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K-8
Public charter
Taylor, MI
Students enrolled: 714
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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26727 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180

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(734) 941-7742
(734) 941-9641
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September 04, 2014
This is one of the best schools... I have 2 kids, and they learn so much, and the teachers are amazing... Love it..!!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Great school. Great teachers, deans, and principle. Love it love it love it!! This site needs to provide more updated information on test scores. I think it's highly unlikely that scores are so low with how much attention is given to the students and how they seem to thrive while handling such a vigorous curriculum. My overall score for this school is an 8 out of 10. I think Great Schools is way off in their assessment (4 out of 10?!).

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
Our school is great! The teachers really care about the kids and the quality of education they get. Their standards are high which I love.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
really love this school i am a student here i will be graduating this year i am so sad to go i love our principal he is a great person. he make sure that us students get what we need and more we also have wonderful field trips. i wished T.E.A went up to high school!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2012
i agree the school seems very strict, they are more concerned with the consensual paperwork that the parents have to sign, the students must remain quite most of the time, and it is run on a military level. Sometimes you have to let children have a little air, they will still learn :)

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
Update: Aug 8th I posted some issues pertaining to a paperwork error. Those issues were handled promptly and my son was able to attend on the first day of school with no problems. Mr Reese met with me personally and handled our situation quickly and professionally. As of today I am proud to say my son attends Taylor Exemplar Academy. He loves his teacher and I feel that the smaller size of the school allows the administration to communicate on a more personal level with parents. Yes, the principle does run the school on a strict level, but it's just as it should be. I want a principle and teacher who will assist me in pushing my children to be the best they can be and prepare them for college and their future career.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
I really don't like this school. If you were considering sending your kid there think again. The new principal, Reese, runs the school like a military school. He only cares about making the school look good. He doesn't even care about the students. He cares about the scores only. Mr. Price cared for both parents and students. He cared for everyone and the problems that needed focusing on were taking care of. He encouraged everyone to speak their mind. Reese only wants people to be quite and do what he wants them to do. And he throws the problems around like rag dolls.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2012
I could not agree more!!!! It's truly sad how things have changed - how test scores and not the individual child are more important and how students disabilities are often ignored.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
Last year was my step sons 1st year attending. He's went to Southgate Public his whole life. What I noticed for 6th grade- All his teachers but math were great. If I had a question I would email sometimes a lot and they would always email back quickly and solve whatever problem or answer any question. Lots of homework. I Googled one of the math worksheets he was given because it had no directions and he had NO CLUE how to do it. Turns out his 6th grade math is really 8th grade math and that would explain why he has never seen it before. Everyone seems to dislike the Principal. I met him during conf and he was really nice and helpful. Every Sunday my phone received a call from the school and newsletters were updated every month. What I do NOT like is the fact my 7th grader doesn't get out of school till 3:45pm so there wont be over crowding in the parking lot. He gets home from school (because he walks) after 4pm. I'll agree the school is tough but I think it's a good fit for my child. I gave him the option to attend a different school and he declined.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Not returning...The reviews are right. The dynamic of the school has changed drastically and not for the good. Our family will be one of the many families not returning. I was a very involved parent helping out on a regular basis. That's what opened my eyes to how horrible things had become. The leadership is very arrogant and rude to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2012
while I cant rate because my child has not attended yet. It seems as though the former principle did a far better job then the current principle.The reviews get worse and worse after Mr. Reese took over. hhhmmmmm,,,NHA ,,,maybe you should look into this.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2012
Not returning next year. The school has become horrible!!! The no bullying policy is not effective. My child had several physical altercations with a bully and nothing was ever done. I wasn't even notified by the school, even after filing complaints with the principal. But watch out if you're missing a belt or your shirt isn't tucked in there are serious consequences. I was very sad to see so many of the families we started with pull their kids during the school year. But I totally understand. Talking to the principal and deans is like talking to a wall, they are never wrong. I can say there are some great teachers there. It's very unfortunate they work in such a hostile atmosphere where the leadership will throw them under the bus to save face.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
My son started at TEA when the doors opened, my daughter followed five years later, and the youngest will enter in the fall. This school has been wonderful. My son excels academically and is challenged on every level. My daughter has a type of muscular dystrophy--she is cognitively bright but physically weak. The Taylor school district REFUSED to accomodate her in a regular classroom, but that has never been a problem for her at TEA. My daughter has, hands down, the best aide one could ever ask for, and as a result does well and loves school. The teachers genuinely seem to enjoy their work, students are polite and friendly, and discipline/moral focus/character building/leadership training is built into the curriculum. As a non-religious family it is refreshing to see this emphasized in a school setting as so many public schools have shied away from teaching these lessons, and religious schools are either not an option or financially out of reach for some. Parking is a struggle some days, but that could be lessened with patience and parents simply following directions of the staff. Overall thumbs up, and I'm hoping to see a high school built in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
My daughter is in 4th grade and has attended TEA since kindergarden. She used to love going to school every day and has always been a good child. She now can not stand school. This school is only concerned with how the children preform on tests that make the school look good. Mr. Reese is degrading, arogant, and downright rude, he treats you like you are beneath him. He has an I am right philosphy and it dosent matter the concerns of the parents or students (who fear him). As long as you do what he says. Mr. Reese needs to relize that not all children fit into his perfect little box and he needs to stop trying to stuff them in there. Children need to be loved and nurtured not dealt with. If he wasnt around the school would be amazing!! and it was for many years. All of the other staff that I have dealt with have been good to me and my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
This school is very disrespectful of the students and their needs, It is run like a military acadamy, The child and the parent are never right. There needs to be more qualified people running this school. The teachers need to follow a code of conduct and be fair to all students. You need tto stop all the tattle telling in this school. If you didn't see what happened or you didn't hear what happened you have no right to punish a child because of something another child said. After all you are the teacher and you are supposed to be able to run your classroom by yourself. Do your job. Stop calling a child guilty of something that another child said. It is your job to know what is going on in your classroom. If you need help, put two people in every classroom. After all this is America and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Hire a few grandparents to help you, They know how to handle children because we have raised lots of them. Children need love and understanding to make them grow and become confident in themselves/ So please stop with so many rules and no understanding. Do you remember what it was like to be a child?

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2012
I feel a need to re-review. It seems to me the "disgruntled," "unsatisfiedd" parents are those with middle-schoolers. Yes, things have changed with the arrival of Mr. Reese. HOWEVER, I have decided it's not right to blame Mr. Reese for not being Mr. Price and not doing all exactly as he had. They are totally different individuals with different "styles". Middle-school is a difficult age to "reach" and maintain on ALL levels. If you are unhappy, put your child back in the public schools and then let me know how you feel. Support the authority in your child's life and quit making Mr. Reese the culprit. Bullying is a very real problem everywhere at the middle school age and from what I've experienced with 5 children prior to the one currently in middle school (which is our "baby") this school is far superior to any public school in our area. Children who bully are most likely children of bullies or uninvolved parents. SUPPORT your principal and teachers work with them and get involved at school and become part of the solution NOT the problem. Parental presence makes a difference for all children not just your own! My attitude changed when I became an active participant at school.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
Great school! Lots of activities and kids get Gym everyday! My kids and I love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
The teachers are very focused on getting the academic standards up and ensuring the kids excel in their studies. Unfortunately, they have to deal with children that are unruly or sometimes simlply rude and not obedient which disrupts the lesson flow. Discipline should be handled by the parents at home and thus the principal would not need to so many rules to keep order.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
great school great teachers my kid is in grade 1 and every day he is learning alot his teacher ms swick very good teacher very caring ,responsible and always there to help.i like her attitude with kids and parents.last year school at dismisal time there were problems but this year they managed very well.the principal himself control the traffic with the help of other teachers.all of the staff is very good i am happy that my so in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
I was accepted at quest charter and once accepted to TEA i switched my kindergarten daughter there due to the schools ability to help challenge my due to her being above level in all aspect in learning. Before deciding which school i met with Principal Reese during my daughters testing and he took time to show me the school and answer all questions and concerns i had for my child. The Dean of K-2 has been very nice and has spent time answering any questions i have had so far. My daughters teacher has been great, she has her kids at her foremost concern. She has throughly explained testing and learning questions about my daughter and has given me additional ideas on how to futher my daughters learning. The drop off and pick up has been a process that i think they have been working very hard on how to make it better. Its only the 2 week of school so it can only get better as parents learn how to effectively use the process. I have found out how it works best for me and the flow is great for me now. I cant say much for parent involvement yet becuase i have not been in long enough to test the water on that. I have been told that i am welcome at ANY time for any reason

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
As a grandparent, I have observed a large decline in consideration and a great deal of disrespect directed toward parents and family members during drop off and pickup times.The school's parking lot is inadequate for the amount of students that attend this school and at times are down right dangerous. Yet they added to the school to squeeze in more students instead of creating a safer drop off zone. The only time parents and families are welcome is when the school has a fundraiser. The staff and teachers at Taylor Exemplar Academy have become extremely rude . The principal, Mr. Reese is very crude and arrogant, when approached with an issue he has a habit of ushering you away as if you were beneath him and insignificant. And they truly only care about test scores and not the needs of individual students. Unfortunately, There is no longer the good morning and welcome atmosphere that was so impressive just a few short years ago. National Heritage would be very surprised at what their families have to say about Mr. Reese if they were to add his performance on the parent survey at the next parent teacher conference.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
It's sad that a school that was so great in the beginning has turned into what it is now.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
So happy I found this school! The new principal Mr. Reese is great! I am so excited to see what new programs he will be bringing to TEA! My daughter started here this year in 4th grade. She is excelling in this wonderful academic environment. Ms. Miller is a great teacher. I feel their work is challenging. And I also am very happy with the latchkey service they have provided on site.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
We could not be more pleased with the teachers, the new prinipal and the rest of the staff. We love TEA and everything it represents. The parent involvement is wonderful. Our child loves her teacher and is excelling in her subjects. Will absolutely be sending our daughter back in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
I use to love TEA, until they got a new principal. Mr. Price left last year and the school is on it's way down hill. They have been a number of fights in the middle school. The principal took away peer counseling for the students. The teachers have not support. I will be taking my kids out of the school in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
An Excellent school with outstanding leadership, teachers and volunteers, I can t say enough about how my children are growing and being challenged at TEA! The school is one of the top 50 charters in the state at number 37, with more than 100 children on the wait list just to get in the doors! We are so blessed to be here.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
This school goes out of its way to make sure your child succeeds at everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
I have attended TEA since it started. I have never had a better school to go to. The teachers go out of the way to understand you problems and access them. I just wish that I didn't have to leave after 8th grade. Go Eagles!

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2009
It doesn't get any better than TEA! MR. price is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING - it doesn't get any better than that - he is quality and runs a quality school! The staff all the way from the janitors to the Teachers and volunteer after school program teachers are outstanding! I am proud to send my child to this school and can't wait for a high school - This type of solid education has to continue past 8th grade!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
Aside from the excellent academics and moral focus, this school's staff is truly exceptional. Our family faced some difficulties and the teachers were very kind, understanding, and accommodating. They nurtured my child and helped him to get through what was a very difficult time. They were, and continue to be, a great blessing to my family.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
This school has high academic standards and teaches high moral values! I love this school and have told everyone I know about it. The teachers are dedicated to helping our children to succeed, and the principle works hard with teachers and student to produce a great atmosphere where the children's respect for adults and each other is remarkable!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
Its got great discipline and wonderful teachers,staff,good sports program, great music program,we also have art,wonderful media room,I truly hope that we can have a Taylor Exemplar high school very soon.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
This school is wonderful. The teachers really get to know the children and the families. They pay attention to what each child needs and the communication with the parents is outstanding. Mr. Price is a great leader and really knows how to bring everyone together.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2008
i love the school. i wish i could stay here forever

- submitted by a student
no rating June 02, 2008
We were very excited to have this kind of school to open in Taylor, MI!! My daughter has attended for almost two years now. We are so proud to say that she is doing great!! The hole system works there!! The principal all the way to the teachers and parents. There is so much respect toward each other. The children have lots of fun but, its all about reading and learning!! I look forward to volunteering there. We are hoping for the NHA schools to open thru the 12th grade in the future!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
I am very pleased with the education my child is receiving at TEA.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
TEA is a wonderful school! The staff, parents and students all work together toward a common goal, that is to have a great school. My son is doing very well at TEA, he really loves his school. I really love the challenging academic program, it keeps him on his toes! The leadership at this school is excellent, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Go Taylor Eagles, VH

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
This is an excellent school - period. If you have an opportunity to send your child to this school consider it a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2007
I i am so grateful for this school I am a nana and I can tell you how wonderful the activites and disaplint is there.... Thank you Mr. Price and staff

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2007
This is the best school my son has ever attended! I can't say enough good things about the staff and teachers. Quality all around. If your child is having problems they will really work with him/her. The children are very respectful also. I am delaying moving out of state just so my son can attend here as long as possible!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
I absolutly love this school. The teachers are wonderful and they provide a safe, fun learning environment for my child with special attention to each child as not provided in a public school in our district.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
We really enjoy this school. My children have been doing very good here and they adjusted well to all the procedures. The students are being challenged to achieve their very best. Many have excelled. I have never been in a school where the students are to respect others as much as this one. Gotta love the awesome staff there. We have a wonderful music teacher!! Go Eagles soccer team! We wish you all the best. We even have a Drama team. Thanks to all the volunteers at our school, the school couldn't succeed without your participation! Way to go NHA!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2007
Taylor Exemplar Academy is a wonderful school. My children and I have been very happy with this school. The teachers and staff a awesome. My kids have learned alot here. I recommend this school to everyone. Julie

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
I love this school, love the structure, and how everyone challenges each child to their potential. My daughter went to Kindgarten class here, she would of continued on if we didn't move out of state. In here class, they were doing 1st grade work. The teachers and the staff were very helpful and are willing to work with the parent. Its a wonderful school

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May 08, 2007
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Taylor Exemplar Academy
26727 Goddard Road, Taylor, MI  48180
(734) 941-7742
Last modified Taylor Exemplar Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Taylor Exemplar Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top