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Grand Blanc Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 441 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2014

Grand Blanc Academy is a safe school where the value of each individual child is at the forefront of the day! Faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate about children and learning. The children are comfortable, safe, and challenged by the high expectations of learning. The office staff welcomes you to come in for a tour or to ask questions regarding any part of our curriculum! We look forward to meeting you and serving your children and families!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 25, 2013

I liked this school. The buildings are safe.... the school also has cameras in class and throughout the school .The middle school team is very good. I like the way the teachers come together as a team and help all the students! All my 3 kids excelled beyond there grade level. They where a few distractions , but once addressed the matters where taken care of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

Go visit OTHER schools before you decide to send your child to this school. It looks great at first walk-in, but if you look around you will most likely see children wandering the halls without a pass or adult, exhausted teachers who don't get the support they need and probably a child or two (or more) in the office for (repeated) bullying. Distractions throughout the day prevent students from being able to learn and lack of resources allow the teachers to fully do their job.


Posted December 13, 2012

I have 2 children who attend GBA. So far so good! Good teachers this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Our son attended GBA for three years. The first two years were decent as he had excellent teachers. The final year '10-'11 was an awful experience. Our son floundered academically so badly we choose to hold him back a year and change schools. He came home in tears amost daily. He was bullied and physically attacked. No child should come home with marks on his body due to adults not supervising and seperating students appropriately. Often he told us how students had threatened to bring weapons to school and stab, kill, or shoot him. Communication for '10-'11 was horrid. In our situation there were two parents begging the school to pick up the phone and call, send home notes, send smoke signals, anything. Our son didn't ride the bus so one of us was physically there twice a day asking what we could do to help, make things easier, work on at home, etc. and we were still ignored. GBA does have some amazing people working there but the bad oversight, failing test scores, and unsafe environment ruin the school. P.S. Since leaving, our son is getting straight A's and has had no issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

I love the sense of community at the school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2010

Grand Blanc Academy provided a great environment for all students to excel!


Posted October 13, 2010

The teachers work so hard to make sure that every student succeeds!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2010

Grand Blanc Academy is an awesome school! I enrolled my daughter in kindergarten at this school and she has had an incredible experience so far. The staff is very caring and always accomodating and the new principal is FANTASTIC! I would highly recomend this school to any interested parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

After 3 academic years of greatness. I decided not to send my children back due to the fact of the lack of supervision that can lead to bullying,which led to a few fights! They dont watch the kids that close there to busy talking! Not to mention the facet no sports!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

My children have been at Grand Blanc Academy 3 years. They have changed a few ways they do academic testing. Which my kids did well no matter what. But as far as after school programs, transportation, and bullying they suck. So if u have k-6 grade students sent them to one of your local elementry buildings if u can .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

My kids no longer go to this school. Due to the fact the school is fara and I dont want my kids on the bus. The teachers are wonderful. Not many after school activities except oasis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

this school is horrible i would not send any child here to much bullying and there are alot of bad kids here that the teachers have to yall more then teach the test score are mostly poor and worst of all no sports and teachers dont seem to care
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2009

If you like to be ignored and avoided then this is the best school for you. If you have a child with special needs don't expect any help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

When you first walk into the school you see kids pictures and art project every where. Art and music are promoted. The school has a robotics team that does very well. Most of the staff and teachers go above and beyond what they are required to do and are personally invested. Very heartfelt service. Lot's of helpful parents. Very diverse student population.


Posted August 10, 2008

My kids were enrolled at Grand Blanc Academy for about 6 years. The first couple of years my children were enrolled, I thought the school was wondeful the principle was great, the staff was respectful, and to top it off they had uniforms. As my chidren continued to go to GBA the school went downhill. They got a new principle, the staff was very rude, they got rid of the dress code, the curriclum was very low, and the displine was horrible! Overall I would not reconmend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

I go to the school and it is a very great school and I know because I have wonderful 5th grade teachers,Mrs.Murphy and Mrs.Lutz!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2007

High quality education that encourages parent involvement. I have 2 children enrolled in the school and have been involved since my oldest started kindergarten in 2002. It's great to have them starting to learn spanish in kindergarten! My oldest is also involved in the GBA Singers that practices twice a week after school. The security is wonderful, with security cameras in every classroom (parents can see their children on the TV screens in the entrance of the school) and a locked front doorway so the staff has to confirm who you are before you enter the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

This school is the absolute worst school. I knew first hand how much the administrators didn't care about the kids education. All they cared about was money and it showed. The employee turnover was outrageous and uncalled for. Please, do not send your children there, you will end up pulling them within a year or two anyways I guarantee it!!!!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted October 11, 2007

There was not a lot of extracurriular activities, and a very low education.
—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.

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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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11%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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29%

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42%
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

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
30%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
3%

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 42% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
13%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
3%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
3%

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

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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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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 73% 18%
White 21% 69%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
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 1100%N/A48%
Female 248%N/A48%
Male 252%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Patty Wood
Fax number
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5135 East Hill Rd
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Phone: (810) 953-3140

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