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K-8
Public charter
Monroe, MI
Students enrolled: 653
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3000 Vivian Road
Monroe, MI 48162

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(734) 240-2610
(734) 240-2785
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March 28, 2014
March is reading month, so we played Candyland in our hallway. When the children reach Candy Castle, they get a special treat. My son was so excited, because his class made it! When he got there, he did receive the promised prize...and HOMEMADE CANDY CASTLE SUCKER! How wonderful...except he has a peanut allergy. As a rule of thumb, I don't let him have anything unless I can read the label...for each ingredient. So, I just told him not to worry about it and that I'd ask the person who made them. I asked, and she said she'd check the labels. The very next morning, she came to me, with a bag of labels from each ingredient, and found that the food coloring she used in the first batch had been made in a facility with peanuts (which my son cannot have). She then proceeded to show me new food coloring and handed me a new sucker...completely safe for my son. I could not believe that she went above and beyond...to be sure my son felt included! I cannot describe how much of a concern it is to keep him safe. Not only is it about the incredible education he is receiving, but it's ALL of his needs being met...one situation at a time! WOW! May God bless Mrs. Niemi! Triumph Rocks!

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March 11, 2014
Hourss Year I Made The Difficult Choice To Switch My Daughters From Their Previous SChool To Triumph Academy...Best Choice I've Made All Year! I Love That Triumph Focuses On Morals, Responsibility, Respect, And Of Choose, Academic Excellence! It Is So Refreshing To See That The Teachers Have Control Of The Classroom And The Students Are Focused And Engaged In Their Studies! My Daughters Love The Opportunities That They Have At Triumph, Both During School Hours And After. The School Has A Very Safe And Family Like Atmosphere, Which Helps Me As A Parent Feel Comfortable Leaving My Children In Their Hands! Looking Forward To The Bright Future My Children Will Have!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
Triumph is an absolute God send. I'm a parent of two and my oldest attended Jefferson district and I have nothing good to say about Jefferson. My youngest has been a Triumph student since Kindergarten and I can say I am pleased. The teachers truly strive at teaching. They each have their classrooms under control. The academics are the highest in our area. They have morale focus too which is a great asset to raising conscientious human beings. The atmosphere is inviting. The administrative staff is always helpful. Every school should be modeled like Triumph. The world would be a better place. Don't believe me? Take a tour. You won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My children have had Mrs. Gardner, Mrs. Belitz, and Mrs. Langton for kindergarten. Mrs. Gardner goes above and beyond, especially for kindergarten graduation. She was a very experienced teacher with great techniques. Mrs. Belitz tries very hard and does a lot of special things for her students and family but I'm not sure if she was flexible enough to reach students of all learning types. Mrs. Langton was nice but she seemed to do the bare minimum. The class graduation, which should have been a special occasion, was very lacking and disappointing. I also noticed that Mrs. Langton's aide, Mrs. Marks, used her cell phone A LOT during school hours and seemed very short with some of the students. If given the opportunity to do it all over again I would make sure ALL of my children had Mrs. Gardner for kindergarten. She's definitely the best.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
My 6 year old goes there and I am very pleased with her teachers they are awesome my kid has advanced so much I am so proud of her and it is thanks to the help of her teachers. I am very proud she says the pledge and that they have a moral focus. I love that they allow us acces to there grades and also that it is parent freindly in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
We've been at the school since my son helped with the ground-breaking! No school anywhere is perfect. There have been teachers we have not agreed with; but we were told before the school was built that the average NHA student scored 1.5 times grade level on standardized tests. By the time our son graduated 6th grade, he was scoring high 10th grade in all subjects... EXACTLY 1.5 times grade level! Bar set and cleared! Now that he's in his graduation year, we haven't found a high school that stacks up to NHA standards without raiding his college fund. Greg & Beth

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
My daughter attended Triumph for 7th and 8th grades. There are positives and negatives for this school. Picking up was bad in her first year and worse in her second. The big problem was their system wasn't enforced and should have been from the first week of school. All students are dismissed at the same time and, except for extra-curricular activities, have to be out of the building ASAP (unless you pay to have the after-school caregivers to watch your child.) People were parking in the pick-up lanes and leaving their vehicles to get their child(ren) instead using the parking spaces, resulting in blocking the people behind them as well as those in the parking spaces. They also did this at the entrances. If there's going to be a procedure for picking up your child, it needs to be enforced or else why bother having one? I love the uniform policy and the focus on education instead of the next social event which regular public schools seem to focus on. Again, the dress code was strictly adhered to in her first year and more relaxed in her second. There are no locks on the lockers so make sure that your child's things are clearly labeled. continued on another post...

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
continued... Their website leaves a lot to be desired. The calendar mentions the days off and the trimesters' beginnings and endings (which I prefer to semesters) but doesn't mention things such as basketball meets, events that were e-mailed to me, or tihngs that my daughter said were planned. On the positive side I liked being able to access my daughter's grades and having a link to e-mail the teachers (and they always responded promptly.) Parent-teacher conferences are planned in the fall and spring; however, it's first come, first served which made it more difficult to reach all of the teachers in the middle school because there was usually a line-up.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
Moral Focus! To have moral focus be one of the top priorities of this school is just an added bonus! I've been in other public schools and the lack of respect and morals displayed in the students is very sad! There is a different moral focus every month and these students are reminded of this on a daily basis in the monring assembly where they also say the PLEDGE OF ALLIGANCE everyday! TRIUMPH ACADEMY IS AN AMAZING SCHOOL! Check it out for yourself, don't listen to the myths out there, take it from someone whos been there and knows. Call the school take a tour and you be the judge...

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
I have a Kindergartner at Triumph Academy and I am thrilled thus far with the experience. Every week the teacher sends home a detailed newsletter stating what they have been working on and things to work on at home. So far the only negative is the lack of a bus system it can be tedious picking up and dropping off as you wait in long lines. Its worth it though because he getting a good education in a school that values safety and academics.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
We've just started our first year at Triumph after leaving Arborwood, and what a HUGE difference! Teachers and staff are very professional. Communication is EXCELLENT. Couldn't ask for better. Both the K and 1st teachers send home a weekly newsletter detailing what the children have been focusing on that week, reminders for upcoming events, and suggestions for at-home work. Both teachers are happy, friendly, and technology oriented (as is the whole school). Homework for both is appropriate--Arborwood didn't even assign K homework. The quality of the environment is vastly improved, too. Since there is no bus service, that automatically weeds out most parents who don't value their kids' education. I've yet to see any bullying or obnoxious behavior. Good diversity, too. And we love the uniforms! Makes mornings so much easier. Triumph might not be highest rated in MEAP, but they're good, and the superior environment for kids makes all the difference to me.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
The teachers are exceptional. My students receive postcards and letters over the summer reminding them to read and to keep their skills fresh. Communication has been wonderful and I really appreciate the extra steps taken to ensure the effort made to help the student in areas of struggle. Parent involvement is a must as there is no bus system. No buses also is a strain if you have multiple children and one in K as you drive to the school 3x/day unless you can afford their expensive after K program. I wish I could take the school with me when we move!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
We have been at this school since it first opened 8 years ago. There was much more parent involvement when the school was smaller than there is now. The environement is bar-none better than our local public schools. Much less bullying and negative behavior. This is priceless for kids with self-esteem issues. It is a much warmer, friendlier, encouraging environment. Academics were great through grade 4, 5th grade was a huge waste of time and the middle school needs work on it's academics, but it is still a better all around choice in my estimation. Teachers really try to respond when told that the children are bored and need a challenge. The squeaky wheel gets the grease for sure-we are not ignored. Our MEAP scores are slowly growing higher than the schools around us and are already higher in many areas. Sports are available but not a priority so teams are not winning ones. But the kids have fun and get to experience being on a team without aving to be a star already. There is not much fun to be had during the school day which is why my kids will tell you they hate the school. The principal has no interest in fun-he is all about academics. A little variation might be good sometime.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
Great teachers! Our son is in 2nd grade and has been there since Kindergarten. He is doing wonderful. Loves to learn. Love the dress code too.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
Worst possible choice we have ever made in our child's education! I literally wouldn't send my dog here if I were going away for the week. No enthusiasm. No genuine interest in children as individuals. If your kid is well disciplined and quiet, you can expect that he/she will receive little to no instruction or encouragement. As a matter of fact, my child never even received so much as a "good morning" from her teacher or any other staff on the way into the building...how strange for a school. Can you say, "These are the teachers who can't get hired anywhere else"? This seems to be a school that prides itself on the illusion that it is something disciplined, structured, and exceptional. It is unfortunate, but the reality is that this school screams "PAYCHECK" and nothing more. Would not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
Extremely disappointing experience thus far...my child's teacher lacks the professionalism and genuine care you would like to see in an educator (especially a kindergarten teacher)...my child, although extremely intelligent and well-behaved, has already learned to hate school and believes she is a failure. Because of my limited experience with the rest of the school, I will refrain from making a sweeping statement. However, I hope to see marked improvement in the next school year.

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December 10, 2009
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December 06, 2009
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July 22, 2009
Awesome school my daughter has exceled since she has been in the school! 5 star all the way great academics and great staff!

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April 22, 2009
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February 26, 2009
We find ourselves in a situation where we may need to leave Monroe County to look for employment and the number one thing that makes us sad about that possibility is that our daughter will have to leave Triumph Academy. We absolutely love the school, teachers, principal, and others involved with making this school the great place that it is. Our daughter is in second grade and has received an excellent education for all three years that she has been here. Teachers are caring and look to help the individual. They aren't just a number. I can't say enough good about this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
The principal at Triumph is the first to admit that the school isn't perfect, but they do try to improve. I am impressed with the MEAP scores as they get better each year. They are right up with the state average, with schools who have been around for many years, and this is only their 4th year. The teachers are positive and the assistant principal and principal are very good to work with. I notice dedicated teachers who will meet your child where they are at and encourage them to succeed. I am impressed with their hard work and dedication! I would recommend visiting the school and seeing for yourself. The negative reviews are disappointing, no school is perfect, but Triumph strives to get better and there is evidence of this. They are academically centered so there are no't many extracurricular, but they continue to add sports each year.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
Being a very new school, Triumph has done very well. My kids are above grade level and are challenged. The teachers and the principal will do all they can to see that my concerns are addressed and fixed. My kids actually have homework! My prayers have been answered.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
I know that no school is perfect but I feel that Triumph Academy is one of the best locally. My child is in 1st. grade and excelling. She reads very well, is learning math and science. Socially she is also doing well. Her teachers have been top-notch and very open to communication and adjustments that may need to be made on a personal level with my child. I feel that parental involvment is one of the priorities in helping my child get the best out of her education. The Staff, from the principal to the lunch workers are great and willing to be available when needed. I recommend this school to all I meet.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
Very unsatisfied with this school all the way around. It looked great from the outside looking in. It's not. I beleive a couple of teachers are worthy of a better school. I could go on and on but we've already wasted too much time on this school. Sad to say we think Jefferson was better.

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no rating January 29, 2008
We made a big mistake enroling our kids here. A few teachers are good and try to give their best. I do not see the majority of the staff modeling what they are Preaching. There is no school spirit. No enthusiasm. I feel the leadership in the school is extremely poor at best. When I hear many of these these employees, my first thought is 'Paycheck'. The ones who are good are very good. My kids loved school until they came here. Now they beg us to change schools. They still get good grades but are miserable. It's a struggle many mornings getting them to go. Also sports & fun classes are very limited. I'm not impressed with academics either.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
This is the first school that as a parent I feel comfortable being a part of my childrens school time. The teachers listen and try to do what they can for my child. The administration is weak in its ability to follow thru on its promises. No one feels as if they are actually the rule maker.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
The school has a few great teachers. Sadly, the odds are stacked against you child ever getting into their class. The principal is not a strong leader. Sadly, Triumph doesn't meet my expections and probably won't meet yours.

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no rating August 19, 2007
I love this school. All five of my children attend and I am impressed by how much my children have learned. I am also excited about the addition of after school sports.

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June 02, 2007
Academics are low quality. My child gets strait A's in many subjects. When I enrolled her they told me they would advance her in subjects as high needed to challenge her. They have not. Many of her classes are middle level for her grade. Basket ball & Track are available but we never got anything home about these. I can't say I'm impressed with the teachers or principal (including assistant). They seem to want to create rules as they go.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
Academics are limited to 6th graders and even still its limited to 1-2(track,basketball). Academic programs are poor. My 5th grader reads at 10-grade level and I was told that they would help him excell. He has been held in a grade-5 reading class all year.

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May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2006
This school is great for my 5th and 6th grader. The principal will work with you when you need and bullying is not permitted. My children are challenged to do their best and they do. If you go to Jefferson public school and walk the hall and then go here and walk the hall you will see a vast difference in behavior. I would recommend this school if you are willing to be active. Don't always think the best teacher is in the higher learning class. Triumph over all challenges and believes in students.

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Triumph Academy
3000 Vivian Road, Monroe, MI  48162
(734) 240-2610
Last modified Triumph 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.
Triumph Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top