I appreciate that school because it is very fun and great! Every year you get to go to cedar point! i advise every kid to go here! A very great school. Even once you get older- i am saying MAYBE a trip in space. This school has changed into a better school now, Rudness has stop, because Ms.Furha, a great princapal, takes care of everything, and helps us, too. So once again, take your kids here to this wonderful great school!

- submitted by a community member

August 28, 2012
One of the worst schools around. Teachers are constantly battling discipline problems and students are not disciplined properly. Students are extremely rude many are related to the administration so there are a lot of "favoritism" issues. Teacher turnover is high, VERY high. Administration is VERY unprofessional to staff. I do not believe students get the best education here. Many of the teachers are very talented and try their best in a setting that far below average.

- submitted by a teacher

November 29, 2011
Its true this school has zero tolerance for bad teachers and students. Their goal is to provide the best education in a safe enviromnet. The teaches and administration always hard to ensure thaa the student receive the deserved education.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2011
This school does not do students any justice. Unfortunately, when parents just complain and don't pull their children out, the school does not feel inclined to change and doesn't. The teacher turnover rate is high because there are better teaching positions out there and teachers leave when those openings occur. Last year, there were at least 6 changes in staff during the year. Some of them took part time jobs, some took contract jobs, and some left without even having a job lined up. With all of these low ratings, there honestly can't be that many people out there who just want to "lie" and "attack a person's character". As with any school, you always are going to have people that are happy with the school and people that are unhappy...however, a great deal of low ratings should say something to a parent who is truly looking for the best school for their child.

- submitted by a community member

September 21, 2011
After attending E.W.M.A throughtout my highschool years, it has been a great experince to prepare me for college. The teaching staff does not allow you to give up. They stay after school tutoring for those who need the extra help. The principal has an open door policy for students and staff for any concerns or needs you have in school or in you personal life. She is someone you can talk to and be social about with anything. Thank you EWMA

- submitted by a community member

September 08, 2011
I would not advise anyone to send their children to this school. I've visited several times and noticed that many students are very disrespectful to the teachers. I know that students with behavioral problems who cannot function at other schools end up at EWMA. There is a revolving door for teachers,as many of them leave,and I don't blame them. There is no real structure or discipline at this school. I would say to other parents," Take your kids and run!"

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2011
This school is not an appropriate environment for learning to happen. Apart from the preschool and some lower grades, the school structure is misguided and uninformed. Students at the middle school level are NOT getting proper instruction. Teachers spend most of the year dealing with discipline problems, as there is no effective system in place. The High School incorporates a virtual program that neither the kids nor the teachers know how to use. The computers are always faulty and the Internet is constantly giving problems. The school does cater to Arabic students and their culture, as evidenced by their choice of a foreign language (even though MANY parents have asked for Spanish to be taught instead). Many employees, including teachers and substitutes are Arabic and related to the Principal's family. You can ask any student and they will complain about rampant favoritism. The administration is rarely available. Many parents don't even recognize who is in charge of the school. Teacher turnover is dramatic. Last year, about 12 teachers left during the school year. At the end of the year, only four staff members said they were coming back to teach. Telling?

- submitted by a community member

July 22, 2011
My child has been in the preschool program and the summer program at EWMA and I am over the moon with the quality of this school. We chose it because of the multicultural environment, the multi-age classes, and the language programs offered, but have been consistently surprised and amazed by the dedication of the teachers. I wish there had been schools like this when I was a child! I wish I'd had teachers of this caliber! My son is learning in a safe and enriching environment, with friends from all over the world. I am proud to tell others that my son attends this school, and I hope to see him continue to thrive and enjoy learning here.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2011
I am less than impressed with this school. I think it caters to a certain race. Why they chose the language to be taught arabic, I do not know. All the specials such as art, music, etc are taught in the childs class room. My child is so much more advanced than many kids because they do not push to accell the kids here, I cannot wait to find a new school! I to not recommmend this school at all, my family and I feel like the out casts, you will see why if you ever attend or tour the school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 24, 2009
My child goes to p-k and enjoys rich learning. The Faculty and late facilator are great

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
I read the review and know that they are unhappy as their children got in trouble at school. It is not true my child is doing great and is getting their high school requirements. They also are going to college and are getting help with preparing for that. They do have all the classes requried but are on done online in school. We also get a weekly progress report so there is no reason for parents not to know if their children are not doing what is required. The other great thing is you can see all their grades and assignments 24/7. People need to see who writes the reviews and understand that they did not have children who belonged in our school.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2009
The school has so much potential. The pricipal and staff are VERY dedicated and truely care about the students. Grades pre-k thru 4th are very good acedemically, also with discipline and parent participation. Unfortunately when you get into the upper grades, the discipline doesn't seem to exist, but then niether does the parent participation. I highly reccomend the school for the lower grades. Hopefully as the lower grade students (and thier parents) continue to move up, the quality will as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 22, 2009
I would barely give this school one single star. The disciplinary response of this school is rediculous. High schoolers are suspended for everything with the excuse that it is insubordination. There are no extra curricular activities for the high school students. Even the required language classes and physical education classes are absent. I will have to remove both of my tenth graders from this school because there is no way my children will be able to legally recieve their high school diplomas.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2008
I love this school. It has been a life saver for my son. He just couldn't function in the large public school setting. He is very shy and EWMA is perfect for him. He feels comfortable because of the small size and the sense of community. Great place!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2008
I see a huge dedication with the teachers. They are the back bone of the school. I also like that children of all race do not feel any discrimation. They have after school programs this year and started preschool wish it was larger as many friends could not get in filled up very fast.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2007
This school needs better structure. It's only a few years old and they are constantly revising the rules and regulations, it's annoying to a parent for things to change in the middle of the school year. Teacher-Parent communication needs improvement. The parking lot and landscaping are a mess! Very little after school activities. Needs work!

- submitted by a parent

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Multicultural Academy
5550 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI  48108
(734) 677-0732
Last modified Multicultural Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Multicultural Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 79 reviews. Top