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Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Charter | K-12 | 954 students

Best known for our individualized learning plans and award winning curriculum.

 
 

Living in Grand Rapids

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $72,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 27, 2014

MVCA is my son's high school through K12. He is currently in his second and fina. Last year was nervous trying to compartmentalize this experience with what I assumed would follow brick/mortar format. I was wrong. Beginning saw changes and glitches but soon, my son had a perfect lesson plan that fit his needs. We always receive timely feedback from teachers, administrators, and counselors. There are many ways to reach out to other students and coaches through virtual means and in person! As an LC, it is imperative you be a stay@home parent or part-time worker so that you can give the attention necessary for success-you are the physical teacher. During this second year, we noticed changes in format and organization. During the initial week where parents learn the ins and outs, more resources to help answer questions were being introduced than last year. There was a change with the daily class connect sessions, which provides more contact with teachers /students than last year. I am so please with this experience; the teachers last year did an amazing job expanding my child's mind. I will enroll my youngest son when the brick/mortar school can no longer handle his Aspie ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2014

Worst school ever! This school will make you fall behind. It is disorganized. The teachers are not real teachers; they are on call operators. Everything about this school is designed to make you fail. NEVER go here! I learned the hard way. No matter how much they try to convince you, this is the worst school in the world! Anyone who has written 5 stars on this school are employees who are trying to make the ratings go up. They are LIARS.


Posted August 22, 2014

We will be starting our 3rd year with MVCA. I will be a Learning Coach (LC) for 7 students, K-6. The K12 curriculum is A+! This is an opportunity for me to "homeschool" my children & others with a curriculum I don't need to purchase or stress about & teacher support. There is flexibility within the expectations, 80% mastery required at the elementary level. I choose 4 stars vs. 5 as I feel the school has grown "too quickly" & though I have no concerns that they will become a quality school again, at this time there is a struggle with keeping the communication "across the board" the same from one teacher to the next. With the quick growth, there is a large achievement gap but I forsee this gap getting smaller every year due to dedicated teachers and staff. Communication between LC & teacher is the key to being successful while schooling at home. One must keep in mind that, at the elementary level, the LC is the primary educator. One most go in realizing that you are going to have a full-time job on your hand as the LC is doing the schooling. At the present, minimal time is spent at the computer. As student progress, there will be more online instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is a very academic school that isn't for everyone, but what school is? If you are looking for a school that will challenge your child, has great teachers, has excellent material, will definitely have your child college ready, and are willing to put in the time to help them succeed, then MVCA could be the school for you. There is a lot of parental support; they want you and your child to succeed. This will be our 2nd year with our two boys, and I fully intend to put our daughter into MVCA when she is older, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

I am extraordinarily happy with this school. I currently have 4 kids enrolled going on our second year. They are not so great with the IEP and it takes them forever to get the ball rolling. I am blown away as how far my kids have grown academically. One of my children struggles in language arts and he was able to do the curriculum for the previous grade, while still taking all of his current grade level curriculum for everything else. I like how each child has their own individual learning plan that is geared to them alone. I will admit, it is not easy. It was very overwhelming at first and hard for me to adjust teaching my kids (that is what you are doing as a learning coach), but the teachers were there to help all the way. They help you follow the books and instructions that you are given. If there was something I could not explain to my child, the teacher would do a 1 on 1 with him and explain it until he got it. The curriculum is by far more advanced then what my children would have received at our local public school. I will admit, it is not easy all the time and it does have its challenges, but it was a great alternative for my family to what we were offered locally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

This is our second year with MVCA, and I couldn't be happier. The teachers have been wonderful to work with, the curriculum is top notch, the peer to peer support is above and beyond, and most importantly, my children are flourishing. I have seen so many positive changes in my children's attitudes towards learning, and am confident in this schooling structure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

This is our 4th year with MVCA. With everything, there are pros & cons, but I feel that there are more pros to this school than cons. I love the flexibility & ability to tweak where necessary, especially if there is something that we don't believe in, we can adjust the lessons accordingly. I love the fact that I have teachers planning the organization of the lessons & back up for times when I am unsure of myself & the subjects. 3 of my 4 children are in the school, & our 4th will be joining next year! I feel that this school is preparing our children with technological knowledge, as most jobs and colleges/universities now require a lot of computer knowledge. Be prepared to be fully involved in teaching/helping your child, this is very similar to traditional homeschooling. The teachers and principals excellent & want to work with you. 2 of my 3 children have IEPs and the special ed teachers are easy to work with. Just remember you are investing in your children & you need to make the best decision that works for you & your kids. This might not be for you, but if it is, it is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

Unfortunately for us what was supposed to be "less stressful" than homeschooling turned out to be a nightmare. They had his paperwork in two different systems, and I ended up having to call and demand a supervisor to even get his paperwork looked at after it had been sitting there waiting for EIGHT business days. Then we get accepted and now what was supposed to be placement testing is no more, he's being shoved into first grade work (when he can read at a fourth grade level), and has done first grade work already so therefore he will be bored out of his mind. We were promised that he would get special books and help since he was color blind, but no one had any idea about this (even though we've sent in paperwork three times). I just withdrew him and will continue to homeschool or find some other option, where the people actually know what is going on. K12 should perhaps spend more money on making sure people are trained and know if placement testing is going on or not, if kids really will get certain equipment or not, and make sure they don't promise things that they cannot and will not deliver on instead of advertising so hard. Very upset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

Worse school I ever seen in my life. They had zero experiences with special need child. They did not keep their record very well. They don't work with special need. They put them down. I have to laugh my head off when they so called try fail all to my child. I appoarched to board of educated in the public school. I showed her work. They were so shocked that they fail her for passing every one of them. They checked it out for me. Turned out that they don't keep the record. Oh goodness!! This school have no business to teach kids with special needs. They are clueless. Wow. Worse one. Unbelievable. My daughter is smart than that lame so call teachers. Be careful people. This isn't good place for special needs kids. I passed her. I home school her. Good lord.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

If you go through and read their reviews you'll see a few "good" reviews! Amazingly enough, it's the same on their FB page. Here's the "thing" though.,we that have children (regrettably!!!) attending this school (thank GOD it will be ONLY this year and I am doing well with our children and they are in elementary school because they don't have regular classes every day (1-2 times per week MAX!) and you can't get help when you need it for your child(ren)....ANYWAY, if you go on their FB page and you're "in" the school, you can see where ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS (including the head of school and the principals!) have posted "five star reviews" because those of us in the school obviously recognize the names of staffers that post those positive "five star" reviews! What a joke! I would not doubt IN THE SLIGHTEST if the SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ALONE has posted under a large number of "fake" accounts or whatever you want to call them! They do it on FB already. The pathetic thing is, even with the school STAFF members posting, this JUNK school (that is ONLY in it for the money by the way) school STILL only gets a 5 in a great school rating! LOLOLOLOL! Parents PLEASE BEWARE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

This school is NOT where you want your children to go if you want actual academic instruction. They give ONE, 1 hour class session a week (in some classes, in a couple classes there is NO classroom instruction, we the "learning coaches" are on our own!) and "call it good"....what the heck kind of "education" is that?? I want a GREAT education for my kids, I was led to believe that's what we would gain through MVCA....sadly, emails go unread, unreturned, and basically, completely ignored....Teachers communicating with parents is key to a program like this and when you don't get it (and you don't!) it deeply affects your childs successes in academics...if you want a first class education for your children and you want it "at home" (as we do), my suggestion to whomever might be reading this, keep looking! There ARE other options out there! Check with your local school district! You may find, as we recently did, that you can do online school through your local district. I was "done" with brick and mortar politics and the rushing students ahead to quickly...at home you have more control over how quickly things go and that IS a good thing but MVCA is NOT the answer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

This is my daughter first year at K-12 and she loves it I love that it works at her pace and the online teachers are so nice and helpful. I'm so happy my daughter is enjoying school and that she is getting better at her reading and math. I would recommend k -12 online school this was the best choice me and my husband made for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

This school is wonderful and all the teachers are helpful and considerate. My daughter is thriving and learning at MVCA. She loves it and is excited to learn everyday. Regular public school was an everyday challenge for her and she was bored with not learning new content. With MVCA she is excited to learn. The teachers communicate well and in a timely fashion. They are always willing to help. I think this a great school for anyone dedicated to educational needs of their children. My daughter can see her progress everyday and can review subjects that she has difficulty with. They hold class connect session and help in areas that need strengthening. I couldn't be happier with this school. I think it is great for anyone willing to learn. I love being involved in my child's learning, learning along with them, and seeing my child excited to learn and ready to learn. This school is Superior in the educational content and focus on students. They want them to exceed not just pass through the educational system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ANYONE CAN POST A REVIEW AND STATE THEY ARE A PARENT. THIS SCHOOL IS DISGUSTINGLY INADEQUATE. DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF THE POSITIVE REVIEWS. THEY ARE LIKELY POSTED BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

I cannot even give this "school" one star.This is the worst possible place to educate your child. It is the most disorganized (in all but one class my son had a change of teachers 3 times in one semester), poorly staffed (there wasn't even a teacher for one of his classes for half of the semester), non-communicative (emails are not responded to in a timely fashion), and poorly instructed (tests cover materials that are not even instructed) school. There is no support provided. My son has a 504 plan that was never addressed (hmmmm, I think that is not in compliance with education laws). Please, do NOT send your child to this school. I am actually considering a lawsuit. I am definitely taking action with the Board of Education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is a excellent school. The courses is very educational and the teachers and staff are very educational,professional and show great concern for their student and for their job title. The teachers have great skills and they act and talk with respect and they act like teachers suppoose to act and teach like teachers suppose to teach. I would recommend this school to a parent for their child you will be very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Great school! My son is a sophomore, things are moving alone well! Teachers communicate great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This place is so unorganized I can't even begin to explain. Save your time and go somewhere else. I think all these post are fake when I shows positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Disorganized, pushy, too large of a school...would be the words to describe Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (k-12). I was in the process of beginning enrollment for Michigan Virtual Charter Academy and Michigan Connections Academy because I didn't know who would have space for the following school year due to previous enrollment caps. I completed all paper work for both schools and waited...I was NEVER contacted by k-12 until I saw 2 huge boxes on my front porch containing school books for the following school year! Seriously...they never contacted me saying we had been given a spot and when I tried to call and say we were not interested any longer nobody knew what to do. It took several people and a day and a half to finally figure out who I should really speak with. Talk about disorganization!! After much research and speaking with other parents in the area, we chose Michigan Connections Academy and could not be happier. They are always tremendously helpful and with one phone call my questions/concerns are addressed. So please please research Michigan Connections Academy and see the difference for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

My school has helped me a lot, when summer break came I was assigned to do national math lab for 9 weeks, this is my 8th week in NML and I'm so glad my teacher put me in this class because the first few weeks I wasn't happy because it was right in the middle of the day but NML has helped me ALOT, but MVCA has helped me reach my goals!


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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

236 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
26%
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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
19%
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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

289 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
26%
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.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

453 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

452 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

463 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
17%

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

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

612 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
25%
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 29% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
18%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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

Math

All Students13%
Female11%
Male18%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial10%
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female49%
Male46%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students18%
Female15%
Male23%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial18%
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students36%
Female31%
Male46%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students37%
Female37%
Male37%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial42%
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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ACT participation

47%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

37%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 69%
African-American 19% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial N/A 2%
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 159%N/A48%
Female 250%N/A48%
Male 250%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Brick and Mortar Public School
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of MichiganDearborn
Lansing Community College
Ferris State University
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Clubs
  • Art club
  • Literary magazine

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Pathfinder: college planning
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Stephanie Hargens
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (616) 309-1608

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • K12 curriculum
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Pathfinder: college planning
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • None
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Game club
  • Girl scouts
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Science club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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Brick and Mortar Public School

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of MichiganDearborn
Lansing Community College
Ferris State University
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678 Front Avenue, Nw, Suite 265
Suite 265
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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Phone: (877) 900-5602

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