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Great Lakes Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 237 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2013

exceptional, always trying to find new ways to improve the students journey from child to adult from non learning to a great student


Posted August 16, 2011

The school is now ok I guess. I had a child there a few years back. They had a male fourth grade teacher who taught from an African Centered perspective and my daughter learned so much. My daughter and other students loved him. I was later told he found a job closer to home in Detroit. However , he did wake me up to the fact that African American children need to be taught from that perspective. Like Jewish students, Arab students, and all other students are taught from their perspective first and they are thriving. You don't see them getting a 2 out of 10 rating and have parents say the Principal leadership is great.. It's the leadership that drives the car. Now when my daughter and neighborhood students were attending there was a different Principal. This one might be okay but let the children focus on and learn from what make them great first, themselves. If Anyone knows Bro. Render tell him that his parents of his fourth grade class miss him and love him very much and thanks for teaching us that very valuable lesson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

The principal leadership is outstanding but there are many problems with the after school programs. There are no advanced classes for advanced students and the drop off and pick up of students is terrible but alot of that is due to poor parent involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2006

The level of academic programs is average. There are some extracurricular music programs. The extra curricular activities are an asset to the school, but the social behaviors of the students need tremendous work. The parent participation is very poor,less than 10% attend PCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

The school is wonderful! Its staff is great and realy cares about its students. Its a safe environment to put your child in. It has lots of sports like basket ball and foot ball. And other extracurricular activities like dance, stepping, book clubs (ect.) It has spelling bees and talent shows which get the parents help and input. The kids enjoy going there and the parents love that there kids love it and most importantly that they are safe. The kids have great teachers who devote there time into helping them suceed in all of there goals no matter how high. The teachers love to send home notes that tell you step by step how your child is doing. If he or she needs help the teachers will try and try to make sure your child understands what is being taught.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

This is a great school for normal students. The school offers foreign language starting in Kindergarten, extended day program (for a small fee) in which a parent can choose an area for additional tutoring that their child may need, and science classes starting in elementary school. If you have a child with a disability this may not be the school for you and your child for example they do not have ramps for a child in a wheelchair, the teachers are fairly new and inexperienced with children that need additional behavior reinforcement and forget it if your child has ADHD. The school is based heavily on discipline more than positive behavior reinforcement. The school hired a new energetic At-Risk Coordinator that seems to be inspiring both teachers and students to do their best. My advice would be to visit the school and see if it meet your individual need for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

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

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
17%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
6%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
4%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
5%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
10%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
10%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
0%
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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19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


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
African-American 87% 18%
Hispanic 9% 6%
White 3% 69%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Multiracial N/A 2%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 198%N/A48%
Female 251%N/A48%
Male 249%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Michelle Parham
Fax number
  • (248) 334-6457

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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46312 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI 48342
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Phone: (248) 334-6434

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