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Eagle Creek Academy

Private | PK-8 | 150 students

We are known for rigorous academics and low teacher to student ratios.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $210,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted November 19, 2012

Making the decision on schooling for our children has been a tough task but a much rewarding one at the same time. I would assume the same for any parents considering the education of their children. For us, there is no compromise on higher education. After reviewing schools and attending open houses, our decision was to enroll our daughter at Eagle Creek Academy which was always at the top of our list. Our decision has begun to be a very comforting. It's amazing to know that our daughter is amongst such a great group of children that are so remarkably on track academically and socially. Our daughter is really excelling in her ability to learn and has received praise at the first awards ceremony! The children are being challenged and are learning everyday by such a positive group of teachers that have the children's best interests in their minds at all times. Does Mrs. Pinson ever stop smiling!?!? We have become friends with many parents who share the same goals for their children as we do for ours. Thank you to all the staff at Eagle Creek Academy! We are very happy with our decision and look forward to our children's learning with you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2012

Eagle Creek Academy is a great school with great children! The strong academics, small class sizes, caring and dedicated teachers, create the perfect atmosphere to learn. My son enjoys going to school every day, and he is consistently being challenged and encouraged. The school environment is beautiful and calming. It has been a wonderful opportunity for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

I have had a child enrolled at Eagle Creek for serveral years. We could not be happier with our choice. The teachers are excellant. They really care about their students and take a very caring roll in teaching, yet they continually challenge the students. Eagle Creek has a very family-friendly close-knit enviroment. They welcome all with open arms. We have fund-raisers every year that teach the children about giving back to the community. There are a lot of activities for the kids after school and extended field trips. Every year there is a camp- out for 3 days and last year the 5th-8th grade went to Space Camp. It has been a great experience for my child. The administration is very approachable with questions or concerns regarding your child. We made the right choice...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

Eagle Creek Academy is an OUTSTANDING choice for your children. Both my daughters have had amazingly positive experiences in ECA's Middle School. They had attended other schools previous to this, and, hands down, this school has been the absolute best. I have worked in education for over 20 years myself and have seen many different approaches to education, so I am a pretty tough critic! This school has met both my daughters' needs perfectly and they are very different learners. The teachers are very positive role models and always make learning fun and memorable. The principal is always available to answer any questions or concerns. She is honest, fair, and wholeheartedly a very caring person who truly wants the best for your child. I feel so fortunate for my girls to have had the experience of attending Eagle Creek Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

My daughter is in her fourth school year at Eagle Creek. The Students, The Parents, The Teachers, and the Space/Place are all Wonderful. My daughter is excited to attend and learn and grow every day. The academic environment at Eagle Creek Academy is just amazing on all levels. If Eagle Creek is geographically acceptable, do your kids a favor and visit ECA at their next open house.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

Eagle Creek Academy is, without a doubt, a beautiful and well-appointed facility; however, it is what goes on within our walls that is key to a child s development. The heart and soul of our school is, and always has been, our teachers, our curriculum and our small-group approach to learning. Our pre-school program has been growing by leaps and bounds and, as such, we have had to become more creative with our space. Our new classroom is smaller than our other classrooms, but still larger than those found at other area pre-schools. In addition, it houses a smaller number of students. It is well-equipment with the same educational, free play and dramatic play items found in our other preschool classrooms. Most of the items are brand new. The classroom is bright and cheery and its dedicated bathroom is less than 8 feet away. Our pre-school teachers interface regularly to ensure that our pre-school program is taught consistently across all four classrooms.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2012

Eagle Creek Academy has changed academic and social life for my kids. Beyond impressive. My oldest jumped more than 2 reading and math levels within months of attending and continues to thrive. Most important - she LOVES school and the atmosphere at her school and tells me so often. And they're working on International Baccalaureate certification which stresses critical thinking and an integrative approach to subject learning. This will be a big leg up in readying for upper grades. Also, I think it's the BEST tuition deal in the county for private school. Especially for middle school. With competition as it is now in any public or private high school, students MUST emerge from middle school ready to hit the ground running. These small 6, 7, and 8 grade classes focusing students on those critical skills will be ahead of the pack heading to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

All I can say is beware...Yes, the facility is amazing, but looking past the surface beauty I wouldn't say there is much there. I'm sure some of the teachers are probably good, but the owner/principal is completely inappropriate. She actually stated to me that ECA did not have a student with learning disabilites. Really? Not one? I find this hard to believe. I seriously question her knowledge and real ability to run a school. She also likes to tell people how much money her family has and this is how she was able to open the school. Again, inappropriate. The class sizes are small...this can be a plus or a negative...little limiting on friendships which is also an important part of the whole school experience.


Posted June 10, 2011

This was our first year at Eagle Creek, and we couldn't be more pleased. Our children were in the third grade and junior kindergarten. We found the environment to be warm, the academics to be challenging but not overwhelming, and the staff was AMAZING. My children LOVED going to school, to the point that they wave to the school if we drive by on days off. Their teachers were not only well educated, but they really fostered my childrens' love of learning, and provided them with a safe, secure, and exciting learning environment. We feel that our expectations as well as our childrens' needs on an academic, social, and emotional level were met and exceeded. The children were encouraged to excel in their studies, and have fun doing so. I love that the classroom max of 28 students, and the student to teacher ratio of 14:1. I appreciate that the principal is consistently looking at ways to improve the school, it's value, and quality, and that she values parent input in those processes. My children felt important, loved, and valued. We feel that they are getting an excellent foundation that they will be able to carry through their school years and into whatever life brings them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

We switched our kids to ECA this last year, because we were so disappointed with the local public school. We are so pleased that our kids have both had a wonderful year. The teachers were warm and encouraging, the students welcoming, and fellow parents so involved. Our kids learned so much and gained confidence. For anyone that is looking for individualized attention, the staff to student ratios are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

The smaller class size is the number one reason we finally chose ECA for our children, followed by the quality of the teacher. Our kindergarten teacher was fantastic. She encouraged the children to excel and challenged them to exceed expectations. Because of the intimate class size she was able to fine-tune her approach to each child when teaching and the results were evident. ECA has a strong and nurturing community where children are really cared for by the faculty, administration and even the other families. The school knows every family by name. We receive weekly feedback from the teacher as well as the principal on how the kids are doing. The parent involvement is also wonderful. Great children great families. There isn t a family that walks by that doesn t smile or wave it is just a nice place to be and to be a part of. We are extremely happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

We decided to put our son at ECA because of their small class size and junior kindergarten program. As we come to the close of the 2009-2010 school year, we could not be more pleased with our decision to enroll our son at Eagle Creek. He is excelling academically and has matured incredibly well. The teachers made efforts to insure he had diverse experiences that has helped build a great foundation. The teachers have been absolutely fantastic. Also, as more students enrolled during the school year, ECA added teachers to maintain the class size to continue to insure the students recieved very focused learning opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

2009-2010 is our first year at Eagle Creek. We enrolled for two major reasons: low student-to-teacher ratio and high academic standards. Smaller class size enables teachers to conduct assessments early in the academic year and design a specific learning plan for each child. My third grader received the one-on-one support she needing to improve her reading skills. High academic expectations are met because teachers can focus on each child s specific needs. My first grader started as an emerging reader; by April, she was reading at third grade level. The teachers are outstanding. They re easy to communicate with and truly care for their students. Kids can t be happy unless their teachers are happily employed! Our kids LOVE to come to school and thrive in this very individualized, caring environment. We were promised a LOT, and Eagle Creek has delivered. We re delighted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2010

My children attended Eagle Creek and I became increasingly disappointed with the school. We were promised many extra curricular classes and quality classes when we signed up. It became aware to us very quickly that others were also promised many things and the owner had no intention on fulfilling her promises. We were told what she thought we wanted to hear until we signed the contract. Many parents I have talked to are also very angry. I do not recommend this school to anyone. The science program is weak. That is another thing that they told us that they excelled at. The school is cutting back dramatically and not letting anyone know ahead of time. The owner/principle is also impossible to deal with about this matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

We are very happy to be part of the Eagle Creek Community. Everyone there works together to provide the students with a wonderful educational experience. The small class sizes give the opportunity for the teachers to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student. You don't have to wait for conferences to know how your child is doing. The teachers are in constant communication with the parents through conversations before and after school, emails, phone calls, and weekly class newsletters. It is a great place to feel involved with your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

My husband and I are very fortunate in that we can choose where we send our daughter to school. This Fall, she will enter 7th grade--and this year marks the third year we've chosen Eagle Creek Academy. Initially drawn by ECA teacher and instructor profiles, curriculum, class size and the beauty of the facility, we quickly found it easy to establish productive partnerships with faculty, staff and other parents. We've found Cathy Rondeau to be open, flexible and clearly committed to excellence for the children at ECA. Our family is looking forward to another outstanding year with the ECA community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

We have two children and switched from public last year. We wanted more challenge for our kids and individualized instruction and it has exceeded our expectations. The class sizes are perfect to allow interaction while allowing your child to move at the pace that is right for them. The kids know everyone in the school and have lots of friends across grade levels. The acedemics are exceptional and nurturing to boost self-confidence and grow and the teachers are superb. We had great teachers in public school as well but the smaller class sizes and the expectations of the school promote working harder to help your child succeed - in a subject they find difficult or one they excel in. It is a perfect environment to start their career and build the self confidence that will make them believe they can do anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I am a tough grader and realist. Five stars is virtually impossible to achieve, however, Eagle Creek is very close to it. We have two children who started two years ago and now our third child also will attend this year. The families, teachers and students make Eagle Creek a wonderful and positive environment in which to learn. As a 'young school,' Eagle Creek continues to improve itself year after year, and the owner really cares about what is best for the students, teachers and families. Parental and teacher feedback is considered and often implemented, and when it is not, a quantifiable justification is offered. Our family loves the extra-curricular / electives offered, such as Spanish (a native-speaking educator), technology, art, music and physical education. The diversity and small-sized classrooms allow our children to experience different cultures with ample guidance to foster advanced learning properly. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

My two children started at Eagle Creek last year - one in Pre-K and one in Kindergarten. Prior to Eagle Creek, the kids were in a local Montessori. The thing that I have been most impressed with is how much the kids have loved the experience. The teachers created an environment that made the kids really enjoy learning and still provided excellent academics. So many nights, my kids talked about how much they love Eagle Creek. They were challenged, but not stressed. The kids did an admission visit at an out of state private school because we thought we might be moving. That school was obviously very impressed with what they had learned. Parents are very involved at Eagle Creek, and the environment is open and friendly. You and your kids will be happy with the choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

We transferred our children last year from public school to Eagle Creek Academy. I think it is important to know that we had been at our public school for 4 1/2 years and our children had no hesitation to leave and were very eager to attend Eagle Creek. This is largely due not only to the beautiful facility, but the warm, friendly, enthusiastic staff! They could not have made the transition any easier. Academically you can't go wrong with Eagle Creek. Small class sizes, challenging curriculum and motivated teachers lead to a positive learning environment. Teachers go above and beyond. Small class size allows instruction to be individualized. Art, PE, and Music are wonderful programs! Socially the school is like a family and children become friends across grade levels. As a parent and teacher for 17 years in the public sector, I highly recommend Eagle Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 69%
African-American 12% 19%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Oakland Schools Excellence in Education Award (2010)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Cathy Rondeau
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Unaffiliated - Secular
Fax number
  • (248) 475-1616

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • MAPs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • co-ed soccer/basketball
Girls sports
  • co-ed soccer/basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Drum Club
  • Math club
  • Rotating Club Choices
  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • We are a small, family-centered school with a focus on core academics and low teacher to student ratios.
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$9000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Public high school
Consortium school (Int'l Academy)
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3739 Kern Rd.
Oakland, MI 48363
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Phone: (248) 475-9999

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