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Paragon Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 | 697 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paragon Charter Academy is the best school in this area for students to learn morals and academics mixed with parent teaching also. It is a great foundation school for working towards future goals such as college and just all over well rounded students who strive for more. If anyone asks I always refer them to this school. The teachers are amazing and really care and focus on the students. The classes are smaller than the general public schools and with the uniforms their is limited problems as every one looks the same. I could not ask for a better staff or a better school!! They are always improving their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

This is a excellent school. My daughter was well prepared for high school after attending Paragon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This school is great... but i do worry about them placing in the common core circ for next year... that does worry me...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

I know why this school has such great school scores, they weed out the special education kids, it's ridiculous how they won't help these poor kids. Parents get frustrated , take their kids out and its an end to Paragons problem. Public schools can't do that, so of course test scores will be different. Paragon is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

I put my kids here to get an above average education without the price tag. The curriculum is great but the teachers are hit and miss, and don't get me started on the dress code. I understand the reasoning behind the uniforms and even support it, but the focus on shoes, socks, hair clips, etc is a waste of time and energy. I've had my kids here for 5 years, I'm pulling them for next year. That's how ridiculous it's gotten. Kids need to learn to conform while being individuals..that's not the lesson here. Way to teach kids that focusing on their appearance is what matters most,. Also the extra curricular activities for girls are a joke, the volleyball program was the biggest. Games would be canceled, practices changed and no notes..no phone calls, until my kid is sitting there for a half hour because a game was cancelled so it was changed to a practice with a shorter time Thank you Paragon for squashing my children's love of art and sense of individuality. I remember being relieved and excited f.or my kids to attend, now I can't wait to be done with it, and that's not even factoring in the pick up situation every.single.day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

The teachers are great here but if your kid has a disability they don't have enough resources to help them. They don't have a special ed department, they don't bus and be ready to fork out money every month for one thing or another!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

This school does a tremendous job with children. The teachers are all young, committed, carring, energetic, and moral. They will come in early or stay late to make sure that your child is getting the help that they need. They are totally committed to helping children learn things like integrity, responsibility, respect, and positivitity. This school is better than a private school. Go Paragon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Teachers (I've experienced) are great, but I think that the administration should start following the morals that they teach the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I liked the school overall. My child had good teachers but there were some disappointments. (1) The class ratio in Kindergarten is 25:1 (2) My child is above average and I am not convinced she was properly challenged -- while the teacher is great the ratio of students to teacher has to be overwhelming. (3) The school instituted a new grading system but rather than adequately explaining it (even after an evening of explanation) backed down as soon as parents challenged it. It makes the administration look spineless. (4) I addressed my concerns with the principal about safety issues and parental notification in the event of emergency and was poo pooed. (5) I addressed my concerns with the principal about discontinuing foreign language for 1-4th graders. There are fundraisers for everything there and without even We are considering a new school for the fall with foreign language for 1st graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

i think this is really great school.i have two step-daughter that go to this school and i think its great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

They do not individualize as they promise and the teacher screams at my kid does not have a clue about handling children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I really love this school. My son started learning spanish in first grade, and math is excellent. All of my friends kids attend other schools such as michigan center and others. When I hear how they are doing and how little teacher involvement ther is, I'm and thankful we have such a wonderful school such as Paragon. The moral focus is great and the students strive to do their best at all times. As far as after school activites go, they could do more. But there is always boy and girl scouts. I would not even consider sending my kids anywhere else. The only thing I worry about is where to send them to high school at. I would prefer if they had their own after school day care, but I'm sure more improvements will come in time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Im a student and i love the school.I like the way they help everyone become friends,and try to help every student when needed.I've made so many new friends.I love my teachers their all kind and the kinda techer u want to have for ure kids.If u get in a fight with another student they take care of it.They have the two that got in a fight use team work together, like bilding a bench together.Like when they they did that for two of my friends they came back as friends as if nothing had happend.Thats why i like this school.I think ure kids/teens would love it here.I know i love it here.And every student is plesent and kind.'ve been here science third grade and almost done with this school,but i want ure kids to have the same wonderful expirence as i have had.Come here and have louds of memerys for u!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2009

Wonderful school because of the staff and parental involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

The teachers at Paragon Charter Academy have supported my child and my family for many years. I would choose no other school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

This is our first year at the school and we love it. My boys have made huge improvements since changing schools. Great teachers, staff, programs, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

My son has been a student here since Kindergarten, and is know in the 5th grade. I reall y love the education that my son is getting here at Paragon, and how they challenge him everyday. I only wish my son could continue at Paragon throw High School. I am a parent who was always voluteered up until my son was in the 4th grade when I had to go to work full to help my family out. I really miss no being involved as much as I once was, but know I have to help out behind the scenes so to speak. Paragon keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I switched my child to Paragon when she was starting third grade because I wanted the best possible emotional and educational environment for her: to enjoy life in the present; and to prepare her for college and beyond. She came with baggage, making it an uphill climb. She has generally met this challenge with hard work and persistance, working at home every summer to make up for lost ground. Suffering from low self esteem, she has had some difficult times. One time, she gave up completely on herself. She begged to be home schooled, and I worked with her from home while seeking advice from the school counselor, her teacher and the principal. Paragon was as flexible as possible (given outside constraints) and fairly supportive. They encouraged us to return her to face her issues with some counseling support. We took their advice, and she is now thriving in sixth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

Paragon is an excellent school. I have two children enrolled at Paragon and this is our third year attending this school. The teachers are top notch and go the extra mile to challenge each individual child. The emphasis on moral focus is a plus and the amount of parent involvement on a daily basis is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

Paragon is an ok school. They dont really have any after school activities like jps. They have no advanced courses and no A.P. classes. They should have high school credits too. Paragon needs to be upgraded and improved. I have moved my child to jps schools and they have so many encore classes and A.P. classes and it is really nice there. Paragon should be improved.


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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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37%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
6%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
18%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
52%

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 35% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

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

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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

Above 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 63% 69%
African-American 20% 18%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 156%N/A48%
Female 247%N/A48%
Male 253%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
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)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Zacary Perfitt
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (571) 750-9501

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

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.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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3750 Mccain Rd
Jackson, MI 49201
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