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K-8
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Kalamazoo, MI
 

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3624 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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(269) 553-6400
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August 06, 2015
This school used to be a wonderful place for teachers, students, and parents alike. A few years ago a new principal came and is literally running the school into the ground. She fired some of the most caring and compassionate teachers I've ever seen, and hired in their place her little minions who will do her bidding. She had no idea the names of the children in her school and was unwilling to meet with parents who happened to have any concerns. My children started kindergarten there and six years later I don't know a family that has stayed because of the direction the school is headed.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 06, 2015
The teachers are (were? They fired all of the good ones). I felt very strongly that the teachers my kids had were amazing. I don't know if any of those teachers are left.

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Amount of homework: Too much
August 06, 2015
My fourth grader would come home with hours upon hours of homework. We would occasionally stay up until 9 or 10 with my child in tears.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
August 06, 2015
This school scares it's students into performing well on standardized tests. They drill the children's "goals" into their heads until the kids are ridden with anxiety and fear.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
August 06, 2015
Favoritism run rampant in this school. This place is no better than a public school.

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October 24, 2013
Paramount Charter Academy is the best thing that ever happened to my 2 girls. They turned their grades around and when they needed help with something there was someone there to help them. The classrooms are small and they have the staffing that gives them the ability to reach out to each student that needs a little help. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a place for their children to get a good education while learning respect and responsibility.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2013
Paramount Charter School...I've had three children attend Paramount. My last child there is currently in the third grade. She will NOT be attending next year. I kept her in there only because I really liked the third grade teacher she was assigned to this year. The school has deteroriated, there are adults walking through the halls at ALL times of the day, little or no staff supervision while children wander the hallways...(tragedy waiting to happen) The pick up/drop off is a joke. Children running everywhere creating a very unsafe enviornment. There was an incident where a child set a small fire in the bathroom during class time. Plenty of behavioral issues with the children,,,the Principal is never around,,,really sad how a once great school has gone down.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
Love how Paramount recognizes and rewards all the good behavior instead of focusing on the bad behavior like so many other schools do. They work so well with families and I love how involved we get to be. This is is an amazing school and I am so thankful we decided to put our children in this school!!!!!!!

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March 03, 2013
It's our first year at PCA! My son is in Y5's. We've enjoyed getting to know the students, parents, and staff. Can't wait for next year!!

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March 29, 2012
We are in our third year at Paramount and we love the school. My son is learning so much and he seems to enjoy school and learning. We have had great teachers that really care about their students. The staff and principal are always willing to discuss any issues or questions we have and the principal sends out an email every Sunday to parents with updates on what has been going on and what to expect in the weeks ahead. We also got our niece enrolled this year who seemed to be really struggling with understanding basic math concepts and the public schools were just pushing her through saying she was on track even thou she was father behind then my son and is older. She has had great growth since the beginning of the year and I really think that is because of the school and teachers. If I had anything bad to say I would say many of the parents don't really want to get involved in the Family council (like PTA) and that I wish the the moral focus teaching was a stronger part of the curriculum. Since my son is a typical boy and needs lots of reinforcement in that area. Like any school it may not be perfect for everyone but I am very happy with our choice to be Paramount parents.

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February 28, 2012
Numbers should not be what a school is based on...negativity has no place in a school when it comes to children! ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

- submitted by a community member

February 03, 2012
The first year was great, second year had it's bumps in the road, this year has been a joke. I support that for the "cookie cutter" student this school is good, but for anyone less than "cookie cutter" there is a huge lack. Mainly unprepared instructors and administrators.

- submitted by a community member

January 23, 2012
We loved the kindergarten class! Moving on to 1st grade has been a huge disappointment! The teacher never speaks to anyone and if she does comment, it's to scold! I would love to see her smile or hear an encouraging word now and then. She always seems uninterested. Not at all happy this year.

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October 06, 2011
My daughter is also diabetic and the principal responded to all my needs and concerns for my daughter. The principal attended meetings with the diabetic nurse, myself and other staff members. I have never had any problems with the school or principal concerning my daughters diabetes.

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July 18, 2011
I was a parent of 3 children at this school. The teachers are wonderful, but the principal isn't someone that response to parents with concerns. My daughter is a diabetic and when Bronson nurses called her to schedule a training for the teachers, she never responded. The teachers and myself ended up scheduling the training ourselves. She also didn't respond to the social workers calls from Ann Arbor in regards to my daughter. When Dr. Lockett left, the family spirit and atmosphere left with her. I would not recommend this school to anyone. My children will not be returning this coming up school year.

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June 21, 2011
I am an ex-student there. It used to be a fantabulous school. Only twenty students per classroom. I was getting a great education from caring teachers. But things started to tank when Advantage closed. It doubled the number of students going there from 350 to 700!!! And then, the amazing Dr. Lockett left, leaving behind Kathleen Grinwiss. She fired male teachers left and right, placed a stringent dress code in, and almost everybody hated her. If you are considering sending your child there, wait until a new principal comes. And if your can't wait, then don't send your kid there.

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January 25, 2011
There is so much good to say about Paramount. I think what I love the most is the relationship they OFFER the parent. As much as I love my boys and care about their education, I just didn't get involved the first year. Since I have, all of our experiences have been better for it. If someone has not felt welcomed, they either caught someone on a bad day or they hadn't tried hard enough themselves. The teacher, staff and principal are all first rate. The way you must pick up and or drop off your children is difficult and yes, there are times some parents may be short tempered, maybe even rude but that is worth how my boys are taught and cared for. I only wished they went through high school too Go Panthers. Mom of three happy, healthy and respectful boys..

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October 13, 2010
My grandchildren are receiving a quality education there.

- submitted by a community member

June 05, 2010
I use to be a parent there. I took my child out of a wonderful school because I was looking for the moral re- enforcement that I thought Paramount would offer. I soon discovered that it is just something that "sounds" good. I don't think it's a terrible school, just not the one for our family. I also found it difficult as a new parent to feel like part of the school family. I think that the school has a really nice marketing department though. I felt more welcomed when I was just a "potential" parent.

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 2010
My husband and I have been extremely pleased with the level of education that our children have received at Paramount. The teachers are attentive, there is an excellent commitment to moral development and bullying is not tolerated whatsoever. Paramount provides a fantastic balance of challenge and support for all children to thrive and excel. I encourage any parent to take a close look at Paramount!

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2010
National Heritage Academies/Paramount Charter Academy does not listen to the parents. I am very disappointed in them and do not recommend ANY parent to sent their children there!!!!!! If you have children there, send them to a school that cares!!!!

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no rating
April 24, 2010
Has rigorous academic standards that help prepare you for highschool and college.

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November 16, 2009
Wonderful school!I can go on for days.It's a hard decision because of the kalamazoo promise but when you weigh it out paramount definately trumps any ofg the kps elem. Or m.S.

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no rating
November 06, 2009
Paramount Charter Academy really does challenge each child to achieve academic excellence by providing students with the best teachers and staff. They don't hold children back that are above average and they challenge and help the children that might not be up to the average class level. Way to go Paramount!

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no rating
November 05, 2009
I have been a parent here for 9 years. I have 4 children attending. This school has absolutely exceeded all of my expectations. My children are all thriving, they feel loved, cared for and that they are packed full of potential to succeed. The teachers and staff are phenomenal. I absolutely, absolutely can't say enough about the wonderful experience we have had. The only thing I wish we had was a High School so that we didn't have to leave after 8th grade!!!!!!

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no rating
November 02, 2009
Such a fabulous school to work at and be a part of! Everyone cares about the people involved in making this school a success and the children achieving their full potential! We truly are working to prepare all students for life-long learning!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
November 02, 2009
We have the best staff and students in the country!

- submitted by a teacher

November 02, 2009
Our school has a wonderful, loving atmosphere. The staff are like family, and the students our children.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
November 02, 2009
It has awsome students, their famies, teachers, and administration. We work together as a community working towards the success of every child.

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no rating
November 02, 2009
We have the best staff and a great community atmosphere.

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no rating
October 31, 2009
It is a great place to work! All the teachers care about the children that go to school there! The teachers go above and beyond to help the students there!

- submitted by a teacher

December 10, 2008
In terms of academics we pride ourselves termendiously on making sure our students get a solid education. As teachers many of us go above and beyond what is expected of us. We do a lot of activities with our students in terms of field trips to give them a better perspective of the education that they are receiveing at school, as well as allows for them to see different paths they could take in the future. I have enjoyed my time working at Paramount, and look forward to many more years there.

- submitted by a teacher

November 05, 2007
As the mother of 3 boys, I could not be happier with my choice to attend PCA. The staff, faculty and administration are amazing. Everyone at school has high expectations of my boys, helping them to have high expectations of themselves. Rules and expectations are consistent from classroom to classroom. I'm also impressed with how PCA's MEAP scores compare to local schools. The Kalamazoo Promise is exciting, and my children will still qualify for 65% of their college education paid. While they are in K-8 they will be building the skills, both academically and socially to excel in high school. It's amazing to me that this type of superior education is available at a tuition-free school like ours. The morning assembly does a great job focusing the students on what is important, and the teachers do a great job reinforcing those moral values throughout the day. Check out Paramount!

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November 04, 2007
My children have attended Paramount for the last five years, since my oldest was in kindergarten. The Paramount philosophy is just a continuation of our own family values. In a world where not all parents are teaching their children about respect and consideration for others, it is of the up most importance to me that my children are in an environment where that is reinforced everyday. Paramount is a family 640+ where the staff, children and parents all look out for one another. The curriculum at Paramount is second to none, and the life lessons of community and tolerance that are taught at Paramount only enrich the children more. Paramount is a K-8 school, and I know that one day my children will have to attend a 'public' school. When that happens I am confident that my children will have the skills needed to become successful productive members of society.

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February 06, 2007
We have been very pleased with the education our 4th grade son has received at Paramount. The teachers do a good job of meeting individual learning style of the students. All core subjects, Spanish, art, PE, and music are offered. There is a high level of parent involvement in this school and the administration works well with parents even parents of special needs kids. We would highly recommend this school .

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September 13, 2006
This is our third year at Paramount and I am absolutely thrilled with this school. It is not the most convenient school for my family--it is the BEST school. I love morning assembly, and when I have attended, I LEFT MOTIVATED!!! Ready to have a productive day at work. The virtues and values that they teach reinforce the standards that I have in our home. The children have pride and respect and the teachers are dedicated and uphold the same values that is promoted in every area of the school. My child is sharp as a whip. She was a fluent reader in Kindergarten, and scores VERY high on standardized tests. Paramount also offers more diversity than most schools of its caliber. I love Paramount and all of my children will attend this school despite that fact we will miss out on the Kalamazoo Promise (Free College Tuition).

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April 30, 2006
As a single parent, paramount teachers pick up my slack. The zero tollerance for put downs has taught my children how to behave outside of school. Morning assembly cant be beat. After our morning rush the kids have time to stretch and sing before starting their day. This is our third year at paramount and we've never been happier. My second grader has lots of homework every night but he flys right through it, not because of my wonderful parenting but because of all that his teacher has already taught him. Sarah Finley

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December 12, 2005
My family has been at Paramount School for the last 5 years and I LOVE it! I have never seen so many involved teachers and parents. These teachers truly love these kids and will do what ever it takes to make there education simple and a great learning experience. Dr. Lockett and Mr. Verkow are doing marvelous jobs as well, they are ready and willing to listen to what ever concerns you may have and they always try to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. My daughter had some learning difficulties when we first started and she was actually behind from being at a public school who did not give the attention she needed. But now she gets A's and B's on everything, and it is due to the great staff at this school. I would also like to give Ms. Moran a A+ on her devotion to the kids. Thank YOU!

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April 28, 2005
Paramount is the greatest! My son is in the sixth grade and has attended since third. We are relocating to Southfield, MI and I am in a scramble to find the same level of school education, moral focus, teacher dedication, etc. I highly, highly recommend this school to everyone! Principal Dr. Lockett is phenominal! The teachers are great educators because they believe in their Principal and it shows! There is great diversity in the school and the monthly virtues are applied in every school day. I believe the parent participation at the school is somewhere around 97%!! There is a great type of child who attends Paramount when parents play such an active role in their student's school life.

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March 04, 2005
PCA has been a blessing for our son! He has been attending for two years. The quality of staff is the finest my husband and I have found anywhere in Kalamazoo or Portage! Dr. Lockett is completely involved with students and teachers! Mrs. Kramer and Miss Crabtree are outstanding teachers that want to see our kids succeed in every area! Hats off to an Exceptional School!

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August 05, 2004
This is the best school I have found! The teachers (Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Teff) and staff (Dr Lockett)are great, friendly, and willing to educate. Parent involvement is encouraged, the environment is stimulating. Values and morals are taught, every month focusing on a new one. I wish we didn't move, I'll NEVER find a school as great as Paramount!

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January 07, 2004
I feel so fortunate that my son attends Paramount. He has been attending since kindergarten and I wouldn't want him to any where else. The teachers are Outstanding and Dr. Lockett knows each and every student by name. She is warm but also stands a firm ground. Paramount is the best 'hidden' secret in Kalamazoo!

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November 22, 2003
A wonderful school. Only wish it went to grade 12. My 3 children have been here for 4 years. I drive them 20 minutes and it's worth it. Every year I think the teachers aren't going to be able to live up to the prior years...but they do.

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Paramount Charter Academy
3624 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI  49008
(269) 553-6400
Last modified Paramount Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paramount Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top