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Ypsilanti, MI
Students enrolled: 771
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6885 Merritt Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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(734) 484-5506
(734) 547-3078
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March 28, 2015
My 4th grader has Ms. Allie, one of the best teachers my son's ever had. He not only is growing academically, but socially too. A friend recommended I bring my son as a 4th grader because he would be positively affirmed, redirected when he is wrong, and cared about. The teachers are wonderful at knowing what goes on in their classrooms and ensure my child's safety at all time.

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February 05, 2015
My child was an average performing student at another charter (with a reputation for academic rigor) then we chose to move to East Arbor. Now my child is performing well above grade level. ANY child can be academically challenged here. Most of my child's teachers are very talented and hardworking. Have we had some that are better than others? YES. But my child has never in four years failed to progress and thrive. Attitude is everything. Yes, there are high expectations for behavior at the school. Yes, talking in the hallway is prohibited. I like it that way and so does my child. There are plenty of opportunities to converse with classmates on both academic and personal topics however the school's focus is education not entertainment. I have many kids and have had experience with public and charter schools, big and small schools and even one private school and I've come to this conclusion ...no school is perfect. Try to match your student and your school to each other.

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September 26, 2014
My daughter has attended this school since it opened in 2010. If you are thinking about enrolling your child/children- run as fast as you can. The only reason we keep her there is this is her last year, yay. This school , in my option places discipline over education. They claim Ito have this "moral focus" and preach it all year. However, moral focus requires the teachers and supervisors to abide by these as well, but don't .The staff demand respect from students but is all one sided. Children are harassed , and talked down to. Children are not permitted to speak to each other minus recess. If you have a juvile delinquent this may a good place versus detention in a juvenile center. Other than that, not a good learning place at all. I regret the day I ever enrolled my child here. I am aware of 3dozen or so families who are thinking about removing or have removed their children.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 09, 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!

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November 06, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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East Arbor Charter Academy
6885 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti, MI  48197
(734) 484-5506
Last modified East Arbor Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Arbor Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top