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New Beginnings Academy

Charter | K-6 | 173 students

 

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Posted July 1, 2014

Often times, change brings on negative responses based upon the new and unknown. Questions that need to be asked and answered are: Is my child safe?; Does my child learn and enjoy going to school?; Am I really putting my child's welfare first or my personal dislikes first...these can be two totally unrelated issues; and Do I have access to teachers who welcome my partnership in the education of my child? In the final analysis, it is every parents right and responsibility to find the best fit for their child and this must be respected and encouraged.


Posted August 30, 2013

I'm a little unsure about this year. I LOVE this school. However the new director is not what I would expect New beginnings to have. Her getto talk makes her sound uneducated. For a woman with what understand to have a a very high education it is not what I was expecting. At all! I do not what this school to go down like the schools around Ypsi have and I hope I don't have to find another school if need be I will. I will not have the person that teaching my child. Teaching them that improper English is the way to go in a formal setting. This year will tell me all I need to know
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

I am the new Director of New Beginnings Academy. Our goal is to create a learning environment of Collaboration for Kids. We believe that every child can learn and each child learns in their own way. We individualize. We have a strong core curriculum for student success and we have enhanced math, reading, p.e., technology, library, and art to develop the whole chlid. We encourage parent involvement and we invite you and your children to visit our school and join our family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2010

I am very dissappointed as a parent, and grandmother. I really don't think my child will be attending here next year. Praying for the School. Parents you really need to get up there to see what's going on, or come to the P.T.O. Meeting!!!! God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

At first I thought NBA wa a great school but now this is my childs second and last year there. The classes have mixed grades like 1st & 2nd. I think it is a bad idea. Teachers are overwhelmed. Too many students not enough teachers. Students are not learning as much as they should.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I am proud to say that our teachers go the extra mile to make sure that students get more than just an education. Students recieve essential skills that make navigating this community and the world possible.


Posted October 6, 2004

My child has been with new beginnings academy since it began later my daughter began to attend as well. I am impressed and pleased with the curriculum and academic encouragement at the school. One of my fears when my kids began school was that they would not be challenged. New beginnings has managed to continually challenge my kids and I love the parental input and involvement when it comes to deciding their course of work. I also approve of them encouraging character, community and morals as well as academics. They also encourage personal self esteem for the children. The only thing I would change about the school would be to let it go higher than 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

The personal attention each child receives at New Beginnings Academy, coupled with the encouragement and expectation of parental involvement, creates an environment where children will excel. The communication and cooperation between the staff and parents creates a strong sense of community, and makes the educational experience a very personal one to each family. The principal is without question the most professional and best I've seen in a school yet. My daughter was lucky enough to have attended from the first year and the academic advantages of New Beginning's approach, particularly in the early stages of a child's education, is evident in my daughter's study habits and comprehension level. I believe attending New Beginnings for her formative years gave her an advantage that will last the rest of her life. It's a shame the school only goes to 5th grade and that every other school isn't like this one.
—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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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33%

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14%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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63%

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61%

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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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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19%

2013

 
 
35%

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6%

2011

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

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56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
29%

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 45% in 2014.

13 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
19%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
n/a
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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19%
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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
African-American 84% 18%
Multiracial 6% 2%
White 6% 69%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
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 187%N/A48%
Female 247%N/A48%
Male 253%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Terry Truvillion
Fax number
  • (734) 544-2706

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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211 East Michigan Avenue
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