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Cross Creek Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 772 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

Cross Creek became our school by pure luck, now it will remain our school home for all of our children. This school has blown away every expectation we had. The teachers and faculty are a family that work together to grow and shape the young minds of our children in a truly exceptional way. It seems silly amazing to work with teachers who are deeply invested in each and every child's success. Not only are the students challenged academically but, they are encouraged to develop a strong and personal moral code through a schoolwide moral focus program. The teachers and staff exemplify these virtues everyday in the classroom and hallways, always behaving as true leaders. Cross Creek has become a home away from home for my family and so many others because of their endless opportunities for parent involvement and enormous force of parent volunteers. I am so proud to call Cross Creek Charter Academy our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

This school is amazing. Excellent teachers who keep kids accountable. Superior parental involvement. Principals that know your children and care. This school prepares students for excellence in education. The children are using moral focus skills in daily lives. Could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

My son had attended both public and charter school. The differences between the two are night and day. The moral focus componant of the charter school continutes to be one of the most positive aspects of the school. My sons have gained a sense of right from wrong, respect, confidence, and doing the right thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

We are starting our third year at Cross Creek and couldn't be happier. We're so excited both of our kids will be there now. The community they inspire there is outstanding - everyone is accountable: teachers, parents and kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

As the parent of a soon-to-be 2nd Grader and Kindergartener at Cross Creek Charter Academy, I have had the privilege to observe and evaluate how much the teachers and staff care for the kids. The teachers not only focus on the academic growth of my girls, but also the formation of their character. As parents, my husband and I try to instill the values and qualities of good character that will help our children be successful in society and the workplace. Cross Creek also emphasizes these same virtues. To have my daughter come and tell us what she learned about compassion today is an amazing thing. We love that our kids love their teachers, friends, and their school. Cross Creek makes a huge difference in the rate of their learning, especially their reading and math, but also their value to society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

This is an excellent school overall. My children are in 3rd and 5th grade and have been attending since kindergarten. They are thriving and excelling, but its a lot of work on their part and a commitment on my husband and I as involved parents. The principal and staff have set the academic bar high and the students achieve. The impetus for a child's success here is a partnership between the student, staff, and parents. What makes this school a model is the level of caring shown by all parties. The level of parental involvement is outstanding, the accessibility of the school staff and administration is unparalleled, and the resulting student academic excellence is evident in the test scores. The old adage 'It takes a village to raise a child,' applies. My daughter said it best, 'I love Cross Creek, it's my home.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

I think this is a fantastic school. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The teachers are excellent and really care about the children. The principal and assistant principal are both very accessible to both the students and parents. It is evident that they both truly enjoy what they do and that they want to see the students succeed, not just in the classroom but in all aspects of their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

My daughter will be in 2nd grade this year. We are so excited to go back to school this fall. It's like a second family. We miss everyone so much over the summer. It is nice to know that when you send your child to Cross Creek, not only are they held to academic excellence, but they are loved and nurtured by there dedicated staff and devoted loving parents. I am blessed to be able to send My children to Cross Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2005

Great staff + great parents = great students. Couldn't be happier. We have three kids here and have the ability to choose from a top rated public school or private Christian schools and chose Cross Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

I have 2 of my 3 children at this school, we all love it.. They are soooooo amazing. Cant wait for my last child to get in.. He is #1 on the waiting list.. YIPPEE.. If you can get your child/children in... SEND THEM you will love it... Staff, other students, and other parents...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

Our son is in Fantastic 5's and it is an absolutely wonderful program! My husband and I are so excited to see all of the progress our child has made even in the first couple of months of school. The teachers and staff are phenomenal! At our first parent teacher conference I was amazed to hear about the reasoning behind all the cute songs and stories our son is learning! I never realized how in depth the thought process behind the activities the teachers are doing with the kids. The teachers and staff are very accessable and helpful. They give you the ability to be as involved as you want to be. I am SO HAPPY I chose Cross Creek for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I have 2 of my 4 children in this school. The oldest is starting her 6th year at the school. Youngest 2 not yet school age but will definately be enrolled when they are. We are very happy with the way they are challenged at Cross Creek and with the level of involvement parents are encouraged and allowed to have on just about every level.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%
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

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
22%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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

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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 82% 69%
African-American 7% 18%
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 128%N/A48%
Female 248%N/A48%
Male 252%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Joseph Nieuwkoop
Fax number
  • (616) 656-4001

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