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Summit Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 440 students

OUR SCHOOL IS BEST KNOWN FOR PREPARING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE.

 
 

Living in Flat Rock

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $130,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $675.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted May 8, 2014

Summit has been THE best choice for our family. I enrolled my daughter in kindergarten. I was so nervous, but the staff was so kind. The teachers in kindergarten are all really so sweet and my daughter is READING!! I cannot recommend this school enough!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

Pros Provides education and extra help for those that need it Pretty good technology No bullying (most of the time) Cons Way too overcrowded Some classes are a joke Too much focus on test scores


Posted November 21, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about this school. The teachers and staff are amazing and truly care about the kids. They teach in a fun, creative way and my children are flourishing. My kids and I love this school and would recommend it to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My son and daughter both attend Summit. I am a proud Summit parent and love the school. I approached my daughter's teacher with an idea for the school, met with the principal, and my idea went into action. Gotta love a school where parents have a voice. Also, I have recommended thus school over and over and can never say enough. My daughter is above grade level and my son is doing great. My kids cannot wait for the new school year to begin!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

I love this school. I found this school looking for a preschool, and I am very happy. Confrences are not open with other parent as said in other reviews. It is a very friendly atmosphere and my son is excelling very quickly. I am very impressed with all the teachers and paraprofessionals. When I went to school, there was only one teacher. Michigan did something right with the No Child Left Behind Act. They even have parapros that work one on one with the children that need more help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

This schools sucks...administration is horrible. Teachers are not friendly nor do they know how to teach kids with disabilities correctly. There isn't proper materials for the students and the laptop program is not what it is cracked up to be. I caught my daughter using her for socializing while she was in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

We really like this school. My son is extremely bright, so I was worried that he would not be challenged. But when my husband and I found out about what was happening in the 3rd and 4th grade, we were so excited to give it a try. The teachers are teaching him at the level he needs and he's finally not bored! He is really good at math, and the teachers recognized this from the day we enrolled and he was placed in the highest level. I am telling all of my friends to enroll their kids...especially if you have a kiddo that is advanced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I LOVE this school! My son and daughter have gone here for 2 years. I would recommend Summit to anyone. Any time I have ever had a question or a concern, it was handled quickly. The principal is firm and fair, something I did not find at our old district. The teachers are great and work with my kids at their level. Again...GREAT school. My kids are happy and that's important in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

Summit Academy is a great place to send your kids. They have a great group of teachers that have worked there a long time. That says something to me. My son has attended Summit for 3 years and had the same teacher for all 3 years. She really knows my kid! The ladies in the office are also so helpful and sweet. I give them a ton of credit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

We transferred our son to Summit Academy Flat Rock. He was in the 6th grade. What a HUGE mistake! We were told that he would get tutoring. The extent of his tutoring was 15 students to 1 teacher doing homework for other classes. No actual help. This was the worst decision I have ever made. He was picked on and nothing was done after several discussions personally with the principal and e-mails. The teachers do not respond to e-mails which is the preferred way to communicate. Their idea of parent teacher conferences is every parent show up at the same time. All the teachers are in a circle and first come first serve. You are in an open area where everyone can hear you discuss personal information about your child. If you are contemplating sending your child to this school I highly recommend you reconsider. This school will damage your child not help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2011

I went here K-2 and It was HORRIBLE. They never taught/helped me how to read. i could BARELY read in the 3rd grade. And when I was in 2nd grade, for the math, we were only learning 1+10 ; 5+9 ; 7-3 ; then I switched schools in third grade and they were learning division and multiplication. Summit put me WAY behind in school. By the time I was in third grade (when I switched schools) I was learning at a first grade level. This school is good for people with special education. But other than that, its a horrible school. They put me soooo behind. And its also really boring and many teachers are really mean.


Posted March 29, 2011

If you have a child w/ any type of special need, in my opinion Summit is prepared to handle them. My child has Asperger's Syndrome and our current school district said there was nothing they could do to help us. In there word, "We were better off enrolling our child with Summit." In our situation the school has offered and provided the tools for success. My child has excelled academically, but struggles w/ the social aspect. Everyday is a social challenge and kids can be cruel. That will happen anywhere. The school handles any problem that occurs. With our child it has been a wonderful, sometimes challenging experience. We definitely love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

I have 3 children enrolled at summit I am not satifed with the programs set in place to assist children that need help, the teachers a good but they cant seem to keep the good ones long the teachers aide are lazy and they are understaffed in that area. This is the 2nd new principal in the last 2 years she is not very personable and doesnt work well with students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

As a parent of one recent graduate and a high school senior, I can say that Summit Academy has a highly dedicated staff, relevant curriculum and leans heavily toward technology. There is no better place for a child to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

We love the teaching staff, as well as the programs available for our 5 students at Summit Flat Rock and Summit High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Great academics, great learning environment, highly dedicated teachers and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

It's ok,but they give a load of homework. The paraprofessional there are annoying.She has to stay by me when I don't even need her.The dress code is ridiculous too,they should at least allow me to wear my skull socks!


Posted August 24, 2010

We enrolled our daughter mid-way through the school year, when she was in 4th grade. She was enrolled at Barnes in Flat Rock. The district we live in was such a nightmare! Summit was a welcomed breath of fresh air! My daughter LOVES to go to school now. The teachers and staff at Summit are friendly, unlike the stuff at Barnes that give the cold shoulder as a standard. I have compared her homework to others in the same grade at Barnes, and they are learning the same things. Summit, unlike Barnes, still teaches math "old-school" instead of some hodge-podge new way that was "suppose" to make it easier. We can't wait for school to start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Wonderful caring teachers, very family oriented, we've had nothing but WONDERFUL experiences at this school and our kids are HAPPY to go to school in the morning. They make is fun to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Summit is not a disapoint I love it teachers love it i bet its better than anyother school like I said Ive been going to this school for 6 years I love it
—Submitted by a student


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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
10%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
32%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
8%
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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55%
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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
White 73% 69%
African-American 14% 18%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 162%N/A48%
Female 250%N/A48%
Male 250%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: SPANISH

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Leann Hedke
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
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (734) 379-6745

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Service learning
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Cub scouts
  • Foreign language club: SPANISH
  • Girl scouts
  • KARATE
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • 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?

Students typically come from these schools
GIBRALTAR SCHOOLS
FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
AIRPORT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
SUMMIT ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
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30100 Olmstead Rd
Flat Rock, MI 48134
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Phone: (734) 379-6810

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