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Byron Center Charter School

Charter | K-12 & ungraded | 262 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2014

My child attended Byron Center Charter and I was not satisfied with how it turned out. The first couple years went fine but as of recently (2013-2014) a large majority of the teachers have become obsessed with power, rather then trying to teach and help students. I feel as though they are more worried about their popularity standings than they are in our childrens education. It saddens me but it seems to be this way. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone because I believe they are headed in a bad direction that isn't in favor of helping the future students. Unless they make major improvements, I do not suggest enrolling your student here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

The Kindergarten teacher and assistant are outstanding. They show personal interest, and really care about each child's development. Principal is very nice, and very visible. Student to teacher ratio is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2011

We brought our kids here after a few years of Public School issues of wanting a "Cookie Cutter" student. Overcrowded school didn't allow the teacher to give each child individual attention they need. Before coming to BCC my son was bullied by both students and teachers. He kept coming home depressed thinking he wasn't smart or was a "naughty" boy. And this was in lower level grade school. After transferring to BCC he absolutely loves school and has many friends! We have been VERY pleased with BCC as most of the teachers truly care and desire for each child to succeed to the best of their ability. They take the extra step toward helping the parent/child achieve that level. There are only 1 or 2 teachers there that I feel have a difficult time adjusting their teaching to vary depending upon the child's learning style but overall it is a GREAT school. They are now growing and each year will be adding a new class so their soon will be a choice of teachers for each grade level. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

What I like best about Byron Center Charter School is the teachers. They really care about their students and put in the extra effort to teach them. The K-12 music program is lovely; the teacher/director inspires them so they look forward to playing instruments early on. The administration gives the teachers the space and freedom to teach from their strengths and character abounds. The students bond together and even my very quiet unassuming teenage boy is sought out and encouraged to interact by the others. We were new to the school this year, but chose it because my children's older cousins attend here (some have graduated) and they're so proud of BCCS. Their pride and pleasure in their school isn't based on a successful sports team or a particular academic emphasis. They're proud of their school because it's their extended family; the teachers/administration and other students encourage and support them. Plus this school feels safe. The principal & vice principal are out in the parking lot EVERY afternoon directing traffic and watching those kids like hawks, but still keeping it warm and friendly. Bullying, fighting, & bad language are simply not tolerated. How refreshing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

Byron Center Charter is amazing. For a school of its size it truly is amazing. My son is in high school and just loves it. First off, the math teacher really knows her stuff. My son is always learning something and she knows most of it by heart. The English teacher is phenomenal, he has got my son to read books that are classics and he knows how to motivate. The history teacher is loved by everybody and makes learning fun. They have online classes available for students that want a new challenge. The principal is a good man who knows how to do his job which he is actively involved in. The Assistant Principal doesn't undermine the principal, he just loves what his boss does and wishes he could be like him one day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

Problems with their administration. Principle is very nice and helpful but Asst. Principle under minds his authority and talks poorly about him behind his back. Some of the teachers have provisional teaching certificates. School has a great opportunity to be A+ but needs some overhauling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

Our children enjoy the school after leaving a larger district school. One child has a few extra needs and BCCS has been ableto accomodate these without a 504 or IEP. Due to the size,this is possible Good teachers.Principal is kind and wonderful. Secondary leadership is very inexperienced and problematic when it comes to being a positive role model for youth. This is really our only complaint. Extra curricular activities would be more helpful. Lots of opportunity for feedback, which is nice. Office staff is VERY helpful and kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

My daughter attended another charter school in which I begged them to test her on her speech. The other charter insisted my daughter had no problems and that I was an over worried parent and that she would out grow her speech problem. After 4 years I left the school and brought my children to Byron Center Charter. After 3 days they called me up asking if they could help my daughter with her speech problem. Something i've been begging at another school for years. Byron Center charter found it in days. My only complaint with this school is that I wish their stage for concerts was in layers/steps so that you can see each child rather than everyone crowded on one stage. And that they had some kind of sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

We have 2 children in this school, and have had nothing but good things to say. They are doing much better here than in indiana schools. The principal is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Two of our children have attended Byron Center Charter. TLC, now BCC is a very small school, with very limited to no extracurricular sports or activities for high school. Communication, according to our experience, is minimal, and organization, to our observation, in most areas is left wanting. We put our boys in school after homeschooling and academically we found the school was okay but not much challenge to our students. We have appreciated the dual-enrollment program. That has helped to add challenge and school interest to our student's academics.
—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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
28%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
5%

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 42% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
19%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
10%
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

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
35%
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 29% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
13%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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

All Students33%
Female29%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female57%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students29%
Female29%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female50%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female64%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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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55%
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26%
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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

75%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 69%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 0% 18%
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 139%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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  • Mr. Tom Kruzel
Fax number
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