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Pansophia Academy

Charter | K-12 & ungraded | 306 students

 

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Posted April 23, 2014

Yesterday I wrote a review on this school and a situation that I felt was handled with disrespect. Later on in the afternoon the superintendent did return my call. That went very well and he is doing all he can and helping the situation the best he can. I do feel better as of today that he is aware and helping. I still say some of the staff did not handle the situation the best but I feel better knowing that there is someone that is. Thank you and I hope in the future no matter what the situation is that the person on the receiving end does not have to be laughed at. There are situations that some might feel are serious even if you do not.


Posted December 13, 2013

Wonderful school! The teacher my elementary daughter has is relatively new (I believe she started this year) and my daughter for the first time actually seems to enjoy going to school! The principal I have seen on many occasions and always has a smile on his face. The staff really seem to care about the students, and the school itself has just been neatly repainted and new policies are now in place (as compared to a few years ago). My daughter was having a tough time at the local public school and would come home and just 'shut down' some days. This is not the case any more. The school really seems to be on its way up in the Branch community! Can't wait to see where this school goes! -A satisfied parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

Pansophia is an awesome school. They treat your child like a person and not a number. The Principle, Mr Palmer does an excellent job to try and put the student first yet still be "THE PRINCIPLE." They have many options that the Community schools do not have since they have smaller, more personalized classes. I recommend Pansophia to ANYONE not happy with the community schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2011

This school is not up to date with any of it's services. Moodle is a poor version of an interactive communication program. If you want your children to thrive, please look at the school's functionality and website before you enroll them here. Public schools that are not charter offer electronic grading; staff web sites that have all homework, tests, activities listed; and teachers who have been teaching much longer than those at Pansophia. Children need up to date schools with phenomenal technology to truly achieve their goals in life. Pansophia Academy caters to low income parents and children, and those students often leave only being able to read and write on a first grade level. Just because they GIVE your child an A, does not mean your chiles is EARNING that A or getting the education they need. Please stay away from charters such as this.


Posted July 25, 2011

If you re looking for great learning environment then Pansophia Academy is the place for you. This is a small charter school that prides its self on having small class sizes (20 or less students in a class), lots of field trips and providing each student with individulized learning goals. The school has lots of new teachers that are ready to provide your student with the best education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 12, 2010

We do have a new web-site, however, we are not yet able to incorporate the features of a larger public school with parent's abilities to check attendance, grades and assignments. We are making strides to move to that for next year utilizing Moodle. We are constantly striving to improve the curriculum, the environment and the education the students receive that are in our care. With our two new administrators, Mr. Ruff and Mr. Ollar, we are striving to provide the most excellent environment in which your children can learn and grow. Thank you for your support.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2009

My children attended Pansophia for 1 year each. I was thrilled with the schools ability to challenge my gifted children. The teaching staff is phenominal and the test scores show it. Pansophia is an excellent choice for anyone who wants what is best for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Lax discipline, and a rediculous dress code, that caused more distraction to my children's learning than it relieves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

I have worked at this school. My experience was that the majority of the students were very rude to adults, swore often, and had very low motitation to work. This school tends to take on kids that have been kicked out of other schools and they are the majority here. The discipline is way too lax and the kids have picked up on that. The elementary part of the school is ok. Many of the older kids have already been in trouble with the law and have that type of problems in their homes. The school is nice and new, the class sizes are small. but the family who really wants thie child to be pushed and challenged need to think twice before sending your child here. This school does have a lot of foriegn exchange students from unusual countries which is nice.


Posted September 24, 2006

I recently enrolled my children into Pansophia Academy. I made this decision due to the fact that I was told my administration that there is a full time para pro in All classes. Much to my disappointment this is not factual information and I am struggling with the fact of one being 'Misled' and two the attitude of the staff. I am no longer comfortable with my decision of sending my children to Pansophia Academy. All intentions of putting them back in public schools by next week! Hope this is informative for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Pansophia has been such a great expierience for my son. The classes are smaller. You can go in any time and talk to your childs teacher and find out whats going on. No headaches of trying to contact and playing phone tag with several teachers. And the principal Mr. Dove, is absolutely wonderful. He is so kind, caring ,understanding yet strong. I have the utmost respect for the man. I highly reccomend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

Pansophia Academy was a great school while I attened there. I just graduated not even a month ago. The teachers and the principle were very nice and respectful to those who had medical problems like myself. The only thing I regret is not speaking up enough and being too quiet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

Pansophia has a great student/teacher ratio, the teachers seem to really care about the children and I'm impressed with the quality of the teaching staff. I have gotten to know many of the teachers in the 4 years my children have attended, and I believe they strive to keep the best interest of the family in mind. I have a special needs child, and the support we've recieved is tremendous. Although I think that this is the best school in the nearby area, keep in mind that it is a small school and the extra - curricular activities are limited. The sports teams that they do have are small and there is a fair amount of traveling when going to the games because of the size of the school. I would recommend this school to anyone who places education at the top of their needs when choosing a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

I know Pansophia is an excellent school. I have seen it succeed for MANY children when the public schools failed. I have seen it as a parent, and as a friend of other parents. Their children improved one and two grade levels! Some have 'graduated' from special ed! I've also seen gifted children FINALLY get challenged after years in the public schools of sitting around. Pansophia has teachers that care, take time for EVERY student, and communicate with the parents daily if necessary or desired. This school goes WAY beyond what is expected. We loveve it and our children will all graduate from Pansophia. Go PUMA'S!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2004

I think that pansophia is one of the very best schools in the aeris. the do their best to help others and work wery hard at what they do.the best pare about pansophia is that they do teach the students.the parents work hard to make sure that their students succed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2004

I think that Pansophia is one of the worst schools that my children have attended. I have children with special needs and their needs were of no consideration of no interest of this school. They were able to have a better evironment in the public school system than at this school. I don't recomend any parent send their child here; especially if their child might need a little extra attention or love.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

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32%

2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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32%

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19%

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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 45% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
30%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
0%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Social Studies

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

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
5%
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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
20%

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 35% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
12%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
9%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
10%
Social Studies

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
33%
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 Students13%
Female10%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female40%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female20%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students27%
Female20%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students27%
Female20%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities25%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

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Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

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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.

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 82% 69%
Hispanic 16% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
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 148%N/A48%
Female 256%N/A48%
Male 244%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Steve Palmer
Fax number
  • (517) 279-0089

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