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K-8
Public charter
Ypsilanti, MI
Students enrolled: 713
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3875 Golfside Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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(734) 572-3623
(734) 572-5792
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November 19, 2014
I love this school. I have a kindergartner and a third grader at this school. This is their first year at Fortis. My daughter came from AAPS, which I was completely dissatisfied with. I felt like the teachers and did not provide her with the attention she needs. She has excelled so much since being at Fortis, especially with reading and math, which were both her weaknesses last school year. I also really like how the staff and teachers really come to know each family at this school. It really feels like a family environment there. I highly recommend this school to all kids going into K-8 grade!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
I am a college student I did observation hours at this school. I have been to schools all over Ann Arbor for observation and this was far and away the best I went to. The teachers are kind, respectful, and knowledgeable. The principal and deans hold their teachers accountable and consistently check to make sure that they are actually teaching their students; this is extremely rare in a school (though it should not be). It was awesome to be part of the atmosphere at this school and I would recommend that people send their children their. They don't just fill students' minds with knowledge, they actually work to make them effective citizens.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
My child really likes this school. The teachers are supportive and there is a good environment for learning. I have never had a concern that was not promptly addressed and I feel the school is well ran. I plan on sending my younger child to this school when she goes to kindergarten as well since we have had a good experience there so far.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
My children have both gone to Fortis since kindergarten. My daughter is now in eighth grade and my son in third. Only my daughter has ever had a teacher leave mid year, once in kindergarten when the teacher's family moved out of state and the other this year due to pregnancy. The teachers and staff have always been nice, informative and kept us in the loop with what is going on with our children. They have worked with us to help our kids in many ways. Both of my kids are adhd and have been though the special education system at Fortis. My daughter was in special ed until fourth grade and my son is currently still receiving services. They saw my son needed more help in the classroom in kindergarten and they hired on an au para to be with him while he was at school to help him stay focus and to keep him from wandering off unsafely. She was phased out last year as he no longer needed her. Both my kids exceed their grade academically. Last year my daughter was bored to be repeating the same high school algebra she did in sixth grade yet the teacher worked with us on this and this year they are doing advance algebra and geometry. I always recommend Fortis to others and will continue to.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
Fortis Academy is an exceptional school with dedicated Teachers and Staff. The adjustable curriculum and nurturing atmosphere sets a parents mind at ease, all the while, providing a comfortable learning atmosphere for students. They cater to both the needs of the children and parents and preach parental involvement within the school, which lends itself to open and invaluable lines of communication between all involved. Whether it is a friendly wave at the beginning or end of the day, or the maximized effort they put forth to provide answers and solutions to potential problems, Fortis is a school that stands head and shoulders above the rest. With further emphasis put on integrity and morals, Fortis Academy delivers far beyond a quality education, providing developmental tools that last a life time.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
Fortis is a great school, my grandchildren have gone there for a total of nine years. The teachers are dedicated to the students and the curriculum fits the individuals needs. The principal is proactive and on top of everything that is going on in the school. I love the moral focus emphasis. The staff is also wonderful, You always feel special when you enter the school.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2013
So I can certainly identify the REAL reviews on Fortis Academy compared to the fictious one's created by whomever has the time and energy to make up such nonsense. My daughter started attending Fortis Academy as a Kindergarten the year it opened. Last year she graduated from Fortis as an 8th grader and has been extremely successful so far in high school. Fortis created a structured environment for her to stive in. She learned valuable life lessons along the way also. Not only was she academically prepared for high school, but socially as well. Fortis Academy and National Heritage Acadmies in general are a GREAT option for parents and students. I also have a 5 year old that will be attending National Heritage Academies this fall - I am confident that she will also get a great education and the tools necessary to successfully navigate through high school and college! Fortis Falcons Fly High!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
This school is like an experiment..students DO NOT get an education here. teachers are rude and inexperienced.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
Fortis was supposed to be a quality alternative to Ypsi public schools, but that is pure hype. My child was here for two years before I realized how much more her friends were learning at their regular Ypsi schools, and I got her back into a good school that has teachers who know how to teach.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Teachers at this school have no idea how to teach. I was able to observe several teachers on several occasions, and repeatedly saw them administer mindless busy work that was unchallenging, repetitive, and rife with errors. The school prefers to hire inexperienced teachers to save money, which is great until they're teaching YOUR child. Avoid this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
I have two children at Fortis and we have been here for 3 years and will be returning in the Fall. I recommend this school to everyone I speak with. In the past 3 years, I have NEVER heard of a teacher change part way through the year. All of the teachers we have had are professional and have taught my kids respect and responsibility. Parents that do not like the structure and discipline usually have the children that need the discipline. They do not want to except that their children are not perfect and that they are the most disrespectful. They have the option of leaving, as they eventually do, but then want to be the victim. Don't poison other peoples view of the school just because you wont discipline your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
Fortis has an excellent new Principal who has made it his mission to make this school the best in the area. It can't be done overnight but he has put Fortis on the road to perfection. From reconfiguring administration and teacher accountability (and perfecting drop off/pick up), to enhancing parental involvement and following more strict behavioral protocols. Fortis now has more free/after school events and sports than ever before. Teachers and parents are ensured the tools they need to focus on what's important: The success of the children. Administration and teachers have heightened their focus on relationships with the parents/families. Fortis recognizes the importance of parental involvement and expects parents and families to be involved in their child's education. Staff want to work with the parents in an effort to maximize their child's educational experience. Those who are not comfortable with this community model for education have chosen other schools but by and large, it has been well received. Test scores and child/parent/staff morale have never been higher. Fortis Falcons: Fly High!

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2012
I had 2 children previously attending. They were in the procificent classes, due to the excellent teachers. However, the administration, parking mess, and constant changes every year, we pulled our children out and they now attend a different NHA school. Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
Although last year was a bit rough for my student with some teacher changes, I have high hopes for the upcoming school year. All of the teachers are awesome and the new principal seems very engaged and devoted to improving all that he can. The parking lot can be a struggle but it seems to mostly be the result of parents who choose to not follow directions. Over all I think Fortis is better than where my student was previously.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
I used to have three kids going here. Then my oldest went on two high school. She said nothing she did in fortis has prepared them for high school.this year in middle school they had at least five teacher changes . None of them knew what was going on and they didn't teach at all. So we switched him into a diffreng school we have a son in first grade and are planning on rewmoving him. The parking SUCKS!!!! My son gets out at threes and we get him three fourty. when people see the car rush and probaly think its a good school but It's not the education sucks

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
My son has been attending fortis for years. This year there is a new principal and alot of instant change has been placed on the children. The teachers for the most part are great. I think some of the deans as well as the principal need to get more educated on diversity and they need attitude adjustments. Instead of always being so fast to suspend children they need to get to the bottom line and help them. I am a teacher myself and there is a lot going on that is unacceptable and at the moment I'm very unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
Great school- 3 years and counting. Families who leave do so because thier children are behavior problems and the administration wont put up with it. I like that they teach character skills and measure student growth to determine the progress each year. This is better than local private schools- we know! Waiting list is growing- hope NHA keeps opening more schools! We need them!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
Nice school to work at, Im impress with my team! All teachers have a real drive to serve students and have a positive impact in life outlook. Our favorite parents are the ones who will come in and get involved. Parents are so important, please invest time in your kids!

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2011
I have three children that attended Fortis. After three years I finally allowed them to switch over to Ann Arbor public schools. There is no comparison. Fortis is a school still in it's infancy. The teaching staff is relatively inexperienced and lacks diversity. If you are not in the Ann Arbor school district, South Arbor is a very good choice. They have a waiting list for this reason. The building itself is very limited. There is no lunchroom( the children have to eat in their classrooms) or auditorium. The school has outgrown it's infrastructure. The drop off and pick up is painful to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
I went to this school a few years ago, and honestly, it isn't too bad. Other than the fact that their sports program isn't too strong, the school teaches disclipline and organization, which is needed for whatever high school you will attend. A nice school to consider, despite the slightly crowded conditions.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2010
This school is wonderful! my daughter has been attending Fortis for 3 years and each year she has grown academically and morally! The staff are incredible, including the secretaries, the principle, the deans, and all the teachers! I spend quite a bit of time volunteering and I have found this school to go above and beyond expectation! I appreciate the pro-active attitude the Fortis staff has with every situation. They are continually looking for ways to improve every area! Amazing school! I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
Our 2 kids attend this school. our experience has been great

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February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Fortis receives just as much money per child as the public schools are funded. Yet no buses, crappy parking, inexperienced teachers, over sized class rooms...29 students...to many. Here your child is just a number. They can't even have home games, concerts or events at the school because there is no room. We pulled our 3 children out and placed them in Ann Arbor public schools and they thank us everyday!!! If you care about your child's education then you would not chose this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 21, 2009
Parents need to keep in mind - these children are your children...you must take the time to read with them, help with homework and establish a strong moral ethic at home. You cannot expect the teachers to transform your child into something you want them to be without putting time into them. I spent many days in Mrs. Wolf's class and she is wonderful - each child was treated with respect and in a loving way. I will continue to play an active role in my daughter's education and work with her teachers in helping her reach her fullest potential! We love Fortis and are very happy to have the opportunity to work with the teachers and administrators in our daughter's education.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
The elementary school is fine, but the middle school is horrible. The teachers are unrealistic in their expectations under the guise of being high achieving. The amount of homework is ridiculous, as is the late homework policy. The teachers do not connect with the students, they are more task driven. No diverstiy with any of my children's teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2009
This is the 4th year I have been a parent at Fortis. I have not been disappointed yet! My youngest child is currently a 2nd grader at Fortis. She is extremely bright and works far above grade level. Her teacher has no problem with this and continues to challenge her. A great work example, for January and February, her class was involved in a research project that required library research, notecards, a research paper from the notecards, a powerpoint slide show with graphics and bullet points from the notecards, and an oral presentation. WOW, in 2nd grade. She completed this all in school except the library research. I appreciate that parents are unhappy with the parking lot situation. Patience and common sense are definitely required

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2009
I love this school. I drive my daughter 40 minutes to school. The teacher's are dedicated and compassionate about children and their success not only in education, but in life too. I love the fact that diversity is everywhere you do in the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
we love this school. my girls have been here 5 years. the classes are small, and the teachers really care about the kids and parents. it is a real treat to just be able to chat with a teacher like a friend. the principal has monday coffee with the parents for his chat time. he even asked to call him by his first name when students aren't around. i wish fortis went through 12th grade. it is going to be hard to find something comparable. i probably will home school. hopefully a high school will be in the works.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2009
Teacher/ student ratio ridiculous. There is no way for them to give each child the attention they need. Teacher are just out of school--parking horrific.... Rude child care and rude staff....Public school is the way to go!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
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February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2009
My child is getting a stellar education at Fortis by a staff of teachers who truly care about their students and their learning. Parent involvement is key to any child's success in school and teachers do a good job keeping us in the loop with weekly newsletters and progress reports. I couldn't be happier with my child's progress and the education he is receiving at Fortis!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
This school is terrible. The teachers are fresh out of school themselves. The parking is terrible and the staff is rude. If you could careless about your child's education this is the place to be!!! If you do care....Ann Arbor public schools!!!! They offer so much more. If your child attends Fortis until high school, good luck. This school is no way prepares the children for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
I am a parent of a student who has now gone in the high school. I would recommend Fortis to any parent who wants their child to get a wonderful education. I now have a five year old who is attending Fortis, she is doing an excellent job.

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October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
If you want extracurricular activities, volunteer! Meet with the teachers who have an extra interest in science, suggest a program and volunteer to help! They need parents and other caregivers to get involved to make them happen. Enlist a fellow parent to assist you and jump in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2008
This is our sons' 3rd year at Fortis, and we are satisfied with their progress. But I would say that some part goes to my very curious son also. But we would like to see some science and technology programs added as extra curricular activities. The school had an International day once only and it would help the students if more diverse programs and any extra / optional language programs are introduced in the school on all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2008
As a parent I feel this school lacks the way of knowing that kids are kids. That the teachers don;t stop to help the people who are alittle further behind than the others/

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Drive the extra few miles to South Arbor. Unfortunately, Fortis has lower rates of testing and lower qualified staff. Next year we will be enrolling at South Arbor instead.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 17, 2008
My sons are in their first year at Fortis and we definitely plan on continuing to attend until high school. The school's thoughtful approach to my son's IEP and BIP has made all the difference. He gets the services he needs from social work, speech, special ed and occupational therapy to help him fit in and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2007
This is my daughter's first year at Fortis, and my husband and I are very happy with the school, teachers, and other parents at the school. The only 'issue' that we have is the amount of homework that our daughter has on a daily basis. Moreover, the students (she's in 7th grade) have so many books that we'd highly recommend a rolling backpack. Overall, we are very satisfied and are hoping that they consider expanding to high school level as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
This school is in it's infancy stages. I believe they have a lot to offer compared to many 'run-of-the-mill' public schools. But, I think they can do even better. The academic standards are really tough. It is time for the behavioral and moral standards to be just as tough. They also have a lot of teacher/staff turnover right now. I have hopes that this school is on it's way to being a 5 star!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
This school year has been wonderful for our son who is in 2nd grade. His teacher has been great in working with him to help him learn in the classroom and meet to his educational learning needs. Considering his disabilities they don't just come out and expect medicine, medicine, medicine to control his behaviors. Medicine just ruined him. The academic instruction is great. Its far more than what is instructed in regular public school, absorbing their minds in higher things. I absolutely love the music program, too! Needs work on afterschool sports for the boys of all ages.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2006
My daughter attends fortis. We are more than satisfied with the school in all respects. Great school to choose if you are looking for a school that can provide a well rounded development in your child and can get individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
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Fortis Academy
3875 Golfside Road, Ypsilanti, MI  48197
(734) 572-3623
Last modified Fortis Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fortis Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top