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Classical Academy

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Posted April 9, 2012

My son graduated from Classical this year and my daughter just entered the 9th grade. We have been part of the Classical family since it began at the Whittier building and I have been extremely satisfied with the education that my children have received. They have excellent teachers and staff. I read the comment about bullying and I want all to know that since 2004 things have really changed and the program is no longer in a building that puts up with this type of behavior. Dr. Edwards is tough, but fair and does not tolerate inappropriate behavior. I would recommend this school to anyone, who wants a top notch education for their child. Don't be scared away by the "gifted" label. I don't consider my kids any more gifted than any other. They are just hard workers who want to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

This school is an outstanding school and there cruricullum is absoloty outstanding so is iz the number one school in flint michigan


Posted April 17, 2011

would not reccomend this school. Too much cussing and bullying. I am a student who goes here and i hate it. even the teachers curse and use unprofessional language. kids judge you on what you wear and what you look like and if you curse or not.


Posted October 13, 2010

This school has the best curriculum, lowest student/teacher ratio, most involved teachers and small student body. Small school shares building space with a much larger sschool allows students the ability to participate in all extra curricular activities offered in the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

Love Classical Academy! Teachers are excellent. Students highly motivated. School offers wide variety of athletic and extracurricular activities. Great collegial atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

Great school! Highest MEAP scores in Genesee County! Excellent teachers! The IB program challenges the students and keeps them motivated. I highly recommend The Classical Academy~
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

Excellent school. Teachers are top notch. Progressive academic program provides strong analytical focus. Students are positive, motivated and engaged in school/civic life. Parents are involved and supportive. This is our first experience with public school (oldest went to private) and we are VERY happy with Classical Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

This is the best school in the district. Very caring and supportive staff, they go way above and beyond requirements. We have never had any safety concerns at any of the buildings this school has been in: Whittier, Central and now SWA. Go Wolves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

i got to this school and its is really good... now we're at SWA, and for that comment below about safety..sweety your child's not safe anywhere in this country so i suggest get over it because no one can guarantee anyone's safety as long as we're still living on this earth.


Posted November 11, 2008

My child is attending Whittier Classical Acadamy this year. I was apprehensive at first because of the schools move to the Central School building. Now my feelings are different. The children attending Whittiers programme are probably the safest students in the city. They have a great security system in place. The curriculum and values being taught are rivaled by none in the Flint Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

This school has fallen apart. I have taken my children out of this school because I have grown to be scared for their safety at Whittier, but now that they have moved over to Central High School's Building, I am afraid that they will be caught in the middle all of the violence. If you want your child to have a safe education, I suggest that you move your child(ren) to another school outside of Flint.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Whittier is the best school ive ever attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2008

My daughter attended Whittier this year (07-08) and what a year she had. The IB program pushed her, challenged her and made her strive for excellence. My daughter loved her fellow students and the tight-knit community that Whittier provided. As a parent I am extremely satisfied. The upcoming school year will be challenging because of the IB program's move to another school but I believe in this program and I will continue to support it and the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

The staff and the students here are so close-knit, its like being a part of a large family. Students are friendly and helpful to the new enrollees, and because the school is new, there are many opportunities for leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

I highly reccommend this school. Whittier Classical Academy is a mix of the legacy Gifted Program with the new IB plans and structure. I attended Whittier in its legacy stage 'Gifted Program'. My son attends now. It has dedicated and talented teachers and staff, a new principal who genuinely seems to care and excellent opportunities in the form of field trips, after school activities and the curriculum. I was very apprehensive when the district decided to change the existing program and replace it with something new. It has been one year and I am impressed with the integrity and value of the education at Whittier. I sincerely wish the school continued success. I hope it is successful in in application for International Bacchalaureate status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2006

I am a 7th garde Whittier Middle School Challenge student and I feel that this school is one of the best schools I have ever went to i really enjoy the teachers and the way they teach adn i really enjoy the student. I feel that Whittier Middle School should always be a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2005

Whittier Middle School is one of the best middle schools in the state of Michigan. Whittier has a wonderfull 'Challenge Program' for the more advanced students and a wonderfull teaching staff that is devoted to their students. If I had to rate this school on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, Whittier Middle School is a perfect 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

I attended this school about five years. There may not be specific advanced classes for students, but there is an entire advanced program that provides an advanced curriculum for gifted students. I'm not sure how a student qualifies for this program, because I was associated with it since kindergarten. I believe that testing is required to join it. There are lots of quality after-school programs, including a full range of sports and a quiz bowl team. The school may not be for everyone, though. As with all of the Flint schools, parent involvement is key and students are required to motivate themselves quite a bit. I feel as though I received a quality education from the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 12, 2004

I just don't think it is possible to get a quality education here. I attended Whittier for one year. There were no advanced placement courses, the electives were limited and the environment could be downright hostile.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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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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The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

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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.

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37%
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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 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 79% 19%
White 11% 69%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1420 West 12th St
Flint, MI 48507
Phone: (810) 760-1400

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