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Pontiac Academy For Excellence - High School

Charter | 9-12 & ungraded | 386 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2012

As of this year a new superintendent has taken over the district. Since she has come on board she has let most of the good teachers leave and fired some of the other great ones! This school has been heading in the right direction for the last four years, I don't understand what she is thinking; or if she is thinking at all! This school is heading downwards, get your kids out now!


Posted September 8, 2011

I just enrolled my son to this school this year..and i dont really know anything about it much. But my son says that his teacher yells alot at them as well as criticize them for just one little thing. I mean why dont the teacher come to me as a parent and talk to me about my son's behavior unless he wasn't doing anything wrong at all!!! Above all, my son is only in kindergarten!! so please tell me, should i just transfer out?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2010

We love this school. Our kids are in good hands and these teachers care. Mr. Sedick is a wonderful principal with so much patience and he genuinely cares about all his kids. Great job PAE we are happy to be a part of you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

The faculty and staff are dedicated to the education and nuturing of a community of children that are eager to learn. I love working here, being a parent of students here and watching the tremendous growth that happens inside the walls of PAE everyday!


Posted October 7, 2009

Our school is truly a community school. We are educating and mentoring our students to be leaders and contributors to the Pontiac community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 2, 2008

Mr Brilhart is an excellent principal. He leads in all areas of a great education. He offers the students opportunities to set goals, receive recognition and keeps the teachers involved to reporting successful students for special recognition by him, I am happy and please that my granddaughters are a part of such an encouraging and focused school environment. The teachers are available to discuss any issues.


Posted September 30, 2008

Pae did wonders with my brother n cousin and now i have my daughters attedning. Most of the staff are nice and i love their teachers! Best school in awhile in Pontiac.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

I am a teacher at PAE, and we work extremely hard to provide the best education possible to the students we serve. There is no perfect school, but PAE comes close. Teachers take from their own homes to help the students, as well as their families. We are here for the students and not the paycheck.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 10, 2007

I have had my 2 sons in this school from the beginning. My son is in the band. He also gets special education. My youngest son got top meap scores this year in his third grade class. I go to all the events , getting ready for the parent empowerment today can't wait for that. Teachers are great. Mr Evans is wonderful. Mr Jackson is great! No complaints here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2006

In my opinion so far this is a great school for you child to attend, the staff and teachers are great w/the children. My daughters Teacher was absolutely great. That may of only been Kindergarden, but she also attended Headstart in a seperate part of the building(not PAE) that was good too. My experience w/the school is great, everyone is freindly towards me, and whom ever comes w/me to pick up my daughter as well as my daughter and the other lil girl I pick up. It's very clean, safe and seems to be a great learning environment. As well the teachers seem to be there for more than just a paycheck. At least the ones I've encountered there. A safer parking lot to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

i,m a student at pae i've been for two years now and its a great school if you need help there is always someone there to help you the prinicpal Dr.Evans is a very close friend of my he was there in times of need not only as a principal but as a friend so parents you should send your kids to pontiac academy of excellence they will get a great education you want them to have
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2006

I am very pleased with this school. My daughter attends there and she is enjoying it. I do agree with other parents who have complained about the lunch hour; how the children are disciplined for talking; they need that time to let out some energy. The quality of academic programs are beginning to raise as the children are progressing in their learning, just as well as the extracurricular activities. Thank you PAE staff for your full attention to the children and their potential (especially with my daughter).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

I am currently attending Pontiac Academy for Excellence, and have now for 2 years. I am one of 16 other 10th grade students currently enrolled in the 2004-2005 school year, which is coming to a close. I appreciate several after-school activities, to which I attend, which include, video editing club, boy scouts, Venturing, and others. This school means a lot to me, not only because it is extremely close to where I live, but because I go to school everyday and I feel safe and cared for. The school is always clean. The teachers care for us in plenty of ways. They keep us on track, and never leave us behind. The curriculum is just perfect. I come to school to learn, and this school meets my needs. Thank you Dr. Evans, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, teachers and staff, for all these great memories, and the knowledge I now have!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2005

This school is great. I was a student. I attendeed that school for exactly 3 1/2 years. I now attend chippewa vally high school. Which is a total change for me. Since ive been at that school there has been many complanets about what we dont have but what they arnt relizing is we have things that others dont have for example free drivers training or they had an arcade room and from what i am hearing they are also gaining another building for the high school. This school has achieved many of my goals towards education and hopefully continues to achieve many others educations.They are accompishing many goals but veryu slowly give them time and they can help you achieve yours also.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 23, 2004

I have 3 children currently enrolled in the school, from 1st grade to 9th grade. It is often a challenge to get a straight answer from the principal, overall the school has more postives than negatives. The staff is younger and more innovative. The school being so new and still going up a grade means that you have more input into formulating the direction this school will go. It is tending to be a very good school for creative arts and will only get better there if they continue with the band and dance programs they offer and add in drama. They will be adding video editing which will tie into all the programs. It beats Pontiac for cleanliness, safety and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

The school is the worst school to send your children to. The principle doesn't want to talk to you if you aren't saying anything positive. The kids don't have a gym to go to let off some energy, and they can't even socialize during caferteria (lunch) time. The discipline is great. It seems to be the only thing they are concern with. When this year is up, my daughter and I are planning to take our kids out of there. Those kids are just as bad as the kids in the public school, so why not send our kids to public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2003

Dr. Evans is the principal and has been recognized nationaly . Extracurricular activities include band, sports, dance, choir. There motto is no student is to be left behind Principal and staff really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

90 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 29% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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

All Students2%
Female0%
Male5%
African American2%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities3%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students15%
Female14%
Male17%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities19%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students2%
Female2%
Male2%
African American2%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities3%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students5%
Female5%
Male5%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities6%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students9%
Female7%
Male12%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities11%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

93%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

83%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 67% 18%
Hispanic 27% 6%
White 3% 69%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 153%N/A48%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 263%N/A48%
Male 147%N/A52%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Alonzo Terry
Fax number
  • (248) 409-5730

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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196 Cesar E Chavez Ave
Pontiac, MI 48342
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Phone: (248) 745-9420

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