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Mt. Clemens Montessori Academy

Charter | K-5 & ungraded | 333 students

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $53,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $720.

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Posted April 29, 2014

I cannot say enough great things about this school. The atmosphere is warm and loving. It is full of a staff who are all caring professionals who will go above and beyond for their students. The curriculum is differentiated to fit the needs of the students. The curriculum challenges students to reach their full potential. All the parents are involved, and help to make sure the school is a great place for the children. I am pleased all around with Mt Clemens Montessori. My children have grown so much in their years at this school. I love knowing they are part of a school where the staff really cares, and will do what they can to make sure my children are becoming successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I have been a parent at the school for many years. MCMA has provided them with an extraordinary education. I have seen my children gain confidence, flourish, and excel both socially and academically. I strongly believe a child's education has to be a successful partnership between parents, teachers and administration--this is definitely one of MCMA's strong points. Individualized attention, personal recognition, and encouragement is a part of each of my children's education and strongly contributes to their success. When my daughter was going through some "girl drama" issues, the teachers and administration dealt with it swiftly, personally, and kindly--recognizing how important it was to my daughter, even when most adults may perceive the issues as "silly". They truly care about each and every child that is in their care and I have the utmost respect and confidence in the school's ability. I wouldn't even think about going elsewhere. My son had some academic issues--the teachers identified it quickly, met with myself and my husband, lined us up with additional help, as well as providing us with the tools he needed. He is doing amazing now because of their interventions!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

I can not speak for others, but I have been nothing but happy with the education my children have received at MCMA. The teachers are extremely dedicated and truly work hard to make sure every child succeeds. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure the individual needs of every child (academically and socially) are met. My children have attended MCMA for many years making their way through the Preschool to the Elementary program. Along every step of the way my children have been successful due to the Montessori approach that focused on the needs of each child. Yes, through the Elementary program it is not traditional Montessori, but it continues the Montessori philosophy of focusing on the individual child and their needs. The staff are welcoming and the administration is very open and accessible to all parents. The administration and teachers are in constant contact with parents to keep them informed of how a child is doing in school and any help they may need. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants an environment where their child will succeed in partnership with family, students, and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

When I see negative reviews I have to chime in. This school us nothing but great and I highly recommend. Teachers are excellent and it's small size allows them to focus on the children. Great gem in Mt. Clemens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

NOT HAPPY PARENTS-we don't write reviews, but in the case we felt it necessary. Approx 30% of these reviews were negative should have read them before we registered, but now can speak from experience. First, we see schools not only as a place of academics, but also a place where we entrust our childs safety and emotinal well being. Administration is ineffective! Very poor communication from Administration unless payment is needed. Bullying not addressed effectively, with the exception of Administration telling kids not to do it. Heard teachers outside & during summer camp complain about things involving the school and their work. Heard some teachers speak rudely and impatiently to students. Not a Montessori philosophy. We loved our kindergarten teachers, but my child attended a true montessori pre-school then we transfered to MCMCA so I agree this school is Montessori in name only. Wasn't worried so much about the state of the building until I saw the principal pull up in a Mercedes while the daycare kids were all roasting hudled up by 1 fan during the hot summer months. SHAMEFUL! Summer Camp, expensive. Flyer makes it sound great, but truly not the case. Transferring to public.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

Very pleased with the education that my daughter is receiving here it's her first year and she loves it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

this is not a school. it is a FOR PROFIT business. it claims to be a Montessori yet the staff is not Montessori certified . just ask . * the wait to pick up your child is 30mins every day. * hot lunch has to be ordered a month in advance and its expensive. * the building its self is in a poor state and resembles a juvenile detention center. when I first approached the building I was not sure where to enter as the front doors looked more like a loading dock. * they introduce the children to a second language, french. in this country the french language is a useful as to them as learning to skin an ant. most schools introduce spanish as it is not a waste of valuable brain power. After 3 months i pulled my child from the school and it was the best decision ive made since ....ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

I am very happy with the education, values, and work ethic my children receive here. They are being prepared for future endeavors and are making valuable friendships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

A lovely little school. Its not going to impress you in terms of facilities, but as your child attends - you realize it has a homey feel to it. Its also not "so nice" that the adults spend all their time trying to keep the kids from breaking anything, lol. All the kids know each other regardless of grade. And there is several fun functions through out the year to get everyone together. I have genuinely liked every teacher my son has had so far. They will work with parents regarding special needs and they are up front about how much help they can offer. It is a small charter school after all. I appreciated their honesty when my son was facing certain issues. Thankfully, i was able to attain help for him in different ways and he is still attending. I honestly have no complaints with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

If you have a perfect child he/she will get a good education. But if you have a child that is slightly off perfect or especially has any special need, this school is not for your child. They will fail as a school for your child because they are not prepared for anything but perfect students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

WE LOVE MCMA! It will be sad when my son has to change schools! The teachers and staff are AWESOME! Highly rate it on all levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

I have had kids in this school for 9 straight years, both of my boys have/had a wonderful experience!! My youngest requires extra support for reading and speech, and has recieved not just support but one on one support. He sees at least one support teacher everyday, rather it be for reading or speech. I have nothing but the highest amount of respect for the teachers and the office worker who work so hard to give all of the students what they need to be successful. Ms Genie is wonderful and as a parent with a child with extra needs I can say that she has been on the side of what is best for my son and answered every question that I have had. I do not have concerns that he is being bullied or picked on because of his speech, at this school that is not tolerated. As a side note, I want to say that Ms Kay in the office, knows every child by name and even with my son at a factor 15 on the drama scale she is kind and patient. I have and will continue to recommend this school highly!! I drive 30+ miles round trip for each drop off and pick up, and it is worth every minute that I spend in my car.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Absolutely LOVE this school. My daughter is in kindergarten and has learned a lot through the Montessori cirriculum.I have watcher her excel in areas I origionally thought she might have problems with. The teachers and staff are wonderful. I would highly reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

If there is an available space for your child to attend this wonderful school, race over there right now and register. This is a very unique school which continues to celebrate the curiosity and exuberance which naturally occurs in young children. Although a charter school cannot be totally Montessori, the Montessori spirit and philosophy thrive in this building. The kindergarten and preschool rooms are more traditional Montessori. All classrooms have an assistant for at least part of the day. This is a huge benefit which lowers the student to teacher ratio in favor of the students. The teachers are dedicated to helping children reach academic and social goals. The administration is responsive to parent and student needs and will often think outside the box to problem solve. I truly love this school.


Posted July 24, 2011

I have been in the field of education for 22 years, the last 12 as a member of the MCMA family. The staff works tirelessly and selflessly together for the success of every student. Staff and administration work with parents and students as a team in a caring and respectful manner. I often read about schools opening with new teaching methods and have to laugh to myself because these new methods are often ideas that have their very roots in the Montessori Philosophy. These methods have been implemented and proven successful at MCMA since the school s inception 40 years ago. I whole heartily recommend this school.
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Posted July 17, 2011

An incredible school. The entire staff from administration, secretarial, assistants and teachers makes you feel welcome and truly care about the children at the school. I would recommend this school to family and friends without a hesitation. My children have attended the school from preschool (21/2 yrs. old). I have twins who are now in the fourth grade and they look forward daily to go to school. They cannot wait till the fall. Obviously, every comment written by anyone needs to be taken with a "grain of salt:."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

To Wayne State mom, fortunately your child attended the school BEFORE it became a charter school 8 years ago. It has been in a state of transition ever since. If you pay for pre-school then you won't have a problem but if you are looking for a "free" education K-5 then you really have to make a good impression. Our children are thankfully well-adjusted and I agree THE TEACHERS MAKE THE SCHOOL. No need to give the principal any credit because she will make sure she tells you that she's the one who's hired them because of HER 40 years of ownership! The administration needs to update their discipline policies to handle over-looked bully situations throughout our last 9 years through this school. Unfortunately it seems that the Parent Guild has had quite an influence on the administration because for the last 4 years a few select parents have been running the show. I would love to recommend this school because of the great teachers but there are so many more charter schools with better resources. Shady fundraising talks, good parents have walked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

I loved this school the first few years as an active parent & the lower grades were wonderful. The teachers make this school! It doesn't have a lot of the special things that you equate w/ elem. ed. & the administration lacks the problem solving skills that are essential for effective & respectful parent communication & children that are growing/learning. Although the principles have been at the school for yrs, that's the selling pt of their expertise. Now that my children have transferred to another top notch elementary school in SH I see it's not so hard to go the extra mile to get alot of the amenities that our children deserve! This school has wonderful MEAP scores, however it's up to the teachers/parents to go the extra mile for the children in terms of making the building/educational offerings better because the administration won't although they seem really nice. As far as Montessori ed., it's really just a name here. Pre-school & kindergarten uses Montessori Materials, however beyond that there are no Montossori materials used. This is really a school that everyone has to experience for themselves & see if it holds up to your standards & what matters most to you...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

I am thinking about enrolling my student in MCMA. I was a a bit worried when I took the tour of the school. It seemed a bit old and disorganized and most importantly I didnt see much of the montessori methods being used. I did see a teacher correcting with red pen, and instead of groups of children working together on one goal the teacher was teaching. Now obviously these are not nessisarily bad things just not what I was expecting. Also, I can not get a true opinion of the school from one look around. I would love any parents to really tell what they think about the school. (Children attend this year, please.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

My daughter attended Mt. Clemens Montessori pre-school through 5th grade. She is now attending Wayne State University on 4 year scholarship and is getting ready to enter Medical School there. The school is to get the credit for her ability toLISTEN. And if you think about it, we teach our kids to talk, walk but do we teach our children to listen, with both ears? Because of this, my daughter is and has been a 4.0 student, very level headed and I thank you Ms. Genie and Mr. Costa for the gift you gave my daughter, Alicia.
—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.

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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

50 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 45% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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32%

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24%

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30%
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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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 70% 69%
African-American 16% 18%
Asian 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian 1% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 117%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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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Stelgene P'Sachoulias
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  • (586) 465-2283

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1070 Hampton Rd
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
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