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Creative Learning Academy

Charter | PK-8 & ungraded


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Posted May 11, 2010

I love CLA because my daughter is getting the best education in these parts. Her grades have excelled and so has her attitude since taking her out of the local jr. high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2010

Because at CLA kids really do come first!!!!!!!!

Posted May 7, 2010

Good Teaching,And there for the children
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2010

Creative Learning Academy is a great little school. We are in a rural setting and have small class sizes which really helps with differentiated instruction. Character Education is important to us. Students work and play well together. Staff is dedicated to providing a great education and environment for all students.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 6, 2010

Creative Learning Academy provides small classroom sizes, which allows for differentiated instruction. Teachers and staff are dedicated to every student and gladly communicate with parents to ensure everyone is working for the students' educational success. For more information, visit
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Posted May 6, 2010

I love Creative Learning Academy because the teachers and staff are are dedicated to the children.

Posted May 6, 2010

Creative Learning Academy is awesome, they are for the children first they care about there well being and there health and safety and there education is put first foremost, I highly recommend CLA for anyone with childen.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2010

CLA cares all about the children and making it a fun place to learn.
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Posted May 5, 2010

The best kept secret in Central Michigan. Fabulous staff, very small class sizes & very personal approach to learning.

Posted October 3, 2009

it has small class rooms so the kids can learn moreand the teachers bend over backwards to hepl and care for the kids that go there. I have two grandkids that go there and one is a special needs kidand they are really good with them
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2009

Yes, like any other 'public' school CLA has its issues. The school is amazing based on your child's need. With Beaverton facing cuts, I want to insure my children will get full focus on everything they need. With new things happening and coming to the school, tell me why you wouldn't want to give it a chance. So many people want to claim our kids are behind. Mine is testing great! He's above average in areas and at level for some others, and in others he's a little below, but we're working together (parent teacher partnership) to bring this where it needs to be. They listen when I talk, they know at any given point where my kid is, and who is he. Chance it, check it out, and experience the best! With funding down, give ur child what the government can't> a great start in education !
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 17, 2008

This is my children's first year in CLA and so far I have been satisfied with their education. My youngest had difficulties when he first entered this school, but each semester he is improving. My oldest child had self-esteem issues in his previous school. After the first week at CLA his attitude completely changed. Both of my children are happy and content and have decided that this is the school they want to stay with through the eighth grade. We all wish that CLA was a K - 12 school. I also feel that my children have a better chance of positive social interactions in this school. Parents and teachers know the children more personally, and the children are less likely to fall prey to negative behaviors that are found in larger schools. Jackie Cross
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2008

Creative Learning Academy is a mediocre school and your children will get a far better education elsewhere.

Posted February 13, 2007

I have five nephews and two nieces who go to Creative Learning Academy and they all enjoy this school.I think this school has a strong focus on the children and their needs. Teachers at Creative Learning Academy do a great job as do the people who volunteer their time. Drugs, weapons, violence and some of the other problems that plague bigger schools seem to be non-existent at C.L.A. And a big bonus of charter schools such as this is that the tuition is FREE. I would encourage anyone in the Beaverton area to enroll their children at Creative Learning Academy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2007

The school has an outstanding staff and has doubled in size in recent years due to positive word of mouth and active parent involvement. The staff actively strives for creative interactive learning based on inciting their natural drives. I would highly recommend it to others.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2006

I was a student at Creative Learning academy for two years. The first year I had a really great teacher/principal. the next year they changed the 6-8 teacher and the principal. Alot of the students were pulled out of the charter school and did horrible in public schools because they were so far behind. I have alway been honor roll even in public schools grades 1-5 so i did fine in public schools, but my sister didn't. there is no in school lunch except pizza on friday that costs $1.00 and subway on wednesday. This is the point of view of a former student at creative learning academy.
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 69%
Multiracial 7% 2%
African-American 5% 19%
Hispanic 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 47%N/A48%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A47%
Male 53%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mike Kennealy
Fax number
  • (989) 435-4187


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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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540 Lang Rd
Beaverton, MI 48612
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