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Paramount Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 630 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted May 2, 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!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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! ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Posted February 3, 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.


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

My grandchildren are receiving a quality education there.


Posted June 5, 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.


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Has rigorous academic standards that help prepare you for highschool and college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 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!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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60%

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61%

2012

 
 
42%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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75%

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2011

 
 
76%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
10%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
23%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
39%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
16%
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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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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 68% 69%
African-American 15% 18%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 152%N/A48%
Female 248%N/A48%
Male 252%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 Kalamazoo Public Schools
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Excellence (MAPSA) (2006)
  • High Parent Satisfaction (2007)
  • Academic Achievement (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jodi Donkin
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (269) 553-6401

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Parents are a vital component in the educational process of our students. parents are involved in many aspects of school operations.
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  • Our current F&R lunch student percentage is 42%.
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3624 South Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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