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K-8
Public charter
Roseville, MI
Students enrolled: 745
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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25275 Chippendale St
Roseville, MI 48066

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(586) 498-9171
(586) 498-9173
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September 13, 2012
I like this school. No school is perfect but I appreciate the hands on relationships with my daughter's teachers, the quick follow up on email and the daily feedback. I wish they had more extracurricular activities and were dismissed at different times to stagger the kids in and out to avoid the ouside traffic. I also wish my daughter had spanish class more than once a week. But overall I don't regret sending my daughter to this school..

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
Parties, fun and festivities galore! Woot! Your child will LOVE it here. As a parent, seriously trying to prepare my child for an academically challenging world, Reach Academy could "reach" far more for academics. They spend more time on "reviewing" than they do teaching the standard material for the actual grade your child is in. Therein lies the biggest problem with Reach: Your child receives a basic/average education at best. Reach doesn't excel in challenging their most promising students. The student populace here is mediocre--average and while the teachers take the entire first semester trying to "catch up" most of the class, students who DID learn the previous year's material have to sit and suffer through half a year of review. Thus, the excelling students are ultimately doomed to mediocrity. AND, to mask their mediocre standards, the the kids take BS classes where almost everyone earns a "3.0" to "average" out the important classes and the grading scale is a confusing mess. This school doesn't give out "A's" or a 4.0-A sign I see that speaks volumes of its lack of academic excellence. Reach, it's been fun, but I've "reached" my limits on compromising my child's education.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
I went to this school and I had some much fun we have so much parties but my favorite is the "Green Party"!!!! We had freeze pops and played games but I see all these comments and I'm very confused.....???

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2012
We just completed our first school year with Reach. I was not impressed with the office staff as there were occasions we were misinformed and the staff seemed confused. REACH can do a better job ennsuring accurate information is shared with office staff, teachers, and parents. Overall the academics for my kindergartner was great. However I think the school was too strict with code of conduct. Students would get in trouble for normally "kid paly". Also, more male teachers are needed. Although my child's teacher was awesome! Despite the minor disappointments with the school staff and conduct policy, I would recommend the school for incoming kindergartners.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I give this school an excellent rating! I started my daughter in first grade and I am very sorry we did not know about it for kindergarten. My daughter is now in 3rd grade and the education she is receiving is unbelievable! I live in Saint Clair Shores and choose to drive my daughter to this school everyday because it is academically the better choice. We tried kindergarten in the SCS Public schools. That was a complete waist. My daughter could have taught the class. this school does have many rules. If you have a difficult time with rules then it is not the school for you. These rules help keep the order. I want my child to learn respect for others and appropriate behavior? This school expects this from the children and hopes for it with the parents. If you are looking for high academic and moral standards then this is the school for you. The teachers we have had are great. I could not have asked for better teachers! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade! They have had some change in staff but as a new school I think that is to be expected. There are some who have a problem with this school...but they were probably a problem! I would, and do recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
This is one of the worst schools that I have ever had my child attend. My daughter text me on her phone to get a mandatory item. My husband left work to bring it to her because it was an emergency and they let it sit in the office for over an hour. When I called them instead of being concerned about my daughter they were more concerned about her cell phone. I thought the principle might think differently then the secretary but nope, the principle was in agreement. Forget my child's emergency, "no texting in school." They then yelled at my daughter and created this ridiculous cell phone policy where every child that has a cell phone have to turn it in to the teacher when they arrive at school. Wow, schools like this are why our children are suffering. They are more concerned about parking lot, cell phone control versus the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
I used to be a Middle Level student at Reach. At the beginning of the year everything was fine. But towards the middle and end of the year it got worse! But it was their first year with a middle level so I thought next year would be better. But it wasnt. It was WAY worse than the year before! So many things went wrong. Teachers seemed like they didnt care about the students. The students lashing out and interrupting other students learning. PDA all over the hallways. Academical... It was okay. but with all the disruptions it was hard to get things done. So I would not suggest Reach Charter Academy to others. But not to get the wrong idea, it's a pretty good school.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2011
I went to this school and I had fun. When I attended, there were so many activities to do that were really fun and some were challenging.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2011
I would highly recommend Reach Academy. My son was part of the Read Program at the school, where he partnered with a middle school student who taught him to read better, and his reading has continued to flourish. I do believe the school is strict but I believe that is one of its' great qualities. They do not allow bullying or negativity by the students and even the parents. I have seen some parents act inappropriate on the playground, parking lot and at assembly - and then they are the biggest complainers about the school. I believe some people just thrive on being negative. Julie Breakiron is the new principal and is doing a great job. She is positive, caring and has been with the school since it opened only three years ago. I highly recommend Reach. It has truly been a blessing to my family!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
I have had my kids at Reach since they opened. I was pretty happy the 1st 2 years, but this year it has FALLEN APART. The K dean doesn't return calls, she's negative, & cold. The middle school dean is flaky & should be with preschoolers - not 12 year olds. The principal is negative and hostile. Even when there is good news she has to throw in something negative. The new discipline rules are awful. They are so negative & demeaning. I'm leaving this year, & will NEVER recommend Reach. So sad, too. With a happier, more postive administration - this school would be without a doubt the best around.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
Awesome school, great teachers and administration. This is the best school, in this area for sure. I wish the Roseville school district would take lessons from how this school is run and how the teachers act. The only regret I have is that by moving away from the area it will no longer be feasible for my son to go to this school. This is a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
This School would in my eyes a 5 Star School under the rite leadership. If it had a principal that listened, better attitude,more experience, left her office door open once inwhile,showed up to after school funtions, worried about the kids education as much as she does if they are 1 minute late, knows how to use the phone service,and will not call my house at 8 p.m with a week old message. I could go on and on,but if your a parent at this school you will know what I'm talking about. I don't want to pull my child from this school,but with Ms. Dowker runiing it might be like many other parents and do so.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
We love this school so far. My son has learned so much this year in Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
I love the school and the teachers at the school. My sons teacher is wonderful. She is always keeping me informed with my sons progress. She was willing to tudor him if he needed it, but after she spent some time with him she found that he is right where he needed to be. His first grade teacher was just as wonderful! The only issue that I have with the school is when I see the principal she never acknowleges with a hello. She has stressed so much this year that if you are a minute late you will receive a detention. My son who has never been late for school is so worried about being late he has started having night terrors. His teacher has talked to him about this and that seemed to have helped. I understand "sorta" why they express this, but she needs to realize that there are some children out there that this may have an affect on. Again, the teachers that my son has had over the last two years have been wonderful, thoughtful and caring people. I have never hesitated to call and ask questions.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Started out with great expectations 2.5 years ago. The first year was fantastic-a teacher who TRULY communicated with parents and kept us informed. Since then I have had meetings, been on the receiving end of promises that have NOT been kept and feel as though the teachers/deans are simply saying whatever they think I want to hear with no follow thru. My child will not be returning to Reach next year. I also have to agree with the parents who have pointed out the shortcomings of the principal--open door policy does NOT exist, and she does talk down to parents. I personally witnessed a dressing-down of a father (in front of a group of other parents) who was not deserving of the treatment he got--but was unwilling to protest for fear his wife's relationship with the school would suffer.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
Hello'm Elizabeth. My daughter is Ava. She will be five april 6th. We are moving to the neighborhood in a few weeks. I read about this school . I have a few questions... Is it free? is it a private academy? Any responses would be grateful! thanks so much!!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2010
Also, the PTA is very clicky. If you dont get along with/share the same exact opinions as Robin Page, you wont have any say in what happens at the school.

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2010
Ms. Dowker/Principal did not have an open door policy as she claimed. I had an issue that needed to be addressed by her and she kept referring me to the Dean over the Young 5's who in turn would refer me back to Ms. Dowker, the Principal. I really felt as if I was getting the run around and as a result I had to remove my child from the school, because our issue was never addressed. After I withdrew my child from "Reach Academy" the Principal, Ms. Dowker finally discussed the issue with me "via email." I was not pleased. I just hope no other children/pupils at Reach Academy fall between the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
I like this school and the way they challenge your child academically, plus the moral focus daily. My concern is the way they use a grading scale and it is not even across the board. They use a point system (0.5-4.0) instead of A's, B's, etc., When you go to the meetings and ask for clarity, the principal sends you right back in circles. Possibly making you more confused about the system then you once was. On the upside the environment feels a lot safer in which I believe the children are more at ease to learn. The principal also needs to learn how to talk to the parents and not announce in a PARENT meeting or other, "I NEED ALL PARENTS AT A ZERO." Just because you use this term effectively with our children doesn't mean you speak to their PARENTS with the same demeaner!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
I love their moral focus program and the morning assembly which I can attend daily. I love that the teachers all have really fresh and innovative ideas to keep the children engaged and learning. I love that the principal keep things running as efficiently as possible and is always accessible for comments and/or questions. I love the open communication between me and the school, and also between me and the children's teachers. I never feel out of the loop! There have even been many times my kids teachers have called or sent a postcard in the mail simply to say HI and/or to let the kids know how much they enjoy having them in their classroom. I love the positive energy that comes out of every person working there. I am proud to be a Reach Academy parent, they help make me a better mom and person.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
My kids have been here since it started, and my son could not even read when he started here he is now in fourth grade and reading at a sixth grade level , not fomenting all his other studies are significantly improved . Also my daughter is in the top of her class and before at the last MHD school she was at the bottom . The care they take in education and for the safety of are children alone sold us. Also I wanna give props where there needed Mr. Lee the music teacher taught my daughter to play a clarinet in two hours and she's good , I would recommend this school to Anyone , little incentive a few years from now is rumored that there going to mAke it so the kids can graduate there k -12 one school the potential for are children are much greater!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
Reach has restored my belief that a school is there to help my child acheive his Best. Our previous district totally destroyed my belief and did not help my child even when I just about begged for help. At Reach I didn't even have to ask for help. They know where my child is at in his education. They know his strenghts and his areas of weakness. They have given me back Faith in a what a school should acheive, that my child's education is a partnership between the school, my child, and his parents. My daughter is in her first year of college so I've been through different levels of education with her. This is by far the best I've seen. There is no system that is perfect out there, but Reach has 'told' my child he matters, he can do great things, he can achieve! The Staff is wonderful, I could go on and on about what I've seen and experienced; EVERY experience has been positive! Every child should know they count, they're part of a community, they have a responsibilty to themselves and each other. 'Reach' you are a Role Model that a lot of schools should be following. I would encourage any parent to come see what we have found. I would never go back to our previous district. They now claim 'No Better Education', I want to shout from every corner 'Oh yes there is!' Thank you Reach!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Because it's just a good school for anybody kids to go to poor,rich and its helpful and will pay out for your kid

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
I love Reach for its Moral Focus and parental involvement pillars. It lays a foundation that every child and every school needs to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Everyone from staff to volunteers is 100% involved in the students achieving the best education. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Every week for the first few months, we got personal phone calls from our children's teachers. The school encourages parental involvement at the highest level. The Parent Room is a nifty resource. Parents can access the school (parent room only) 24/7. And the Principal is always visible and she runs a tight ship. I would recommend REACH to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
This school was great until my son started having difficulty in math. If you're not able to keep up with the class during the day, you're forgot. I transferred my son back to Roseville Schools and they had a Math Tutor in the class 3 times a week. His math improved from a c- to a b+

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
My two boys were moved to Reach because of a rise of aggression and lack of respect by the students in our public school last year. At Reach Academy we have been overwhelmed with kindness and courtesy and my boys are thriving. The Reach curriculum is excellent and they have what so many public schools are lacking--a Librarian who is there everyday and works with the kids just like when we were growing up. Also, their specials teachers don't have to rotate buildings like so many districts do...the PE, Music, Technology and Art teachers are there daily and the kids have all 4 every week. Lastly I would like to share how very welcome parent suggestions are to the Principal and staff. Excellent school.

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February 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
I am a Reach Academy parent and I have to say this school is exactly what my son needed. The discipline is consistent and all the children know exactly what is expected. Academically Reach does not have a great rating since every student was brand new to it in the 2008 - 2009 school year and standardized testing is taken in the fall. From a personal stand point my son has grown years of knowledge in a very short time. Reach has its own testing they do 3 times a year so you can see your child's personal academic growth or lack of. If a child plateaus at any point, the teachers and staff address it immediately and make sure the child once again becomes challenged. Wait to see this schools test scores rise over the next five years as children established there are tested in the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
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November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
This the perfect school for your children if they are perfect. The teachers have no idea how to control children that aren't perfect and will do anything in their power to remove a child that becomes a challenge to them. They are very robotic and to the script with the kids. They are programmed to be kind and follow a script much like a telemarketer. When things go crazy and the script doesn't work then your kid is out the door.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
It is the 1st year, so keep that in mind when looking at ratings/scores. These are kids that came from all over the Detroit metro area, & when they take a test in October (MEAP) you are really testing what they learned in the previous year (at their old school). Reach also does MAP testing, & if you were to see those results you would see just how much growth the students showed from September to May. That is what tells the story! I am sure you would find Reach far superior to the public schools in this area: academically, socially, and morally!

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2009
This school has great potential. They have an awesome curriculum. My son's kindergarten teacher has been top notch. The building is remodelled, clean, and has a great air system. There are numerous positive aspects here, but nothing is perfect and there does seem to be a problem with a turnover its staff members. But as every school has its problems, I recommend it highly over the local public schools. A moral focus program is integrated in everything that is done here and therefore Reach (as other National Heritage Academies) has a quality that public schools are lacking.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2009
I must say I am impressed w/ this school due to this being the first year of opening! They are well organized and overly concerned with your child and his/her needs. Everyone in the school greets you with a smile. I do wish they have more extra-curricular activities and language classes but hopefully they will come in due time! Keep up the great work Reach Rockets!

- submitted by a parent
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Reach Charter Academy
25275 Chippendale St, Roseville, MI  48066
(586) 498-9171
Last modified Reach Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Reach Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top