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Ralph J. Bunche Academy

Public | PK-3 & ungraded | 283 students


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Posted September 9, 2010

I love this school, my family and I are part of the schools of choice and we live in Detroit, and my kids are bused to ecorse this is their second year out there. I love the teachers and they are averaging 20 kids per class room my daughter only has 18 kids in her class,it is very rare now and days to find a school with less than 30 kids per class. Ecorse public schools reach all of my standards for it to be public.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2009

I pulled my children out of this school it is a joke .If your child needs special need this is not the school it does not have the right teachers for this, They need smaller class size than 36 per teacher.
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Posted October 26, 2007

Ralph J. Bunche is an excellent school. The principal and the teachers are very hard working, dedicated people. The parents do not see the long hours after school, daily, that the principal is at the school working to make sure that the school is up to standard. The numerous hours that she puts in after work and some weekends is not overtime pay. Presently, the school does have music but not gym and art. The teachers do schedule gym time on a weekly basis for the children. Residents and non-residents of Ecorse should take the time and visit Ralph J. Bunche they will see a well run, clean and discipline school. Bunche is a school were anyone would love to enroll their child/children after visiting.
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Posted October 6, 2007

This school has excellent teachers, but there is no art, sports, music or any extracurricular activities that the children can participate in.
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Posted October 4, 2006

I pulled my children out of this school.I would recommend any parent who cares about their child to do the same.The music program was cut, there is no art or gym teacher. Also when my son had a fight with another student, his teacher told him to hit him back!
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Posted March 1, 2006

I am a parent. There are good teachers here, but the way the school is run is a joke ,they say they want your help, but they do not want your help.Enrollment has steadily declined . We are under 200 kids now. Princible is in office in morning instead of out meeting her studentsevery morning.This place is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 76% 18%
White 18% 69%
Hispanic 6% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 3%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 91%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Leslie Childress-Coleman
Fax number
  • (313) 294-4719


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503 Hyacinthe St
Ecorse, MI 48229
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Phone: (313) 294-4710


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