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Taylor International Academy

Charter | K-8 | 428 students

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 25, 2014

My children spent two school years at TIA. The best way to sum up the school is "all that glitters is not gold". This school first appeared to be near perfect. But as the school year progressed, I realized the curriculum was way off. TIA employs teachers with little to no prior experience and allows them to create their own curriculum. Lets look at the new programs TIA implemented: Music - after meeting with the music teacher she believed teaching 4/5th graders sheet music was too early. In public schools, children in the 5th grades are playing instruments. At TIA that is impossible, because you first have to learn to read music notes. Gym - the gym teacher believes goals for 4/5th graders is working on hand/eye coordination. Excuse me? That is developed in KINDEGARTEN. Art - my children spent weeks working on a simple owl art project. Walk through the schools and you will hear nearly all the teachers yelling at students. UNACCEPTABLE. TIA treats kids like they are in a military school. Please send your children to a public school where they are respected and taught according to their grade/age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

My children have been with Taylor International Academy since 2010 and now I fell that it is time to make change. When we first started it was wonderful, the classes were small, the parents, kids and staff were friendly and Mr. Borowski was very welcoming. However, over the years there have been many changes and we have tried to hang in there. Unfortunately, this last change, the principal retiring in the middle of the school year and new leadership changing the start/dismissal times have forced us to come to this. I also agree with the comments regarding the after school program. I actually pay more for an outside after school program because I could not deal with the way it was ran. Overall, I can say on the learning aspect the teachers try there best and my children have learned a lot and they were happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Taylor International Academy is a wonderful school. The school stands by their word and follows the mission and vision they have created. TIA says they will provide an alternative learning choice for students, that they will ensure high academic achievement for all students, and that they will practice academic and social skills to compete internationally. The faculty and staff cares for each of these children and makes it a goal to see that not only their class is successful, but that each and every student is in understanding and receiving the amount of attention/work they need. The students interact with technology daily and are taught to appreciate the arts through a number of encore classes including music and Spanish. TIA also stresses an international component, which is also holding to be true as a group of students went on a school trip to Poland this past spring. I believe in TIA and like the direction they're headed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

I am a huge promoter of Taylor International Academy. I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and frankly I am sure every school has their positive and negatives. TIA like other schools does have its ups and downs, but the positives continuously outweigh any negatives and that is because the success of the children is in best interest, and that is what is most important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

I pulled my child out of TIA. I've read all of the reviews. I agree with pretty much all of them in some aspect. Let's begin with the most recent review. I hope that a TIA teacher didn't actually write this. If this is how she/he speaks to Parents, then I wonder how they treat the children when they make a grammatical error. The Principal is very approachable and does have a presence in the school. The after care program is ran like a zoo. The kids sit along the hallway dirty floors after their program is over. There is no control and the programs need to be organized better. Hmmm, I don't believe that the other parent was focusing on appearance. I believe that the parent was stating that there needs to be an emphasis on looking neat in school as well. This also contributes to preparedness for the "real world". "Tuck your shirt in". The test scores on this site should speak volumes. Overall, it just wasn't "my" cup of tea. I didn't care for how things were put together. Oh, and lastly. It's not about being a military school, but if a child complains of being bullied. Someone should listen instead of labeling them as a tattle tell. We are losing too many to suicide
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

The comments from parents are interesting to say the least. The fact that they're riddled with grammatical mistakes should tell you something right off the bat. Uneducated, uninvolved parents are always the ones that complain! No person and no school is perfect. Mr. Borowski is an exceptional school leader. He is in classrooms EVERY DAY, so the parent that said he didn't know what was going on couldn't be more wrong. How many times did that parent volunteer in their child's classroom? Probably not even once. A parent complained about bullying and also complained that there was a consequence for fighting! Make up your mind - you want a consequence or you don't? You can't have it both ways. The teachers work hard to move their students academically. Are you more concerned about whether or not your child is in a perfect uniform or about whether or not your child is college-ready? Personally, I'd choose an emphasis on academics over appearance any day. If you want to send your child to a military school, this is not your place. If you want to send your child to a school where the staff genuinely cares about him/her and your whole family, then come to TIA.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2013

In the beginning we were so happy about our son attending TIA who would have thought that by the end of the year we would be so disappointed. The principal is so passive that its a shame. He does not know how to control the kids when they misbehave all the time. I pray that this school improves. Maybe it can start with more than one parent teacher conference, or a PTA. After the first PTC the report cards where just placed in the kids folders and if there was an issue we were to address the teacher. There is no support for all staff seems to just be certain ones. Our son will NOT be attending for 2013-2014. Our son was also called a tattle tale when being bothered when trying to learn. The teachers yell at the students almost everyday when its not the whole class instead of talking to just the disruptive kids. There are some good things about the school like the summer picnic, concerts, etc. Things they did do for the kids, however the bad in our experience out ways the good. Please parents weather bad or good experience share so that as parents we can try to make the right decisions with our child/children s education when reading reviews, and doing our own investigating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I agree with other comments about the principal not having any administrative training. Students who need support do not get it and teachers are forced to do all the discipline measures on their own. There is no consistency!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Taylor International Academy speaks about how GREEEEAT their children's test scores are....if they are so great, then why is their GreatSchools score a 2? My two children WILL NOT be attending this school next year for 2013-2014. I was thinking of sending my kids to school for Summer School, but after reading the previous review, I am so glad that I didnt. So they boast of being a bully free school, however when a child tells the teacher about students bothering them.....they R labeled a rattled. Really? There is no direct leadership. I was really excited about the charm after school class, however there is no one to reinforce young men how to be young men. The kids walk around with the shirts untucked looking sloppy. The uniform dress code is not enforced AT ALL. I would not recommend this schoolto any parent that cares about their children self-esteem and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I totally agree with the last comment posted. I'm a parent of a child that attends Taylor International. I'm very disappointed with this Charter School. I will be pulling my child out for the 2013/2014 school year. He will not be returning. His second grade teachers accused my son the entire school year of being a "Tattle Tell". My husband and I encouraged my child to tell the teacher if someone was bothering him. They never wanted to listen to him. I tried to give TIA another chance. My son attended TIA for 1st grade as well. He's out for 3rd grade... The Summer Program was suppose to include Golf, Tennis. The Summer Program is almost over and NO Golf, NO Tennis. But, that's what we signed him up for. Total Disappointment...I wouldn't encourage anyone to send their child to TIA unless you just don't care about their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

I am a parent at Taylor International Academy and I think this is a great school. They have a wonderful academic program and also a wonderful after school program. All schools have issues however, I think that the staff handles all issues accordingly. I feel safe when my child is there and I think the principal is doing a great job. Go T.I.A.!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

I am a parent at taylor o]international academy. This school is the worse ever. They punish all the kids. The teachers act like they have given up. The principal is worthless. The after school program is to expensive and and the staff is not trained. There are so many bullies in the school. No one even cares that good students are being bullied. Parents are pulling their kids out for the next school year. The school does not have parent conferences. This is a lost year for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This school has been the greatest disappointment of my life. There is no leadership. The principal is a joke. He needs leadership training, and communication skills. He needs a realistic view of what is going on in his school. He also needs to be present more to find out or see for himself. Some of the students that are enrolled have severe behavior problems, and are not getting the help they need within this organization. There are so many fights and instances of bullying. My daughter was told that her class could no longer have gym because the class was fighting to much! The principal has lost control of the school, the students do not respect him. The curriculum ideas are great, which is why I came, however, the chaos within the class rooms prevent very much learning to happen. the teachers are trying but with no support and a class full of students with behavior issues, it is only so much they can do. This is a poorly run and managed school, I feel like our children are just being warehoused, and people are making a profit off just having children in their building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

I must say that I am very pleased with TIA. I transferred my daughter here from a Southfield Elementary school. When she arrived at TIA she was not at a 1st grade level at all! I can drastically see the difference in my daughters test scores from the fall to the winter. Every teacher and staff of TIA seems to have a genuine concern for each student. The principal Mr. Burowski is very approachable and is active in each classroom. The 2011-12 school year is only their 2nd year open and I can tell the great strides the children are making already! Thumbs up to Ms.Holloway & Ms. Thompson
—Submitted by a parent


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

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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13%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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47%

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65%

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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8%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 98% 18%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 1% 2%
White 1% 69%
American Indian N/A 1%
Asian N/A 3%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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