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Southfield, MI
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24218 Garner St
Southfield, MI 48033

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November 23, 2014
This is a terrible school. I was told by my son 9th grade Biology teacher, that my son was marked absent for attending his honor roll ceremony. He told me it's. Policy. Most teachers really care about students there. Other's clearly don't.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
This is my kids first year in pre-K therefore I'm ALL IN EVERYTHING. TWO women presented themselves as if they were going to be the teachers, awesome year, fun trips etc. My child does not open up to many at all but, them as a team made it happen so I allowed my child to continue. Orientation & home visit the same people were there so why in the heck when school starts its not that way with almost 15 kids & the people my kid became comfortable with. I really feel it was a hoax or some sort of commercialed teacher duo just to get people to enroll. Its already rumors going around that BRADFORD Academy do whatever for the STATES MONEY & can probably care less about the actual education. No one has even formally told me where the other woman went that's how i know its all about the $$. Next year won't happen for my kids if its problems in the elementary its no need in going further with the school at all. As a parent when u say its going to be a certain way and we leave our kids....it should be that way period unless something drastic happened but it looks to just be all fake.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
All I can say is, I graduated from Bradford Academy as the class Valedictorian of the first high school graduating class in 2011. When I attended Bradford I was quite in the middle about how I felt about the school. The teachers were good but the administration was terrible. There was favoritism, amongst students and administration which was strange and no help for students who were intrested in college. Furthermore I was never contacted from the school again after I graduated although I've learned other students from my graduating class who did not even graduate In the top 10% have been asked to go back and speak. The school clearly can't appreciate the few good things they have, the teachers and their hardworking students. They are overly concerned with appearance and not with quality of education. I hope it gets better.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2014
My son has attended this school for almost three years. I have no complaints. The teachers also respond to my emails. The teachers also sends me a copy of his weekly homework plan. The elementary school social worker was excellent. She really cared about the best interest of my son. Not to mention, there were other great role models& teachers that supported my son academically and focused on improving his behavior. Honestly, I don't think that this school receives enough credit! My son lives this school and so do I! Thank you to all of the dedicated staff! It takes a team to raise children these days and we as parents need to take some responsibility and actions to ensure that our children our successful!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Unfortunately I have to agree with the majority of one star rating posts. This school is mainly concerned with "customer" satisfaction and not with educating "clients" or students. The five star ratings do seem suspicious or planted/posted by the company. If you send your child to this school you can be sure your child will pass to the next grade but will not be in most cases ready for the next level. I give this school two stars for the teachers that remain at the school who are doing their best to help the few students who do want to learn.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2013
Bradford is a great place to work & Choice Schools is a great management company to work for. The teachers care deeply about the kids here, the assistant principals are stellar, and the management company has dedicated their resources to turning this school into something to be proud of. I'm proud of what Bradford has become.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2013
As a new parent of Bradford, I have to admit that I was attracted to the bussing program they offered this year. Especially since Pre-K was to be picked up and dropped off at the front door of their homes . However, by the end of the second week of school we were told they will discontinuie bussing as of October 4th for Pre-K due to budgeting. I find it very convenient for this service to be canceled after count day only to leave the students high and dry after a month of school. The communication at the school is horrible as it is been almost impossible to get a person on the phone to get answers. I have transferred my child to a new school. Count me out!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Wow..I don't even know where to start. This school is horrible. I worked for this school and it was so unorganized and choatic. Let's not discuss the curriculum or the lack of. The teachers were good but the management company was very bad. On top of it all, the school had predominately African American students but mainly white female teachers..so sad. Do your research and send your kids to a GOOD school.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
As the past reviews have said, Bradford is no school for your children. The school has many great teachers that are extremely undervalued and overworked. The management company says they care about student achievement and their learning, which they should as higher performance will bring in more money for them. Yet so much they do is detrimental to the school climate and student learning. This past year saw many teachers leaving or being fired mid-year or earlier. Some were even fired mid-day when they had classes to teach after lunch. This turn-over rate makes the school feel unstable and makes for a difficult learning environment. Please do right by your children and send them to a more reliable school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2013
Bradford Academy is not the school you want to send your children to. The management company- Choice Schools Associates treats the school like a business......not a school. The owner Sid Faucette is only out to make money, not better the school. He does not care about the students or staff. He would rather hire just out of college teachers so he can pay them less, and would rather get rid of veteran teachers who truly care about the students. He has said..."if you don't like it here, there are 3000 people around the corner who can do your job." That is not how you treat great teachers. Bradford is going through another major change this year. A wonderful elementary principal and vice principal left because they could not watch the school go down the way it is. And it's going to lose many more veteran teachers because of the way Mr. Faucette runs the company. Good luck to those who are bringing their children here.....you are going to need it.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
The good reviews on this site seem very suspect. I was just reading in the Southfieldnewspaper how this school is now offering bus services..... So I thought it might be great to perform some investigating.... If this school is so great, then why are the test scores disastrous????? Why does it seem as if adults wrote all of the student reviews????? If I can't believe in the reviews, I'm certainly not going to trust the educators at this school. Just sad.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
The positive remarks on here are fake, the owner told the staff they needed to post positive remarks and send it to admin to prove it. This is the worst school I have been too. The turn over of staff is over 50 percent per year, even more if you factor those who leave mid year. Admin has had a 3 yr turn over each year. Sid the owner runs choice schools as a for profit company, so he runs the school as cheap as possible and the rest goes to the management company (common in charter schools). Good teachers were let go to hire cheaper new teachers (average making 32- 35 k). Support staff and counselors let go only to hire a cheaper version and incorporate a free program by the county and call that counseling. Admin nor teachers send their kids to the school that's how great it is! Test scores on ACT/MME/ MEAP which can be seen at Michigan.gov show the scores are dreary at best and way below state average. Even below many other local schools such as Southfield and A few Detroit schools. Also known the board was suspended in Jan for about 4 mo and the co-owner and CEO Pam quit without reason in Jan. Does this sound like the stable school for you and your child? Move on

- submitted by a teacher
June 19, 2013
All staff is leaving for better opportunities and the school is going down the hole. Enrollment has dropped drastically and staff moral sucks. FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2013
Bradford Academy is a school that definitely puts the needs of their students first and foremost. The teachers are highly qualified and teach a wide array of classes to keep the budding interests of students alive. The events that are held are well organized and are always a memorable occasion for students and staff. One of the things I like best at BAHS is that communication is always done in a timely fashion for both students and parents, always keeping the students "in the know". I give high marks for this high school and will continue to give praise as changes are continuing to be made to keep BAHS a competitive and ever growing, high achieving school.

- submitted by a teacher
March 19, 2013
Bradford Academy is a awesome school . We have great teachers and the learning is excellent. teachers teach us so we can be prepared for our future, our principle does an excellent job in keeping our school in order; by wearing our uniforms everyday, and making sure we are prepared. As for the academics in our school we have lots of activities for students to participate in like track, volleyball, football,basketball,etc. So i can proudly say that i would advise anyone that Bradford Academy is is good school to send there kids to and that when they attend here they would have a wonderful learning experience.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
If you want true reviews of this school , you need to go back about 9 months to one year . Most of the reviews praising the school recently have been placed by the administration not the students, parents , or staff. The teachers are treated very poorly here. If they treat the teachers horribly , how do outthink they will treat our children ? After, personally overhearing , a conversation between administration and a teacher , I decided this was not where I wanted to send my two children . I took my children out Two weeks later . They are much happier in their new location. I believe Bradford has many good if not great teachers , they are just not being appreciated by the administration . Choice schools need to to try and retain the good teachers they have rather than trying to drive them away. Just more evidence that they don't care about your children . My son had three different tec teachers and two math teachers and two social studies teachers and substitutes that were too many to count ! This was all in one semester !

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
I decided to work at Bradford Academy after enrolling my child at this school because the staff is so professional and they truly care about the students learning in a positive and nurturing environment. The school provides all the necessary resources and technology to teach our 21st century students. The Smart Board in the classroom helps the students to be more engaged and enthusiastic about learning. Students are taught what they need to learn based on their individual goals. They participate in hands-on learning centers that helps them to increase the skills they need to master. Small group, whole group, and individualized instruction is used to help the students to achieve. Any students that need additional support to help them to achieve are tutored after school. The new administration is all about student achievement and providing a safe and productive learning environment. We have a strong PTA organization that is caring, involved and supportive of our students. I really enjoy working here and look forward to coming to work every day. The best way to experience Bradford Academy's greatness and see the difference is to visit our campus. You will be glad that you did!

- submitted by a teacher
January 24, 2013
Bradford Academy is by far a wonderful school that promotes a positive teaching environment for the many students who attent the institution. My son learned alot and was able to interact with a widely diverse student population which has enriched his learning process. Whenever there was an issue with my child the teachers would always contact me immediately to make me aware of any potential problems which I though was great. My son has by far obtained a quality education while attending Bradford Academy. Most importantly, Bradford Academy has come along way as a new school and I see many great things to come as they continue to grow.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
I have been an educator at Bradford Academy for the past two years. I am proud to call Bradford home. I have been teaching for 6 years now, I have never worked with a more dedicated staff then here at Bradford. I feel that the relationship between parent, teacher, and student is so important, and it is one aspect that is so easy here. I am looking forward to being part of this amazing team for many years to come.

- submitted by a teacher
January 23, 2013
Bradford is in real trouble! The school is turning into a DPS school. They lost another VALUABLE staff member today. I am seriously thinking about removing my three children.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
I think it is a great school. My grand children have been going there for three year. I know what they are doing everyday good or bad. The teachers are wonderful and are very easy to communicate with. I would like to becme a sub there and become apart of a great team.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
Me and my three cousins have been going to bradford acdemy for about three years and from what i have been seeing this school is a great place for gets to learn because the learning standards are a hundred percent excellent the teachers have the kids on point this school is excellent the jantiors make sure the hallways are nice and neat for the guest the people that run the school is doing an excellent job just about everyday the classrooms doors are closed and the kids are and ready to learn.We have been doing good on are grades and are classwork whwn somethin is hard should we give up or should we go on students are scared to go on because they get emberresed but bradford can fix that so bring ur kids down here were students learn no stop.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
I enrolled my children at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year. When I heard the principal, I decided to bring them and I am glad I did. Every moment has not been the best, but there is no perfect school. There was no real communication--now teachers use email, office hours and special meetings to reach out to parents. At first the PTA was absent--now you see them everywhere trying to get families involved. Discipline was shocking for the first year--now students who fight or endanger the school receive consequences for their actions. There is a new management company, new marketing, and new levels of accountability. Everything is not perfect, but you can see that everyone is trying. What I say to people who are and have been dissatisfied is, "what did you do to try to make things better?" If they can't answer that, then, they are probably somewhere else complaining. My son had to leave after the 8th grade because he chose to make decisions that would not be tolerated at Bradford Academy. The HS students are in their new uniforms with new attitudes. We have PreK now. Suffice to say, everyone has to find the best place for them--this is the place for my sons. New attitudes here.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2012
Bradford Academy is NOT a school where you should be placing your child(ren). I attended Bradford Academy for 1 year and so far has been the worst year of school for me. Teachers are great but not in the ways you'd expect. They are great at teaching what they teach but they are teaching stuff that is to easy and or are teaching it wrong. I am at a new school as a Junior and have no idea how to do anything they are teaching at this school (It's suppose to be review, too), Bradford is behind with theie teaching and it may be due to the fact they are taking kids from different cities and some kids have a higher education then others. At this point though, it's a teachers job to create one on one time with the students but are unable to due to the fact that 1) Students are so disrespectful, and 'play' to much, that teachers have to babysit the students instead of teach and 2) no ones allowed in the pod in the morning until first bell and students are kicked out of the school the minute school ends unless for sport activities. Your kid will not get the education they need at this school and promise you that your child will not be "College Ready" by going to this school!

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2012
Some of the people that are on this site are parents that the school does not want at Bradford any more anyways. When the school holds them accountable they take offense. Bradford holds the parents and students accountable for their actions and the people who are complaining on this site are just some that do not belong there anymore. The staff bends over backwards for the parents and students and that apparently is not enough for some people. It seems that it is perfectly alright for parents to belittle and scream at teachers, but when a teacher tells you how your student is acting in class and is honest the parent does not want to hear it. So they come on here and complain. Bradford is a wonderful school. My children have been going there for 8 years, and I wouldn't change a thing. I am glad that they are getting the "rif-raf" out of the school. Go someplace else and make trouble.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
The instructional staff at the high school of Bradford Academy has difficultly negotiating behaviors of Black males. Perhaps it is because there are very few (if any) African American teachers. When teachers base their beliefs and opinions about Black boys on the stereotypical views perpetrated by society, they do these young men an injustice. As a result, they have low expectations of them, fear them and consistently discipline them for minor infractions. This is a major problem at Bradford Academy and as someone who has witnessed this first hand, I would never recommend this school. I have removed my young man because I will not allow this institution, or any institution the opportunity to destroy his self-esteem or his love for learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
The biggest problem with Bradford High School is its TERRIBLE leadership. Flush out tyrant administrators and let teachers actually do their job which is to teach our children, not to enforce dress code all day. Too much focus on petty things to make Bradford "look" good, but not actually "be" good. Teachers have to fear administration because they have no union or recourse even if they're mistreated. I don't recommend working at or attending this high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Bradford Academy is a fantastic school system. The teachers are dedicated and very professional. In fact, many of them have advanced degrees and donate a lot of time making education relevant and rigorous. Also, the school is fantastic keeping me in the loop: They send home progress reports every three weeks; I have 24/7 access to my child's grades; & the website is teeming with important information. Additionally, the school offers many opportunities for my child to be connected. There is a wonderful sports program, interesting extra-curricular activities, and an in-depth tutoring/enrichment program. Really, it's an excellent choice for a school. Now, onto a personal pet-peeve, many of the negative comments on this site are rather ignorant and/or uneducated--there are so many grammatical mistakes that it's painful to read: Referring to the principal as a "principle". As a parent, shouldn't you have learned this rule?! One is our PAL and one is an idea. Using "i" for the personal pronoun "I". Really?! There is a difference between they're, there, and their. Finally, complaints about the "dress code" are laughable because it's a school with required UNIFORM.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
Bradford academy is poorly run institution for education. My daughter attended this school in 2007-08 and at first. I was impressed by her grades, the attitude of the faculty and the total concern for the students. But that came to an end when they let go the principle. I could not believe when I enrolled my daughter for a second year there. I was told that if I did not apply for free lunch she would not be able to attend. Furthermore I inform the people in charge that my wife and I make over $95,000 per year and that we do not qualify by state standards. And the person in charge told me "Sir the reason why require everyone to apply is because bradford receives money from the state for people applying ". I do not know if this is true but this what I was told. Well needless to my daughter does not attend this place anymore and we are well satisfied with our district schools which Redford union. Parents don't make the same mistake my wife and I made in our child early years of development. School is very important and without it we can go nowhere. So if you read all of these notices of concern and send your child there you really don't care too much about there future.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
bradford academy is a terrible school. They let students run wild, free and leave teachers and students who want to learn tired and stressed. We have limited books that are damaged that has been that way for so years now in every grade, and have the nerve to charge us so callded "free dress down day". The school is dirty and very junky.their are no janitors to be found.the security clean up ocassionaly.we have limited chairs.many chairs are broken and we have to use LUNCH ROOM CHAIRS TO SIT IN!THIS SCHOOL!this school is very very sad.it gets worse every year.i wish i could rate lower.lastly all this school cares about is basketball,money and image.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2012
I must add my son did not attend there before 9th grade.I really hope the principle and administration do what's best for the students instead of what looks good for the schools. The teacher comment was right on point about how its ran and it may look nice but its ran terrible .

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
This school is absolutely the worst school I've ever attended. Let's start with the administration, they care nothing about the children and their learning. And you can't come before or after school for extra help because the teachers keep their doors locked until 5 minutes before class. To me, that's simply unacceptable. Their rules on dress code are ridiculous also. Almost every day, the school's "security" would check to see if we had on the right colored socks, if not you were sent to the office for a write up. Maybe it's just me but there are things that are a little more important than the color of the students socks... their education! I could see if it were some world renowned private school but this is just a poorly run school with tacky uniforms. We weren't allowed to bring books home yet the teacher would say it's our responsibility to come up with the work the next day. With what resources !? The honors curriculum was not at all challenging as they suggested during the "interview". I'm am very happy that I got to change schools for freshman year. I now go to a National Exemplary high school and am very happy. At my school the teachers go above and beyond.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2012
My child stated the math teachers doesn't explain the assignments as they should, when asked a question by the students they never receive the answer. Math is challanging for a lot of students and some students require more time than others and further more the students dont have books to bring home!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
Working at this school was the single worst experience of my life. The school might appear to be a well run and financed school, but once you look below the surface you find that it is rotten. The principal has no leadership qualities what-so-ever; his only talent is playing politics and making things appear to be ok. He is a tyrant and runs the school like a totalitarian state. The teachers that are still at the school try hard, but its hard to teach when you are miserable and over worked. Additionally, about half the students would be happy with a D average. Teachers can't teach students that don't want to learn. And any student with the intelligence and drive to succeed is held back by the bottom half of the class. I cannot stress enough to stay away from this school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2011
My Kindergartner has allergies her teacher questions me & treats her different,after Ive submitted medical documentation emails written notices & verbally explained the allergies. We r 2 bring treats with labels my child is excluded from b-day celebrations.They tried to stop my child from going a trip 2 the Apple Orchard after I had paid for the trip due 2 her allergies.I calld the orchard 2 verify production measures.They failed 2 respond 2 my daughter s medical needs.She had an allergic reaction coughing no cold teacher didn't respond or call me when I picked her up at the end of the day I gv inhlr. Teacher is unprofessional arrogant and dismissive do not listen and uses poor tact & jdgmnt I met with the teacher & principle 2 resolve concerns was told I offend teacher I apologized expressing working together but no agreement 2 work together.Teacher told me shes a blunt person and tells it like it is & does things how she wants.This teachers behavior damages the reputation of the school.I've come 2 her regarding homework attendance & updates she's rude short loud & snippy.This type of behavior brings the moral & reputation of a school down.This may be our last year.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
I have been a student at Bradford Academy since kindergarden and am currently in the Bradford Middle School. And I can defenitley say that Bradford has changed BIG TIME. Everything changed completley when i was about to start 6th grade, thats when the principle left and they changed the whole system and the way it goes. Some of the teachers/ staff i feel is dedicated into making us better students and some i didnt feel as good about. And the I feel that most of the staff is more focused on rules and regulations and dress code and things like that. Plus some of the kids at this school are a bit disrespectful. Through most of my time in Bradford i remember I used to love this school but when i got in the 6th grade EVERYTHING changed. I really used to like this school but now i just cant wait until i finish 8th grade this upcoming simester and go to the high school of my choice.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2011
This school doesn't even deserve the one star, but the rating won't allow me go to lower. The Bradford Academy High School graduation ceremony on June 9, 2011, was meet with disappointment in various ways. The biggest disappointment of the event was the blatant disregard and disrespect of the Class Salutatorian. This is a model student who demonstrated excellence and intelligence in academics as well as citizenship, throughout ALL of her school years. However, during the ceremony, when other students were honored, she was not. How in the world could you place a Top Honor Student, on-stage, in front of her class and loved ones, and let all of her achievements go unrecognized and unrewarded??? Something is seriously wrong with ALL of the faculty and administration of Bradford, who sat there and allowed this to happen, and Bradford, may this go on your permanent record of 'Downright Disrespect & Shame' to a High Scholar Class Salutatorian.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2011
Bradford is like a box covered in beautiful paper with nothing inside. I was shocked! The staff is confused because of the lack of communication between the teachers and administration whose leadership abilities are questionable at best. Their resources and supplies are limited. I came in with great expectations for my students and was disappointed with the environment which, was very unorganized and non- supportive. The school appears to be in the business to make money not educate students who often come from "disadvantaged schools" seeking a better alternative. The school focuses a great deal on the dress code, rules. and regulations to be followed by the students. Please do not be fooled! This is just more packaging to make parents during the orientation feel that their children are coming to a high achieving academic environment. I left Bradford by choice and it was a great move! Parents please investigate and be observant when considering Bradford.

- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2010
I as a parent volunteer have had the opportunity to help daily at the Bradford Academy. I have seen first hand the Educational Skills of teachers (k -5) very dedicated to each child. The administration works well with parents, students, and the staff. I have enjoyed my expierence at Bradford. I have met so many nice people there. I plan again this year to volunteer my time there. For in all honesty my rewards have been best reflected in the smiles of the children at Bradford Academy. I thank the parents, the staff, the P.T.A., but especially the children for the priveledge to volunteer at such a wonderful school. It has been a great expierence. Thankyou.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2010
When my grandchild first enrolled in this school I was quite please with the teachers and administrative staff. Unfortunately when the previous Superintendent was replaced with the current Assistant Superintendent the quality of leadership suffered greatly. The teachers still try to educate students despite this lack of leadership, but they are fighting a losing battle. My grandchild will not return and I strongly advise others to avoid this school at all cost unless there is a change in the administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
IN MY PREVIOUS COMMENT,I MEANT TO SAY I WILL NOT ENROLL MY CHILD BRADFORD NEXT YEAR!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
Bradford Academy high school is not a good school for children with goals and ambition. The teachers are teaching below average and behind material. The principal leadership has went below average since this new staffing has come in the Assistant principal leadership needs a lot of improvement to much favoring going on. The academic programs are very week. pulled my child out after 1 year.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is the first year for both of my children at Bradford. My son is in the 7th grade honors class. I have been very pleased at how much he is learning. He's extremely smart, so it's nice to find a school that can challenge him. Both kids are happy with the learning and teachers, and I'm happily part of the PTA. Yes, this school has some issues, but I don't think they are big enough to overshadow everything else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
I'm a student at bradford and i feel like the school is not good educational wise it teaches at a slow paste and i feel like were learning at a lower grade level example if your in 10th grade your learning at a ninth grade level

- submitted by a student
no rating March 17, 2010
I think it's a very good school. My granddaughter attended and had no problems or complaints.

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February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 16, 2009
This used to be a great school. With a quick change in administration and staff it has become an nightmare. The current leadership does not show any care for the children. It's sad to see a good school go down the drain.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 08, 2009
The teachers really focus on my children well being when it comes to learning very safe and clean enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2009
Bradford Academy is ok. My children are leaving this year. There are lots of changes that are 'supposed' to go into effect this 2009/20010 school year, including changes in administration. There are too many new teachers, who may not be able to challenge the children. They need to stop being afraid of the children and in some cases the parents. This is also a parenting problem as is true at any school. Bradford needs to improve on positive goals for the children and helping the children meet or exceed their educational goals. The orientation felt a little negative, with a lot of focus on what will happen if the children or parents break the rules, etc. I would have liked to hear more on positive expectations. Good Luck Mr. South, and Mr. Thomas!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
I am a teacher at Bradford Academy. This is an outstanding school where the teachers and staff truly care about all of the children. Are we perfect? No! There are many things that we deal with on a day-to-day basis that take away from the teaching process. Many students face various challenges at home that are brought to the classroom: coming to school hungry because they haven't eaten since lunch the day before, homework is not done because there isn't someone making them do it, along with many other factors. We have students with varied levels of ability - for example a 5th grade class may have students with ability levels from 3rd through 6th grade. And we need to accommodate All of them!! Parents need to do their part too - not put it all on the teachers! Education begins in the home!

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June 26, 2009
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May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 14, 2009
I've found that this school is far behind what others schools teacher or should teach our children. Such as, handwriting assignments by 3rd and 4th grade...teachers that do not talk to the students letting them know what's going on with an assignment or grade for that assignment. I don't feel this way about K thru 3, but so far 4th grade teachers are lacking big time.

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March 29, 2009
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March 25, 2009
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March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
This is a great school, with lots of Extra Activities for the Children.

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December 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
I an a former student of Bradford.And I have to say this is a great school.The teachers are very helpful.There is alot of afterschool activities to choose from.They teach you alot and have high expectations for you.Although some of the students are not always disciplined enough.I think this is a great school.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2008
My daughter is an 8th grade student at Bradford Academy. This is her second year at the school. For the most part, I am content with this school and the educational experience that my daughter has received. However, I am very concerned about the behavior of many of the students. It is very obvious that many of these students are facing some serious problems at home and in their personal lives. These problems are causing students to make bad choices and ultimately act out in school. A child's education is an invaluable investment and should be partnership between the parent and the teaching staff. To ensure the success of this wonderful school, a screening process should be implemented for the upcoming school year. This process would help tailor the school population to become more conducive to learning and productivity for the teaching staff. Behavioral issues manifest at home!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
I am satisfied and content with the structure of Bradford Academy. I understand that every issue I might have may or may not be met. Bradford has improved the traffic coming and going tremendously. Parents need to be a little bit more patient with the process, your not the only one who has a child attending. It could much much worse.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
very unorganized is my experience regarding the security of the school exp. during dismissal

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2008
i love bradford academy !!! it taught me alot ! n ive been there since 3rd grade . i really enjoy bradford academy n whoever is reading this n youre not going to bradford academy , go on there website n youll b amazed at how much kids like me love the school !!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2008
For parents who are on the fence about enrolling their child in Bradford, let me first say that I believe with all my heart that the principal & his staff truly want the best for the children. The goal is to see that every child graduating from Bradford will be accepted to the college of their choice. However, in their pursuit of academic excellence, they're presented with major challenges that not only affect their teaching ability but the ability of other students to thrive in this environment. The composition of students is indeed unique. The student body is compliled of kids from various socio-economic backgrounds. A good majority of the children come to school with issues & attitudes that preclude the teacher from being most effective. Needless to say, the social climate leaves a lot to be desired. Without a more selective enrollment process Bradford will never meet its goal!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
I was so impressed with this school in the beginning. It looks nice and the office staff is pleasant. The traffic is bad, but that didn't bother me if my child was being treated well. When I attended the orientation, I got the feeling that this would be a great place for my son. I believed that the teachers, counselors, and principal would be more understanding and patient in regards to the differnent maturity levels and the mindset of our your young boys. It seemed that they would inspire and motivate my child. I was so wrong. Granted the teachers are human beings, I feel that a teacher is or should have the ability to deal with the different personalities of our children, inspire them, and encourage them to be better. I was wrong. Very frustrated and disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
Parents beware! My son is a ninth grader currently attending Bradford, I plan to make this year his last. Where do I begin, traffic is an issue, due to the limited space in the surrounding area and the administration has decided to expand the school by having the high school built in the same area. The academic programs do not address the needs of the students and leave them unprepared to compete... judge for yourself by examining the overall school AYP report (annual year progress). If you inquire about your childs progress or make comments about the academic material, the staff and administration are immediately offended and take a defensive approach. I saved the best for last, parents of students in ninth grade were asked to purchase the required text for the English class. Save yourself the disappointment and trouble and find another school and do your research!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
*****Beware***** This school is horrible, the lower L principals are not sensitive to the needs of the parents or the children. They take little incidents and blow them out of proportion and they call you to come pick your kids up for the dumbest reaasons. And they don't mind calling you all the time to come from work. The teachers are not equiped to deal with certain situations and they want the parents to come sit in the class all the time. It's just crazy. I could not wait to get my daughter out of this school! She was un happy and not functiong well at all due to the stress of the classroom being out of control all of the time.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
My family has been at Bradford since it first opened. I have not had a problem with the academic program. My kids are currently in the 2nd and 4th grade. I have become concerned about a number of things with Bradford. 1-The traffic is horrific anytime you have to dropoff or pickup of your children. Many parents are so ignorant and don't abide by the rules. Also, they make it hard for people who want to park and walk their kids to their classroom. I am particularly concerned about the learning environment for my child, who will be in middle school for the 2009-2010 school year. The behavior of many of these kids leaves a lot to be desired. I cannot fathom how my child can learn in this environment. It is a shame with the number of students at Bradford the participation at the PTA meetings. I doubt that we will return.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
October 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
This school is shameful to be considered an institution of education for today's youth. Sadly, I feel it is a holding facility with alot of lipstick, to contain children who have been failed by their parents and other school systems. What they need to learn, such as life skills, discipline, and anger management, are not being taught to them at this school either. The increase in enrollment has not been a positive. The violence and failed structure are off the hook. Although administration is trained to be upbeat, the overall tone of the school has bad energy. For every child that they enroll, money is to be had from the state. On this note, I have seen students and administration treat other students and staff with total disrespect. I pray for Mr. Borowski, principle, to stop the further damage in these young lives that he is responsible for. Stop fooling people!

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2007
This school is a big disappointment. The teachers act as if they are afraid of the kids. The kids do what they want to do. This is my kids 3rd year there and they have had 3 vice-principals. They arent learning a thing. Tihs school is only there just to be there, and to build a high school, that wasnt thought through all the way. They should stop teaching at 5th grade. The teachers are too busy giving this baby work to the babies, the older kids in 3rd and up arent learning. They are holding my kids back form alotof things. The pricipal needs to get a back bone and run the school and stop letting the extra cirriculum teachers and students run it. Nothing is getting accomplished at Bradford, and I intend on reporting/writing a letter about it. What a waste of school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
Bradford Academy is a fast growing school the image is very delightful and the administration and teaching staff are working very hard to assure that the image does not stand alone.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
My child is in Kindergarten at Bradford. He has one teacher & one assistant. I feel that they have done a great job with the class. My son comes home wanting to do his homework & read books.However, I do not like the how the school is from Grades K-8.After school the upper classmates roam the halls singing very inappropriate songs, running up & down the hallways, & they do not pay attention to the staff when told to stop.No home training at all! As far as the MEAP scores, parents need to help their children with their homework.Bradford is suppose to be adding a high school.Not a good idea! Why add a high school when you can't control the kids that's already enrolled?

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
I have two daughters in 5th and 8 th grade at Bradford. For my 8th grader I hav'nt seen any of her graded assignments from any of her classes.Will she survive in 9th grade what have Bradford really thought her in 8th grade.she let me know that she's not learning anything. My 5th grader is smart and bored. not challenging enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
My son started with Bradford Academy when they first opened in the Kindergarten class. The academic programs are very good, and the teachers provide excellent instruction and guidance to the students for class assignments, study habits, behaviour and personal responsibility. The MEAP scores do not represent the excellent educational system at Bradford. The school has grown by hundreds and they do not turn anyone away. These scores, unfortunately, are a representation of what children did not learn from their prior schools and why parents moved their children to Bradford. I am confident that our Principle, Mr. Borowski, will assist the teachers in helping each student and this will show in our MEAP scores in the next coming years. As with all great things there are down sides. We need to increase our parent involvement with the PTA, and most of all becoming a part of their child academic life.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
This school has been a big disappointment. In October my neice witnessed a fight which resulted to a few days off from school for the children. My son is in the third grade and have not started learning multiplication yet. We will not be returning to Bradford next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
I love this school, the principals, the administrative staff are all wonderful and caring people. There is a feeling of 'we care' when you walk into the front doors. It's up to date technology wise as well as it staffs qualified people to do the job of educating our youth. This is my son's first year in Kinder and although he came from a very good school this school challenges and pushes him to be his best. The homework is plentiful but very appropriate. He has learned so much about letters and writing and counting since the year started that it amazes me. He's always talking about what letters words start with and then making whatever sound the letter makes. It has been a joy to see him move forward and with such grace that his natural abilities shine through. Thanks to Ms. Lance and her support staff Ms. Heath!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
This school is exceptional! It is obvious that the school puts children first and will work to see every child be successful. The new facility is packed with technological tools to aid student learning and to make the best use of the teachers' time so they can spend as much time with the children as possible. I can wholeheartedly recommend this school without reservation. There aren't many charter schools you can say that about!

- submitted by a teacher
June 24, 2006
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Bradford Academy
24218 Garner St, Southfield, MI  48033
(248) 351-0000
Last modified Bradford Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bradford Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top