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K-8
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Lansing, MI
Students enrolled: 720

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3100 West Saginaw Street
Lansing, MI 48917

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November 05, 2013
Don't' be fooled by this school. Since the last principal left it's gone down hill and fast! In a nutshell, they need new administration as well as some new teacher's. Several great teacher left at the beginning of this year. It makes you wonder what's wrong, when the best teacher at the school leaves. As well as, when they send a flyer home every week saying they will pay you $25.00 for every referral you send their way. This school used to sell itself. There was a lottery and it took months to get in. This obviously is no longer the case. It's sad because it used to be a great school. Luckily, we will soon be in another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I pulled my children out of Mid-Michigan Sabis after two day due to major behavior problems by students and unprofessional staff. I LOVE the professionalism and well behaved children at Windermere Park.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
My son has attended NHA-WPCA since Fall 2006 as a first grade student. His formal academic inception began in Lansing School District where he was evaluated for speech and developmental services prior to 3 years of age. His cognitive and speech needs were identified and referred to a site to receive developmental services. The speech pathologist was absent most of the year. After experiencing an additional disappointing year in the developmental program, I advocated for my child to be promoted to Kindergarten so he could at least be challenged. His education team promoted him to 1st grade and referred us to another district elementary school with a focus on reading on writing. The next year my son was subject to a militant teacher that was not sensitive or able to meet his academic needs because of a classroom full of behavior-challenged students. Finally we joined WPCA where his 1, 2/4 grade teachers and IEP team were OUTSTANDING and instrumental to his growth. In 3rd and 5th grades we again dealt with staff changes in key resource areas at WPCA. His progress has now declined at WPCA in 6 grade. I will continue to monitor, evaluate and update regarding his progress.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
My daughter has attended Windemere since Kindergarten and she is now in the third grade. Our experience has been wonderful. The teaching style, curriculum, and current technology are also an asset to the excellent educational environment. The teachers, administrators, and staff are friendly and dedicated to help students succeed.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
We have been at this school for going on 8 years and drive 40 minutes to get our children to the best school in the area hands down. We wouldn't take them anywhere else. The safe, secure environment is comforting to us as parents, our kids are challenged, and are taught morals and values that are modeled by the teachers. You should take the time to check it out!!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2011
great school! my daughter has been at wpca for 4 yrs and we love it. my son did young 5's this year and by the end of the year he has a head start on kindergarten for next year. nice to walk in the school and everyone knows who you are which child belongs to you. a very family feeling!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
We have been part of the WPCA family now for 8 years and have been very pleased. It has been a great alternative to sending my children to LPS. I love the family friendly atmosphere and the fact that I am encouraged to be involved in my childrens classrooms. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers that work so hard everyday to make a wonderful enviroment for our children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
WPCA is AMAZING! We are so lucky to have a school that holds high moral character as a standard. I love how they hold parents and students accountable for their actions. This is not very common in a public school now adays! My daughter has done wonderful there and my son will be starting there in the fall. He is super excited to go to Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
We can't say enough great things about WPCA! We love it. The standard of education, quality of the staff, and parent involvement are unparalleled in this area. We've been at the school for two years and intend to spend the next decade in partnership with WPCA as we send each of our children through. We'd love to see an NHA high school in Lansing!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
Our family has been a part of this school for almost for years now, and we love it. I pick my girls up every day, and their is a teacher or staff person - the same people every day - that personally brings my kids out to my van, puts them in, shuts the door, and proceeds with the next car. The principal, as well as many teachers and staff, are outside making sure that kids get safely to their car, that no kids are in the parking lot, and that parents are parking safely to pick up their kids. If you are a parent that has an idea of what goes on at the school, you would know that there is a school board at WPCA, a principal that has monthy meetings so parents can ask questions and be informed of what is going on at the school, and a DSQ (Director of School Quality) which we just had a meeting with him in the fall, as well as NHA to be held accountable.The principal is also accessible if you have a concern or problem - and that would be who you would go to first on the chain of command. No school is perfect, but I have gotten to know the staff and parents at this school and they have created a safe environment for the kids to learn and grow. We love it here!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
WPCA is AWESOME! I have 1 child currently in school and 1 in the fall. I have no complaints about any of the teachers or staff that I have encountered. My child is excelling way beyond our expectations and we couldn't be more pleased. We wave to the principal every day in the parking lot, while he is directing the cars, making sure all students get in the school safely. In regards to the parent that complained about the security. I bet a majority of the students that are leaving the building unnattended is because their parent/gaurdian is parked across the street or somewhere else other than the parking lot where they should be picking up their children. If all of the parents followed the drop off/ pick up rules, some of these security issues could be minimized. My family loves WPCA and are hoping that there will be a high school by the time our kids finish the 8th grade!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
Security is a big issue. There are many kids coming out of the building and not enough staff to ensure the right person is taking the correct kid. Very scary. There seems to be a huge secret about the "chain of command" with this company, as well. When searching for the CEO, Jeff Clark, on the NHA website, there are no search results (had to Google a CEO to find even his name). There is nothing but a generic contact form, and when calling the main office in GR, they always seem to want to have someone call YOU back. Weird. Truly isn't like a public school where you have a school board, superintendent, etc. Just bizarre that everything seems to be "secretive" and that is disturbing.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Our kids have always attended a charter school. We move here 2 1/2 years ago and we did not know anything about the area. We are vey pleased with Windemere Park. They just recently had their Harvest Festival. My husband and I were blown away by the teacher volunteers that we there at every table helping. I have been a past PTO president for four years and on a PTO board for five. It was very difficult to get teachers to come to events that we were putting on let alone volunteer in the capacity that we saw at the Harvest Festival. The staff and principal are wonderful. Being new to the school this year has been a awesome experience. We are looking forward to many more years at Windemere.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
To the person who criticized our Principal for directing traffic in the morning from 7:45 - 8:00 am (15 minutes) and from 3:00 - 3:30 pm (30 minutes). A great person once said "To be the greatest of all, you must be the servant of all." To your claim that he should be inside dealing with the middle school problem, just wondered how a Principal deals with kids who have just arrived and are in the care of capable teachers or are on their way out? And if you weren't there for all the excitement you should have been, because within a short period of time after he arrived, some troublemakers were expelled. And then another round in the fall. Order was quickly restored to the school and as of today, Sept 29, 2010 all is well at WPCA. Come see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I have four children, two older boys who attended all the way up to the 8th grade and have moved on to public school. I currently have two younger son s attending. The staffs at Windermere are like family, they are helpful, kind and loving towards our boys. I appreciate them and respect them and will continue to drive my boys every day to and from school in winter, spring and fall because the school is great. The curriculum is outstanding and challenging the emphases in reading, self discipline, character building is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
To "hardly found it amazing" Every school had disicpline issues, especially middle schools! They have a highly qualified assistant principle who deals mainly with this. To bad you can't get past the parking lot and see the great things this school has done in an area where a lot of schools don't cut it. Probably a good idea that you and your student won't be there! We have been at WPCA for 6 years now and our daughters are both straight A students who are challenged to do their best. We find it enlightening that an administrator would be willing to stand in ALL kinds of weather to welcome the students and parents to his school. What a great way to connect with parents on a daily basis. He also is VERY visible on a daily basis around the building and interacting daily with students and staff!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
I hardly found it "amazing" that such a highly ranking school administrator stands in the school parking lot to "direct traffic" when they should be INSIDE dealing with the students face to face. Esp. in the middle school section of this school. This school has some major security issues there. Just ask around and you will uncover what happened both this year and last year at this school. Logic would dictate that a parent volunteer or lower ranking staff member should be directing traffic. Look under the surface at this school. Proceed with caution. F- Note-Greatschools please do not remove my review this time. thank you.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
my husband, myself and dtr love this WPCA! My dtr is excelling in kdg and is turning into a respectful young girl. I love the monthy moral focus, even I learn from them! I love the diversity, that was important to us in choosing a school for our kids. I love the warmth that the school has. My dtr's classmates come up to me and say 'hi' and are excited to see you. My youngest son can't wait to go to school there. When we leave the parking lot we have to roll down the window to say goodbye to whoever teacher is available and also the Principle Mr. T.! Amazing that the Principle is directing the cars in the parking lot during arrival and dismissal! A+

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I have three sons that attend Windemere and two of them took the MEAP test this year and scored Advanced in all areas on the test. This schools prides itself on academic excellence and will make sure they do everything in their power to provide that for all students. I know as a parent I need to partner with the teachers to get the best education for my children and to continue their education at home. I also appreciate the well roundedness( if a word:) ) of Windemere: the sports teams, musical productions, science fair, art that is displayed, after school classes, and by far the High school fair they put on.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
My son went to young 5s here and is now in kindergarten. I love this school and both teachers so far. The young 5s teacher is the best, and I hope she is still teaching when my 2nd son enters in the fall of 2011. The principal is also great, and I love the focus on moral values and personal responsibility. I also like that the children wear uniforms. I refuse to send my children to Lansing public schools, so I am very lucky that this charter school (more like a private school) is available to us. Thank goodness for 'schools of choice!'

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
The private school? Actually, it WAS perfect. I've never heard the language out of those students that I heard out of Windemere kids! Where is the teacher when this stuff is going on? The teasing, the ridicule....UNREAL. Should be ZERO tolerance. ZERO! At a private school level (at least ours), it wasn't. The only thing 'wrong' with the private level is that they don't have funding to help everyone in need of tuition assistance. But to sit there and criticize someone else's experience and opinion is COMPLETELY uncalled for and downright rude. But....it proves my experiences and reinforces my opinion of the school and the clientele (can't even respect someone else's experience and opinions!!! Unreal!!) If you go to schoolmatters.com, you will SEE the actual test scores and how they compare to East Lansing, Okemos, etc. They DON'T!! That, too, speaks clearly. .

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
What a great school. We have truly had a great experience here ever since my son started Windemere Park in the Young 5s. He is now in 1st grade. We truthfully only intended to 'do' Young 5s here and then transfer into Waverly (our district). However, we have had such a great experience I am willing to do the pick up/drop off (which truthfully run very smoothly) instead of putting him on the bus. Windemere is a diverse school and the fact that my son attends school with students from different backgrounds is a benefit. However, I strongly believe that education should open our minds to the world and people around us (in all their differences). Clearly, I disagree with the parent who defined Windemere as a 'ghetto.'

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
This is our second year at Windemere. I previously homeschooled our children and this was the first school they had ever attended. I have children in 8th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grade with another little one that will start school in two more years. I was concerned that the transition from home to school would be rough on the kids. My concerns were quickly erased. The teachers were amazing with all my kids. The school's tough rules about anti-bullying and respect for classmates was impressive and provided a safe environment for their learning. I am totally pleased in every way with this school. There are many wonderful families that attend with us and the events are always enjoyable social events :-) I have suggested our school to several of my friends who now attend and they are as pleased as I am!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
My son has been at Windemere Park for 2 years now. I love that he is in a 1st grade all-boys class. The gender specific learning classroom has really allowed the boys (and girls in the other class) to excell! What's even cooler is that there is still a traditional blended class as well. It's like the best of all worlds! The moral focus that is taught every month is fabulous and reinforces the values I teach to my children at home. I love WPCA and can't wait until my younger child is old enough to start. The teachers are great and communication between home and school is top notch.

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December 14, 2009
Our kids are excelling at this school. The teachers and staff are the most dedicated we have ever encountered. Our kids are receiving the kind of challenging and individualized education that encourages them to put forth their very best. The moral focus emphasis teaches common sense rules on how to be a decent human being and reinforces our family's values about honest, kindness, respect and personal responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
Windemere Park is and excellent school. I brought my children here on the recommendation of a co-worker and am so glad that I did. The teachers and staff are highly qualified and dedicated to giving a quality education. They push the children beyond limits and that is why most children leave the school heads and shoulders above the rest! Having a child requiring special education for the last 2 years, after just 3 months his improvment has been absolutely phenominal! Parental involvement is strong and the moral and character curriculum are great things that make Windemere so great.

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no rating December 08, 2009
Best school in the Lansing area! The teachers are professional and they really care for their students in all facets of their lives. They are great communicators with keeping in touch with parents. My daughter loves this school and I cannot wait till my boys attend. They just recently built a new gym and expanded. It is a safe school. I also really appreciate the uplifting of morals they value and teach there.

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October 03, 2009
Incredible staff with a strong curriculum the emphasizes reading, self-discipline, and character building.

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May 27, 2009
I love WPCA! Drop off and pick up time is a nightmare with only one way in/out, but I hear that is changing over the summer. Other than that, the staff is caring and attentive, the curriculum is excellent, the moral focus is wonderful, and they even offer tons of extracurricular activities and events so students aren't missing out on anything! This school is the best!

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April 01, 2009
Windemere Park Charter Academy is a wonderful school. The teacher has been very informative about the progress my child has made, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the principal is very hands on and personable. This has been a wonderful experience for my and my daughter. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
Teachers and staff are top notch, very devoted to the ideals of the school. parental involvement is unmatched. great learning environment despite a facility that is far too crowded and with an inadequate gym. My impression over the last 3 years is that the National Heritage Academy is not responding to this need. Despite this, the staff and student deserve 5 stars!

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December 30, 2008
This is our second year at WPCA and we are so thankful for this school! We feel like we are part of a family, since all of the teachers and staff make sure they know who everyone is. The teachers work with each student to make sure they are where they need to be based on their individual needs. The high moral standards and character development is what truly sold us on this school. The parent involvement is great and it really makes a difference in how the school runs. I cannot say enough great things about WPCA! :-)

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
Great Faculty, the values and prospectives of this school are the reason my granddaughter attends this school. She is in kindergarten, and I intend to see her and her baby sister go all the way through to 8th grade. Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2008
This school is THE best school in the Lansing area with certainty. The students outscore all of the area schools on 96% of the MEAP. They have a moral focus curriculum that is integrated into each day and monthly assemblies on the virtue topics. I never thought I would find a community school (coming from a small town), but I am excited to say that I have found it in WPCA's staff as well as the families there. You are treated like family when you walk in. Safety and security are top notch. The school offers a great extra- curricular program most schools lack, and offers gym, library, art, and music. We were lucky to get in because the waiting list is so long. Apply early! It is worth it! The drop off and pick up is a small price to pay for my kids' educational success. I can't say enough!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
this is a great school and there is no doubt that i wouldnt send my child there.its in a great comunity and there are great students there.most important there are careing, and helful teachers that are there for each and everyone of those kids[=

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December 04, 2007
The school is excellent in terms of staff. Parent involvement is unparalleled. I myself have 2 in the school now and one who went through 8th grade. The extracurricular sports have excellent coaches. However dropping-off and picking up kids from school is ridiculous. It is very dangerous.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
WPCA is a cut above the rest. My 8th grader finally moved to a public shcool and is a grade ahead in math! Although some of the sports are not as competitive, WPCA still offers a great variety and the music program is outstanding. Parent involvement is required and I feel it is the reason most successful schools are successful. Without parent support, you set your kids and the school to fail. What a blessing WPCA has been to our family. I recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
I love WCPA we have a 1st grader and he has learned so much. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The parent involvement is great as well.

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August 30, 2007
This school is excellent in morals.

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July 19, 2007
My son started the middle school last fall, he transferred from a private school. The school's standards, staff, and faculty are high and are expected to be met by all students. Students experiencing learning difficulties are helped so that each student will be able on a level playing ground. My son has continued the extracurricular activities (that he had in his private school) such as violin, saxophone, basketball, and soccer. The rewards system is also a great incentive for the students. Parents are very involved and encouraged to participate. The principal is wonderful, what principal do you know will stand outside from 7:40 to 8:05 every single morning and afternoon from 3:10-3:30(rain, sun, or snow) to ensure the children are safely escorted to their parents and the parking lot is running smoothly. The teachers stand outside with their students and ensure they are picked up. This school is great.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
My son started Windemere Park this fall as a sixth grader. He is learning to play the trumpet, and really likes being a member of the Waverunners Swim Team. He has competed in three swim meets, and his swimming skills and have shown a great improvement. I don't know of any other Lansing area school that has a swim team for Elementary and Middle-School children. The principal knows the children in the school, and has a meeting with interested parents once a month to keep them up-to-date on events and items that impact the school. My son's teacher is good about responding to e-mail quickly and keeping the lines of communication open with parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
I love this school. They encourage my children to excell, there is a swim team that my children are involved in and my kids are both all A students. As a bonus, the school reinforces the values that I feel my children need to learn. My 5th grader is taking the Explorer test this year for the Northwestern Talent Search and his teachers are part of the team that has him ready and able to qualify for this test.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I love WPCA. My daughter began there last fall, since then I have seen a vast improvement in her grades and her interest in school, I wish she had been there from the beginning.

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December 19, 2005
I have 3 children attending this school since 2000.They have done some outstanding work with helping my children succeed with their academic. The school also provide outstanding chacter building skill to assist them with the attuide of other in a respectful way. -Brown

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
I have four children that currently attend this school and have done so since it opened in 1999. The ciriculium is outstanding, challenging and they produce leaders. I will continue to recommend this charter school for the rest of our days. The teachers are wonderful and the entire staff shall we say 'works well with others.'

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Windemere Park Charter Academy
3100 West Saginaw Street, Lansing, MI  48917
(517) 327-0700
Last modified Windemere Park 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.
Windemere Park Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top