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Dr. Charles Drew Academy

Charter | PK-8 | 380 students

College Readiness in a Multicultural and Diverse Learning Community

 

Living in Ecorse

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $57,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $780.

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2011:
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Posted November 30, 2012

My son started here in kindergarten and I loved his teacher Ms.Nickerson she always keep me informed and I saw major improvements in my child. Now in 1st grade I'm not so sure he's teacher doesn't communicate with me at all I ask her questions on things he need to work on and she always says the same thing no he's fine but when I saw his report card it did not reflect what she was saying. So I'm un sure if he will return next year. They also need to work on answering there phone it's so hard to reach anyone in the front office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

I feel that the principal is not a strong principal. he is the head of the school and everything is centered around him. if the students know he will handle things I believe they will act better. Reading the review I do see another parents who fee the same as me. My grand daughter attend Charles Drew Academy.


Posted July 19, 2011

I am a parent and for what I see this summer the school is developing new ways to improve their ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

This school is terrible. I cannot wait to get my kids out. Students are out of control the school does little to prevent reverse discrimination. The Principal needs to be fired. Victims are punished more than the aggressors. And incidents that should be reported to parents immediatley are not. This school is pathetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2009

I am happy overall this year but I am disappointed that Ms. Cheff isn't there. She had my son in her class and did wonders for him. I wanted her to teach my daughter this year. Bring her back! The schools seems to be doing ok, not as many fights and we have had the same principal for two years now, so that is a plus...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I am a new parent and I am very impress with the school so far they give you tours of the school, small class size rooms it is quiet in there the kids line up very nice. They are testing the new students ahead of time so they can offer summer program for everybody and get them ready for the new year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

Here we go again! Another year of instability with administration and staff. What is wrong with this place? Where is the real problem? The children are out of control, Management has a problem with keeping good staff. The problem needs to be fixed immediately! What happened to 'children first and no child left behind?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

Why is the adminstration turn over so high, it a shame. We got a new one last year and we thought we wre goingto move forward, but we come to school and there is a new one. worried!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Overall need better Management. This school has been opened for 4 yrs now and a new principal each year. There is a problem and it needs to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

I agree that the school needs stability. There have been far too many changes in a school only in operation 3years (5 principals). It could be a better school with moe positive paental involvement. The problem lies in the lack of corrective or positive practive parenting. It makes any place hard to be successful when the only true examples the children see are from angry cussing and fussing parents. Teachers wear many hats at this school and parenting should not be one of them. Instead of complaining we should all join forces and become a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

This school has shown signs of improvement. However, each year there are new teachers and a new administration. It is difficult to correct problems when each year there are new teachers and an entirely new staff. This school needs some stability. Parents, staff and students need to work together to make this school work. It is difficult for students to learn without the cooperation of all the important adults in their lives.


Posted April 25, 2008

I am a student that goes to this school and i think its okay. The teachers are good but the students are bad.I've been going to this school since i was in 7th grade and it has changed since i was in 7th grade. now that we have a new principal the school year is borig.My 8th grade class hasn't went on any feild trips and we dont even switch classes because the school is too too small.i cant wait to go to high school because middle shcool is getting on my nerves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

There is no guns, drugs, sex or gang problems in this school. There are behavorial problems but they are dealt with immediatly. The staff is highly qualified and have turned this school into something to be proud of this year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 26, 2008

My child is a student and I do not recommend this school. There are serious behavioral problems, and bullying issues which are not strictly prohibited or dealt with in an appropriate manner.. I cannot wait til next year when I can put them in a defferent school.
—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.

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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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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35%

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23%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
29%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Social Studies

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

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
5%

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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
21%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
20%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

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

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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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

Below 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
African-American 54% 18%
Hispanic 30% 6%
White 15% 69%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 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 199%N/A48%
Female 253%N/A48%
Male 247%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (313) 383-7502

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
130
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Wyandotte Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools
Ecorse Public Schools
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50 West Josephine St
Ecorse, MI 48229
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Phone: (313) 383-7501

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