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Vanguard Charter Academy

Charter | K-9 & ungraded | 764 students

 

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Posted February 9, 2014

We currently have a 5th grader at Vanguard and have had three other children graduate from Vanguard. The teachers and administration go above and beyond to help their students succeed. They work with students who may be struggling and challenge those who may be working above grade level in certain subjects. Our children were very well prepared for High School when they left Vanguard. They entered HS academically above many in their grade and had been taught skills at Vanguard to help them succeed when faced with challenges!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

This is my first year as a Vanguard parent and I couldn't be more thrilled. My daughter is in kindergarten and her teacher has been amazing. We are thrilled with the challenges she's been given and wouldn't hesitate to suggest this school to those looking. My one complaint would be the class sizes - they're really not that much better than "traditional" public schools. However, I do understand that schools really don't have a choice in today's world - the costs keep rising and the funding keeps getting cut. All that to say, I don't hold that against Vanguard, just wish it could be different.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

Vanguard has been such a positive influence on our family. The staff is very caring and the children are treated as though the are the most important person in the world. We have had a wonderful experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

VCA has some of the best teachers we have ever encountered. They are making strides towards pushing the more advanced learners while providing extra help for those kids who need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

We have a 6th grader and Young Five student and could not be happier with our decision to attend Vanguard. The staff is so caring about the students and their families also. It's like a family here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

My child has attended since Young Fives and is now in 4th grade. The teachers and staff welcome communication with parents and are willing to help out as much as possible, especially the 4th grade teachers. We are very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

Our children switched from the Kentwood area to Vanguard and couldn't be happier. Our three children are learning more than ever and the teachers and staff are great. If a student is learning a little faster than others, the teachers notice and challenge them, which we love. We also love the system they have for picking up the kids in the afternoon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

There are a lot of bullying problems here and the school fails to adequately address them. As a result, I do not trust the staff to keep my child and other children safe. The academics are pretty good. If they could get a good principle with strong leadership skills and an authoritative presence, I think a lot of the problems would be resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I went to this school from 3rd grade to 8th and a absolutely loved it. Going into Vanguard from a public school was the best choice ever, at my old school we were free to do what we want and turn in homework when ever. The teachers at Vanguard are amazing. Each teacher loves us all the same. We also do not tolerate bullying or physical harm. In 7th grade my wrist was slammed shut in my locker and even though the kid did not mean to hurt me he was still punished. Vanguard is a must go to school.


Posted May 2, 2013

Vanguard has one of the best selection of teachers I have ever worked with. They always keep me informed on what is going on in the class and how my child is doing. They are always willing to talk and help when one of my children has struggled in an area. I love helping out when I can because I hear how much they appreciate the help. Vanguard is always willing to help families who need it and that says a lot about the staff and families of Vanguard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2012

Could do better academically and administratively. Prinipal does not address bullying issues and a few children were physically hurt while my child attended the school and nothing was done to the child who caused the injuries (one was a broken arm!). Academically they cater to the lower achievers and minimal attention is given to the accelerated learners. They are regulated to extra work in the hallway. Some excellant teachers do teach at this school but a majority are mediorcre at best. Disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

The middle school staff is less receptive than the elementary, but they may feel that they need less parent particiaption than the younger grades. I appreciate the efforts, and the attitudes of most of the staff, especially the principals!!! Vanguard is a MUST, if you want your children to be well-loved and value-driven!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2010

Parental involvement along with concerned staff makes Vanguard Charter and wonderful school. I considered private school but it was financially impossible. I was fortunate enough to find NHA as a alternative that is not a sacrifice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

My daughter has been going to this school since kindergarten and will be in 8th grade this coming year. I absoulutely love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

I have two children who have been attending Vanguard for 3 years now. My oldest went to a local public school and experienced bullying and the principal, as well as the superintendent wouldn't attend to the issue. There is NO such situation at Vanguard. Its just education at its finest. The staff is great. I love going to the conferences and them giving me pointers to help my children at home, which in turn helps the kids achieve the best quality education possible. They believe in communication and that is one thing I love to have with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I am a mother who researched many area sshools before deciding upon VGC. I came to the open house with a yellow pad filled with questions. The staff answered each one to my satisfaction and relief. I left feeling impressed with the school and my husband decided then and there that we would be on their waiting list even if it took a year. He knew in his heart that this school was where our son needed to be. HE WAS RIGHT! The credentials of the staff are most impressive and the people in all areas of the school are kind and considerate to our son and ourselves. We made a great choice and are thrilled our 2nd son attends here too! We have so many features and qualities of a Christian school without all the fees that a family is required to pay. We feel very grateful for VGC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2008

I went to Vanguard for 9 years, and I loved it. I really enjoyed going to middle school at Vanguard, because I became such good friends with the whold class, now, as a junior in high schol, I have friends all over in different high schools that I still talk to. When I transferred into the local public high school, I was able to make friends easily, as well as stay friends with some of the others in my graduating class that went to the same school as me. I aslo found that I was weel ahead of the other students in many subject areas, especially English.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

I am EXTREMELY impressed with Vanguard Charter Academy. Finally got my child into this school and there is a huge difference from this school compared to the previous public school she went to for the past two years. I work in a school district and based on all the knowledge I have about how a school system works, Vanguard impresses me. All public schools have their problems, but I wouldn't have her anywhere else within the Kent County School district. Only con I have at this point is the lack of teaching Spanish (which they do at Cross Creek Charter Academy) and recreational activities after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

We just had Parent Teacher Conferences. I was so impressed with the details the teachers had about my children. We worked on a plan together to help my children improve their abilities during the school day. The teachers are genuine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

This school has the usual problems plus a few more: the parking lot situation is ridiculous, the middle school teachers are always changing, all the talk about moral virtues is just talk, the administrators are pretty uninspired, and the focus of teaching is geared towards the slow students. So, welcome to a public school. The class size right now is quite full (almost crowded). There really are some great teachers, but it is a pretty average school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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85%

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84%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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54%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
16%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
15%
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.

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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

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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

Below Average


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 73% 69%
Hispanic 15% 6%
African-American 6% 18%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 148%N/A48%
Female 246%N/A48%
Male 254%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Daryl Vriesenga
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (616) 538-3646

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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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