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South Arbor Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 785 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

Staff is so nice and helpful. I like the school because of so many reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Our son attended South Arbor for kindergarten, but we are in process of moving to another state. We would have no hesitation about continuing at South Arbor if were staying in Michigan. The things we like most about South Arbor: 1) There is a sense of community and shared responsibility for educational and social outcomes. 2) Staff throughout the building are committed and resourceful. 3) Older children tend to look after younger children, in contrast to behavior we sometimes encounter on local playgrounds. 4) Academic progress is obviously a priority. 5) I was skeptical of the school's moral focus, but have been impressed with the ideals that our son has taken to heart. 6) Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. 7) The student body is racially and culturally diverse. Our son has grown tremendously, both socially and academically over the past year. He likes going to school (and he was not a fan of preschool) and has come to believe that his education is important. I wish I had a complaint to make my review more plausible, but I h honestly don't. South Arbor is better than winning the lottery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

This school is outstanding! The academics are clearly the best in Washtenaw County, and it has shown in MEAP scores every year. MAP scores are excellent as well, often scoring above the 90th percentile nationally. The school has involved parents as well. All of this combined makes for high standards for academics, athletics, band, orchestra, athletics, and art. I highly recommend the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

This last review is ridiculous. This school is challenging and the teachers are very clear and make it easy to learn. Students don't fall asleep and if they do, it's not from boredom but from being sleep deprived. Students are very intelligent. Even ones in standard and basic. Map scores are amazing. And if you are complaing about South Arbor's grades, you should take a look at other local schools. South Arbor is great and teachers are yes, talented.


Posted March 13, 2010

It is interesting to read all the reviews. My boy is in the proficient classroom, and they are challenged to try their best. Some parent was saying 'they only move students up if it is an 'extreme situation.''. This is not true. In a given grade, all the students in all 3 classes take the same test once a year in Spring and the school rearrange the 'proficient, standard, basic' classroom base on the testing scores. If you child get higher score then the ones in proficient classroom, he/she will get moved up automatically. This is the standard process and it happens every single year, not just an 'extreme situation'. Number don't lie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

It is believed that South Arbor is a school full of incredibly intelligent students and incredibly educational teachers, that is false. There are ocasionally talented teachers, but mostly the instructors are pedagogues who only like the attention of a room. While the teachers are lecturing, the students are falling asleep from boredom because they already know the process or the teacher does not explain it clearly yet still gives assignments on the topic. Some students may be intelligent, but mostly the basic and standard classes are overflowing and the proficient students are receiving lower, and lower grades. I had to remove my child for academic reason because she was not being challenged as they only move students up if it is an 'extreme situation.' I would not recomend this school. Try Canton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

Apart from the pick up/drop off routine, there really isn't much not to love about South Arbor Charter Academy. As a parent of two special-needs children, I've been consistently impressed with the school's eagerness to help them develop to the best of their ability. Regular parent involvement is encouraged -- and yet, it is the staff (particularly Principal DiLaura and Vice Principle Hudson) who really deserve a great deal of the credit with their dedicated example. Instead of hiding in their offices, they are out at the curb every day, greeting students and modeling the respect and orderly living they try to emulate in the students. To the parent who was disappointed in the number of novels the students were required to read, I can only say that any parent who wanted to start a book club would undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

good for kindergarten horrible middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

My child started off in another school district that did not think that children should be challenged at all. I was absolutely thrilled when we got the news that she could start at South Arbor. She has grown by leaps and bounds after moving to a school that sets high expectations for student learning and holds them accountable for it. She is working two years above her grade level. Even better, she loves the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

ok i go to south arbor and i must say it is pretty cool. someone said that overweight kids are teased, but i can honestly say that is false. at south arbor, we are taught from a start that we should not judge people by how they look. i also have no idea what the person was talking about when they said that the values statement says it is immoral to over eat. NOBODY and I repeat, NOBODY EVER said that to us. NOBODY taught us that 'value statement' and NONE OF US STUDENTS FOLLOW IT IF THERE IS ONE. Overall, i can say that south arbor has done great with teaching me stuff. I came from the ypsi public school district, and i was lacking behind. With some tutoring, I was able to overcome difficulties. Now I am EXTREMELY glad I ever went to south arbor!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2008

My daughter recently join the south arbor team. I love this school. I like the supportive staff and parents. My daughter came from a falling school district and I was unsure if she would be able to keep up with the other children at south arbor. The teachers took her by the hand and gave her the support she needed to feel confident at her new school. I would reccommend south arbor to all parents who believe their kids should have the best quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

In their core values statement it is immoral to over eat . This has reinforced teasing of over weight children in this school. I am impressed with the safety of school but, the principal leaves something to be desired. Did you know that even if I rate this as you do it is a wast of time. The ratings are based on test scores not what we rate the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

You simply could not ask for a better school than South Arbor Charter Academy. It has provided my children with a safe and nurturing environment that seeks to partner with parents to give children the best possible education. I have two children who have since graduated from South Arbor who are now excelling in every aspect at their public high school. They are true leaders academically, socially and with their extracurricular and sports activities. We attribute this success to the partnership we formed with South Arbor many years ago. Thank you South Arbor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

This school works diligently to meet each child's needs, address concerns in a fair and consistent way and is just a phenomenal place to be! South Arbor exceeds my expectations for what a great education should be. The commitment from the staff and the genuine concern each teacher demonstrates is a blessing to children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

I have found south arbor to be a great blessing for my family! there is a strong focus on learning and character deveolpment which I feel is very important! teachers and staff are willing to work with any concerns you have. what more could you ask for. thanks south arbor! I pray it continues
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

I found S.A. to be highly disappointing. In his fifth grade year, my son did not read a single novel with his class (although the curriculum promised several). The administration has completely segregated children based upon test scores. Testing is one of the primary activities at the school. While the teachers are kind, their hands are tied to provide an excellent education because they are so limited by meaningless demands. I would not send another child to the school. One of his teachers said, 'since 'No Child Gets Left Behind,' no child gets ahead.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

When I received an NHA mailer, the content made me cry. It was exactly what I had been hoping for! South Arbor Academy had turned out to be the finest of the National Heritage Academies. It has been our privilege to have three of our five children attend. We are challenged to find a school that can even come close for our graduating 8th graders. Thank you so much for your commitment to excellence and achievement. You have blessed us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

This has been a wonderful transition for my sons! It is a great consistent caring atmosphere! They actually truly put the students and parents and staff needs together as a whole! The math program is very encouraging(A+). We have not been there long but I have seen a total transformation and School outlook encouraged in my sons! They are both excited about school! They feel respected and so in turn I feel they act more responsible! I can not say enough about the consistency as well! This all comes together with an excellent academic program!! Go Knights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

Last year was my first year at SA and I was impressed. The quarterly testing helped my 5th grd child set academic goals and achieve them. My daughter transferred here being one grade behind in reading and now is right on target. Getting all A's one quarter. Classroom management was awesome allowing more learning time. The parent involvement is incredible b/c of the environment, respect is well regarded and enforced. The fact that it is diverse I believe is a plus. The school offers music, art and language to the younger students. The school's moral focus will help build your child's character. There is no perfect school, so know that you will encounter some issues that will need to be address, but as long as you are involved and make yourself available your child will succeed here. oh yeah drop off and pick up is less than desirable carpooling is encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

I used to go to south arbor schools. It is a great school, and I wish I still went there, instead of the public school I curently go to. The teachers work with you and morals are taught. I give this school 100%!
—Submitted by a former student


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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

80 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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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64%

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73%

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2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

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89%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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67%

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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
22%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
27%
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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of schools in the state are Below average
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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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 62% 69%
African-American 15% 18%
Asian 12% 3%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Hispanic 4% 6%
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 120%N/A48%
Female 251%N/A48%
Male 249%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NHA Eagle Award for Academic Proficiency (2006)
  • NHA Eagle Award for Outstanding Student Learning National Norm (2003)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kim Bondy
Fax number
  • (734) 528-2829

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

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

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  • Dance
  • Drama
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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