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Keystone Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 767 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

I had two children attend this school for their entire elementary and middle school years. Their experiences were vastly different. One of them had an IEP for special education services. The quality of the service and the intervention he received was very low. He was continually pushed to keep up with his peers even when he was not able. The pace of the school work never slowed for him. The service providers share time with other NHA schools and the turnover rate is high so they do not develop good relationships with their special ed kids. We were constantly told we needed to keep up with the pace to "prepare for high school". Unfortunately I didn't realize how much better it could be at a school with more special ed support so we stayed at Keystone. When we finally moved on to a public high school the teachers were 100% more supportive, encouraging and willing to offer tutoring and other outside the classroom help, which Keystone never offered. My other child has had a great experience at Keystone but he has never required any additional support services. School has never been a challenge for him . My suggestion-if you have special needs, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

We are moving to Florida this year and I am sad that my son will not be attending Keystone Academy any longer. This has been a great school for him and he has loved going there. The teachers and leadership are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

I am extremely satisfied with keystone, cant say enough! The staff, the teachers, principle, the deans... Absolutely love their job and go to no end to show it. My children transferred from Lincoln, because of all the violence, drug use, and teachers. They were flunking all their classes, they hated school. My youngest son begged me every day to not make him go, almost in tears. My children now are doing excellent! They LOVE school again :) They really concentrate on rewarding the children on good behavior, & communicate with parents immediately with any concerns, instead of waiting until its too late. Im also impressed on what they teach the children, they go above & beyond what is expected from a school. They not only teach them the basics, but real life issues...such as community,budgeting & moral values to name a few. They give them the tools to succeed in a aspects of life. Projects that get them motivated and excited to do their very best on. I can go on for hours, or you can see for yourselves.. I did, and could not be happier. Thank you Keystone, for making a huge impact in my childrens lives, and a valuable stepping stone towards their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

keystone is an amazing school when i was in fiftth grade my teacher helped with stuff i didnt understand it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing and it taught me a lot of stuff to help prepare for sixth grade and from when i was in fifth grade i got moved to the proficient class :-) it has never let me down keystone is the best school i've went to so far just joking its not a bad experience at all


Posted March 28, 2011

My children has been at Keystone for 4 years and it has been a dissapointing experience . The turnover rate is terribly high which makes it impossible to form any real relationships with your child's educators. I have 1 child who consistantly scored very high on exams and finished his classwork quicky but was in a low level class. I had to fight to get him placed in the proper advanced class. He still excells at this level but is very bored . Also the teachers are usually inexperienced ( newly graduating) and have a difficult time making sound choices and decisions with regard to students. The middle school is governed like elemeanary school which makes high school transition very difficult. Additionally the school is NOT the place for an assertive male. I have three sons. There is very little adult male presence. I hate that I wasted so much time at Keystone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Keystone Academy! My kids are continuously challenged in a non-threatening positive environment. I love how parent involvement is welcomed. The staff is very friendly and makes me feel right at home. The kids are grouped based on academic level which, in my opinion, is even better. This type of grouping allows for the children who excel to be challenged at their level and the children who need extra help be able to receive that help without "slipping through the cracks." Great job Keystone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

My family has been at Keystone for the past 5 years. Over that time, we have been continuously impressed. The teachers are top notch. They challenge the students while still making it fun. There is a strong parent involvement and an amazing PTO that provides support for many school programs and activities. My 2 children are excelling and I could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

This school attempts to be very strong academically but my children attended the school for 3 years and it was a very negative experience. While the teachers there are very good, the turn-over rate is high. Most of the teachers are 1st time teachers and when new opportunities arise they leave. Because this is a charter school, the principal and administration do not have the same qualifications as they do in regular public schools. Therefore, I found that they had a difficult time making sound decisions because of their lack of experience. The school does homogeneous grouping and tracking so it makes it difficult for students who do not begin in the advanced classes to move up into them. Even when a child has the qualifications to be placed in the advanced classes, they often are not able to. The new grading system was horrible for the parents & students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Just wanted to commend the new administration for 2009-2010! They are doing a fantastic job! There is a lot of excitement in the building & Keystone continues to be an outstanding choice in our area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Keystone is a wonderful school, the principal's and hall deans are wonderful this year. We have good communication this year, between the principals and parents. I'm glad we are finally moving in a positive direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

The teacher are the best I've ever seen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Oh my gosh,keystone was great for friends and stuff but not for help. I was mad that i left that school but now im at Taylor Exlempar academy with mr.price...does teacher really know how to help ther children now im great aty school its awesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

I am so very pleased to have Keystone as a choice in our area. The teachers and administration have the kids best interest in mind. Everyone is so friendly beginning with the office staff. When I have been in the building I have seen how respectful the students are, as well. When my child struggled in math her teacher was will to do afterschool tutoring. This was to my great surprise. Never had she been offered such support in her academics. Keep up the great job at Keystone. For parents looking for a great school this is it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I found this school to be very effective at practicing for state administered tests, but my son went here for kindergarden and never toughed scissors, construction paper or paint. The teaching methods are not very creative and I never thought they did much to stimulate the children's minds. In the end I have decided to send my boy to the local public school . I don't think that Keystone is a bad place , just that they are going to turn out students that would grow up qualified to work for the National Heritage Foundation, and that is just a little too much to the Right for me....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

I have two children at Keystone, a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. My 6th grade son has special needs and has always had accomodations made available to him. I feel he is successful because of his time at Keystone where he is able to get individual attention. I have always been able to easily access the teaching and administration staff and feel that any concerns I have are addressed adequately. My 3rd grade daughter does not require any accomodations and is excelling with the material presented to her. The workload is intense but she is learning rapidly and loving it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

My oldest child went to public school. I decided to put my next child at Keystone Academy. Wow, what a difference in the curriculum. Keystone is much more advanced in their curriculum than the public school. My child is thriving! This school is teaching my child how to excel in school as well as teaching organizational skills and moral focus that will greatly help in life. Parents have a choice. If you want your child challenged, Keystone is the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

We had been at Keystone since its opening and now after five years we have had enough of Keystone Academy! We have heard enough of their bulling and assurances they were qualified to teach our special needs child to read. Should your child show any deficiency academically, Keystone is not the school for you. Keystone is only interested in the students who produce the best test scores; insuring that teachers will receive bonuses for producing those scores and Keystone will receive incentives for those scores from NHA. Make no mistake; they will accept any child, they want your tax dollars from the public schools, that s how they make their money. Just don t expect them to help a child with any learning deficiencies large or small because they lack the expertise and qualifications. My biggest regret is waiting so long and listening to Keystone Academy instead of to my gut.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

It has been sometime since sending my child to Keystone. I have no regrets in removing my child from Keystone. I still speak to friends who have attending children and most of them would like to remove their children, but that the options are slim. I must say that Keystone is very comparable in Meap scores to the local schools for lower levels, they only greatly improve at the middle school level. I did take my child to one of the local public schools for meap testing and must say I was surprised with the environment. The adminstration was much warmer and caring than what we experienced at Keystone in our last year. Sadly, NHA seems more concerned with the finacial part of their business, rather than what is best for the students.


Posted October 3, 2008

I pulled my child from this school because the lack of help given her. The prinipal never e-mailed back and the teachers would rather put a student back a grade than give her extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2008

I am now an 8th grader and this school is trully awesome. The teachers prepare you for life and they have andvanced placement classes but they arent called that for the students who may be a little behind on the curriculum which shows they really care about the students. The principal knows your name (most of the time) and is always smiling. I usually have a hard time in the beginning meeting new friends but here the teachers encourage you and though the school is a little cliqish but the students open up quickly. They challenge you to do your best. When I came from my last school I used to be the person who would be done early and you would come to for help but the role was switched around here. I am now at the top of my class. This is the place to send your child!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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56%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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53%

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50%

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45%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

2013

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
17%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
21%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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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 78% 69%
African-American 13% 18%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 130%N/A48%
Female 253%N/A48%
Male 247%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Keturah Godfrey
Fax number
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