Students enrolled 957
School leader Cherise Cupidore
District Crescent Academy

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17570 West 12 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48076

(248) 423-4581
(248) 423-1027
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3 stars
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November 04, 2014
Okay So Crescent Is Not A Good School. The Teachers Barely Teach. The Lunch Makes Me Sick. Literally. I've Had to Stay Home Plenty of Times Because Of This. The Teachers Accuse You Of Things you Didn't Even Do & On Top Of All That, The Bad Students Get Away With Things. Don't Go to Crescent. I'm An 8th Grader And this Is My Last Year. Been There Since Kindergarten. I've Never Liked It.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2014
I love Crescent acadamy, This is my daughter who is in the 8th grade 3rd school but not by choice. Woodmont Academy her original school closed and I made the God aweful mistake of sending her to Bradford academy. She will tell you that was the worst year of her life. From Ms Cupidore down to house keeping, everyone is great! I love that they actually care about the children and their future. You don't get that these days. My husband and I made the decision years ago that we would move out of MI once she is in High School but We are stuck not because we Love this school so much. If you want to send your child to a school that actually cares, challenges, and teaches them I highly recmend Crescent Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
My son an daughter both attend this was there first year an i love it my sin in 8th the teachers an staff is wonderful my daughter is in 3rd an they have a great program for homework also there bus progrg am great i have made a good choice for my children way to cresent

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Well the excitement is dwindling. The Pre-K program has yet started & now school is rescheduled for October 9th due to Fire code expection un met. Now I must tell my child that the school is closed and Back to the sitter..Disappointed, what can u do.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My 7th grader and I are very happy with this school! The staff is friendly and very supportive. The class sizes can be smaller but my daughter has made Principle's list and National Juniors Honor Society!!!! Transportation is provided and safe!!! Like every school there's problems but we can work together to improve and make changes. I've seen the changes over the last four years and is very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
This school is a joke....they offer after school care and Saturday school which are incentives to parents. There are many dedicated teachers at this institution, but they face struggles with unqualified administration and daily struggles ( lack of classroom supplies, long days and teaching towards standardized tests to maintain state funding). The special needs program can not accommodate students with severe disabilities. Save yourself a headache, send your kids elsewhere or DPS. God Bless the teachers who work here they are dedicated, but I would not recommend this school regardless and would NEVER send my own children here. -former teacher

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2013
I love Crescent Academy! My daughter went there for preschool and kindergarten. She is returning for 1st grade next month. The administration and staff are caring and hands on. The environment is safe and I would reccomend this school to anyone. I lived on the westside on the border of Redford and I am moving near East English Village. I love the school so much that I am willing to drive her to bus stop on the westside so that she can remain there, Ms. Cupidore and Ms. Brown worked with me by trying to get a bus stop close as possible to the east side and I really appreciate this.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I worked as a substitute teacher at this school and was offered a job but I turned it down. The kids were out of control, and the higher the grade level, the worse they behaved. I will admit that this school is in a lousy location. Kids need an OUTDOOR SPOT for gym and other classes but parents need to be involved. So many parents simply don't care if you tell them that their child is disrespectful, cussing, has behavioral problems, etc. which is a shame because the brightest kids are the ones that act out the most. Charter schools in general overwork and underpay their teachers, this school is no exception. Teachers that work here are so stressed out that I was called every week. However, students need to be challenged and then maybe they will behave or disciplined. Uniforms seem to help take the focus off fashion trends but that's not enough. In my experience, if a parent has to send a child to a charter school, yes, the child has special needs, but it's up to the parent to be proactively involved. Some of the parents treated the school as a babysitting service. I've read the other reviews and the administrative staff were never rude to me but they were definitely overworked.

- submitted by a teacher
July 05, 2013
I have 2 children at this school. My 8th grader was 1 of 12 8th graders who actually went on to 9 grade out of 60 kids, the rest were held back. that's a school problem not a student problem. They are not equipped to handle ANY TYPE of ADHD or Autism students. All these resources are not provided until 3rd so they hold the 2nd graders back after giving a final exam worth 50% of their grade. That means you can have a C average child who gets a D on the final and they will be retained. Or a D average child who gets a B or A on 1 test and go on to next grade level. 1 test determines pass or fail, these are facts. Keeping a child in 2nd grade for 1 test is beyond careless, it's messing with their mental and social skills. And again help don't start till 3rd grade. Which is Saturday school and after school help. On top of the 9 hour day they just put in. What's worse is there was no intervention why because it was 4th quarter, all the other 3 the child was passing. This school will STRESS your child out and you to. It's not a healthy school for a child mentally. And my child passed,but will not be back next year. Some point at this school your child is going to be held back a year

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
I posted the last comment, but remember this school is VERY money greedy! They give you dress down to wear whatever, but you have to pay a buck. On the last week they made you pay for the whole week. So, I advise you!

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
Cresent Academy is not a good school. The Parents who are on this site claiming that it is are parents who do not want to push to find a better school for their children. This school is not equipped to educate 9th 10th or 11th Graders. Not to mention that they are not Qualified to Educate children with Special Needs. If they tell you that they are able to, they're only Lying and you had better run. Over all it's not a good school, they will put your child on the honor role and you know your child does not belong there. They have to keep a certain standard to be able to stay open, that's what you do not know. Ms. Cupidore is Deceptive, so be careful and watchful of her. They have no Curriculum activities for the Students. Young Adults should not be mixed with Elementary children.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
Cresent Academy is not a good school at all. The principal and its staff are very unprofessional and are very rude. They do not care about the kids education at all, instead they worry only about the money. In my opinion this school should not even be opened next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
I am very displeased with CRESCENT Academy special needs team. Also the teacher envolvment with our kids is limited because of the school size, its overload. They have no patience with our children. I WOULD NOT recomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
This is my child first year attending this school and I have experience nothing but negative encounters with my child education. In one of the comments a parent stated that the students who are only failing are ones with behavior problems but that's not always true. This is a school that says they specialize in working with kids that have special needs while that's my situation and they are not helping my child to succeed above the guidelines of Crescent Academy. Yes, my child stay after school and Saturday for a" professional" teacher to tell the student they don't understand the assignment. Now, how can a student pull their GPA up to move to the next grade. I as a parent I feel teacher should attend more workshops for kids with a disability. Make no excuse but the professional do their part and the parent and student will do their. I am not happy with this school and I will not refer to people I know that's looking for a school. But it is convenient for one thing that's transportation only. Everything that's easy is always the right choose.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
I have a 7year old son that attends Crescent Academy . The teacher are so quick to put a child back a grade . This school also gives 2nd grader to much homework. my son is a very good child he has never had a problem with behavior.He is so stressed out about some of his friends who have been put back a grade after they have started the 2nd grade. Then after the first few weeks their put back in first grade. I am looking for a school my son can grow in and not be stressed out at seven years old.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
This is a really good school. Most people that have complaints about the school have children that misbehave and dont listen to their teachers. The school does not tolerate bad behavior. I feel like my kids are safe and I dont have to worry about them all day. The school gives you every resource possible to assure your child doesnt fail. It is up to the child and parent to use those resources. We have to start taking responsibility for our part in our childrens failure and stop always being so quick to blame the staff. This school cares and bends over backwards for our children. The scores go up rapidly every year and the kids love Crescent Academy. Yes the principle wears those rediculous shoes but she has worked miracles for the kids and that is what we should focus on. This school is amazing and I hope people dont pay attention to the negative comments posted here and listen to the good one's!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
I feel so honored to be a teacher at Crescent Academy. All of the students have textbooks that they take back and forth home so that they can complete homework assignments. This is the first school that I have taught at that insures that all children have a textbook and are provided additional supplies if needed. Teacher supplies are provided before the students return to the classrooms in fall. If teachers run out of supplies they can go to the school leader to get what they need for the students. The staff members are great and I love the parents at Crescent Academy. The superintendent of the school knows her stuff and she is very focused on students learning. I feel safe as a teacher because the students at Crescent do not fight. Students are expected to be respectful to each other and all adults in the building. Students are rewarding each month at the character education program for making good choices. Students also are rewarded each marking period for receiving good grades. This is a great school to work at for teachers and it is a great school for students to attend.

- submitted by a teacher
July 20, 2012
Cresecent Academy has enhanced the development of my children who are honor students. My children have attended the school since kindergarten and have been high achiever's from the day they started. This academy is geared to college oriented students who want to maintain a GPA of 3.5 and above. I believe hard work will be rewarded by each student who will apply themselves by completing the "daily" classroom and homework assignments, and special projects in a timely manner. My childrens' GPA is 3.58 and3.48 and both have perfect attendance and the administrator's have always responded appropriately. I agree with the writers on May 26, 2012, if a student is failing, it is the students fault because the school strives for excellence. I teach my children nothing in life come without a price; therefore, it is their responsibility to "learn" the subject being taught. My children have respect for other and comply with the rules and know the consequences for disobeying the rules: expulsion. We are preparing these children to be the leaders of tomorrow and armoring them with the need tools to build a better society in the future: doctors, lawyers and educator. I applaused Crescent!

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2012
Students to teacher ratio does not exsist in this school. The kids in the school are overwelmed with so much homework. The children are expected to have homework turned in from each class and also have a test the same day on top of all the homework. Students getting their education doesn't matter at this school as long as the enrollment nubers are high. The teachers are over worked with almost 40 students in the class. Good school for elelmentary but middle and highschool,please continue to look for better.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
Crescent Academy is an amazing school. I have a 10th and a 7th grader who have been students since the school opened. My 10th grader has a 3.977 GPA and scored a 22 on the practice ACT, my 7th grader has a 3.67 GPA. Both of my children have perfect attendance each year. Anytime I have had an issue or a concern, the teachers and administration responded quickly and appropriately. My husband and I are very active parents who stay involved in all aspects of our children's education. If a child is failing, dont blame the school, examine what is being done at home to reinforce learning. The school offers many services to help each child succeed. We truly appreciate the discipline policy at Crescent, if your children are out of control, they will be expelled. Children who come to school to learn and who have been raised properly should not have to deal with out of control kids. If is not the responsibility of the school to teach children self control, it is the responsibility of the parents. The school director is amazing, it is irrelevant how she dresses or how high her shoe heels are , she is dedicated to the success of the school and cares about each child. Our family love Crescent!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I agree with the comment on March 19, 2012. This is is horrible. The kids are out of control in preschool. The teacher does not know how to handle them. I feel sorry for her. She does however TRY to teach them. I have noticed that she is doing the BEST she can. But the principal! HA!!! Wearing 5-6 inch heels looking like she just got dropped off from a club around little 10-14 year old boys is AWFUL!!!!! What type of example is she setting for the girls in the school. RUN! I picked the school because I couldn't afford preschool this year. I'm so happy to find a decent Kindergarten school. I really wanted to pull my child, but some of us have no other choice. If you have choices, please DO NOT make this yours.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
This school only cares about $.They start the day asking the kids to buy things.At this school they have NO supplies. The students in K-2 building have to share a box of scissors!They have 1 computer in a class of 29 kids!Most of the classrooms don't have chalkboards/dictionaries!They do not take the kids out for recess properly,even worse when the kids do get to go outside they play in the parking lot! The preschool rooms are so small(large closet).Most of the teachers only teach at the school, because they get their student loans forgiven.They could really care less about your child.They do just enough by teaching to the test, so that they keep their jobs!They under pay their para-professionals, which means they are always unhappy!$9!Discipline is a serious problem here!This small school has a "dean of discipline -many kids think it is a joke to see him!the school has plastic meals. This is the WORST! school I have ever seen in my life!!I assure you that the principal yells at the children like a mad woman. She has poor communication skills, especially when dealing with conflict&supports the school gossip&looks like a former exotic dancer wearing 5 heels-what a joke!RUN FAST!

- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2011
Crescent Academy is a good school. I have a third grader that has been there since Kindergarten. She is doing exceptionally well and is prepare to move on to the forth grade in the fall 2011. What distrub me is Principal talking to children and parents inappropriate, and lunch room staff member saying inappropriate things to children. When called out about it they lie and Principal defend them. I am parent that all for discipline as long as it is fair and most time it is not. Another concern why is it they always focus on the older children far as after school programs like drama classes,basketball , cheerleading. Why not the smaller children? I read in a review that parent had concern about the school charging for every little thing. I had concern as well, when I purchased a gym uniform for my daughter which is tiny, and they only had a medium the principal told me to pin it up. I am paying my money to the school I expect the correct size. Other then that School is ran excellent with the help of Dean lett and Mr Bazzi. Good Job to the both of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
This is my son's first year at Crescent and it is a WONDERFUL school. The kids get breakfast to start their day and the teachers are so friendly and stay on top of communication with parents. My son came home the other day talking about how they are using computers and LCD screens as learning tools. This is GREAT! I personally got to meet the principal of the school who has an "open door policy" and loves parents to come and keep in contact with the schoo and the teachers. They also offered to take my son for Saturday School for free to get extra help on his homework or if he is behind. What school does that? This is a GREAT school and I highly recommend it for parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
this year is my childrens first yr @ this school & with the experience so far,it is not a good school,they expelled my daughter for her behavior,they claim they sent 14 letters home & i never recieved them come to find out my daughter was signing my signature,but @ what point was the principal ever going too call me,should have known i wasnt just signing & never making any comments,also another thing i dont like is the school charge for everything,$25 per child for a gym uniform,$5 for a locker,$5 for a journal etc everything has a price on it,one of my daughters has scoliosis & had a doctors note saying she cant lift the text books &she need a 2nd set of text books some for home &some for class,the school couldnt offer that 2 my daughter saying they didnt have enough books,still sent my daughter home daily with her rolling book bag that felt like bricks was in it,i must say that that is horrible that crescent didnt care about my daughters disability,when she just had a spinal fusion posterior surgery aug,8,2010.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
I am very please with Crescent Academy. My daughter has gone there since kindergarten, and still there as a second grader. The teacher there Ms. Flangin, Ms. Quinnlan and Ms. Chadwick excellent Elementary school teachers. My daughter is very structured and always willing to learn something new. However, there is always areas in improving in finding after school activities for the younger children verses the older children.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
I am delighted at my student's progress at Ccrescent Academy. MEAP scores jumped from 300's last year to mostly 500's on the Oct. MEAP. He is in a friendly, nourishing environment where the teachers make the effort to educate! In some districts, African American students are segregated into 'special education' classes are expelled at disproportionately higher rates than other students. Bravo to Crescent Academy.

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February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
I am pleased with Crescent, I am glad to see that they are again offering Saturday classes, so far the bus serv ice has been running very well. I hope they will have a high school my the time my son completed middle school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
My daughter has done very well at Crescent. What made me change from Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to Crescent was the transportation. If my daughter (who is 7) would've attended DPS, she would have to walk to school, pass a huge field, because DPS stated that she has to live a mile away from the school. Her grades are excellent, and I have see the increased interest in reading and other topics they have discussed in school at home. They also have a great lunch program. Only downside I can think of is the 'fundraising'. The school charges the children for everything (i.e. $1 to dress down, $3 for movie day, always $$$ to attend an school event).

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Crescent Academy of Southfield Michigan is an excellent school for children that are used to a structured learning environment. The classes are small and the teachers are very knowledgeable about the subject area they teach. The Principal is very professional and helpful. After having to deal with Detroit Public Schools, I was thankful to find a school like Crescent. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I am a new parent of Crescent Academy. My son is just started 6th grade at the school. He loves it better than his previous school in Detroit. He is excited about learning now! I prayed for this day! I have to give it to Ms. Issou and Ms. Hoover for encouraging my son to do his best. Also, the new principal, Mrs. Cupidore is very structured and professional. Keep up the good work!

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May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
I am a parent of a second grader and her grades are exceptional and her teacher is wonderful but the school bus system is horrible. Very unorganized and all grades ride the same buses together and I think that the children should ride buses according to grades.

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March 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2007
I was a bit concerned that the grades were over inflated. However, because I am involved parent, I am able to test my child's academic achievement. I can say that I am exceptionally pleased with Crescent Academy, and am glad that we made the switch from Detroit Public Schools. For my child, it is the best possible environment. The teachers are great and very involved with the students. I hope to see a High School in the future. Keep up the great work!

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November 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
The class sizes are especially small for a public school. I expected for the state scores to be higher until my daughter's scores came back low. Her scores were lower than those of the children in Detroit Public Schools which we avoided because of the belief that she would receive a better education being in an academy with smaller classes outside of the city where there can be many distractions. Her report card does not reflect that of the state scores. She received all 'exceptional' grades with 2 'good' grades. To shorten the story, my daughter will not be returning for second grade.

- submitted by a parent
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Crescent Academy
17570 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield, MI  48076
(248) 423-4581
Last modified Crescent Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K, 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Crescent Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top