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CA Frost Environmental Science Academy

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 481 students

 

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Posted April 15, 2014

this school is all about money, since the beginning of the school year they ask non stop for cash its like i thought that was a public school... i think in the app b4 the kids apply it should say that they need to have pay at times.. and now they make it required to pay more to go camping bcuz it is obligatory to stay in this school... that is bs because as we all know many families are struggling with just the day to day living .... this school should stop and think about this issue.........


Posted March 19, 2014

We love this school. They work to make accommodations to help children success. I am proud to have my son at Frost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

My granddaughter loves this school. She is exceptionally bright and this school challenges her so that she does not get board. They are helping her to love learning. You can't ask much more from a school that that.


Posted April 25, 2013

My son went to this school for about 2 years, I pulled him during the school year due to the fact that he was being bullied (beaten up 3 times in one day by 4 students) The staff claims they never see or hear anything going on. The bullying goes so deep at this school. My son was called names on a daily basis. My son also had some medical issues and the nurse had no clue what to ask him or how to handle even a simple ear ache. I would never recommend this school to any one!! My son is a different child due to this school, now in counseling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2012

All three of our kids attended Frost. The Environmental Program is simply amazing. It changed our kids' view of the world and is something they will hang onto for the rest of their lives. For the most part, the teachers were very good. I would highly recommend Frost for anyone committed to staying in the Public School system. While you may find more rigorous academics elsewhere, you won't find the environmental program. Our theory as parents was to take responsibility for keeping their academics in line knowing that middle school/high school academics are much more crucial than elementary...assuming your child is looked after.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

Teachers are good but there is very little empathy to student property theft and violence from bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

My son loves the natural science they learn and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

I love this school. This school teaches the kids about the environment along with regular education. They go on field trips and camping trips to learn first hand on what happens with the environment in a good and bad situtaion. The kids get help from everyone in the school and as well as the parents. The school looks at being respectful, responsible and resourceful in everything they do. So many wonderful things happen in this school and it is worth being there to help out in anything that needs to be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

I Have been going to this school since third grade and recently graduated from there. This school provided me with so many opportunities that I would never be able to do by myself. Camping is just one of them. The Teachers are really good here and if you have a problem or a question all you have to do is ask. All the adults there are really caring and you can talk to them about anything. Ms. Wells is an amazing principal, but too bad she's not going to be there anymore. I love this school and the kids, teachers and principals here. This was one of the best moves I went through. I love this school and I love Ms. Wells.


Posted May 12, 2010

Great School, My daughter has been attending for 3 yrs can not say enough great things about this school. Thank You CA Frost
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Ive been going there since kindergraden .. What a wonderful school im in 8th grade this year and im goig to cry a river to know i have to graduate..... Ily ms.Wells
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2010

The school provided no nurse for my oldest sons recent diabeties, not acceptable. They ask me to put my son on Ritalin,; he's just a free spirit. I love their outdoor programs, but they need to push more global warming and PETA agenda on our kids. Love this school, but want more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

Both of my sons have gone to CA Frost since they were in kindergarten. My oldest is now in 6th grade! They both love school, love their teachers and LOVE going outdoors. They frequent Blandford quite often. Great staff, great kids, great school! I'd recommend CA Frost to anyone who has kids that enjoy the outdoors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

I wish I would have known about this school when my son was in kindergarten! My son transfered from a local private school last year and I honestly believe he has learned more during his time at CA Frost than he did duruing 7 years of Catholic education. The principals, teachers, and office staff communicate effectively asnd have clear and attainable expectations for both the children and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

My child had gone to this school for 2 years and I have noticed a severe drop in her want to go to school. She cries to me everyday about how mean the teachers and other students are mean to her. I have gone up there several times and their unwillingness to do anything about it is repulsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

C.A. Frost is a GREAT school. We have a kindergartener there and he has had an amazing year. The staff, teachers and principals are excellent! He looks forward to going to school because they make learning fun and interesting. I would recommend this school to anyone!
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Posted January 10, 2006

This is a great school for the science-interested kid. Both of my children have attended and received an excellent education that has prepared them for whatever path they choose in secondary schools. They have enjoyed their years at Frost and have fond memories of the friends they made, the time they spent there, and are grateful for the education they received.
—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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
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

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
14%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
7%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
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 35% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
4%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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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Math growth at this school

Average

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 49% 69%
Hispanic 21% 6%
African-American 16% 18%
Multiracial 11% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian N/A 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 59%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Meijer Good Schools Grant: $25,000 (2007)
  • League of Academic Games (State/National): 2005-06, 06-07

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:10 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Rick Noel
Fax number
  • (616) 819-2154

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • •ptsa •pal (parent action leaders, one per classroom, as well as an overall team leader) •business partners
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1460 Laughlin Dr Nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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