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K-8
Public charter
Canton, MI
Students enrolled: 747
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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49100 Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187

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(734) 453-9517
(734) 453-9551
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November 24, 2014
This is a great school, with good management and an excellent focus on education. This school gives me everything that I had wished for my kids education.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Principle and teachers rude. Families are numbers. They will do anything to get a dollar from their students!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
CCA has such a positive and caring environment. I like that they have a moral focus curriculum that helps students persevere and make good choices. The teachers challenge students and have high expectations, but the kids have a lot of fun too. Both of my students have grown socially and academically at CCA.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
This is a great school for children education. My son studying from K. Teaching staff having well experience in teaching and preparing students for higher grades.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
I have two children who have attended CCA since kindergarten. The oldest is in 5th grade. While I cannot speak to teacher turnover in middle school, the elementary school teachers seem to move around within the NHA system pretty regularly (i.e. promotions). The curriculum overall seems to be okay. My children have definitely learned a lot. The biggest problem that I have is the subjective grading. There is NO real or universal academic standard for all students to strive to. Wherever your kids are academically, they base their goals on that rather than challenging them to do more. Therefore, if they hit their goal EVERYBODY is seen as a winner even though you can have a huge disparity in learning levels and gaps in educational achievement all within the same classroom. This is not real-world. The inconsistency and hypocrisy in discipline is a problem too. They stress a non-bully environment, yet do not deal with disciplining bullies to the extent of learning REAL consequences of their actions. They do not encourage kids to stand up for themselves. In fact, kids are instructed not to do so! Teachers tend to be dismissive if your kid has a problem and needs to come to them for help.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
In response to the reviewer asking to check out the MEAP scores, I just did: 6/27/2011 The school earned an overall proficiency of 94.6 percent, placing them first among all public charter schools in Michigan as well as the top performing public school district.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2013
this school is like jail and is too strict in my opinion this school is the worst school i went to. the school should loosen up some and stop being so strict and to fix the parking lot

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2013
This school is amazing! I have been here since kindergarten, when our current principal was our gym teacher. The events such as Robofest, Science Olympiad and the Spelling Bee have put students to the test, and many of our own have won spelling bee national titles! Our school is the top in all tests, and even our 6th grader act scores beat the average high-school student's scores. Our sports education is growing rapidly, and the majority of the students have a positive attitude and I think that every student that attend this school will succeed in life! There is only one bad part. We are getting a new principal this year since Ms. Henkenberns is getting promoted. i think she is inexperienced and one of the other deans could easily do a better job. In about the time that i graduate from 8th grade ( i am in 7th grade) our school will be rated 2-3 stars (in nha terms, not in public school terms)

- submitted by a community member
May 24, 2012
We have been apart of this school since it opened. I am not happy with all the changes, such as the grading system and math curriculum with no directions. The teacher turn over rate is higher than surrounding schools. While the long time staff members are great, the newer staff lacks experience. This school also has issues disciplining students and overlooking issues that should be addressed. I personally think CCA has become overrated.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Great school, but from my house, getting to the school can be a little hard, because of Beck and Ford traffic.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2011
My two children are enrolled in this school. My daughter has attended for 7 years (since Kindergarten.) We are fortunate to be there. The grading system and math curriculum change from a few years ago was challenging but we moved through it. This school is a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
We could not be happier with CCA. Our child started K at CCA and had a wonderful year. We love all the teachers and the office staff. They have been nothing short of helpful and pleasant. We love the fact they focus on morals and values as much as they do academics. They teach at all levels within the classroom, which is great for the kids that are advanced and those that are not. When I was looking at the reviews years ago, I remember seeing one where they stated if yout kid is average, he will not do well here...and that this school is for the smart kids. I don't find that true at all. I've participated in the classroom and kids were grouped together based on their academic level and taught at that level for both math and reading. And I love the new grading system.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
This school is OUTSTANDING! Today it really does "take a village" to raise a child. Here we found our village.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The school has strong focus in both academic and everyday life values.

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January 28, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
I believe that the recent introduction of Canton Charter Academy's new grading policy is not an effective tool to assess and motivate our children. The switch from traditional A, B, C, D grading systems to a new Standards Based Scoring System, makes it impossible to motivate and encourage students to work harder to achieve better grades. Furthermore, the fact that homework does not count toward a grade, either positively or negatively, is not teaching our children proper study habits in preparation for future education. This Standard Based System does not benefit the overachiever or the underachiever. It does not motivate students on either end of the educational spectrum to strive for anything more than meeting the standard. We expect more from our children and their education. As parents of students in Canton Charter Academy we demand more than an average education for our children.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2009
I graduated from Canton Charter in June of this year. I am now attending Salem High School, and it pales in comparison, to be honest. Ironically, I despised the school while attending and even considered transferring to a nearby public middle school. Now, I can't be more pleased that I stayed. Everyone says the work in high school poses an extreme challenge to most students, even though the schools tend to go easy on freshmen like myself. Thanks to this school's exceptional curriculum and brilliant leaders such as out former principal Mrs. Williamson, the public school system is a breeze! As a matter of fact, I often find myself missing this place, the challenging work, and the people I've met there. But most of all, I miss actually having to lift a finger to receive a 4.0 GPA.

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2009
Graduating this year, I am very proud of Canton Charter Academy. I've earned awards--mainly in writing, due to the constant encouragement and constructive criticism my helpful teachers unhesitantly provided--and rightfully taken my spot on the High Honors list, an honor I couldn't have achieved without the challenging curriculam I endured every day. I enjoy going to school each morning; the staff and students are my family, and the close atmosphere was consistantly what allowed the new students to feel welcome and the old students to feel special. Our test scores dominate, having beaten Plymouth-Canton in 27 of the 28 MEAP tests this year. I don't even mind the uniforms. I look forward to meeting the new staff, and this year we were granted with a new principal (previous V.P.) and a new vice principal! I definitely will miss CCA--and yes, I intend to visit. Thank you!

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2008
Pardon me for my rude behavior to some of you parents but Canton Charter Academy is a great school with a great curriculam. I came here in 6th grade and I started my 8th grade right now. I'm against some og the thing some of the parents have been saying right now.There is no favoritsim what so ever in this school. Everyone is treated equally and there is a whole lot of diversityny child who has problems such as autism are treated with special care and are given attention to. There are many extra curricular activities such as NJHS and there are many sports teams.Parents are very involved in this school! So many parents have been involved in to making this school as it is today. There are many confrences in which you can talk to and discuss problems with your child's teacher. We are a very advanced school.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2008
The moral focus at CCA and community service requirements for the middle school students have helped my kids grow into responsible and respectful young adults. Their high academic standards have proven successful by their MEAP scores. A review of the MEAP results from CCA shows that their students most often exceeds test scores from other schools in the area. The teachers are excellant and dedicated to CCA and it's students. Most teacher turnover has been due to promotions and out-of-state relocation. The administration and office staff are the best! They are helpful, attentive, and treat the students and parents with the utmost respect. CCA is open to and encourages parent volunteering. To avoid fundraising sales, they suggest a VOLUNTARY donation of $50 or a dollar amount of your choice. We are very grateful to have been a CCA family for the past 8 and are proud of our children's academic achievements!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
I love this school. The office staff, the administration, as well as the teachers are all well qualified, very helpful and extremely friendly. My children started with this school from the beginning when they were in a trailer. From our first encounter with the principal to today, nine years later, we have always felt as if we are a part of a family. The environment is very welcoming. The education that my children are receiving is top notch as is evident by the outstanding MEAP scores. The teachers truly take an interest in each of the students as if they were their own. Each parent is asked to donate $50 in lieu of having to do fundraisers. However, it is not mandatory and any amount is appreciated. My family and I are grateful to be a part of Canton Charter Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
My children have been attending Canton Charter Academy for the past 8 years. We love the school. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The principal and assistant principal are nothing but professional. We have been happy with all of our kids' teachers. The principal and teachers do an excellent job of pairing students and teachers. We are asked to donate $50 per family in lieu of fundraisers. If you cannot make that donation, anything you can do is greatly appreciated. Any parent is welcome to volunteer and participate. If you work or have little ones at home the teachers are happy to have you help with projects at home when needed. We love the moral focus and community service. I love that the children wear a uniform. I could not be happier with the education my children are receiving at CCA

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2008
Beware of this school! From the hostile front desk staff to the inconsistent and fair weather administration, this school is anything but supportive and encouraging to all of their students. Favoritism runs rampant! While some children are allowed to alter their uniforms and thumb their noses at the dress code other students are held to a much higher standard and threatened with discipline for something as slight as a forgotten belt. The teacher turnover rate is ridiculous. Why can't they keep their teachers? Parental involvement is only encouraged and welcomed if you are one of the 'chosen' few that are able to join and attend everything in which the school is involved. Aside from all of this, families are expected to 'donate' around $250.00 on top of providing an abundance of supplies. It's not really a donation if it is demanded from you. Also-check out their MEAP scores.

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April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
With a waiting list of more than a thousand, I think that says it all. Parents are waiting to pull their kids from the local public schools and praying everytime there is a lottery that their kids will get in. The people that have problems with this school are parents with kids that have problems either accademicly or socially and are in need of special service they should be seeking withing their public school network. This school is safe and clean and very well run. I have been there for eight years and couldn't be happier.

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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
Our two daughters have attended CCA for the past 4 years. Both have had no problems keeping up with the rapid pace that is the norm at this school. I can see how some children would have a hard time doing as well as is expected. Self-discipline is a must! Great for us, for now.

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November 21, 2007
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November 18, 2007
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October 18, 2007
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September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2007
I was forced to pull my child from this school. The parents and staff seemed to encourage rude behavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2007
It provides sound and well-though curriculum with a higlhy motivated and organized staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
I had a son who graduated from middle school this year. Most of his years were spent at private school and I think this school compares favorably. His new private school is doing the same math in 9th grade that he did in 8th grade at CCA. The middle school teachers are great and the kids themselves are great kids who are warm and embracing of diversity. My son loved the diversity, the teachers and the academic program. There were also an unusual amount of extra curriculars. All this made possible by a great supportive parent network. Bravo - we need more schools like this!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
My son has just finished up 8th grade at CCA. He has a history of private schools and CCA compares very favorably. He is high IQ and 3 grades levels ahead in math but CCA was able to challenge him. The private school, on of the best, that he will attend next year using the same book for 9th grade that CCA uses for 8th grade. CCA was my son's 3rd school and I feel I have a firm basis to make comparisons. CCA would be a great choice with wonderful teachers and administration. At School which allows you to monitor your children's grades and homework on-line is a fantastic tool.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
CCA Middle School far exceeds our expectations. Feedback from teachers through email, online (Atschool) grades and conferences is excellent! Extra curricular activities including varsity sports, music and robotics festival is outstanding. Fantastic choice for middle schoolers!!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
I am a parent of 3 boys who attend CCA. We have been there since the beginning. I have one child who is at the top of the class and is very smart. He is challenged everyday. Then I have a child that needed to be held back in 1st grade and the school has done all they could to help him and give the one on one attention he needs. He is currently excelling and up to grade level. I love the school.The teacher are great and extremely helpful. mother of all boys..

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
My son attended Canton Charter Academy for his elementary education & I was very well pleased. However, observing the middle school or jr. high school here influenced my decision to send him elsewhere...I enjoyed sending my child to the NHA schools for an elementary education, but until they work out the bugs in the middle school, I will send my child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Our son attending CCA for middle school. I have to agree with the comments about the middle school. The teachers are very standoffish, no parental contact. The turnover rate is incredible. My child has a very high IQ but did not get the education he needed at CCA and I didnt get the communication I needed. When we pulled him out and put him in a local public school, he was very behind in many areas, especially math. He had to repeat Algebra 1 despite receiving good grades at CCA. My advice is to take advantage of the great program in the elementary years and skip the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2006
I agree with the posting about the Junior High Grades. We have 2 children in the 6-8 grades, and I am not sending my youngest through that maze of riga-ma-roll. The Junior High kids are crammed down one tiny hallway that barely is able to house them. The teachers seem stand-off-ish in the Junior High, and not interested in a child's stability. My youngest is in the Elementary Level, and she loves it. The guidance is fantastic and welcoming. Not one teacher in her Elementary wing ever has a cross look or is the least bit disorganized. I cannot understand how 2 schools under one roof -- a Junior High and an Elementary School can be so different.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
We have children who attend in the K-5 range at this school. For them , it is a fantastic experience in every way. The curriculum is top notch! The learning environment is great. All is well! We also have children in the 6-8 'Middle School' grade level. What a contrast to the K-5 program. No books. The Math course changes EVERY year, and I mean EVERY year. One year Spanish is mandatory, the next year it's not even offered. The teacher turnover rate approaches 60% a YEAR in the 6-8 grades! If that doesn't tell you there is trouble in so-called 'Paradsise', nothing will. If your child falls behind in the 6th-8th grade. Good luck. There is no program to help, but one lonely 6th grade teacher who will tutor for a considerable sum of money. K-5 A++++, 6-8 F.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
I have 3 children currently attending CCA. I am proud to say my 4th will start in the fall. All of them have excelled academically, morally, and socially. I have one son with diabetes, the staff is great they keep me informed and have went above and beyond, to take classes regarding the disease. You definitely won t get this in a public school. The best decision I made for their future was to have them attend CCA. We have been with them since they opened.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
We have been attending Canton Charter Academy since they opened their doors in 2000. Overall, as a parent I rate CCA as EXCELLENT! However, if you want the most accurate evaluation of the school, just ask the students. The kids love it! Our 3 children are excelling both academically and socially. Each year CCA is adding more and more extra curricular activities, providing plenty of opportunities for the students to socialize and participate in team play. We also love the moral focus CCA stresses, which adds to the foundation we are laying for our kids at home. No school is perfect, but Canton Charter Academy comes incredibly close!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
While I like the moral focus theme, this school is geared toward the above average child who has the same learning style as 90% of the other children. Also while there are many differnt cultures attending this school, no emphasis is placed upon diversity, making children who are non white feel left out of the main stream.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
As promised, this charter school's emphasis is acedemics. Unfortunately, it pushes so hard for high acedemic achievement that children with average IQ's will not excel here. The remedial program is poor at best. They are geared towards the creme-de-la-creme, while the majority average or low average children are completely lost. If you are the parent of a genius or child with high IQ, it's the place for you. If you are a parent of a child who is average or below IQ, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
My son's teacher has given him the one-on-one help that he needs and this has boosted his self-confidence. The displine in the school is excellent and the way the teachers welcome the parents is excellent. This school has gone above and beyond my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2004
Canton Charter Academy is a great school for learning. This is because there are no distractions such as flashy clothes this is because of the uniforms. There is also more attention to individual student needs due to the smaller classrooms.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2003
There is no parental input at this school, whatsoever. Just because the school leans conservative-oriented, they think they are parent friendly. Completely untrue.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2003
Canton Charter Academy (CCA) is a wonderful school. Despite common belief, charter schools are public schools. CCA has no tuition and accepts children from all over Southeast Michigan. Some children even live in Howell and still attend the school! I have had a wonderful experience with charter schools and hope you will not 'judge the book by its cover,' be mature adults, and consider this school despite what others may say.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2003
My child is learning so much more at Canton Charter Academy than she ever did in our neighborhood elementary school. The more I learn about the school and its programs and practices, the more I like it.

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Canton Charter Academy
49100 Ford Road, Canton, MI  48187
(734) 453-9517
Last modified Canton Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Canton Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top