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Ypsilanti, MI
Students enrolled: 566

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8888 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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(734) 484-7074
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October 31, 2012
LMA (now Bishop Elementary) is an amazing school. After researching the other Lincoln Elementary schools and regional charter schools, we knew that Bishop was the best choice for our child. (We were even lucky enough to get a spot in three NHA schools and Honey Creek and passed them up for Bishop.) The staff is exemplary, kind, smart, respectful, and loving. The classroom environment reflects those qualities, and the students react to that positive modeling. Our kindergartener's transition to school was easy because the first graders in the classroom guided her through the process and explained expectations. We love the multiage classroom structure. It provides a lot of opportunity for individualized instruction based on level/skill. The high/scope approach provides for unique learning experiences, such as the 'plan, do, review' time each afternoon where students apply their learning through self-designed/teacher guided projects.

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February 13, 2012
My daughter attended LMA/Bessie from K-2nd. We loved it. She is one who thrives in that type of environment. We recently relocated and I hated taking her out of the high scope learning structure. The only complaint that I have is that I asked that my daughter be tested for dyslexia and was told that she is still young and will grow out of it. She was diagnosed with dyslexia through her new school early in the school year at their own request to test her. So I have done a lot of research on it, and the school could have tested her and she could have received help sooner. Although I love the school and its educational foundation... I hope no other children with with dyslexia are being overlooked or brushed aside instead of getting the assistance they need.

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July 13, 2011
My child attended LMA this year and had a pretty great experience, I will agree with the parent who said the programs has changed since being moved to the main campus...we did deal with a little bit of bullying from some of the Brick students but it was stopped right away. In 2012 the school will move again and I hope that is the last time. My child loves the freedom in his education, and I love the confidence the program has helped him build. The parental involvement is wonderful!

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April 02, 2011
LMA or Lincoln Multi-Age is the greatest place for my children. We have moved this year but were assured at the beginning that the transitional year would be different in our space allotment. My children have AWESOME teachers and are turning into amazing people due to the basic principles of the program and dedication of the teachers and other staff! They are learning, growing in confidence, independence. They make good choices most of the time and are able to think of a new and better plan when they have made a poor choice. Having met with the appopropriate people involved in decision making I rest assured that the upcoming year will be even better post total renovation of our building. I cannot think of a better place for my children! Kudos to the teachers and staff that have made it work this year and we look forward to many more in our new great space!!!!

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January 26, 2011
This school moved this year to a building on the main and changed it's name to Lincoln Multi-Age or LMA. The program has suffered GREATLY because of this move, there aren't enough bathrooms or drinking fountains, they do not have their own gymnasium, auditorium, or cafeteria since the move. They are in the process of trying to remedy these problems but I highly doubt these things will be fully fixed. The highly touted High Scope Teaching Method is wonderful when practiced andinstructors are trained properly but again, since the move, that all went out the window. My child is getting a watered down education at best. In the past, they were great but I will be removing my child from this school and finding a school that can at least provide enough bathrooms for their children. If you care one bit about your child's education DO NOT SEND THEM THERE.

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February 23, 2010
Three core concepts that are foundational to the program and students at Bessie Hoffman are: 1. Stand up for yourself and others. 2. Solve problems without hurting others. 3. Be responsible for your own learning. The school is great at teaching students how to be responsible, make good decisions, solve problems, and to respect each other, their teachers and themselves. Every day activities provide opportunities to practice these skills. The multi-age program provides a great opportunity for children to interact with many ages and skill levels, and stresses the importance of building character as well as academic skills.

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February 11, 2010
We love Bessie Hoffman. It's has a very laid back, comfortable atmosphere. The teachers care about the kids and are very open to parent help, which I love. Coming from a cooperative preschool, it was very natural to step into Bessie and enjoy getting to know my children's classmates and teacher first hand. It's not a perfect school, but it's close to perfect for us. My kids are happy and thriving socially and academically. How much more could a family want?

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February 02, 2010
My son attends Bessie and we couldn't ask for a better school or teachers! We are so proud to be a part of Bessie and all it has to offer our kids! I would highly recommend this school! It feels like a family, not just a school.

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January 30, 2010
Bessie Hoffman is an amazing school that runs a top-notch educational program. The staff at the school really understand children and their needs. My oldest graduated out and went on to middle school where he has been on the honor roll ever since, and has been nominated as student of the month two years in a row. As a teacher (at another school) I couldn't plan or put togther a better program than what they do here.

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May 21, 2007
Bessie Hoffman is a great place for children to learn. I have my youngest attending there now, and I wish I would have known more about it years back becuase my other children would have attended there. I highly recommend this school, it is a great learning place. I have friends that have had children go there and end up on honor roll and honor society and others even mine did not attend and struggle to keep up in Middle school or hold 2.8 to 2.9 gpa. The hand on learning is a great way to learn and parental involvement is awesome and the staff work together like a real caring team. Thanks Bessie Hoffman for being a great school, those are hard to find these days.

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May 12, 2007
My son is now in middle school. He attended Bessie Hoffman for 5 years. He has been on the A honor roll all year and in advanced reading. The programs at Bessie Hoffman allow the students to interact with their classmates and work together to learn. Most classroom activities are done in groups or as a class. The class sizes are kept small due to the building size which allows the children who need extra attention to receive it. The teachers are dedicated to the future of our kids. Parental involvement is amazing.

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January 19, 2006
Bessie Hoffman is not a school for every child. It was an awesome school for my children.Children are lead to be independent and yet team orintated at an early age. The school is very family frendly always welcoming parents and siblings in to daily actvities. It took my son two years to get in to the school and when he did he excelled in all areas. Now as a middle schooler he is on A honor roll and very independent. My daugter has attended kindergarten - 4th grade at Bessie and would not have done so well in a 'normal' school. The teachers/staff have worked above and beyond to help her achieve reading and social skills. Before sending your child to Bessie I suggest you visit and talk with staff & parents (who are always around)then decide if your family wants to take on the commitment.

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October 07, 2005
One of the best schools around...The teacher's are fun and friendly. Student's of Bessie Hoffman are taught to love learning through hands on and meaningful learning experiences.

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June 30, 2005
Bessie Hoffman is a wonderfull school! It is very family oriented. In 2nd grade she started at Bessie Hoffman and has loved school ever since and now is in the Middle School. My son had many problems including behavior when starting kindergarden. The school, his doctor and I worked through these problems together as a team and he now has a diagnosis and is getting all the help he needs and more then I could ever get from anouther school. Great work Bessie Hoffmen staff, parents and students! Make an appointment or drop by and see for yourself!

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January 05, 2005
Bessie Hoffman has provided a wonderful experience for my son who is now in 2nd grade and has attended the school since Kindergarten. The parents and teachers have great relationships and the environment is incredibly family friendly. I have been encouraged to drop in to the classroom at any time to see how things are going and have frequently done so. Parent involvement is evident throughout the school and people seem genuinely happy to help out when called upon. While the style of teaching is somewhat unique, it forces the children to make their own decisions and to be accountable for their actions. The multi-age classroom setting has been ideal for my son who needs the stimulation of more challenging work than is typically offered to his age group. I would highly recommend this school, we've been incredibly happy here.

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October 10, 2004
Not a good school! I sent my son there for k and I was highly insulted by his teacher(s) more than one time. They went on a field trip to the 'Scrap Box', and my son came home with a box full of sharp compasses, and tools for a sewing machine. When I confronted his teacher, her response.....' There are 30 children on my field trips, I can't watch them all the time'. What? Then you shouldn't be going on field trips. We trust our children with these people? There were more insults than just that one. My son according to his teachers was a problem child. Well, I pulled my son out of that school, he is now attending Render Elementary, and is enjoying a good education like it should be. My neighbor,same problem with his daughter. She according to them was a problem child. Hmmmm...makes you wonder!

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August 09, 2004
My daughter is a 3rd grader, and will be joined by a kindergarten sibling this fall. Bessie Hoffman is a wonderful school. Teachers there are excited, encouraging and happy, and the kids LOVE school. My daughter continually amazes me with what she brings home.

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April 24, 2004
This was a much touted school in the district and we could not wait for our children to go. On the first day of orientation, we were dissapointed - the school room was a mess, and offered a poor environment. Our child was in a team-teaching room - double the number of kids and 2 teachers - our child never brought assignments home and we did not have enough follow through on teachers tracking what work our child did or did not do. My thought is that team teaching is not a good plan, as it can lead to distractions from the students. Prefer the structure of one teacher to provide full attention to a regular size class. Too relaxed of an environment for a school setting.

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Bishop Elementary School
8888 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI  48197
(734) 484-7074
Last modified Bishop Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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