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Woodland Park Academy

Charter | K-8 | 398 students

WPA is best known for our small, family atmosphere and our fine arts programs.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $104,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $755.

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Posted January 23, 2014

Nothing is perfect But this school actually comes close. I love Woodland Park . So does my daughter. They have exceeded my expectations greatly . My daughter loves going to school. They do not take kindly to bullies and they are very strict when it comes to that. I wish they went higher than the 8th grade. Their programs are wonderful the principle is wonderful so are the staff they really care for the children and their not treated like school property they are actually loved and care for here. Parents are more than welcome anytime to call or check in with the school or even volunteer and is actually desired highly .You can rest assured your child is safe here rather than any other school . They are wonderful at teaching and letting children know the importance of each other and the balance of academics They are truly GREAT!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My son is currently attending WPA and is doing a wonderful job! He and I both love the staff and all the school offers for the students. He is able to take piano lessons right at the school. They also offer dance and strings classes, I have never seen that anywhere else. WPA is more than a school to us, it is a part of our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

The teachers at WPA are wonderful and really care about the kids. And genuinely want to work with the parents to help kids be all they can be. I personally left my local district 5 years ago because they perferred that parents drop of the kids and leave. The less the parents were involed it seemed the better for them. That was not ok with me. Since I have been at WPA I have been encouraged to help out whenever and wherever I can. The entire staff is fantastic and they welcome parent participation. I hope that WPA will be able to expand to 9th-12th grade so I never have to return to my local district for high school. WPA is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

They have the absolute best staff in the world, you can tell that every teacher there truly loves children and teaching. They also have a structured, respectful and fun learning environment. WPA is the totsl package!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

After pre-k-1st grade in 2 public schools (1 which closed), WPA is a welcome change. All teachers and staff are helpful and really nice. It's a great school environment, small and personal. They continuously work at providing better classes, activities, etc. for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

My son excels academically and was not served as a gifted student by the Grand Blanc Schools. WPA allows him to nourish his gift while providing and early intervention program to those who struggle. It is a very tight nit school community and LOTS of parent involvement is expected. Rules and discipline are strict, so if you have had disciplinary problems at other schools this would NOT be the place for you. If you are an involved parent raising a socially responsible child-you won't find a better fit. Gifted or struggling WPA takes learning personally, not generically. We have loved it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

I am very impressed with how this school treats the children and their parents. Unlike public school last year, they really seem to care! They deal with the day to day issues between the students before they become a major problem. My child enjoys going to school for the 1st time in several years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

WPA is okay--it's better than most schools in the area because there is a balance of many different ethnicities with a pretty good learning environment. When we switched to WPA the focus was on music, and that is really much less true than now, which is too bad, although it is still possible to study music there. Overall it's pretty good. wish they had a schoolbus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

This school is a great place. academically strong and creatively strong. Excellant field trips! It saved my daughter she loved learning but our previous school had no support for her. THIS school is totally able and willing to help and develop students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

My daughter just started, I can already notice a huge difference on how much she loves school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

This school is a wonderful learning experience for all ages. The brand new building and fine arts centered curriculum. Makes it an awesome school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2007

Woodland Park Academy was just what we were looking for two years ago. We wanted a school with strong academic programs and one that offered art, music, computers and spanish on a frequent basis. Our son has science daily and art and music frequently. He loves his specials teachers and what he learns. I really appreciate that there are specialized teachers for every subject even at an elementary level. We are very pleased that our son was able to participate in guitar and that the school offers other extracurricular activities. Woodland Park also has a wonderful reading intervention team that is avialable to students who may need help in reading. I just can't say enough about the teachers at this school. It is obvious they love what they do. It's also a bonus that my son is being introduced to spanish at such a young age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2006

Woodpark academy is a great school. They now have a brand new building. Last year my son was in first grade and loved it. He loved the activities in Ms. Knieling's class!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

WPA is awesome. The academic programs are awesome. I have 3 children that attend and they all love it! The teachers really seem to enjoy being there and it makes the children excited to learn. The Fine Arts and extracurricular activities are like no other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

My daughter has attended this school for 3-4-and currently 5th grade . She has made a great improvement in reading,math,and science. This school has an outstanding staff and is maintained very well. The school spirit and moral is very high amongst the students. The school will soon be breaking ground on the new facility in 2005.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2004

Woodland Park has a family atmosphere that allows children to learn and get the individualized attention they need. The Fine Arts program enhances the children's learning. Great teaching Staff.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

2013

 
 
76%

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55%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
17%
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

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
33%

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 35% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
7%
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%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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 45% 69%
African-American 43% 18%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian 0% 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 169%N/A48%
Female 251%N/A48%
Male 249%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)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Dance club: Tap, Ballet, Clogging

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jeremy Brown
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (810) 695-1658

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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
  • 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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • MTA bus services
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Dance club: Tap, Ballet, Clogging
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Homework help/study buddy club
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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.)
  • Parent support classes
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • We have a Fine Arts program where students can take strings, band, advanced art and/or dance classes.
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2083 Grand Blanc Road
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
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Phone: (810) 695-4710

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