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Grand Traverse Academy

Charter | K-12 & ungraded | 1185 students

 

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Posted June 14, 2014

I love the school! Compared to other schools, I realize how healthy of an environment I am put in everyday. The school enforces character education, we write papers on how we are with the character traits and we always show them in school. There are no bullies either. You may get picked by someone, but that person will have automatic suspension. We are also not allowed to hug or touch (holding hands are acceptable) for more than 5 seconds. People may think we are a strict school but my dad has an answer for that: "They are raising up for the way a person should live in the real world and work environment." We also wear uniforms at are school, which I personally don't like, but I can live with it. I could name more than half of the high school students and about half of the junior high students. But, it isn't the most fun having a small school because there are not a lot of sports teams! I wanted there to be a soccer team so we tried joining other schools but it didn't work out. And my parents didn't want me to go to another school to pursue my soccer dream because they like the school so much. All in all though, the staff are close, students are family, and there life is good.


Posted January 5, 2014

As an alumni, I attended Grand Traverse Academy from 2006 to 2009 in their High School area. It was an okish school but with many problems unfortunately. First one, they do not have their own busing, you have to come up with your own transportation, which means either driving your kids to school or setting up a BETA route. They also don't have a typical lunchroom and you must pack your own and try to get a microwave when lunch time comes. furthermore, there is a huge lack of interesting elective classes, all there is to choose from is art, music, and advanced classes. They could at least put more effort into electives! E.G. a class like personal finance that teaches real world skills. The only good thing about this school are some of the teachers who were excellent. Mr. Cook is one of the best teachers at GTA, I loved his wisdom on whatever we were talking about in class, I learned a lot from him! Overall, it's a decent school for it's elementary department from what I hear, but the middle & high school part of Grand Traverse Academy is far from excellent, and could use improvements in the departments of what I mentioned earlier


Posted October 17, 2013

Although there are a lot of great teachers at the school, there is very little trust from the administration for the teachers. Heavy control issues are what steer many teachers away. Even writing notes home to parents need to be "checked" by an administrator. Very little trust in the staff which leads to high turnover. Very unfortunate.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2013

I am amazed every time I step foot into GTA. The staff is friendly and helpful and the students are joyful and polite. My children in elementary and secondary have blossomed in this environment since they began GTA in kindergarten. It is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I have had four students go through GTA from K- 8th, 9th, 9th, and 10th grades. When they left the academy for reasons I will address in a moment I discovered serious issues. My oldest and youngest children were classified as *gifted* by state testing yet never challenged by offering the "Gems" classes (many teachers kids are though) and my two middle children were passing but when they left they were GRADES behind at other schools and it was discovered they had serious learning disabilities. The biggest reasons that 3 of my children left there is the bullying. It is physical (the kids KNOW where the cameras are) it is emotional (in FRONT of teachers) and even when it's addresses with the principals it's never dealt with. It is so vicious that numerous High school students have left because of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Unfortunately due to personal reasons I needed to resign from my position at Grand Traverse Academy. I have absolutely loved my time at GTA and was planning on staying for my entire career because I love this school so much. The staff is so friendly and helpful - I have made some great friends during my time at GTA. The students are beyond most teacher's dreams, as far as, their level of respect and caring. I am incredibly disappointed that I will not be able to see my students grow up and graduate. I hope that if my life brings me back to Traverse City in the future there will be a place for me at Grand Traverse Academy. In my 3 shorts years, I learned a lot about myself as a teacher and what make GTA superior to other schools. I am so thankful for having this wonderful teaching experience - it is really setting the bar high for all of my future schools. Sincerely, Rachael Borcherdt
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2013

The high teacher turnover at Grand Traverse Academy is alarming. Unfortunately, this speaks volumes and has given the school a poor name among other schools. As for technology, very little is utilized in the classrooms, besides an overhead projector and a few computers. It would be nice if the leadership team would support the teaching staff as much as they do the parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 27, 2013

We moved our son to GTA at the beginning of the school year after spending several frustrating years with another local school in the district. We are amazed every single day at the genuine care and concern displayed by every single person in the school. For the first time ever, we feel that our son is in a school where the educators and staff members truly care about the children and quality of education; it is more than just a paycheck for them! The staff at GTA genuinely care about the individual success of each and every student and go to great lengths to address each child's needs. They understand that everyone is different and we all do not fit in to the same mold. We also love the fact that GTA has high standards and expectations in regard to character, choices and behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

The principal is not very strict with discipline and allows kids to bully other children. One student got up in my child's class on career day that all one of the particular student's only career choice would be a call girl. When sent to the office, she was only sent back to apologize. Are you kidding me? This same child has been known to make comments over FB and spread rumors about several of the female students at the school. Where is the leadership here???? They've got to do a better job with dealing with discipline. It's one thing to make A comment but if this student is continuously pestering other children then she should be suspended and her behavior should NOT be tolerated, PERIOD!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

Academics and extra-curricular activities are important parts of a child's education. However, in order to be successful in society, you have to have strong character traits. Grand Traverse Academy has a very strong character education program. My daughters have improved in their work ethic, responsiblity, getting along with others and being respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Both of my sons have had an excellent school experience at GTA, and are achieving above grade level in every subject. They are appropriately challenged, loved by their teachers, and the entire staff demonstrates exceptional customer service for parents. It is hard to believe that this type of educational institution is available in Traverse City, and is tuition-free!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

The teachers and principals are great at Grand Traverse Academy. My only complaint is there hasn't been a single field trip for my lower elementary child this year and there won't be one. I think at least one field trip, whether just for fun or educational, is valued by 1st/2nd/3rd graders and enhances their learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

As a parent and teacher at Grand Traverse Academy, I am VERY impressed by the availability and use of technology. Our students use SmartBoards and projected PC tablets daily. These tools enhance visual thinking. GTA teachers also implement whole-to-part instruction to deliver high-quality, student-centered lessons that match perfectly to the visual learning style. We use Senteo voting cubes and advanced scanning technologies to quickly assess learning and individually modify instruction to meet the needs of our students. Seeing and using all of the wonderful technology GTA has to offer allows my students and my own children the opportunity to learn how these tools to compete in the workplace on a global scale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I have found that GTA does not always provide the necessary aids or tools that some children need to learn. The administration seems to place a low value on technology that might help some students succeed. Teachers have their hands tied with the use of these aids because administration will not support them. Not every difference in learning is due to a vision difference, and that seems to be their only recourse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

I am a current student at GTA and it is excellent! The teachers know what they are doing ,unlike some other schools. The classes are very challenging, yet fun on the same basis. The Principals rock! This school has changed me as a person through the years.


Posted June 23, 2010

First off, I was a student at this school and I attended this school years 2006-09 9th grade though 11th grade. When I first arrived at Grand Traverse Academy on my first day of 9th grade my first impression was the school being so small. I was used to the huge amount of students at East Junior High School. So that already earns Grand Traverse Academy some credit right there. I also really liked the teachers when I first starting going, most of the teachers were great! I also liked the principal, if you had a problem they would be the one to talk to. One big complaint I have against this school is that they require performing arts credits & lack a variety of art classes. They only have drawing and music classes while TCAPS schools have a big variety of art classes.


Posted June 18, 2010

GTA offers the difference between night and day in excellence of schools. They teach the students to expect great things of themselves and are challenged to think outside the small little white box. To the negative reviews, I would say to those parents, how high did you escalate your issues, just the teacher, principal, school board? If you child is truly that gifted to understand all those concepts, then homeschool them, because i doubt you will find a better school in this region. This school has turned my sons life around from temper tantrums to being happy to learn and respectful The triad teaching is great, because the students excelling will move up with parents consent, or moved down if needed. We can't get along with everyone all the time, so get a different teacher/ hallway if not working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

I am a parent of two children that started at GTA in Kindergarten and moved into a public school system in fourth grade due to a move. My children were so well prepared! They are at the top of their class as far as grades and MEAP scores, but more importantly, they know what a quality education looks like. They have learned not to do something for a 'prize' but instead to make good choices because it feels good and is the right thing to do. My daughter struggled in reading in first grade. She was quickly diagnosed with a visual learning problem. After a year of intensive therapy to retrain her eyes, she is now reading 2 grades above her level. My children were without a doubt loved by their teachers. I would recommend GTA to any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

As a fellow parent I must comment that the school listens to the parents, and has cancelled the 'health issues and reproductive health' sessions with planned parenthood. This school is led by women who are also mothers. They listen and respect the opinion of parents like no other school that I have heard of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Grand Traverse Academy has been good for my daughters. Unfortunately they have invited a pro abortion group into the school under our noses. to teach 'health issues and reproductive health' I will be looking for a different school in the fall
—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.

About these ratings

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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
8%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
25%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
33%
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

Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%
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 29% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME 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 state standard.

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 MME 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

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

100%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

>95%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
Asian 1% 3%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 152%N/A48%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 228%N/A48%
Male 148%N/A52%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Glasser Quality School (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:50pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Allyson Apsey
Fax number
  • (231) 995-0880

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer time after school
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1245 Hammond Rd E
Traverse City, MI 49686
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Phone: (231) 995-0665

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