Students enrolled 765
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School leader Mr. Steven Curry
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District Old Redford Academy
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17195 Redford St
Detroit, MI 48219

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(313) 532-7510
(248) 799-2784
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2 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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January 28, 2013
My son has been going to ORA since 3rd grade, I've been impressed since day one of the small class rooms, challenging homework, and the support of all the teachers going over and beyond. My son is now in the 5th grade and I'm definitely going to enroll him in the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
I have 4 children at ORA. My oldest is in 2nd grade and has been their for 3 years. My family and I love this school and the environment. They force the children to dress for success on a daily basis and to take responsiblilty for their actions. I am a very involved parent and the staff works with my family and I to make sure my children are getting the best education possible. Some parents need to realize that the educating of our children starts at home and you can't expect everything to be taught in school. If you don't start this process at home, your child is already at a disadvantage.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
For the teacher who stated that all Mr. Smith cares about is money, all I have read about is what she is so unhappy about which just happens to be money. This teacher needs to re-evaluate what exactly she is at the school, and is her ultimate goal money or making sure our children learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
This school needs to be closed down, ORA makes Detroit public schools look like Harvard. The entire school year, my son has not had field trips, they are unorganized. I do not suggest this school to ANYONE. This year is my childrens LAST year at ORA

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
Melvin Smith the CEO for Old Redford Academy cares about one thing, MONEY. This guy took his whole administartion staff to Aruba for a "Professional Development" while my students went the entire year without enough outdated books for everyone. The turnover rate for teachers is so high because, once you've worked there long enough to deserve a good raise, you get replaced by a fresh out of college teacher. These teachers are cheap, but they also are inexperienced and a lot of them don't make it through the year. This is the kind of corruptness that needs to be eradicated from Detroit, not put on display for the kids to see.

- submitted by a teacher
April 24, 2012
My grandson failed kindergarten at the school last year. This year he is on the honor roll. His current teacher could not understand why he was held back along with some other children in her class this year. Something is wrong with this picture.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2011
If your the type of parent who complains about rules and regulations then this school isn't for you. No fights and there pently of after school programs like environment science club,art club,french club,etc...

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2011
I have one child attending ORAE and one at ORAM, My son is in 6th grade and I love how his teachers keep me involved with his learning and with whats is going on in school seeing that I can not be there due to work. They keep me informed via email so what ever take place in school that day i am aware rather its good news or bad news, this gives me the oppertunity to address the situation right away instead of waiting on parent teacher conference. I love this school. Keep up the good work staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Old Redford Academy is a very good school for parents who are active in helping their child(ren) to obtain the best academic achievement possible. I like the zero tolerate disciple school environment. My child has learned a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
As a involved parent Old Redford was not a good experience. The teacher's are not dedicated in teaching the children. They teach independed learning. They are quick to label your child instead of working with the chlid and the parent. The children have no voice. This will be my child last year. A school must have ccommitted teachers who listen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
This school is awful they fuss about everything.. Today 4/15/2010 just broke the camel back they did a sweep in the school regarding shoes no stitches, or color in the shoes they have to be all black... What a mess....... what does my son shoes have to do with him learning. I rate this school -0

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2008
This school was better when it was K-6 only.I agree with some parents, all teachers cannot become good administrators. Old Redford can and should be a school of choice for all student needs. Parents need to step up and demand better. Remember a school is no better than the person in charge. This should be a peson committed,dedicated,and responsibe to see that teaching and learning is of a high standard at this inner city school. Submitted by a former teacher.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
Very high on discipline and very low on diverse education and stability

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2007
Old Redford is not my best experience. The turnover rate of staff and students is outrageous. Teachers are poor and does not provide feedback on a regular basis.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Both of my children attended ORA since kindergarten. The quality of education they received has gone down each year. The teacher turnover is horrible. Every year upon returning, there are new teachers everywhere. The leadership of the administrators has decreased this year. One problem is that the best teachers are removed from the classroom and are not trained for administrative positions. They are set up for failure. And it is our children who suffer. The school is poorly managed by its management company. They carry this motto of no excuses and all they give are excuses. My children will not be returning. Parents,do your research first.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
This school holds students to high expections both in behavior and academics.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
My son graduates from Kindergarten in 1 wk. This has been his first and will be his last year at ORA. I am not happy with the school or the experience my son has had. In my opinion, ORA s focus is more on what will make the staff comfortable in any situation. They are big on punishment and low on quality time with the children in order to enhance their education. My request for a conference, was blew off with it s gone through the proper channels and been handled . Parents concerns mean nothing to them and they tend to get on the defensive with an 'if you don't like it leave' attitude when approached by parents with concerns for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2007
I taught at Old Redford Academy for just about 2 years. The school lacks stability. There is an extremely high staff turnover every year. It was a terrible place to work, and it offers a poor learning environment. I would strongly recommend that a parent does some research before sending their child to Old Redford Academy

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2006
I taught at the high school, and while I truly cared about my students both educationally and their overall well being, I completely agree with the parents that have had horrible experiences. The administration does not care about the students once count day is over.

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
My child was a 3rd grade student last year at Old Redford Academy and I feel the whole year was a complete waste,although I am not satisfied with Old Redford I am forced to send my child back to this school and pray that something changes,all summer I have been reviewing different schools in the area and have come up short every time. If there are any parents out there who can offer some advice please e-mail me at tifflin@earthlink.net.I would really appreciate the help.I feel so helpless,being forced to send my child to a inadequate learning facility,because in our communitys we have no other choices.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
I do not recommend this school. My 5th grader has had 5 homeroom teachers in less than 3 months. The principal was not receptive with my concerns regarding a teacher, and rather than working together to seek a solution, a meeting morphed into a personal attack regarding my character as a person egregiously unprofessional. Procedures regarding students with medical issues need revamping. My son has asthma, and in the event of an attack ORA expected him to walk from the annex, across the street, across a parking lot and up a ramp to the office prior to taking his medication although documentation from his doctor had been provided that he was capable of administering his medication himself.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
This is my child's first and last year at Old Redford Academy.The school's priority sits with the comfort of the teachers.The school policy is for teachers and not the children.Teachers/administration are not as concerned with our children learning as they are with our children maintaining a stress free environment for the teachers.Any child that is not an angel will be punished with petty detension assignments. If your child is not a perfect angel, your child will not last at Old Redford Academy. Parents Beware and do your research!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 12, 2005
My child attended ORA Middle School and the whole year was a waste. I have to agree with another parent about them not having a concern for your child after they receive their funds. You can't count on them for your child's future education.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
My son attends old redford prepatory high school academy and I am sorry that I picked this school over another school where he was accepted. The teachers do not care about whether or not the child is learning. His math teacher only checks off to see if they have done their homework but does not go over it with them. Therefore, they don't know if the homework is correct in order to study for a test. They are more concerned with wearing appropriate clothing as opposed to the child being taught. I would not recommend anyone to send their child to this school. They will not be prepared for college. This school is very much below standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2005
I am not a parent, but I am a student who attend Old Redford High School. I do agree with the parents. This school is not all it is made out to be. From the beginning they were unprepared with the building. I have had three different physics teacher throughout the year and to be honest I feel that this school is not preparing me for colleger or even the SAT's or ACT's. WE have not had a Homecoming or any other fun activities that other high schools have.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
My child attended the branch located on Outer Dr. and Grnfield for the 7th grade in the 03-04 school year, the next year they moved the 8th graders to Sthfield and Outer Dr. I found this school to be very clean and well kept. As far as your child goes, don't expect the teachers/ principal to work with your child. They have no patience or tolerance with children. The answer to everything is dentention, suspension, and expulsion. Their detention book is over 7' thick, for things as small as chewing gum in or wearing the wrong colored socks. Once your child has been counted on count day and they have recieved their funds for student enrollment, your child is no longer important.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2003
This school did not prepare my child adequately enough for the 1st grade. I was not at all pleased with the kind of care my child received at this school. The staff deemed the children as numbers not as children.

- submitted by a parent
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Old Redford Academy - Elementary
17195 Redford St, Detroit, MI  48219
(313) 532-7510
Last modified Old Redford Academy - Elementary is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Old Redford Academy - Elementary Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.