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Perry Child Development Center

Public | K-1 | 446 students


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Posted July 30, 2014

This center offers no structure. The staff is not educated and offers no support for children with disabilities. I was told that I should not bring my son in on Friday's because the girl working is a para-pro and is not as qualified to work with him as the other woman.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2014

I'm sad to be leaving this school as my son moves on to 2nd grade. I hope we will be as happy with his next school. He has had great teachers and enjoyed his time there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 14, 2014

Worst school I have ever encountered in my life. Students are out of control, learning below grade level, and are allowed to hit other children with no consequences. When the child that is being hit tells a teacher they are told to stop being a tattle tale. School starts whenever parents decide to drop off their children and have them eat their free breakfast, which normally ends making the children who are actually there on time start class 45 min late. Teachers and principal have no control over these children or their rude parents. I unfortunately had to give this school one star just to post this comment.
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Posted September 19, 2013

As a frequent visitor grandparent, I think this is an extremely child friendly school with the latest in facilities, security, technology and teaching methods. The principal is sharp, dedicated and is very passionate about providing a stellar school for the children. Her leadership is eviden. The "culture" is that leads to order, cleanliness and happiness in the air. Teachers are caring and our experience with every staff member has been positive. From the office to the lunchroom everyone cares about the kids and their comfort, safety, and success. The kids enjoy the gym, music room and library, all child size and well equipped. Every classroom has computers and there is a computer lab they attend as a class. My granddaughter didn't go to prekinder and yet her development in the Montesori program was amazingly fast and she caught up to those kids that had prekinder, and more. Her reading, writing and math abilities, and also critical thinking are progressing nicely. Kinder brought little homework, first grade has some home practice. Overall, it is a top notch school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2013

Great school, good teachers, they have advanced technology and lots of facilities for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2013

This is a really good school. The teachers and staff are really concerned about the education and well being of the children. They also encourage parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2012

My son attends preschool at Perry and loves it. It's a very quality education and the fact that it is four half-days a week for free (including bus service!) is pretty amazing. The kids do a lot of great projects with writing letters and numbers, reading, art projects, and music class once a week. My son loves his teachers as well, though admittedly, one of the cons is that I sometimes feel like they are expecting an argument from parents when just trying to have a casual conversation or ask simple questions. I also find the office staff to be unhelpful and even rude, but I do my best to ignore it considering the overall positive.
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Posted May 6, 2011

My husband and I both attended Perry as children and had no qualms about sending our preschooler there. Mrs. Blevins and Ms. Long are the hands-down best preschool teachers I could have hoped for and have endless patience and creativity. My son learned how to write his name within a week of starting school! They practically have all the kids reading before the end of the year which is amazing considering they are all typically 4-years-old when they start class. Love Perry, and to echo another post, just wish it went beyond 2nd grade.
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Posted April 1, 2011

Ms. Blevins and Mrs. Long's preschool classroom is AMAZING! The teachers are very nice and they do home visits twice a year, parent-teacher conferences, and the parent is required to help in the classroom once a month. My daughter has completely thrived in this preschool program. Her and the rest of her classmates are more than ready for kindergarden. You should definitely take advantage of this program if you have a little one you would like to place in preschool. I am amazed at how the teachers keep the children engaged and excited about learning! It a very loving, gentle, peaceful, creative learning environment!
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Posted April 29, 2010

I love the teachers my son has had over the last two years. And more than that, he loves them. All of the Perry staff are wonderful. The academic and lessons are great and giving the kids a good foundation. Everyone is very involved and there for the children. Parents are always welcome to help at any time. There is the option of before/after school care right at the school.
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Posted April 16, 2010

Perry CDC is THE best creative, nurturing ,educational and rewarding place to learn and teach! Every teacher working here aims to enable every student to learn at his/her own level and at his/her own rate. Everyone in the building has a goal of building a better educational setting for ALL the children. From Cafeteria workers to Secretaries to Maintainence to Classroom Aides, each and every one strives to create a learning environment with positive role models that sustain and nurture creative abilities in all the children who enter there. Parents and grandparents alike are welcomed and encouraged to partake in their children's and grandchildren's education by getting involved in classroom activities and reinforcing learning at home. It is one exceptional school, and every child is made to feel exceptional there!

Posted November 20, 2009

This school is awesome....better than the 8K school I sent his brother to. I really love the staff and its nice to have an environment where the teachers are passionate about the children.
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Posted September 9, 2009

This was the only choice for my son. My husband and I are both educators and Perry's curriculm is impressive as is their staff. My only complaint is this: there are not many teachers of color in the classroom. I feel that this is important and imperiative to the environment in which the children are in. My son excelled in the classroom and off, and it's all because of the teachers that he had. I highly recommend Ms. Bertch for Pre K and Ms. Gast for Kindergarten! Phenomenal!
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Posted April 2, 2009

My biggest complaint w/ Perry is how late the bus brings home my daughter and that they no longer have the Literacy Academy. I have had both my little ladies attend Perry my oldest went there for Kindergarten and 1st grade my youngest is now in kindergarten and was there for pre-school. The teachers are great, the principal is nice, and there is more parent involvement. My nephew will be attending Perry in the Fall as a preschooler and I know he will learn a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2009

What a great school. I think sending my son for preschool at perry was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Ever since then my kid learned to love learning and hasn't stopped since. Rois Savvides
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Posted November 28, 2007

The teachers have the biggest impact on my child and have done a wonderful job teaching and interacting with her. As for the lunchroom, it is horrible! the children are not allowed to talk and have to put their heads down when done eating. Do the adults talk on their lunch breaks? I think so. I have spoke to other parents , principal, and the pab, nothing is being done. My child loves Perry. She always talks about her day and how great and fun it was. I am not happy and my child is not happy with how the lunchroom is disciplined.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 28, 2007

I love Perry my oldest daughter attended Kindergarten there and is now enrolled in the Literacy Academy every day I see an improvement in her reading, writing, and how she deals with things she has trouble with. My youngest is also enrolled in Perrys preschool program. They both look forward to school everyday. The teachers are great, my only regret is that the school doesn't go up to 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2007

My oldest son attended Preschool at PCDC and we loved it. Our biggest problem was the bus, but the school and teachers have always been good to us. I found them all helpful and kind. My only complaint is the morning wall lineup, the more teachers out there the better, but the kids do ok as it is set up. He will be in K this year and is looking forward to it. He was hoping his P teachers were going to move with him he loved them so much. Next year 0809 my youngest will be going there. It's true that the neighborhood isn't the greatest, but as I was told, the school isn't messed with because it was their alma mater too. I'm a proud parent of PCDC!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2007

My daughter is in kindergarten at Perry CDC. My husband and I (and my kindergartner) love this school! In response to some comments below, I think the principal is very nice. Also, my daughter loves the lunch ladies! I have been to lunch with her and she has told me that they are the ladies that help everyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2006

My 2 children have attended this school since kindergarten and are in the literacy academy now in 2nd grade. The teachers and academics have been great. I am sad when the day comes when they will have to go to a new school. The teachers have the biggest impact on my kids and have done a wonderful job teaching and interacting with my them. When there needs to be discipline I get a call and we talk about it my kids are not just given up on and thought of as a bad kid they actually try to solve the problem and help. I believe the teachers I have come in contact with for the last 3 yrs. are truly dedicated.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 60% 18%
White 23% 69%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • C. Sharine Buddin
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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