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Canton Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 | 747 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $144,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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2011:
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Posted May 7, 2014

The school has changed my child's life. Excellent teaching (Mrs Derose) and school values have transformed my child from a kid with high energy to someone who can channel his energy into constructive activities. My kid can now build lego sets all by himself that are 4 years from his age. I will very highly recommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

Principle and teachers rude. Families are numbers. They will do anything to get a dollar from their students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted April 2, 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


Posted April 2, 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)


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 2012

Great school, but from my house, getting to the school can be a little hard, because of Beck and Ford traffic.


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 11, 2010

The school has strong focus in both academic and everyday life values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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69%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
27%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
95%

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 35% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

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

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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

Average


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
Asian 43% 3%
White 43% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
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 110%N/A48%
Female 250%N/A48%
Male 250%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Janelle Magyar
Fax number
  • (734) 453-9551

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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49100 Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187
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