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Cole Academy

Charter | K-6 & ungraded | 195 students

 

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Posted October 14, 2013

Cole Academy is by far the best elementry school in this area. When we started there in 2007 she was going into the 3rd grade with a reading level at middle 1st grade. My student exceled to reading at end 2nd grade level in 7 months. By the time she went to middle school she was at middle school level. This school (by far) surpasses the elementary public schools in this area. They always put the needs of the students first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

This is one of the best schools in Lansing! The principal, office staff and teachers show a great deal of care and consideration for the children and parents. The school provides a safe and comfortable learning environment. I truly appreciate and enjoy the various events i.e. science fair, spelling bee, etc. which they invite family and friends to see the quality of work the children have done. They also have a great PTA which works to promote parental and community involvement. I definitely rate it a 5!


Posted August 10, 2011

Best school in Lansing by far!!! My son attended k-5 he is now in 11th grade and my daughter is in 2nd grade here @ Cole and its still a great school. The teachers are caring and willing to go that extra mile, if my child needs an extra hand, which she does time to time, the teaching staff is available to help. She gets sick and is hospitalized alot thru the winter months and the teachers make sure she gets her work and undersatands it. And finally the first person we see when we come in the building is Mrs.Helmick the secretary. She greets everyone with a smile and makes sure my daughter gets her breathing treatments. This is just a few reasons why i rate this school a great 5!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

Although this school has a small student to teacher ratio, I found this school to be technologically handicapped. The children are not engaged in the latest styles of learning. Also the teachers seem to spend a great deal of their time outside of the classroom conversing with other teachers, this was the case no matter the time I dropped in. There is no cafeteria, the children just eat in the gym which is diminutive. The teachers, although nice, seem to pick favorite students and spend a majority of time focusing on their needs and leaving other student to strive for the same attention.


Posted March 26, 2010

This school is the best. My student attended K-5. I wish this school would add a middle school section. The entire staff truly care about the students at this school. There are no charter schools in the area that compare. Period.


Posted April 20, 2009

This school is amazing! My daughter has gone there for 2 years. All of her teachers have helped her overcome challenges brought on by ADD. The school is very small, which allows for a really comfortable family atmosphere. The principal knows ALL of the students' and parents' names. They also really like parental involvement. This is unlike some schools in the area. Parents are always welcome at Cole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I like the people and the teachers are really nice including Ms. Knobluach!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

This school is extremely small. Classroom sizes are tiny. There is no library. The technology is not very up to date. A little disppointing compared to the charter school we attend now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

My son is in first grade at Cole Academy. The teacher and parapro are the 'best teachers' I have ever encountered. They genuinely care about the children's sucess. They are constently thinking of things to do to help the children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My child has been attending Cole for 3 years. I love this school! The teachers are very caring and the education is first rate. They provid the education that is at the right level for your child. I asked them to challenge my daughter in reading and math and they responded right away and she is working at almost 2 grade levels above in reading. It's like a private school but free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2004

My son has attended this school for two years. They have done an excellent job in individualizing his academic plan and providing a strong education. The teachers are very caring and are accessable to parents.
—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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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29%

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23%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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45%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
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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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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12%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
71%

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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
8%

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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Social Studies

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

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
0%
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%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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
African-American 42% 18%
White 39% 69%
Hispanic 11% 6%
Multiracial 7% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 169%N/A48%
Female 241%N/A48%
Male 259%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 8:30
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian Shaughnessy
Fax number
  • (517) 372-1446

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1915 West Mount Hope Ave
Lansing, MI 48910
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