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Creative Montessori Academy

Charter | K-8 | 633 students

Our school is best known for the success of our graduates in high school.

 
 

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 10 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted April 1, 2014

Horrifying the office staff is terrible. The head master can see and has heard how Robyn has treated students and parents. .unacceptable! I am reported her to state and charter school association.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

I have 2 children in this school and a third about to start preschool in the fall. I will never look anywhere else when looking for a great school because this is it! The teaching staff is fantastic, they keep you up to date on your child's progress and help them when needed. It is definitely a family environment and my children love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

My son has gone to this school for the past 3 years and we love it. He was enrolled in a public school for Kindergarten and struggled through it. Since going to CMA he has thrived. He is now testing about his grade level, and loves going to school. We also love how the students are placed with the same teacher for 3 years at a time and the classrooms are blended with different grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

This is our first year at CMA, we love the school! My daughter's kindergarten teachers are great. She goes to school excited everyday to learn something new, they make it exciting for them. The staff is friendly and are happy to help with whatever you might need. I can't wait to see where they take my child, academically these next 7 years! Amanda Cuevas - Kindergarten Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

CMA is like a family we have good days and bad, but we work them out. The kids are the main and only focus of each of our goal, so we work together to make them happy. The school has worked hard to help me with my two children. My daughter left and is now in 9th grade and is so proud of heself she is getting all A's and B's. My son is receiving the extra help he needs as while. Thanks Micole Jameson- The box top mom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

CMA has very special teacher's who are caring to all the children. I am thankful the children can interact with higher grade levels within their own classrooms. Kristina Weddington mom of a 2nd grader
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

Our son attends Creative Montessori Academy. We absolutely love this school and more importantly so does he. We originally decided to send him to CMA after meeting Deana Wall at a local street fair. Both my husband and I could tell right away that she was a very genuine caring teacher and we just knew that we d love her to help educate our son. Between Mrs. Wall and her assistant Ms. Natalie we truly could not be more pleased. Our son is happy, ahead of his grade level and learning at a higher rate than we could have ever expected. Both of his teachers display a tremendous amount of education and nurturing for all of their 1st-3rd graders. You can truly tell just by observing them with the children that they both have their heart in it for all of the right reasons and as a parent we simply could not ask for any more. Feeling blessed to have our son in Room 105. Tanya Whitaker - 1st Grade mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

I absolutely love this school. My girls have thrived in this type of educational style. I have children in 6th and 7th grade and they began in this school in kindergarten. The only downfall I have had is the parking is horrible. But as long as you have patience it is more than worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

Great school awesome teachers. My son has learned so much. I have referred seve children because I believe the school is best for him. Becky Davison
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

My son is currently at CMA in the first grade and I am not pleased at all. 3 weeks after school started his teacher Mrs. Scotte claimed he was extremely behind and was talking about holding him back (how could to make that type of determination after 3 weeks) because byte doesn't know how to write complete sentences and read fluently. I have a daughter here as well in K she's learning to write letters and i highly doubt will be writing full sentences by the end of the year since she's not writing full words now. So I guess she'll be considered extremely behind and have the same issues my 1st grader is having now. I watched outside of the class room and my son was looking around (as if looking for help and direction but the teachers just sat at the desk on the computer not helping anyone. They told a 3rd grader to help my son but he just yells at him and talks down to him. Needless to say I'm looking for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I Love this school My son started in kindergarten and my daughter in the 6th grade. At first i thought i my daughter wasn't gonna make it threw due to she was so far behind, but the teacher helped and notice were she needed the most help in and she made it, she is now in the 9th grade and my son is in the third, "Also with my son he had speech problems they noticed right away in kindergarten and he received speech and is doing great now in the third. I like the system 1-3, and so on the kids interact with the older ones and they learn from each other. This school gets a five star rating from me, I am also the Vice President on the PTO. I Volunteer a lot for reading and field trips. the teacher really help the students and try and work at their level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Ms. Robinson the assistant headmaster is very rude and doesn't care about the families of CMA. If there is a problem she will try to fluff it off instead of trying to help resolve issues. Not personable and doesn't make an effort to get to know the CMA families. Unorganized and poor communication with students and families. This type of headmaster will lead to a failing school. Too bad it was great until we got this new administration. Will put my child in a another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Creative Montessori Academy has the worse parking lot. No organization whatsoever. Your car will always be muddy. If your child is a diabetic do not sent them to this school. You will have to come to the school daily to administer your child's shots. They are so unorganized. The Headmaster does not know families personally. Office staff and lunch coordinator is so unpleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

CMA used to be a wonderful school but in the last few years, the school has really gone downhill. A good portion of the dedicated staff have left or will be leaving. There is too much turn over in the staff. The Montessori concepts are basically thrown out the window. Bullying is a large problem that the administration refuses to deal with as it is far easier to blame the victim. I have two children in CMA and we loved the school, adored the teachers and promoted the school at every opportunity. Now, I'm searching for another school. It's very frustrating and sad to see just how much CMA has changed not for the better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

Admittedly, I'm a fan. My son has attended CMA since Kindergarten and will be completing his last year in 2013-14. The dedication and abilities of headmasters, core teachers and specials has been 99% outstanding. Core values, small class size, child-centered academic plans, adherence to Montessori philosophy and curriculum while fulfilling state requirements are indicators to me that this is an exemplary organization. Regarding organization, over the years I have seen many improvements implemented. This fact speaks more than words of the collaborative and responsive child / staff / parent / management relationship. The proof is in how beautifully my child is developing, growing and evolving into a fine young adult human being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

The management team, that was hired by the school, stole the school from the headmaster and fired her after she put her life's work into it. Now they are slowly eroding away at the Montessori principles. Just Sick to my stomach over the whole thing. Such an awesome school that is now tainted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

I have 2 children attending CMA. One is in 6th grade, the other is in 4th. They have both attended since kindergarten, and I could not imagine a better school for them. I have 2 older children who attended Catholic school, and by far CMA has offered a better learning environment and dedicated teachers who will go out of their way to help. Both of my CMA children are above grade level in everything, my 6th grade student is doing Algebra! If you have smart children who are not being challenged in a traditional school, please consider this school! You will not regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2013

I am a fellow student of can I was there for 5 years and at first it was pretty cool. but then I went to go to ask for help. I was yelled at or told to figure it out and go sit down. the school it ok to me but some teachers if you we're not a perfect Angel they would show that they hated you. many teachers we're very rude to my parents and so they enrolled me into Allen Park Middle School and my sister in Allen Park Lindamen there are 2 other commentaries these are very awesome schools.


Posted December 29, 2012

My son is in the Preschool program at CMA in Mrs. Donna, Mrs. Myles and Mrs. Battle's class and he is really thriving in this enviorment both academically and behaviorally. The beginning of the school year was a little rough with him adjusting to new teachers, but Mrs. Donna always communicated with me and worked with us to get him to where he is now. These women are stern with the kids, but the amount of love they show to them is something I've never seen before, especially in a class with 36 children. I know my Son needs teachers who are stern and pushes him as well as lifts him up and nutures him and these women do exactly that. I almost hate for him to have to leave them and go to kindergarten next year, but Mrs. Donna has assured me that she always places her kids with the appropriate kindergarten teacher for their individual needs. I am really happy with my choice to place my child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

I am a former student at cma, went to school there from preschool to 8th grade. Academicly the school is pretty good because it has prepared me for High School but they are overly strict because if you talk they will try to suspend you, ecspecially this one teacher( Mrs. Long) she must of never heard the word detentio because everything was a suspension, and she always picks a favorite student. Overall the school is good up into 7th grade then is a disaster


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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27%

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30%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

67 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 45% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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28%

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51%

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26%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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84%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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9%

2013

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
7%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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Social Studies

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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17%

2013

 
 
32%

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30%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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51%

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37%

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31%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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81%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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59%

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56%

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51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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34%

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31%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

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72%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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22%

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11%

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6%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

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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
White 50% 69%
African-American 26% 18%
Hispanic 12% 6%
Asian 6% 3%
Multiracial 5% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
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 44%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50am
School end time
  • 3:05pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Nicole Robinson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (734) 281-2637

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Exchange City
  • Earth Works
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Game club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • CMA classes bring children together in multi-age groups. Children stay with their teachers until they are ready to move to the next house, allowing the development of close, long-term relationships with their teacher and peers while nurturing a strong sense of community. We are very proud of all we do here at CMA. We are committed to the education of the whole child, and strive to meet the needs of all who attend this school.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Southgate
Lincoln Park
Taylor

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cabrini High School
Gabriel Richard
Riverview HS
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15100 Northline Rd
Southgate, MI 48195
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Phone: (734) 284-5600

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