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South Arbor Charter Academy5
Posted February 19, 2015
- a parent
I have three students at South Arbor and can only say great things. We have involved families, nice students, and impressive teachers and administrators. This school has a safe environment where kids can achieve. I recommend it to everyone!
I am a parent of two former South Arbor students. We transferred this past year to the top rated Ann Arbor schools due to overwhelming pressure from family, friends and teachers (in AAPS) suggesting my children are missing out on better opportunities offered in the Ann Arbor Schools. This includes academics, extracurricular, teacher/staff support and social interactions. After a few months in AAPS I've come to realize the exceptional education, supports and overall quality of friends my children had at South Arbor that can not begin to compare to AAPS. With that and being said we will be returning to South Arbor in the fall. Also to show I am not bias, sill living in Ann Arbor, I grew up going to the best AAPS. Things are not the same in public schools as they were when I was a kid. I want the best for my children and South Arbor is the best choice these days.
South Arbor Charter Academy is an awesome school. My daughter attended a public school in grades K-4th but got extremely behind in terms of academics achievement. She has been at South Arbor for a year and a half and has improved tremendously! They are very serious about academics and do whatever it takes to help EVERY student be successful and at grade level.
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.
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!
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.
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.