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Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy

Charter | K-8 | 231 students

 

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Posted August 18, 2014

Very unorganized. When something bad happens to my kids, they don't call or even send a note home. Half to the students here last year left. I'm determined to just move out of the area just so I can escape it. Great structure for guidelines but the staff is not trained to even teach the structures. My kids class was pushed back cause the other class was disruptive. So what do they do? Hold back the class till the other catches up. Plus the academic director lied about sending agendas, timelines, testing results, etc. Ahem...sweet! There is no notion as to what your kids are learning that month or term. I had to constantly badger my kids to try to remember what they learned that day. They say our kids have diaries (planners) they write in but last year I can vouch that more than 3 kids said their teacher wouldn't let them bring it home. They say no to textbooks also! This school needs help fast! A parent I know, went on a school trip & even heard some teachers between teachers about how disappointed they were at not finding new jobs. So to say this is the best school, these other parents are lying. Some staff members are nice but overall the school organization is a JOKE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I am sending a huge thank you too all staff ,director,everyone in mmla of lansing .i am a single mom went thru loss of my father thru christmas ,lost my job after two years and my landlord ,capt mgmt in lansing threw my kids belongings too street ,in pouring snow the whole school and director ,the love caring attitudes took vehicles of their oen kpt all my kids things worked hard too salvage my kids things please commend these wonderful people and wonderful school my kids love them and i believe even though we are located away my kids learned people care and really love ,i have never felt so cared for and loved during my crisis .this school deserved an award for kping hope faith alive ty too u all well love u and do anything for u and we know god can bring us too.a place a peraon etc for a reason for a season ,ee as a family commend the director ,social wkrs ,secetaries etc ,teachers ty we love. Signed aimee forrest and quintana children


Posted November 10, 2013

Worst school I have ever seen in my life. My five yr old loves school never had a problem with him wanting to go for two yrs now he hates hearing the word. The staff is terrible treat kid's so bad. Left my kids out side while it was dark alone because their ride was late. They get out at 5:15 because of after school program so it's dark now when they get out because of day light savings time. not to mention it was freezing. Told my 13 yr old he is not allowed to check on his younger siblings after school to get them to go home.when he did as he was taught to keep up with them he was told he can not come back to the after school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

My boys loved going to school. The teacher and staff dedication is immense. the extracurriculars fit perfectly and the art and PE programs are very beneficial. The boys excelled at this school and they thrived academically thanks to strong programs like these.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

I would not put a child in this school! All they do there is play inside the classroom or have tons of recess. Anytime I want in there the office staff was on a coffee break all day long. In the classes they watch movies or toss a ball around. My other child was always out at recess. The students also were running in the halls at the end of the day. I am glad my kids are out of there. The principal is hard to reach b/c she is always busy when you try to see her or she never answers the phone. Find a different school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

This is a great school... There are smaller class sizes, staff who go over and above, and the students are very respectful and get a good education. The MicroSociety program is AWESOME... the kids love it and learn a lot from the program making real-world connections. Great kids, great staff, GREAT SCHOOL!


Posted May 20, 2009

I am excited to be a part of this school. It's a small, neighborhood school that has a 'family' atmosphere. NOT the same school is was 5 years ago!!! Check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

I chose Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy for a number of reasons. First, they have highly qualified teachers and up-to-date curriculums and pacing guidlines. They are also the only MicroSociety school in the Lansing Area. The MicroSociety is a fantastic program that gives kids hands on, real life applications for what they are learning in the classroom. Both of my children have done well both academically and behaviorally at Mid-Michigan. The smaller class sizes allow them to get more one on one attention and there is less distraction and noise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

My son has attended MMLA for 4 years - K-3rd grade. He has done well and all of his teachers have been excellent. The Micro Society program - a program that, like the name suggests, allows the students to participate in a micro-society - with jobs, government, etc. - is an awesome program. When considering test scores, which have been great for my son, it is important to know that those scores reflect the learning of kids from their previous grade - and near 1/2 of those students came from attending a different school the previous year. Returning students in each year have performed very well at MMLA. I recommend this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

my children have attended mid michigan for 2 years going on three. As with many schools there are issues of some sort but I have seen improvement, this school needs more advanced work for the students that could benifit from it and activities during school (band,choir,rif for the little kids, swimming for the junior high. Overall mid-michigan is a good school , as far as keeping the students on track,and basic teaching. I am looking forward to it getting bigger and better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

My children left a local private school to attend the Academy. The school's teachers are great and the administration is focused and dedicated to student achievement. The school focuses on every student and I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

There has been a great change and this school really teach on Leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2007

The school in mid -michigan leadership academy has been a big disappointment,the shool has no music ,art or after school activities ,There are barely any teacher ,different grades share the teacher,(per example 5 and 6 graders in the same class,being taught at the same time ).Some teacher there are selling slim jim and popcorn they cared about it more ,than educating the kid ,no one cared about the conditions they sold things in ,(sold and expired slim jim), It has there fore given none of the advantages of a huge school,with all of the disadvantages. I don`t recommend this school to enyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

I have to say, this is a great school with tons of potential given the chance. I wish I would have found this school so much sooner. I have a young man, who has had quite a bit of difficulty in school (behavior-wise as well as accepting responsibility). The schools he has been at in the past was like pulling teeth from an angry & starving shark to try to ge the teachers to work with me to help my boy out. I had tried enrolling my son is several different schools to which he was denied. Thank You! MMLA gave my son a chance. My son has not had any problems. The small classroom environment is Perfect. The faculty truly cares. The teacher has even called my home just to tell me what a Great day my son had! Wow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2006

I'm not a parent but a teacher. I have been at a lot of schools, but I LOVE Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy. Students generally want to learn and are good kids at heart. It just takes the right teacher to tap into that. No one can teach character, and I think that is the most important thing. If the parents would get a little more involved, then these kids would not have any problems. Like I said, most of these kids are begging to learn something. Parents and teachers need to come together. As for me, I had no problems giving the middle schoolers lunch detentions or calling home to tell their parents about their bad behaviors. I believe in MMLA and donate money to the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2004

I would recommend that you do not enroll your child at this facility. I and at least 1 other mother are removing our children mid year due to continued safety concerns. 2nd graders should not have to be subjected to death theats, sexual harrassment, and constant bullying. All grades K - 8 are in one small building, & the the smaller children are intimidated by the middle schoolers. This was our 3rd year at this school, but the latest administration seems only concerned with budget and NOT safety, nor educational needs. Class sizes where increased by 1/3 and adult to child ratio was decreased by 50% at the beginning of October. Children are physically fighting and frequently injured on the playground due to poor supervision. There are few extracurricular activities and all special classes are no longer offered. I would recommend you enroll your child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2004

School discipline is at an all time low this calender year. We have been enrolled for 3 years and since the major changes instituted by the school in September ($250,000 deficit) there have been major discipline problems. Children are not safe, and there are major safety issues. Small children should not be exposed to sexual harrassment, death threats and continued bullying and physical fighting. I would strongly recommend not enrolling your child in this institution. The available special programs such as Foreign Language and computer classes have also been either restricted or are no longer available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2004

I recently was a student at M.M.P.S.A, and I dont mean to diss out the school but everything has went downhill since the year of 2000. The school is becoming very poor. The school has lost one building (Pine to be exact) and has all grades K-8 are in one building now. The bathroom walls are vandalized and the teachers seem to not care. The disipline isnt handled well, and the teachers dont listen when a child has a problem. M.M.P.S.A. will pass any student, so that they wont have you in the next class next year. A child had all E's and was still passed into the 8th grade. M.M.P.S.A. is very diverse but it isnt the best school in lansing, for being a charter school and all.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

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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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

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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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 42% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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 39% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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

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55%
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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
Hispanic 34% 6%
African-American 30% 18%
Multiracial 20% 2%
White 16% 69%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 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 197%N/A48%
Female 246%N/A48%
Male 254%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Dance

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:30
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Sephira Shuttlesworth
Fax number
  • (517) 485-5892

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Resources

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  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

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  • The parent advisory council holds meetings every month with all parents notified and asked to attend.
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  • The MicroSociety program creates a microcosm of a society within the school and students operate within that society by having specific jobs for which they are paid, by starting and running businesses, and by working in or running agencies such as the bank, the bureau of economic growth, the peacekeepers, and the Court.
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Lansing, MI 48906
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