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East Arbor Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 675 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2014

I fell for all the hype and learned it was just that - hype. There is a waiting list for the school because NHA is smart enough to realize that alone will increase demand. The environment is utterly stifling for the children. Sure, they may improve their test scores, but they certainly don't grow socially. I also felt my child was simply being drilled for the tests instead of being taught how to problem solve and work collaboratively. My child will be eagerly returning to the local public school, which has a very active PTO and much more experienced teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

My School is East Arbor Charter Academy and I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. East Arbor has a very high expectation for the students behavior and school work. Because of that, East Arbor ranked #1 over all other NHA schools in their NWEA test scores. Plus the principal, Mr. Leonard was voted principal of the year out of over 6,000 other charter school principals. They offer extracurricular activities in addition to educational challenges and packets during the breaks and summer vacation. In the society that we live in today, our children will be challenge a great deal. That is what the faculty at East Arbor are do, preparing our children. Our oldest started at East Arbor when they opened 3 school years ago and now our second child is there. Both of our children are exceptionally smart and I have to give a lot of the credit to the teachers for challenging them just as much as we do at home. I am not saying that this school is perfect, but to have only been open for 3 years...this school is quite amazing. Thank you Mr. Leonard and all of the East Arbor Staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

Very happy with our experience at East Arbor. The principal and teachers are very dedicated and involved, and there are so many opportunities for kids to get involved with extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Such a great school! The school encourages my kids to do their best and always helping them achieve goals. The teachers and administration know all the kids by name which most schools don't begin to know all the kids names. My kids have advanced so much in school academically and socially. I couldn't be more pleased with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

My children's school is wonderful! This school provides a safe and caring environment. My children are challenged on their own levels and have access to so many resources! The principal and staff are always looking for ways to improve or offer extracurricular. The teachers at East Arbor really go above and beyond to help their students. My kids really enjoy participating in orchestra and Spanish club. I love the structure of the school and the expectations of my students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

East Arbor is an enriching environment, staffed by professionals who care about the success of every student. My kids thrive with the moral focus and high expectations. I know that they will achieve great things at East Arbor - and throughout their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I like that teachers and administration know my son by name. My sons teacher is exceptional and I feel that my son is getting challenged academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

The best free education in the area! The first thing you notice when you walk through the school is how quiet the hallways are. The kids walk in single file lines and show respect to each other and school property. Each morning all the kids re site the pledge in the gym. This is the only school i have been in that the kids show so much respect to their peers. Every one should walk through this school and see the young people learning and enjoying every minute! I'm glad are family could be a part of this school. We are proud to say we have a east arbor student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

Great school. Best "free" education in the area. This school is still young so after-school/extra-curricular activities are still in development stages. School has high expectations and you can see that administration expects students and staff to do their best to live up to them. Charter school principal of the year award winner, Mr. Leonard runs a pretty tight ship. While I still would like to see more individual discipline for the troublemakers, there is an effort to truly be fair by having very detailed expectations for all students. There is small but dedicated group of parents trying to make a difference. I wish there were more parents getting involved. Teachers are young but professional and dedicated to their students. Don't take my or anyone else's word for it, go see it for yourself. They would be happy to show you around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

I could not be more pleased with the staff, teachers, and over all performance of East Arbor. They rank #1 over all other NHA schools in their NWEA test scores and their principal, Mr. Leonard was voted principal of the year over 6,000 other charter school prinicpals. The students are well behaved, and well guided by their teachers. The school offers sports and band for students 5th-8th grade, as well as activities like book club and green team for all grades. My children have been at east arbor since it opened 3 years ago and I have not one complaint. The teachers work with my children to get them the help they need and I have never once felt they've been under challenged! You would be extreme lucky to have your children at this school, take my word for it... As my kids have been to public, and surrounding NHA schools, and they just don't compare to the greatness of East Arbor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

I wish I would have visited this school before I enrolled my children. I believe in discipline, but goodness! It almost seems like the administration is trying to break the children's spirit. They are not allowed to talk to each other except during recess. (15 min) If children are after school at a sporting practice, they are not allowed to speak to each other. Mr. Leonard said it was to deter parents from calling and asking why their children are having inappropriate conversations at school???????? How could they possibly expect to "police" the children's conversations in today's technological world? The majority of teachers are under 27 yrs with no children and little experience of how to manage or understand them. We came from another charter academy, East Arbor is sub standard in academics in comparison. There is no PTO and very little parent involvement. An example, emails were sent to 90 parents, I was the only one that responded to help. WOW! Some sports practices are closed to the parents, in order to limit "distractions"!!! The way they do drop and pick up is even unbelievably inefficient! We enrolled because my child's teammates attended EA. My mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

If you think bribing children to behave by rewards of dollar store gifts is appropriate, then this is your school. If you think children should not be allowed to speak in the hallways, it's for you. If the NWEA test is the most important thing to you, it's for you. However, If you'd like your child to have a great academic experience plus have extra-curriculars like foreign language, in an environment that is not oppressive, that allows creativity and encourages children to make decisions and become THINKERS with supportive staff and families that value your opinion enough to have a PTO that your can participate in, find another school. We moved our "high performing" child elsewhere and couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

As a parent I am very happy to have enrolled my child at East Arbor. My son has been in this school from the opening year. I love the teachers, administration, and the support staff. My son was performing at grade level in 1st grade and now is exceeding grade level. I love that the school has all the technology to help our students compete globally in education. The teachers are all very helpful and caring. They really do care about our students. Yes, it is a new school, but I believe the school is a wonderful place to send my child. The only thing I don't like is that it is not year round. I have found that even I have become dependent on the routine and structure of the school. I love that the school has a moral focus curriculum as well. I have seen many changes in my son over the last two years. I am watching him become more organized, more independent, more social, and more respectful. This school has many after school activities available, however most of them are for 4th grade and up, but this is true of most public schools as well. I am looking forward to many more new friendships I have built here over the next several years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

Great School! I appreciate the attention to academics. The school encourages my student to be responsible for his actions. I value this and I am happy to see my child has grown more responsible and is accountable for his actions. Each month the moral focus allows my child to understand the big picture and how he can make a difference. Keep it up RAMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

This school relies too much on technology to teach the children. The teachers do not know how to relate or interact with children that may have a more "challenging" personality. My first grader practically wasted the whole school year as he was forced to stay in a classroom setting that was teaching well below his intellectual level. I spoke with his teacher, the dean and the principle and nothing was done except homework was sent home with the words challenging written across the top. My son became frustrated that school was so boring because he could do his older sisters homework and she was two grades ahead of him. The band instructor for the sixth grade class had a hard time controlling 10 kids or less. This frustrated my sixth graders because they came from a band of over 40 students with one instructor. I did a lot of academic instruction at home for my advanced boys since the school refused to challenge them. However, my girls that needed extra help got help and support. Great school for children that are struggling academically. Nothing like its sister school South Arbor, were students are challenged no matter how advanced. I was grossly disappointed in East Arbor.
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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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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67%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
20%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
16%
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 39% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
43%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

2013

 
 
59%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
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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 35% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

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Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
n/a

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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of schools in the state are Below average
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
White 50% 69%
African-American 32% 18%
Multiracial 10% 2%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian N/A 1%
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 137%N/A48%
Female 248%N/A48%
Male 252%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Shawn Leonard
Fax number
  • (734) 547-3078

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
School facilities
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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