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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
This school is like an experiment..students DO NOT get an education here. teachers are rude and inexperienced.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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